What I Want (Dead or Alive song)

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"What I Want"
Single by Dead or Alive
from the album Sophisticated Boom Boom
ReleasedAugust 1983
FormatVinyl record (7", 12")
GenreHi-NRG, Dark Wave, Synth-pop
Songwriter(s)Pete Burns
Wayne Hussey
Mike Percy
Steve Coy
J. Levin
Producer(s)Zeus B. Held
Dead or Alive
Dead or Alive singles chronology
"Misty Circles"
"What I Want"
"I'd Do Anything"

"That's the Way (I Like It)"

""What I Want" (re-issue)"

"You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)"

"What I Want" is a song written and recorded by English band Dead or Alive. It was co-produced by the band and Zeus B. Held and released in August 1983 as the second single from Dead or Alive's debut album Sophisticated Boom Boom.


The song was not a success when released, peaking at number eighty-eight in the UK Singles Chart. After Dead or Alive's UK top-forty success of "That's the Way (I Like It)", "What I Want" was re-issued in June 1984. It did not fare much better during its second chart run, placing only one position higher, at number eighty-seven.

Track listing[edit]

UK 7"
1."What I Want"3:42
2."The Stranger" (re-recorded version)4:52
UK 12"
1."What I Want (Dance Mix)"6:12
2."The Stranger" (re-recorded version)4:52

Chart performance[edit]

The single was re-released in June 1984, however, it proved to be a slight, but bigger hit than the original. Both versions charted in the UK, separated by only a few positions between the two.

Chart (1983) Peak
UK Singles Chart 88
Chart (1984) Peak
UK Singles Chart 87