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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

    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]

    11 songs

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

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