Not the Boy Next Door

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Not the Boy Next Door
Not the Boy Next Door by Peter Allen album cover.jpg
Studio album by Peter Allen
Released 1983
Genre Pop, stage and screen
Length 39:57
Label Arista Records
Producer Richard Landis
Peter Allen chronology
The Very Best of Peter Allen
(1982)The Very Best of Peter Allen1982
Not the Boy Next Door
Captured Live at Carnegie Hall
(1985)Captured Live at Carnegie Hall1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Not the Boy Next Door is a studio album released in 1983 by Australian singer and songwriter Peter Allen. This was his first release under Arista Records.

The album produced four singles: "Not the Boy Next Door", "You Haven't Heard the Last of Me", "Once Before I Go" and "You and Me (We Wanted It All)". All four experienced moderate success on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

The album peaked at number 36 on the Australian Kent Music Report[2] and number 170 on the American Billboard 200.[3]


In 1981, Allen had enjoyed his first US charting single with "Fly Away". The same year, "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)", which he co-wrote, topped the charts and won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. In 1982, Allen's first greatest hits album was released, ending his contract with A&M Records. Allen signed to Arista Records, home of similar artist, Barry Manilow, in hope of record company support he needed to pursue his career.


William Ruhlmann from AllMusic gave the album 2.5 out of 5, saying; "The nine songs on Not the Boy Next Door seemed to have been carefully fashioned to fit into current radio formats, but perhaps they had been tailored too well", adding the songs echoed the early '80s dance-pop and pop/rock that never quite worked.[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side A[edit]

  1. "Just Another Make-Out Song" (Peter Allen) – 4:10
  2. "Not the Boy Next Door" (Allen / Dean Pitchford) – 6:52
  3. "You'll Always Get Your Way" (Allen / Tom Keane) – 4:32
  4. "You and Me" (Allen / Carole Bayer Sager) – 4:14

Side B[edit]

  1. "Fade to Black" (Allen) – 3:53
  2. "Somebody's Got Your Love" (Dick St Nicklaus) – 3:34
  3. "You Haven't Heard the Last of Me" (Eric Kaz / Tom Snow) – 4:14
  4. "Easy on the Weekend" (Kaz / Snow) – 4:00
  5. "Once Before I Go" (Allen / Pitchford) – 4:22



  1. ^ a b "Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door". Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  2. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970 - 1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  3. ^ "Peter Allen - Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Peter Allen- Not the Boy Next Door @ Discogs Accessed 9-9-2015.