Of all of Culture Club's early hits, "Time (Clock of the Heart)" has probably aged the best. This could be because it's the group's least gimmicky and most straightforward single, an old-fashioned smooth R&B ballad that one could imagine Smokey Robinson or Diana Ross doing, complete with the standard '70s-style adult contemporary saxophone solo. Boy George drops the cryptic self-mythology long enough to deliver a tender, heartfelt lyric on lost love, and sings his festively attired butt off in the process; this is the single that won over a lot of naysayers, some of whom probably didn't even realize that the guy with the great voice on the radio was the same queen they were making fun of around the water cooler. Stewart Levine's ultra-slick production stops just short of cheesiness (in the way that, say, Spandau Ballet's quite similar "True" didn't), and the mix of synths and acoustic instruments owes a lot to Quincy Jones' early-'80s work with Michael Jackson. "Time (Clock of the Heart)" was a stand-alone single in the U.K. but it led off side two of the American version of Kissing to Be Clever; be warned that most CDs available are of the U.K. album and therefore are missing this song.