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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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Dead or Alive

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Albums by
Dead or Alive

Top Songs by
Dead or Alive

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  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.   That's the Way (I Like It)
  11.   The Stranger
  12.   I'd Do Anything
  13.   What I Want
  14.   You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) (Alternative Metro 7" Edit)
  15.   Love Toy
  16.   Keep That Body Strong (That's the Way)
  17.   International Thing
  18.   I Want You
  19.   Come Home (With Me Baby)
  20.   Your Sweetness Is Your Weakness
  21.   Misty Circles
  22.   You Spin 'Round (Like a Record)
  23.   Original 7 Inch Mix
  24.   Punx Soundcheck vs. Princess Julia
  25.   Metro 12 Inch Extened Mix
  26.   Metro 7 Inch Edit
  27.   You Spin Me Round (Mark Moore & Mr. Motion Re
  28.   Something in My House (2000 Remix)
  29.   I'll Save All My Kisses
  30.   My Heart Goes Bang (Get Me to the Doctor) (12" Us Wipe Out Mix)
  31.   Give It Back
  32.   You Spin Me Like a Record
  33.   Selfish Side
  34.   Black Leather
  35.   You Spin Me Around (Like a Record)
  36.   You Spin Me Round 2003
  37.   Even Better Than the Real Thing
  38.   U Spin Me Right Round
  39.   And Then I Met U
  40.   What Have U Done (2 Make Me Change)
  41.   Lucky Day
  42.   Total Stranger
  43.   Gone 2 Long
  44.   Blue Christmas
  45.   Far Too Hard
  46.   Isn't It a Pity
  47.   I Paralyze
  48.   Turn Around & Count to Ten
  49.   Hit and Run Lover
  50.   Just What I Always Wanted
  51.   Pop Life
  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.   Nukleopatra
  61.   Sex Drive
  62.   Rebel Rebel
  63.   Hooked on Love
  64.   Come Inside
  65.   Son of a Gun
  66.   I'll Save You All My Kisses
  67.   I Don't Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
  68.   Baby Don't Say Goodbye
  69.   Give It Back That Love Is Mine
  70.   Turn Around and Count 2 Ten
  71.   It's Been a Long Time
  72.   Big Daddy of the Rhythm
  73.   D.J. Hit That Button
  74.   I Wanna Be a Toy
  75.   Stop Kicking My Heart Around
  76.   Do It
  77.   Love Come Back to Me
  78.   Wish You Were Here
  79.   Then There Was You
  80.   I Cannot Carry On
  81.   Get Out of My House
  82.   Blue Christmas 2000
  83.   Cake and Eat It
  84.   Absolutely Nothing
  85.   You Make Me Wanna
  86.   Special Star
  87.   I Promised Myself
  88.   I'm Falling
  89.   My Forbidden Lover
  90.   Even Better Than the Real Thing 2000
  91.   Sit on It