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
ReleasedApril 1985 (U.K.)
FormatVinyl record (7", 12")
Songwriter(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, produced by Stock Aitken Waterman. It was released as the second single from the band's second album, Youthquake, and the single mix features slightly different instrumentation to the album version but is generally the same. The single peaked at #11 in the UK, #3 in South Africa, #5 in Switzerland, #21 in Germany, #13 in Australia and #75 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

In addition to the standard 7" and 12" formats (the latter of which included a sleeve which could be opened up in to a poster), a fan-shaped picture disc was also released in the UK. The B-side to the single was "Far Too Hard", a song from the band's first album.

Like "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)", the song was re-recorded in 2003 for the band's retrospective compilation Evolution: The Hits.


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]

Track listing[edit]

UK 7"
1."Lover Come Back to Me"3:08
2."Far Too Hard"4:32
UK 12"
1."Lover Come Back to Me (Extended Remix)"5:50
2."Far Too Hard"4:32
3."Lover Come Back to Me (7" Version)"3:08

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 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
Swiss Chart 5
UK Singles Chart 11
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 75
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 13


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  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 85. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and 19 June 1988.