Youthquake (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1985
ProducerStock Aitken Waterman
Dead or Alive chronology
Sophisticated Boom Boom
Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know
Singles from Youthquake
  1. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)"
    Released: 5 November 1984
  2. "Lover Come Back to Me"
    Released: April 1985
  3. "In Too Deep"
    Released: June 1985
  4. "My Heart Goes Bang (Get Me to the Doctor)"
    Released: September 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Smash Hits8/10 stars [1]
AllMusic3/5 stars [2]
Rolling Stone(unfavourable)[3]

Youthquake is the second album by the British pop group Dead or Alive, released in May 1985. The album was their commercial breakthrough in Europe and the United States, due to the lead single "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)", which was a UK number-one hit and a top 20 hit in the United States. Additional single releases from the album included "Lover Come Back To Me", "In Too Deep" and "My Heart Goes Bang (Get Me to the Doctor)". This was Dead or Alive's first collaboration with the Stock Aitken Waterman production team. Youthquake was re-released in the UK on compact disc in 1994, with the two bonus tracks that were previously included on the original CD[Notes 1] and cassette versions of the album.

Recent US and Japanese reissues have reverted to the original vinyl track listing.

The album peaked at #9 in the UK[4] and was certified Gold by the BPI for sales of over 100,000 copies.[5] It also peaked at #31 in the US[6] and was certified Gold by the RIAA for sales over 500,000.[7] In Canada the album peaked at #8 and was certified platinum.

The album cover was taken by fashion photographer Mario Testino.

Track listing[edit]

Original Cassette, UK CD and 1994 CD track listing
1."You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)"3:20
2."I Wanna Be a Toy"3:57
3."DJ Hit That Button"3:27
4."In Too Deep"4:09
5."Big Daddy of the Rhythm"3:24
6."You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (Performance Mix)7:25
7."Cake and Eat It"4:41
8."Lover Come Back to Me"3:07
9."My Heart Goes Bang (Get Me to the Doctor)"3:10
10."It's Been a Long Time"8:02
11."Lover Come Back to Me" (Extended Mix)5:24
  • Original vinyl, original US CD, and original Japan CD release is 9 tracks only, omitting tracks 6 (remix) and 11 (extended mix)


  • Pete Burns – vocals
  • Mike Percy – bass guitar, guitars
  • Tim Lever – keyboards
  • Steve Coy – drums
Additional personnel

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[8] 17
Canadian RPM Top Albums/CDs[9] 8
Dutch Music Charts[10] 37
Media Control Charts 14
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart[11] 43
Oricon Japanese Albums Chart 31
Swedish Albums Chart[12] 29
Swiss Music Charts[13] 10
UK Albums Chart[4] 9
U.S. Billboard 200[6] 31


  1. ^ Original European CD copies were manufactured in Japan and were un-barcoded.


  1. ^ Cranna, Ian (22 May 1985). "Albums Reviews". Smash Hits. London, England: EMAP: 20.
  2. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Dead or Alive: Youthquake > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  3. ^ Tannenbaum, Rob (29 August 1985). "Dead or Alive: Youthquake". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow (RS 455). ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 2008-11-19.
  4. ^ a b "Youthquake". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  5. ^ "British album certifications – Dead or Alive – Youthquake". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Type Youthquake in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  6. ^ a b "Youthquake > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at AllMusic. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  7. ^ Template:Cite certification In Canada the album reached
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "RPM 100 Albums". RPM. archived at Library and Archives Canada (Volume 42, No. 23). 17 August 1985. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  10. ^ "Dead or Alive - Youthquake" (in Dutch). Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  11. ^ "Dead or Alive - Youthquake". Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  12. ^ "Dead or Alive - Youthquake". Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  13. ^ "Dead or Alive - Youthquake" (in German). Retrieved 8 October 2011.