Culture Club

Time (Clock of the Heart)

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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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Kissing to Be Clever 1982 Virgin 3:44
This Time: The First Four Years (Twelve Worldwide Hits) 1987 Virgin 3:43
No Image 1989 Excelsior Recordings
12 1991
12
Disky 3:46
Spin Dazzle: The Best of Boy George and Culture Club 1992 Virgin 3:42
Rock of the '80s, Vol. 4 1993
Various Artists
Priority Records 3:44
At Worst...The Best of Boy George and Culture Club 1993 SBK Records 3:43
The Best of Culture Club [EMI] 1994 Platinum Disc 3:44
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Telstar
VH1: The Big 80's 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 3:45
A Kick Up the Eighties 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
80's Lite Rock 1997
Various Artists
Coyote Records 3:43
VH1 Storytellers/Greatest Moments 1998 Virgin 5:15
The Best of Culture Club & Boy George 1998 Disky 3:42
Rock On 1983: Sweet Dreams 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:43
Greatest Moments 1999 Phantom Import Distribution / Virgin 3:43
Your Kisses Are Charity, Pt. 2 [UK CD Single] 1999 EMI Music Distribution 8:37
Greatest Hits of the 80's [1999 Disky] 1999
Various Artists
Disky 3:44
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
Original Gold 2000 Original Gold (Netherlands) 3:38
Heart Beats: Love Plus One - 80's Love Songs 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 3:44
Number One 80's 2000
Various Artists
PolyGram 3:35
Best of the Eighties 2000 Disky / Disky Communications
Radio's #1 Hits: The Very Best of the '80s 2000
Various Artists
Trans World 3:43
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 3:44
Culture Club [4 CD Box Set] 2003 EMI / Virgin 3:44
Greatest 80's Pop: 18 Fantastic Hits 2004
Various Artists
EMI 3:36
World's Greatest Love Songs [2004] 2004
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 3:45
Greatest Hits [DVD] 2004 Virgin
Greatest Hits 2005 Virgin 3:44
Another Lost Decade: The '80s Romance 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:44
It's Electric: The Sound of the 80's 2005
Various Artists
Disky
75 to 85 2005
Various Artists
Disky
Rock On: Breakout Years 2005 Madacy 3:44
I Love Music 1980-1984: It's Electric 2005
Various Artists
Disky 3:43
Unforgettable Love Songs [Fuel 2000] 2006
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 3:45
Live in Sydney [DVD] 2006 Eagle Vision
Remix Collection 2006 MSI Music Distribution / EMI 3:46
101 80's Hits [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
EMI/Virgin 3:43
Platinum 2008 EMD Int'l 3:43
Slave To Love 2008
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 3:44
Original Hits: Love 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:44
100 Essential Tracks: 80s 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:43
Essential 2011 EMI Gold 3:43
Culture Club: The Hits Collection 2012 Music Club Deluxe
10 Great Songs 2012 EMI / Virgin 3:43
Sight & Sound 2012 EMI Gold 3:43
Icon 2013 Virgin
No Image
Various Artists
Universal
It Must Be Love
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:43
No Image
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 3:43
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