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