I Paralyze is the seventeenth studio album by American singer-actress Cher, released on May 28, 1982 by Columbia Records. This album was a commercial failure and failed to chart. Following the record's release, Cher took a five-year hiatus from music to focus on a film career until 1987, when she released the Platinum-certified album Cher.
The album contains various musical styles: the rock style of Black Rose on cuts such as "Walk With Me", "The Book of Love", and "Rudy"; a slight new wave sound in "I Paralyze"; some ballads such as "When the Love is Gone" and "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?"; and an "old 80's" style on "Back On the Street Again" (a retitled cover of The Babys' "Back on My Feet Again") and "Games". "Rudy" and "I Paralyze" were released as singles to promote the album, but they were both unsuccessful. "Rudy" was originally recorded by French singer Dalida as "Quand je n'aime plus, je m'en vais". In 1981 Cher recorded a song with Meat Loaf called "Dead Ringer for Love"; the song was a hit in UK, but did not appear in the final cut of the album.