Sophisticated Boom Boom

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Sophisticated Boom Boom
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1984 (1984)
ProducerZeus 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
Smash Hits8/10 stars [1]
Allmusic1/5 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]

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.

Original album title was "Mad, Bad and Dangerous To Know", but it was rejected by the label.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dead or Alive, except where noted.

Original UK 1984 vinyl
1."I'd Do Anything"4:16
2."That's the Way (I Like It)" (Harry Wayne Casey, Richard Finch)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
1984 cassette bonus tracks
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


  • Pete Burns - Vocals
  • Mike Percy - Bass guitar
  • Tim Lever - Keyboards
  • Steve Coy - Drums
  • Wayne Hussey - Guitar (uncredited on album artwork)
Additional personnel


  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 30 September 2017.
  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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