Friday, June 19, 2009

I'll Tumble 4 Ya

Song: I'll Tumble 4 Ya
Artist: Culture Club
Album: Kissing to be Clever

"I'll Tumble 4 Ya" was a single from Culture Club's debut album Kissing to Be Clever.

The single was released only in North America, peaking at number nine in both the U.S. and Canada. With this single, in America, Culture Club was the first band to have three top-ten singles from a debut album since the Beatles.

"I'll Tumble 4 Ya" was one of the most performed songs by Culture Club in their live shows. It has appeared in every tour they did.

Chart positions

  • U.S. Billboard Hot 100: #9
  • Canadian Singles Charts: #9
  • U.S. Hot Dance Club Play: #14
  • U.S. Adult Contemporary: #33

In popular culture

The song was featured in the film "Billy Madison" (1995).

Kissing to Be Clever is the debut album by New Wave band Culture Club, released in 1982. It was anchored by the international hit "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", which with its sunny reggae tones and neo-torch song vocals, remains one of Culture Club's signature songs.

Since the demise of the Epic Records edition, the band's first album has been available without the song "Time (Clock of the Heart)" and with the black-and-white drawing pictured here, instead of the original colour photo (in 1996, it was reissued by Disky Communications, this time returning the colour photo, but still missing "Time (Clock of the Heart)"). The remastered 2003 CD edition contains additional tracks (including "Time (Clock of the Heart)", and "Romance Beyond the Alphabet", which is its orchestral instrumental version, also included on Culture Club Collect - 12" Mixes Plus and its subsequent re-release Culture Club Remix Collection as "Time (Clock of the Heart) (Instrumental Mix)") plus the restoration of the original colour cover.

It also features the two first Culture Club singles, "White Boy" and "I'm Afraid of Me" (both were relative flops, making #114 and #100 in the UK Singles Charts in 1982, but then becoming quite popular after the group's first number 1), in slightly different forms. The track "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" was also released in North America, going Top 10 in Canada and the U.S.. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" topped the charts in many countries. "Time (Clock of the Heart)" also reached the highest positions of many international charts, and peaked at #2 in the United States.

The album also received a positive review from Rolling Stone magazine.

Track listing

All songs by Culture Club

  1. "White Boy" [Dance Mix] – 4:40
  2. "You Know I'm Not Crazy" – 3:36
  3. "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" – 2:36
  4. "Take Control" – 3:09
  5. "Love Twist" [Featuring Captain Crucial] – 4:23
  6. "Boy Boy (I'm the Boy)" – 3:50
  7. "I'm Afraid of Me" [Remix] – 3:16
  8. "White Boys Can't Control It" – 3:43
  9. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" – 4:22

Later releases have "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" as the opening track of Side 2 (#6), and "Time (Clock of the Heart)" as the final song (#10).

Bonus tracks on the reissue

  1. "Love Is Cold (You Were Never No Good)" -
  2. "Murder Rap Trap" -
  3. "Time (Clock of the Heart)" -
  4. "Romance Beyond the Alphabet" -

While on some Japanese editions of the album, the Japan-only single "Mystery Boy" was included, the following is the order of the tracks on the LP record album as released by Epic Records:

  1. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" – 4:22
  2. "I'm Afraid of Me" [Remix] – 3:16
  3. "You Know I'm Not Crazy" – 3:36
  4. "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" – 2:36
  5. "Love Twist" [Featuring Captain Crucial] – 4:23
  6. "Time (Clock of the Heart)" - 3:41
  7. "White Boy" [Dance Mix] – 4:40
  8. "Boy Boy (I'm the Boy)" – 3:50
  9. "White Boys Can't Control It" – 3:43
  10. "Take Control" – 3:09

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