"I Touch Roses" is the second single released by the American synthpop band Book of Love. The song was included on the band's eponymous debut album Book of Love in 1986. The B-side to the single is "Lost Souls", a remixed version of which also appeared on their debut album.
Although "I Touch Roses" failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it did make the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart, where it peaked at no. 8 in 1985.
"I Touch Roses" was written by band member Theodore ("Ted") Ottaviano. After the success of their first single, "Boy", "I Touch Roses" followed a similar trajectory, securing that the band would record a full album for Sire Records. In 2009, Ted Ottaviano revealed, "We didn't know it at the time, but thankfully, with 'I Touch Roses', it was not preordained that Sire was developing us at the time. There was no grand scheme. It was more a la carte. But then people started picking up on 'Roses' and then the album happened."
In 2001, after having success with new remixes of "Boy", the record company commissioned DJ/producer Markus Schulz to attempt a follow up by remixing "I Touch Roses" for the new millennium. A promotional 12" single was released in 2001, featuring the Markus Schulz Dark Rose Remix, and an instrumental version of the remix on the flipside, in order to further promote Book of Love's greatest hits album, I Touch Roses: The Best of Book of Love. The new remixes did not chart, and are not included on the album.
Side A: "I Touch Roses" - 3:23
Side B: "Lost Souls" - 4:11
- "I Touch Roses" (Long Stemmed Version) - 5:43
- "I Touch Roses" - 3:24
- "Lost Souls" - 4:11
Side A: "I Touch Roses" (Remix) - 3:19
Side B: "Lost Souls" (Remix) - 6:46
- "I Touch Roses" (A Daniel Miller Extended Remix) - 5:35
- "I Touch Roses" (7" Remix) - 3:19
- "Lost Souls" (Remix) - 6:46
- "I Touch Roses" (Markus Schulz Dark Rose Remix) - 8:45
- "I Touch Roses" (Markus Schulz Dark Rose Instrumental) - 8:45
Written by Theodore Ottaviano. All instruments arranged, programmed, and performed by Book of Love.Susan Ottaviano - Lead vocals
Jade Lee - Percussion
Lauren Roselli - Keyboards
Ted Ottaviano - Keyboards
1985 version creditsEngineered by Steve Peck
Recorded and mixed at Unique Recording, NYC
Mastered with Herb Powers at Frankford Wayne, NYC
Produced by Ivan Ivan
Art Direction: Zoë Brotman/Studio Zed
Cover Art: Herbert Lee
Photo: David La Chapelle
Clothes by: Jeffrey Costello
Hair and Make-up: Jill Sunshine
2001 remixes creditsProduced by Ivan Ivan
Remix and additional production by Markus Schulz.
Official versions of B-side "Lost Souls"
" * " denotes that version is available as digital download