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We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off

"We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" (released in the UK as "We Don't Have To...") is American R&B vocalist Jermaine Stewart's first of three singles from 1986. The song was included on his second album Frantic Romantic, released that same year. "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" remains Stewart's biggest commercial success in both America and Europe.

"We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off"
Take Our Clothes Off.jpg
Single by Jermaine Stewart
from the album Frantic Romantic
B-side"Brilliance"
ReleasedMay 27, 1986
Format
Recorded1985
Genre
Length
  • 4:54 (album version)
  • 4:05 (edited single version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Narada Michael Walden
Jermaine Stewart singles chronology
"I Like It"
(1985)
"We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off"
(1986)
"Frantic Romantic" / "Versatile"
(1986)
Music video
”We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off” on YouTube
Alternate cover
UK 12" cover of "We Don't Have To..."
UK 12" cover of "We Don't Have To..."

The song acquired a great deal of success reaching number 2 on the UK and Canadian charts, as well number 5 in the United States.

Contents

BackgroundEdit

"We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" was written by Narada Michael Walden and Preston Glass. Walden is a well-known American producer, drummer, singer, and songwriter. Stewart recorded it during 1985 and it was released across the world the following summer, reaching the top 10 in both the USA and the UK.

The single seemed to reflect more modesty when it came to sex in light of the AIDS pandemic at the time. In 1988, Stewart was interviewed by Donnie Simpson where Stewart spoke of the lyrical message within the song. "I think it made a lot of peoples' minds open up a little bit. We didn't only want to just talk about clothes, we wanted to extend that. We wanted to use the song as a theme to be able to say you don't have to do all the negative things that society forces on you. You don't have to drink and drive. You don't have to take drugs early. The girls don't have to get pregnant early. So the clothes bit of it was to get people's attention, which it did and I'm glad it was a positive message."[1][2]

The song reignited Stewart's popularity, as his previous single, "I Like It" had failed to make much impact as a follow-up to Stewart's moderately successful debut single, "The Word Is Out" ("I Like It" did not chart in either the UK or America).

PromotionEdit

A popular promotional video, directed by David Fincher, was created for the single as well as numerous TV performances to promote the single, including stints on Soul Train and American Bandstand.

LegacyEdit

In 2011, the song was used in a Cadbury advert in the UK called The Charity Shop.[3] This exposed the song to a new generation who downloaded the track and returned it to the UK Top 40 reaching No. 29. The song also appeared in Kevin Smith's film Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and the episode "My Dirty Secret" of the television show Scrubs.

The song has been covered a number of times and versions have been released by Clea, Lil' Chris, Maria José Samper and Ella Eyre, while it also provided the hook for Gym Class Heroes' fifth single "Clothes Off!!" and was sampled by rapper Mase on his album Welcome Back.

ReleaseEdit

The B-side for the European single "Brilliance" appeared on Stewart's 1984 debut album The Word Is Out as the final track. "Brilliance" was written by Stewart and Julian Lindsay.[4] Lindsay had previously performed piano on the 1983 Culture Club album Colour by Numbers, which also featured Stewart on backing vocals.

The American b-side was "Give Your Love to Me" which was used as the closing track on the album Frantic Romantic. It was written by Jakko J. and Jermaine Stewart.

For the single, various remixes of "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" were released. These remixes were created by Lewis A. Martineé, who would soon go on to success as svengali for the Latin freestyle group, Exposé. A special UK/Australian 12" single was released titled "We Don't Have To..." which featured different artwork.

FormatsEdit

7" single (American release)

  1. "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" – 3:57
  2. "Give Your Love to Me" – 4:20

7" single (Canadian release)

  1. "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" (short version) – 4:05
  2. "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" (dub mix) – 6:40

7" single (European release)

  1. "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" – 4:05
  2. "Brilliance" – 4:43

7" single (UK and Australian release)

  1. "We Don't Have To..." – 4:05
  2. "Brilliance" – 4:43

12" single (American and Canadian release)

  1. "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" (dance remix) – 5:45
  2. "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" (dub) – 6:40
  3. "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" (short version) – 4:05

12" single (European release)

  1. "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" (extended) – 5:45
  2. "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" – 4:05
  3. "Brilliance" – 4:43

12" single (UK release)

  1. "We Don't Have To..." (extended version) – 5:45
  2. "We Don't Have To..." – 4:05
  3. "Brilliance" – 4:43

