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I Touch Roses

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B-side  "Lost Souls"
Format  7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Label  Sire Records
Released  25 September 1985
Length  3:25 (album version)
Recorded  1985, Unique Recording, NYC

"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.

1985 7" Single (Sire Records 7-28428)

Side A: "I Touch Roses" - 3:23

Side B: "Lost Souls" - 4:11

1985 12" Maxi-Single (Sire Records 0-20381)

Side A:

  1. "I Touch Roses" (Long Stemmed Version) - 5:43

Side B:

  1. "I Touch Roses" - 3:24
  2. "Lost Souls" - 4:11

1986 7" Remix Single (Sire Records 928 673-7)

Side A: "I Touch Roses" (Remix) - 3:19

Side B: "Lost Souls" (Remix) - 6:46

1986 12" Maxi-Single (Sire Records 920 482-0)

Side A:

  1. "I Touch Roses" (A Daniel Miller Extended Remix) - 5:35

Side B:

  1. "I Touch Roses" (7" Remix) - 3:19
  2. "Lost Souls" (Remix) - 6:46

2001 12" Promo (Reprise Records PRO-A-100579)

Side A:

  1. "I Touch Roses" (Markus Schulz Dark Rose Remix) - 8:45

Side B:

  1. "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 credits

  • Engineered by Steve Peck
  • Recorded and mixed at Unique Recording, NYC
  • Mastered with Herb Powers at Frankford Wayne, NYC
  • Produced by Ivan Ivan
  • Art Direction: ZoĆ« Brotman/Studio Zed
  • Cover Art: Herbert Lee
  • Photo: David La Chapelle
  • Clothes by: Jeffrey Costello
  • Hair and Make-up: Jill Sunshine
  • 2001 remixes credits

  • Produced by Ivan Ivan
  • Remix and additional production by Markus Schulz.
  • Official versions

    Official versions of B-side "Lost Souls"

    " * " denotes that version is available as digital download


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