|"We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off"|
|Single by Jermaine Stewart|
|from the album Frantic Romantic|
|Released||May 27, 1986|
|Producer(s)||Narada Michael Walden|
|Jermaine Stewart singles chronology|
"We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" (released in the United Kingdom 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, peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100. Outside of the United States, "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" peaked within the top ten of the charts in Canada, the Republic of Ireland, and the United Kingdom.
"We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" was written by producer, drummer, and singer-songwriter Narada Michael Walden and Preston Glass. Stewart recorded it during 1985 and it was released across the world the following summer, peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, and also peaking within the top ten of the charts in Canada, the Republic of Ireland, and the United Kingdom.
The single seemed to reflect more modesty regarding sex due to the AIDS pandemic at the time. When interviewed by Donnie Simpson in 1988, 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."
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 US or the United Kingdom).
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 .
In 2011, the song was used in a Cadbury's TV commercial in the United Kingdom, called The Charity Shop.This exposed the song to a new generation who downloaded the track and returned it to the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 29. The song also appeared in Kevin Smith's film Zack and Miri Make a Porno , the episode "My Dirty Secret" of the television show Scrubs and the first episode of the second series of the comedy show Peter Kay's Car Share.
The song has been covered a number of times and versions have been released by British girl group 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 .
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.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.
7" single (American release)
7" single (Canadian release)
7" single (European release)
7" single (UK and Australian release)
12" single (American and Canadian release)
12" single (European release)
12" single (UK release)
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||37|
|Canadian Singles Chart||2|
|Dutch Singles Chart||13|
|French Singles Chart||91|
|Irish Singles Chart||4|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||27|
|UK Singles Chart||2|
|US Billboard Hot 100||5|
|US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart||64|
|US Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs Chart||41|
|US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales Chart||35|
|Year-end chart (1986)||Rank|
|US Top Pop Singles (Billboard)||60|
|Irish Singles Chart||30|
|UK Singles Chart||29|
|UK R&B Singles Chart||7|
Taken from the Frantic Romantic liner notes.
|"We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off"|
|Single by Clea vs. Da Playaz|
|from the album Trinity|
|Released||September 2005 (UK)|
|Clea vs. Da Playaz singles chronology|
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 .
|UK Singles Chart||35|
|"We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off"|
|Single by Lil' Chris|
|from the album What's It All About|
|Released||October 2007 (UK)|
|Lil' Chris singles chronology|
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.
|UK Singles Chart||63|
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