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