Dead or Alive


Dead or Alive is an influential New Wave band from Liverpool that rose to Anglo-American popularity during the 80s, also gaining a cult following in Japan during that time. With a mix of strident vocals and aggressive dance beats, they are best known for the hit singles "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" and "Brand New Lover". They are lead by English singer-songwriter and transgressive LGBT icon Pete Burns. Before Pete Burns founded Dead or Alive, he was involved with a 70s Liverpool-based band named Nightmares In Wax (no relation to Nightmares On Wax). That group centered around dark and moody alternative rock music. They released their only record to achieve real notoriety, 'Black Leather', at the turn of the decade. Upon devising the project known as Dead or Alive, Burns hired a friend named Steve Coy as drummer. Over the next four years, Burns would hire and fire many musicians, including alternative British punk rocker Wayne Hussey. Eventually, Burns settled on a four piece made up of himself, Steve Coy, Mike Percy, and Tim Lever. This is the line-up that made their full album debut in 1984 and achieved top 40 acclaim with hits such as 1984's "That's The Way I Like It", 1985's "Lover Come Back to Me", 1986's "Brand New Lover", 1987's "Something In My House", among several others. Pete Burns (1980-present) has served as the vocalist of the band (and sometimes as a songwriter) since its inception. His voice was famously described as "a light which fills the darkness" ...

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