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