Berklee Popular Music Institute - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me (Culture Club Cover)

In celebration of cultural icon Boy George and his lasting impact on the LGBTQ+ community, the Berklee Popular Music Institute (BPMI) and publishing company Primary Wave Music have partnered to create a sonically and visually-stunning remake of the Culture Club smash hit “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”. This marks the newest installment in the video series, which was born out of a first-of-its-kind collaboration between a college music business program and a major publishing company.

“It's interesting to hear this interpretation of this song, as we have just re-interpreted this ourselves. We have kind of stripped it more bare. I realize this song is about something else now. I am not that person from thirty years ago. So I don’t feel the same way about this song. When I sing this, I'm not always sad. So I have to almost drop back into that space. For me personally, I'm always excited when someone takes the song and does something else with it. I've already done the original so I don’t need another version of it, trying to sound like me. This version of the song is right up my street. When I think about the climate in the early eighties, when I wrote this song with Culture Club, attitudes to sexuality were different, and people were able to get away with more in terms of what they said about you and what they felt about you, and it's changed now, so hearing this song, interpreted from a new generation is exciting, as the message is still the same.” - BOY GEORGE

“Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” – Tyler Christian
Arranged by Tyler Christian, Julian Lewis, Liam Garcia, and Oliver Graham
Produced by Christopher Bolte and Oliver Graham
Mixed by Christopher Bolte
Mastered by Christopher Bolte
Drums - Julian Lewis
Guitar and Bass - Liam Garcia

“Do You Really Want To Hurt Me”
Michael Emile Craig, Roy Ernest Hay, Jonathan Aubrey Moss, George Alan O’Dowd
Virgin Music Publishers, Ltd.; BMG VM Music Ltd
Used with permission from Primary Wave Music Publishing

Video Production: Bottle Tree Pictures
Director: Alex Enman
Producer: Dan Gruenpeter
Director of Photography: Dylan Law
First AC: Alex Lopez
Steadicam: Jake Davidson

Grip: TJ Wasserman
Executive Producer: Morgan Milardo, Berklee Popular Music Institute
Creative Producer: Andy Chau, Berklee Career Center
Production Assistants: Kyle Conneely, Stephanie Coraci, Daniela Cabraitz
Filmed at National Boston

Project Management by the Berklee Popular Music Institute (BPMI)
Jeff Dorenfeld – BPMI Founder Emeritus
Morgan Milardo – BPMI Managing Director
Contract Management and Administrative Support: Alice Macedo, Kyle Conneely
Promotion and Graphic Design: Daniel Ramos

Special thanks to: Robert Dippold, Jack Levine, Sarah Nekich, Marty Silverstone, James Janocha, Catie Monck, and the entire team at Primary Wave Music Publishing; Roger Bayley at National Boston; Bottle Tree Pictures; and the entire Berklee Popular Music Institute class of 2022.

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