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Perfect Strangers
Studio album by Deep Purple
Released October, 1984
Recorded August, 1984 at "Horizons" in Stowe, Vermont
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 39:28 (Original LP)
44:13 (Original CD)
54:15 (1999 CD re-issue)
Label Polydor (UK)
Mercury Records (US)
Producer Roger Glover
& Deep Purple
Professional reviews
Deep Purple chronology
Come Taste the Band
Perfect Strangers
The House of Blue Light

Perfect Strangers is the eleventh studio album by Deep Purple, released in October 1984. It represents the first album recorded by the reformed, and most successful and popular, 'Mark II' line-up.[1]

It was the first Deep Purple studio album in nine years, and the first with the Mk II lineup for eleven years, the last being Who Do We Think We Are in 1973. Ritchie Blackmore and Roger Glover arrived from Rainbow, Ian Gillan from Black Sabbath, Jon Lord from Whitesnake, and Ian Paice from Gary Moore's backing band.

The CD and cassette versions of the album contained the extra track "Not Responsible". The album was remastered and reissued June 22, 1999 with the bonus instrumental track "Son of Alerik". The latter had previously been available as a B-side on "Perfect Strangers" in 1984.


Critical reception

Deborah Frost of Rolling Stone gave it a review of two out of five stars, remarking that "the material consists of hastily knocked-off jams". The review also stated that "Blackmore's Strat has such a great roar that you're willing to just let it reverberate in your eardrums for a bit. And it's nice to hear Jon Lord's synthesized organ squalls, Ian Paice's electrifying drumming, Ian Gillan's howls and whispers and Roger Glover's solid bass lines once again."[2] The album reached #5 in the UK and #6 on the Billboard 200 in the US.[3]

The tour was so successful that the band had to add many additional dates to the U.S. arena tour, as tickets sold out very quickly.

Track listing

All songs by Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan and Roger Glover except where noted.

Side one

  1. "Knocking at Your Back Door" – 7:09
  2. "Under the Gun" – 4:40
  3. "Nobody's Home" (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Jon Lord, Ian Paice) – 4:01
  4. "Mean Streak" – 4:26

Side two

  1. "Perfect Strangers" – 5:31
  2. "A Gypsy's Kiss" – 5:14
  3. "Wasted Sunsets" – 3:58
  4. "Hungry Daze" – 5:01

Bonus track on the CD

  1. "Not Responsible" – 4:53 (originally cassette and CD only -- not on vinyl LP)

Additional bonus track on the 1999 CD re-issue

  1. "Son of Alerik" (Blackmore) – 10:01 (not on original cassette, vinyl or CD release; used as an edited 7" B-side, or full version on the 12" of the "Perfect Strangers" single)


  • Engineered by Nick Blagona
  • Produced by Roger Glover and Deep Purple


  • Hungry Daze is also the name of an Australian classic rock inspired band.
  • Some of today's rock musicians consider Perfect Strangers to be a significant musical influence, notably Dream Theater, who frequently performed cover versions of the title track on their early tours.
  • "Knocking At Your Back Door" was partially used for the player introductions of the NBA's Seattle Supersonics during the mid-to-late 1990s.
  • "Not Responsible" is one of the only Deep Purple songs known to contain a lyrical profanity - in this case, "fucking".



Year Nation Chart Position
1984 Norway Norwegian Record Charts 2[4]
1985 United States The Billboard 200 6[5]


Year Single Nation Chart Position
1984 "Perfect Strangers" United States Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 12[6]
1985 "Nobody's Home" United States Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 20[6]
"Knocking at Your Back Door" United States Billboard Hot 100 61[6]
United States Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 7[6]

Sales accomplishments

RIAA certification[7] (United States)

Date Designation Total Sales
January 15, 1985 Gold 500,000
April 9, 1985 Platinum 1,000,000

BPI certification (United Kingdom)

Date Designation Total Sales
November 23, 1984 Silver[8] 60,000
April 28, 1985 Gold[9] 100,000

CRIA certification[10] (Canada)

Date Designation Total Sales
January 1, 1985 Gold 50,000
March 1, 1985 Platinum 100,000


  1. ^ Review by
  2. ^ Albumn Review. Rolling Stone. Originally written Feb. 28, 1985.
  3. ^ Deep Purple Essential Collection - Planet Rock
  4. ^ "VG-lista album info: Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers". Retrieved September 12, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Billboard album chart history-Deep Purple". Retrieved February 21, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Billboard singles chart history-Deep Purple". Retrieved February 21, 2009. 
  7. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum database". Retrieved February 20, 2009. 
  8. ^ "BPI certified awards Silver". Retrieved February 21, 2009. 
  9. ^ "BPI certified awards Gold". Retrieved February 21, 2009. 
  10. ^ "CRIA certified awards". Retrieved February 21, 2009. 

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