What I Want (Dead or Alive song)

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"What I Want"
Single by Dead or Alive
from the album Sophisticated Boom Boom
Released August 1983
Format Vinyl record (7", 12")
Recorded 1983
Genre New wave
Label Epic
Writer(s) Pete Burns
Wayne Hussey
Mike Percy
Steve Coy
J. Levin
Producer(s) Zeus B. Held
Dead or Alive
Dead or Alive singles chronology
"Misty Circles"
(1983)
"What I Want"
(1983)
"I'd Do Anything"
(1984)

"That's the Way (I Like It)"
(1984)

"What I Want" (re-issue)
(1984)

"You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)"
(1984)

"What I Want" is a song written and recorded by English band Dead or Alive. It was co-produced by the band and Zeus B. Held and released in August 1983 as the second single from Dead or Alive's album Sophisticated Boom Boom.

The song was not a success when released, peaking at number eighty-eight in the UK Singles Chart. After Dead or Alive's UK top-forty success of "That's the Way (I Like It)", "What I Want" was re-issued in June 1984. It did not fare much better during its second chart run, placing only one position higher, at number eighty-seven.

Chart performance[edit]

The single was re-released in June 1984, however, it proved to be a slight, but bigger hit than the original. Both versions charted in the UK, separated by only a few positions between the two.

Chart (1983) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 88
Chart (1984) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 87