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Dead or Alive

A British dance-pop group which found fame thanks to the antics of androgynous frontman Pete Burns, Dead or Alive formed in Liverpool in 1980. Burns first surfaced three years prior in the Mystery Girls, later heading the proto-goth rockers Nightmares in Wax; he founded Dead or Alive with keyboardist Marty Healey, guitarist Mitch, bassist Sue James, and drummer Joe Musker, debuting in 1980 with the Ian Broudie-produced Doors soundalike "I'm Falling." "Number Eleven" followed, but just as the group was gaining momentum, they were swept aside by the emergence of the New Romantic movement, with Burns subsequently charging that fellow androgyne Boy George of Culture Club had merely stolen his outrageous image. Undaunted, Burns forged on with a retooled Dead or Alive roster including future Mission U.K. guitarist Wayne Hussey and bassist Mike Percy. Over the course of records including the 1982 It's Been Hours Now EP and the follow-up single, "The Stranger," the group evolved into a true dance band and ultimately landed with major-label Epic. A series of singles appeared over during 1983, including "Misty Circles" and "What I Want"; Hussey soon exited, and it was a lineup comprising Burns, Percy, keyboardist Tim Lever, and drummer Steve Coy which scored Dead or Alive's first major hit, a 1984 cover of KC & the Sunshine Band's disco classic "That's the Way (I Like It)" which fell just shy of reaching the British Top 20. The group's full-length debut, Sophisticated Boom Boom, also fared well with audiences, but they achieved true stardom in early 1985 with the Hi-NRG smash "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)," the first number one hit for the production team of Stock, Aitken & Waterman. The succeeding LP, Youthquake, was also a smash, yielding further hits in the form of the singles "Lover Come Back to Me," "In Too Deep," and "My Heart Goes Bang." 1986's "Brand New Lover" kept the group in the limelight, but the 1987 LP, Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know proved disastrous at home and in the U.S., although a fervent following emerged in Japan. In the wake of 1989's Nude, both Lever and Percy left the group; the nucleus of Burns and Coy remained, additionally taking over production and managerial duties. Subsequent Dead or Alive LPs included Fan the Flame, Part One, and Nukleopatra. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Albums by
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Top Songs by
Dead or Alive

  1.   Song
  2.   You Spin Me 'Round (Like a Record)
  3.   Brand New Lover
  4.   Lover Come Back (To Me)
  5.   Something in My House
  6.   Why's It So Hard
  7.   In Too Deep
  8.   Why It's So Hard
  9.   My Heart Goes Bang (Get Me To The Doctor)
  10.   That's the Way (I Like It)
  11.   Sex Drive
  12.   D.J. Hit That Button
  13.   You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) (Alternative Metro 7" Edit)
  14.   I'll Save All My Kisses
  15.   My Heart Goes Bang (Get Me to the Doctor) (12" Us Wipe Out Mix)
  16.   Even Better Than the Real Thing
  17.   Wish You Were Here
  18.   Hooked on Love
  19.   I'll Save You All My Kisses
  20.   What I Want
  21.   You Spin 'Round (Like a Record)
  22.   Original 7 Inch Mix
  23.   Punx Soundcheck vs. Princess Julia
  24.   Metro 12 Inch Extened Mix
  25.   Metro 7 Inch Edit
  26.   You Spin Me Round (Mark Moore & Mr. Motion Re
  27.   Something in My House (2000 Remix)
  28.   Love Toy
  29.   Give It Back
  30.   Keep That Body Strong (That's the Way)
  31.   The Stranger
  32.   Selfish Side
  33.   Love Come Back to Me
  34.   Black Leather
  35.   You Spin Me Around (Like a Record)
  36.   You Spin Me Round 2003
  37.   And Then I Met U
  38.   What Have U Done (2 Make Me Change)
  39.   Lucky Day
  40.   Total Stranger
  41.   Gone 2 Long
  42.   Your Sweetness Is Your Weakness
  43.   Blue Christmas
  44.   I'm Falling
  45.   Far Too Hard
  46.   Absolutely Nothing
  47.   Sit on It
  48.   You Make Me Wanna
  49.   I'd Do Anything
  50.   Isn't It a Pity
  51.   I Paralyze
  52.   Even Better Than the Real Thing 2000
  53.   Hit and Run Lover
  54.   Just What I Always Wanted
  55.   Pop Life
  56.   Spend the Night Together
  57.   Getting It On
  58.   Gone Too Long
  59.   The Right Stuff
  60.   Sleep With You
  61.   I'm a Star
  62.   Unhappy Birthday
  63.   Picture This
  64.   International Thing
  65.   Nukleopatra