Lover Come Back to Me (Dead or Alive song)

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"Lover Come Back to Me"
Single by Dead or Alive
from the album Youthquake
Released April 1985 (U.K.)
Format Vinyl record (7", 12")
Recorded 1985
Genre Dance-pop, synthpop, new wave, Hi-NRG
Length 3:06
Label Epic
Writer(s) Pete Burns, Mike Percy, Tim Lever, Steve Coy
Producer(s) Stock Aitken Waterman
Dead or Alive singles chronology
"You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)"
"Lover Come Back to Me"
"In Too Deep"

"Lover Come Back to Me" is a 1985 single by Dead or Alive and was produced by Stock Aitken Waterman. The single mix features slightly different instrumentation to the version featured on Youthquake, but is otherwise identical. The 7" single charted at #11 in the UK, #3 in South Africa, #21 in Germany, #13 in Australia and also charted on the US Billboard Hot 100. Like "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" the song was re-recorded in 2003 for the band's retrospective compilation Evolution: The Hits. There is also an extended remix version of the song which came in a sleeve which could be opened up in to a poster. It had "Lover Come Back to Me" on the A-side and "Far Too Hard" (a song from their first album Sophisticated Boom Boom) on the B-side.


The single generally received positive reviews, being described as "appealing" by Ira Robbins[1] while Ned Raggett of Allmusic said, "When Burns commands at the end of the chorus, 'Kick it right down, right down!' it's as memorable as mass media pop of any stripe ever gets."[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 13
Canadian RPM Top Singles 95
German Singles Chart 21
Irish Singles Chart 6
Italian Singles Chart 24
Japanese Singles Chart 9
South African Singles Chart 3
UK Singles Chart 11
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 75
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 13