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