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Sophisticated Boom Boom is the debut album by the British pop group Dead or Alive, released in 1984 on Epic Records. Containing mostly synthpop and dance elements, the record was a minor success in the UK where it peaked at #29 and contained the band's first UK Top 40 single, a cover version of KC & the Sunshine Band's "That's the Way (I Like It)". That song, with "Misty Circles", were hits on the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

Although there was an unrelated Scottish female group called Sophisticated Boom Boom in the early 1980s, the title of the album derives from a Shangri-Las song of the same name, and alludes to the Sixties pop influences that crop up in the band's body of work — most explicitly here on the track "You Make Me Wanna".

The original cassette version of the album was released with three bonus tracks. In 2007, the album was re-released on CD by Cherry Red Records with seven bonus tracks.

The cover photograph was taken by Peter Ashworth.

Track listing[]

All tracks written by Dead or Alive; except "That's the Way (I Like It)" by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch.

Original CD and LP 1984 (UK):[]

  1. I'd Do Anything
  2. That's the Way (I Like It)
  3. Absolutely Nothing
  4. What I Want
  5. Far Too Hard
  6. You Make Me Wanna
  7. Sit on It
  8. Wish You Were Here
  9. Misty Circles
  10. Do It

1984 cassette Bonus Tracks:[]

  1. I'do Anything (Dub)
  2. Keep That Body Strong (That's the Way)
  3. Misty Circles (Instrumental)

Original CD and LP 1984 (US):[]

  1. What I Want
  2. Misty Circles
  3. Do It
  4. I'd Do Anything
  5. That's the Way (I Like It)
  6. You Make Me Wanna
  7. Sit on It
  8. Wish You Were Here
  9. Absolutely Nothing
  10. Far Too Hard

CD UK 2007 Reissue:[]

  1. I'd Do Anything
  2. That's the Way (I Like It)
  3. Absolutely Nothing
  4. What I Want
  5. Far Too Hard
  6. You Make Me Wanna
  7. Sit on It
  8. Wish You Were Here
  9. Misty Circles
  10. Do It
  11. Selfish Side
  12. The Stranger
  13. Misty Circles (Dance Mix)
  14. What I Want (Dance Mix)
  15. I'd Do Anything (Megamix)
  16. That's the Way (I Like It) [Extended Mix]
  17. Keep That Body Strong (That's the Way)

Personnel[]

  • Pete Burns - Vocals
  • Mike Percy - Bass Guitar
  • Tim Lever - Keyboards
  • Steve Coy - Drums
  • Wayne Hussey - Guitar (uncredited on album artwork)

Aditional Personnel[]

  • Tim Palmer - Engineer, Mixer

Singles[]

Gallery[]

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