Dead or Alive
Dead or Aliveis a British band from Liverpool, England and they played New Wave style music and gained their popularity in the 1980's. DOA was best known for their number 1 U. K.single hit, You Spin Me Around (Like A Record). The band was formed in 1980, in Liverpool, by Pete Burns. Pete had a powerful voice and was encouraged to form a band. He chose some of his friends, Julian Cope and Pete Wylie. They called themselves the Mystery Girls, and played only one gig before they split up. Pete Burns returned again in 1979 with a new band. The band was called Nightmares In Wax. They released gothic post punk music. Their only recording released was a three track 7" EP called, Birth of a Nation, in 1979. Burns changed the name of the band to dead or Alive just before they were to record a radio session for John Peel in 1980. The member line up changed several times in the next three years while they were recording a series of singles. Burns was often compared with Boy George because of his appearance.
When the bandís recordings began to reach high points on the Indie charts, Epic records noticed them and signed the band on their label in 1983. Misty Circles was the first single release under the Epic label. The record did not make the charts. The band at that time consisted of five members. They were Pete Burns, Mike Percy (bass player), Tim Lever (keyboard & Sax player), Steve Coy (drums), and Wayne Hussey (guitar player). They had two club hits called, What I Want and Iíd Do Anything, but they failed to hit the charts. Their debut album was released in 1984 and it was called, Sophisticated Boom Boom. The album featured their first Top 40 U. K. hit single. The hit was Thatís the Way (I Like It), which was a remake of KC and the Sunshine Bandís hit in 1975. The single reached number 22 on the chart and the album reached number 29.
Hussey left the group just prior to the release of the album and the four who were left in the group released the album called, Earthquake. The single from it, You Spin me Around (Like A Record), went to number one on the U. K. Singles chart. In 1986 the group released their third album, Mad, Bad, and Dangerous To Know. The single from the album called, Brand New Lover, hit number 15 in the U. S., and only number 31 in their native U. K.. The band continued to release albums and singles with much success and number one hits. The original band parted ways in 1990. Pete Burns took part in the tv show, Celebrity Big Brother in the U. K. In 2006.
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