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Origin:
Wirral, England
Decades:
1980–2011

Dead or Alive were a British New Wave band from Wirral, England, United Kingdom, Europe. The band rose to fame in the 1980s with their number one single on the UK Singles Chart, "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)". They were the first group to have a number one single under the production team Stock Aitken Waterman. The band, which has variously included Pete Burns (vocalist), Wayne Hussey (guitarist and songwriter), Mike Percy (bass guitarist), Steve Coy (drummer), Timothy Lever (various instruments), and Jason Alburey (keyboardist), has released eleven albums, and has become popular in Japan, especially after the release of Rip it Up in 1987.


After the success of "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)", they never achieved another Top 10 single in the UK until the song's re-release in 2006, after Burns appeared on Celebrity Big Brother. Although considered a one-hit wonder in the United States, two of their singles reached the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. "You Spin Me Round" reached number 11 in 1985, and "Brand New Lover" reached number 15 in 1986. The latter also became the first of two singles to top the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play (now Hot Dance Club Songs). Androgynous frontman Burns has appeared in several reality television shows, including Celebrity Big Brother, and has also collaborated with the British band The Dirty Disco.


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