Sophisticated Boom Boom

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Sophisticated Boom Boom
Studio album by Dead Or Alive
Released May 1984 (1984)
Recorded 1983–84
Genre Dance-pop, synthpop, Hi-NRG
Length 41:00
Label Epic
Producer Zeus B. Held, Dead or Alive
Dead Or Alive chronology
Sophisticated Boom Boom
Singles from Sophisticated Boom Boom
  1. "Misty Circles"
    Released: May 1983
  2. "What I Want"
    Released: August 1983
  3. "I'd Do Anything"
    Released: January 1984
  4. "That's the Way (I Like It)"
    Released: 1984
  5. "What I Want (re-release)"
    Released: 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Smash Hits 2/10 stars [1]
Allmusic 1/5 stars [2]

Sophisticated Boom Boom is the debut album by the British pop group Dead or Alive, released in 1984 on Epic Records. Containing mostly synthpop and dance elements, the record was a minor success in the UK where it peaked at #29[3] and contained the band's first UK Top 40 single, a cover version of KC & the Sunshine Band's "That's the Way (I Like It)".[4] That song, with "Misty Circles", were hits on the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.[5]

Although there was an unrelated Scottish female group called Sophisticated Boom Boom in the early 1980s, the title of the album derives from a Shangri-Las song of the same name, and alludes to the Sixties pop influences that crop up in the band's body of work — most explicitly here on the track "You Make Me Wanna".[citation needed]

The original cassette version of the album was released with three bonus tracks. In 2007, the album was re-released on CD by Cherry Red Records with seven bonus tracks.

The cover photograph was taken by Peter Ashworth.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Dead or Alive; except "That's the Way (I Like It)" by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch. 

Original 1984 vinyl
No. Title Length
1. "I'd Do Anything"   4:16
2. "That's the Way (I Like It)"   3:39
3. "Absolutely Nothing"   4:21
4. "What I Want"   5:23
5. "Far Too Hard"   4:31
6. "You Make Me Wanna"   2:54
7. "Sit on It"   3:07
8. "Wish You Were Here"   5:21
9. "Misty Circles"   3:39
10. "Do It"   3:53
Original 1984 cassette extra tracks
No. Title Length
11. "I'd Do Anything" (Dub) 5:22
12. "Keep That Body Strong (That's the Way)"   3:41
13. "Misty Circles" (instrumental) 3:40



  1. ^ Anthony, Lisa (26 April 1984). "Albums: Dead Or Alive - Sophisticated Boom Boom". Smash Hits (London, England: EMAP). p. 23. 
  2. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Dead or Alive: Sophisticated Boom Boom > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 9 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Sophisticated Boom Boom". Archived from the original on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "That's the Way (I Like It)". Archived from the original on 2012-07-21. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Sophisticated Boom Boom > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" at AllMusic. Retrieved 9 October 2011.

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