Dead Or Alive and Pete Burns
80s New Wave, dance-pop band Dead Or Alive are best-remembered for the hit single You Spin Me Round, and, of course, the appearance of the outrageous lead singer Pete Burns on Celebrity Big Brother in January 2006.
Dead Or Alive's first commercial album, Sophisticated Boom Boom, was released in 1983. Five singles were released from the album, but only one managed to hit the British Top 30 - a cover of That's The Way I Like It - which reached No.22 in the UK charts and No.28 in the U.S. Dance Charts.
Producers Stock, Aitken & Waterman worked their magic on the follow-up album, Youthquake, and it proved to be more successful, with the first single, You Spin Me Round (Like A Record), reaching No.1 in the UK, No.2 in Germany and No.2 in the U.S. Dance Charts.
You Spin Me Round was released three more times A 1996 remix, a 2003 version which reached No.23 in the UK and the 2006 re-release which reached No.5 in the UK Charts following lead-singer Pete Burn's memorable appearance on UK reality show, Big Brother - remember that robotic dancing with MP George Galloway?
Three more singles were released from the Youthquake album; Lover Come Back To Me (No.3 - UK), In Too Deep (No.14 - UK) and My Heart Goes Bang (Get The Doctor) which reached No.23 in the UK Charts.
Released in February 1987, Mad, Bad and Dangerous To Know (also produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman) spawned two Top 40 UK singles Brand New Lover (No.31 in 1986) and Something In My House (No.12 in 1987), the latter sounding like a recycled version of You Spin Me Round.
Peter Burns and Steve Coy produced the next album, Nude, and it was not very successful, although the single Turn Around And Count To Ten did reach No.1 in Japan and No.6 in Germany in 1988. Unfortunately, the single only crawled to No.70 in the UK and the album failed to chart.
1984 Sophisticated Boom Boom (#29 UK)
1985 Youthquake (#9 UK)
1987 Mad, Bad And Dangerous To Know (#27 UK)
1990 Fan The Flame (Part 1)