We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off – Jermaine Stewart | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#5) & R&B (#64); 1986

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

In a year when Eddie Money urged his honey to “take me home tonight” and Rod Stewart claimed his love touch was “the best you ever had,” Jermaine Stewart came across as a throwback to another century in We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off. Here it’s Jermaine – the man! – who’s urging restraint in the face of a woman’s too-fast advances. Just where did this guy come from anyway? Well, Jermaine hailed from Columbus, Ohio and danced as a teen on Soul Train. He then parlayed his dancing fame into singing on sessions for the likes of Shalamar, Tavares, and Culture Club. Eventually, Jermaine snagged a solo deal of his own and in 1985 he reached #17 on the R&B chart with The Word Is Out. More than a year passed before We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off took off. Although it was a monster track with mainstream pop fans, apparently the R&B crowd wasn’t buying Jermaine’s out-of-sync dating style, stopping the spread of its subversive sentiment at #64.

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Produced by:

  • Narada Michael Walden

Lyrics Written by:

  • Narada Michael Walden
  • Preston Glass