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 - that robotic dancing scene with George Galloway still haunts me to this day!

Our video playlist above features all of the band's biggest hits from the 1980s;

  1. That's The Way I Like It
  2. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
  3. Lover Come Back To Me
  4. In Too Deep
  5. My Heart Goes Bang (Get Me To The Doctor)
  6. Brand New Lover
  7. Something In My House
  8. Turn Around And Count 2 Ten
  9. You Spin Me Round (reissue)

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.

Album Discography

1984 Sophisticated Boom Boom (#29 UK)

1985 Youthquake (#9 UK)

1987 Mad, Bad And Dangerous To Know (#27 UK)

1989 Nude

1990 Fan The Flame (Part 1)

1995 Nukleopatra

2000 Fragile

80s album sleeves


Pete Burns, Julian Cope, Pete Wylie and Phil Hurst formed The Mystery Girl in 1977, but played just one gig in November of the same year before dissolving. In the spring of 1979, Burns formed a new band Nightmares in Wax with Martin Healy (keyboards), Mick Reid (guitar), Paul Hornby (drums) and Walter Odgen (bass). They were signed to Eric's Records after performing their first gig at Eric's music club in Liverpool in June 1979.

However, the band was short-lived and Burns went on start a new project which eventually became Dead Or Alive in 1980, after being encouraged to do so by music promoters in Liverpool. The line-up of the band changed many times before eventually being signed to Eric's Records in 1983, with the line-up of Mike Percy (bass), Tim Lever (keyboards/sax), Steve Coy (drums), Wayne Hussey (guitar) and, of course, Pete Burns as lead vocalist.

Nightmares In wax 1980
Nightmares In Wax performing in 1980. Photo by Mathew Street (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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This photo features the band in 1985. Wayne Hussey left the band in 1984, just before the band released the album Sophisticated Boom Boom and started having chart hits - the fool!

Moderate mainstream success came in 1984 with the release of the aformentioned album (which reached #29 in the UK album charts) and a cover of KC & The Sunshine Band's hit song That's The Way (I Like It) which peaked at #22 in the UK singles chart.


If you're a fan of 80s electro pop then you can't fail to enjoy this one. Released in April 1985, Lover Come Back To Me was the follow-up to You Spin Me Round and the second single to be lifted from Youthquake - the single sounds a little different to the album version. The song reached #11 in the UK and #75 in the USA, although it performed quite well in the dance chart.

In Too Deep (1985)

The tempo was reduced slightly for the third single release from Youthquake, which was released in June 1985, reaching #14 in the UK. As with the previous single, it was remixed from the album version to make it more radio-friendly, and more commercially successful, no doubt.  As with the previous two singles, frontman Pete Burns had a hand in writing the song. The video clip is from Top Of The Pops as no official video is available.


Back to the Hi-NRG "You Spin Me Round" style for this final single from Youthquake which was released in September 1985, reaching #23 in the UK. The lyrics are pretty nonsensical and this really isn't one of Dead Or Alive's finer moments it has to be said.
Dear Or Alive

7" vinyl single 

Dead Or Alive

12 inch vinyl single 

My Heart Goes Boom - Dead Or Alive - 12

12" Vinyl Maxi Single 

Pete Burns on the cover of Smash Hits magazine 28th March-10th April 1985

Pete Burns on the cover of Smash Hits (28th Mar - 10th Apr 1985) 


Released in September 1988 as the lead single from Dead Or Alive's fourth studio album, Nude, this Hi-NRG synthpop tune could only manage #70 here in the UK, but reached No.1 in Japan and #2 on the US Hot Dance Club Songs Chart. The official video features the full-length version of the song.
Now that's what I call disturbing!


Star Box is a rare 1993 Japanese-only 14-track compilation CD album which comes with a 44-page picture sleeve booklet.




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