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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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Albums by
Dead or Alive

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    10 songs

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    Sophisticated Boom Boom

    17 songs

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    Sophisticated Boom Boom [Bonus Tracks]

    5 songs

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    You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)

    9 songs

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    Youthquake

    9 songs

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    Nude

    8 songs

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    Rip It Up

    9 songs

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    Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know

    3 songs

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    Even Better Than the Real Thing

    1 song

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    You Spin Me Round Promo CD

    18 songs

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    That's the Way I Like It: The Best of Dead or Alive

    18 songs

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    Evolution: The Hits

    28 songs

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    Original Album Classics

    12 songs

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    Nude [Japan Bonus Tracks]

    16 songs

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    Rocket: A Tribute to Dead or Alive

    13 songs

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    Fragile

    15 songs

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    Nukleopatra

    10 songs

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    Sophisticated Boom, Boom

    4 songs

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    4 Hits

    9 songs

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    Rip It Up [Japan Bonus Track]

    5 songs

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    You Spin Me Round

    3 songs

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    You Spin Me Round

    11 songs

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    You Spin Me Round [EP]

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    Rip It Up Live! [Video]


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.   In Too Deep
  6.   Something in My House
  7.   Pop Life
  8.   Why It's So Hard
  9.   Even Better Than the Real Thing
  10.   Why's It So Hard
  11.   I'll Save You All My Kisses
  12.   Misty Circles
  13.   Big Daddy of the Rhythm
  14.   Sex Drive
  15.   My Heart Goes Bang (Get Me To The Doctor)
  16.   I Wanna Be a Toy
  17.   Keep That Body Strong (That's the Way)
  18.   It's Been a Long Time
  19.   I'll Save All My Kisses
  20.   What I Want
  21.   You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) (Alternative Metro 7" Edit)
  22.   My Heart Goes Bang (Get Me to the Doctor) (12" Us Wipe Out Mix)
  23.   You Spin Me Around
  24.   Far Too Hard
  25.   Absolutely Nothing
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