by Mark Nobes, chief editor

This song was the first UK number-one hit for the Stock Aitken Waterman production trio, and the only #1 for Dead Or Alive.

It's much harder to decipher that this is a S/A/W production than their releases later on in the 80s (with Kylie and Sinitta etc.) which all tended to sound very similar. This is one of the few S/A/W tracks that I actually really like, and it's a great shame that their songs started to gain irritating nursery rhyme choruses. 

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You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)  1984 UK 12 vinyl single featuring the Murder Mix and an extended mix of Misty Circles picture sleeve TX4861)

Released in November 1984, the band's second Top 30 record (a cover of That's The Way I Like It was the first hit reaching #22 in the UK) reached number one in the UK during March 1985, taking seventeen weeks to get there. It was taken from the band's most successful album Youthquake.

Other songs released as singles from the Youthquake album were; Lover Come Back To Me (#11 UK, #75 US, #13 US Dance), In Too Deep (#14 UK), My Heart Goes Boom - Get Me To The Doctor (#23 UK, #15 US Dance).

Dead Or Alive members in 1985 were; Pete Burns (vocals), Wayne Hussey (guitarist/songwriter), Mike Percy (bass), Steve Coy (drummer), Timothy Lever (various instruments) and Jason Alburey (keyboards).

Foul-mouthed lead singer, Pete Burns, spent his final years making regular appearances on reality shows, including the Channel Five TV show Celebrity Big Brother's Bit On The Side, where he certainly had his say! Burns passed away on 23rd October 2016, aged 57.
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Released in January 2016 in the UK, this 2015 US Special Edition EP features a re-recorded and remastered version of You Spin Me Round. Also included is the 2009 version, with three cover; Even Better Than The Real Thing (U2), Pop Life (Prince) and Why It's So Hard (Madonna). 

Pete Burns on the cover of Record Mirror in September 1986

Pete Burns - Record Mirror - Sept 1986 

Pete Burns on the cover of Smash Hits Magazine in the 80s
You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) single sleeve ft. Pete Burns


Pete Burns in the video for You Spin Me Round


Dead Or Alive That's The Way I Like It