Chart performanceEdit

Original releaseEdit

Chart (1986–87) Peak
position
Canadian Singles Chart[5] 2
Dutch Singles Chart[6] 13
French Singles Chart[7] 91
Irish Singles Chart[8] 4
New Zealand Singles Chart[9] 27
UK Singles Chart[10] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 5
US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart[12] 64
US Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs Chart[13] 41
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales Chart[14] 35

2011 reissueEdit

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Irish Singles Chart[8] 30
UK Singles Chart[10] 29
UK R&B Singles Chart[15] 7

PersonnelEdit

Album versionEdit

Taken from the Frantic Romantic liner notes.[16]

Additional personnel on single releaseEdit

  • Art direction – Donn Davenport
  • Design – Rebecca Tachna
  • Stylist – Jane Hoffman
  • Photography – Steve Prezant
  • Guitar on "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" – Chris Amigo
  • Keyboards on "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" – Fro Sossa
  • Mix engineer – Mike Couzzi
  • Mixer on "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" – Lewis A. Martineé
  • Producer, arranger on "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" – Narada Michael Walden
  • Remixer on "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" (short version) – Lewis A. Martineé
  • Remixer on "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" (dub mix) – Lewis A. Martineé
  • Remixer on "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" (dance remix) – Lewis A. Martineé
  • Producer on "Brilliance" – Peter Collins
  • Producer on "Give Your Love to Me" – Narada Michael Walden
  • Writers of "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" – Narada Michael Walden, Preston Glass
  • Writers of "Brilliance" – Jermaine Stewart, Julian Lindsay
  • Writers of "Give Your Love to Me" – Jakko J., Jermaine Stewart

Clea versionEdit

"We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off"
 
Single by Clea vs. Da Playaz
from the album Trinity
ReleasedSeptember 2005 (UK)
2006 (Europe)
FormatCD single
Genre
LabelUpside Records
Songwriter(s)
Clea vs. Da Playaz singles chronology
"Stuck in the Middle"
(2004)
"We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off"
(2005)
"Lucky Like That"
(2006)

The song was covered by Clea and was released as their third single. It was released in the UK in September 2005 and giving them their third Top 40 hit, charting at number 35. The song appears on their UK debut album, Trinity.

ChartsEdit

Chart (2005) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 35

Lil' Chris versionEdit

"We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off"
 
Single by Lil' Chris
from the album What's It All About
ReleasedOctober 2007 (UK)
FormatCD single
GenrePop
LabelRCA
Songwriter(s)
Lil' Chris singles chronology
"Figure It Out"
(2007)
"We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off"
(2007)

Pop singer Lil' Chris covered the song and released it as the only single from his second album, What's It All About?, on 19 October 2007. It peaked at number 63 on the UK Singles Chart. This was his last single before his death in 2015.

Track listingEdit

CD single

  1. "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" – 3:04
  2. "Taste Me" (live in Manchester)
  3. "I Never Noticed" (Live in London)

7" vinyl

  1. "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" – 3:04
  2. "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" (Media Virus Remix) – 5:53

ChartsEdit

Chart (2007) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 63

Other performancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "In Memory Of Jermaine Stewart - 1988 Interview With Donnie Simpson". Jermainestewart.org. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  2. ^ Easley, Terri. Seasons of Destiny. Xulon Press. p. 123. ISBN 1-60647-152-X.
  3. ^ "Cadbury advert The Charity Shop". YouTube. 6 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Jermaine Stewart - We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  5. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Jermaine Stewart - We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  7. ^ "InfoDisc : Tout les Titres par Artiste". Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  8. ^ a b Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Group. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  9. ^ Steffen Hung. "Jermaine Stewart - We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  10. ^ a b "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  11. ^ "Jermaine Stewart - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-02-20.
  12. ^ "Jermaine Stewart - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-02-20.
  13. ^ "Jermaine Stewart - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-02-20.
  14. ^ "Jermaine Stewart". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  15. ^ "2011-05-28 Top 40 R&B Singles Archive". Official Charts. 2011-05-28. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  16. ^ Jermaine Stewart - Frantic Romantic album back cover/liner notes.
  17. ^ Snapshot24: Golden Buzzer Singer Calum Scott Stunned the Crowd with Amazing Rendition of “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off”