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Dead or Alive is an influential band from Liverpool that rose to Anglo-American popularity during the , 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 and transgressive LGBT icon Pete Burns.

Before Pete Burns founded Dead Or Alive, he was involved with a Liverpool-based band named Nightmares in Wax (no relation to Nightmares on Wax). That group centered around dark and moody 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 dozens of 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.

Pete Burns (1981-Present) vocalist of the band and songwriter. His voice was once described as “a light which fills the darkness”. Burns did not play any instruments but mimed with an electric guitar in some music videos.


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  • MushroomCap

    I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I am being haunted

    16 Aug 8:27pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    zykoveddy, почему-то именно его ранняя готика всеми считается говном( а я наоборот свято чту все их творчество до великого хита включительно, а вот дальше - нет.

    22 Jul 2:09am Reply
  • RippedtoShreds

    You spin me right round, baby, right round. Like a record, baby, right round round round [17] That's just the best and most catchy chorus ever!

    2 Jul 5:32am Reply
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    24 Jun 1:19pm Reply
  • ChasingTheGhost

    what's an underrated band. the have got a really good stuff, not only 'you spin me..' [2]

    18 Jun 4:52pm Reply
  • Keila_M

    You spin me right round, baby, right round. Like a record, baby, right round round round [16]

    2 Jun 10:10am Reply
  • zykoveddy

    "у меня все в порядке с психикой?" - ну, тащемто у его готического периода репутация хорошая. Никакого разрыва шаблона не наблюдаю.

    14 May 4:38pm Reply
  • deadprettyjack

    what's an underrated band. the have got a really good stuff, not only 'you spin me..'

    2 May 7:31pm Reply
  • acclamationsun

    This sounds great (the whole catalogue), really unmainstream. You heard of Nitzer Ebb? A bit like them. Maybe not as serious, what I call "fun-dustrial".

    13 Mar 8:50pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    а мне нравятся его готические проекты, у меня все в порядке с психикой?

    27 Feb 3:04am Reply
  • freestyleguy34

    Today looks weird strange freaky Like him in the 80s

    21 Feb 5:43am Reply
  • TylerSymes

    Pete looks like a transgender or cher.

    18 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Asatre

    Танцуют все!

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • BlancaXLobo

    florida copion

    30 Aug 2013 Reply
  • ChasingTheGhost

    Happy Birthday Pete! <3

    5 Aug 2013 Reply
  • YasamanSixX

    but look what being gay do with awesome boys :D

    4 Aug 2013 Reply
  • YasamanSixX

    I fuckin LOVE THEM

    4 Aug 2013 Reply
  • SergioFuhr

    vaya banda encontré :3 me gusta mucho

    2 Aug 2013 Reply
  • slowpulse-girl

    the first ep and singles from '80-'82 are incredible !.. like a more goth, tribal version of The Doors

    11 Jun 2013 Reply
  • MushroomCap

    I'm a kind of cross between a pupil and a teacher, some have found me lovely, others found an ugly creature. I have found my image has obscured all that I am, but who said you can't mix vinegar with jam?

    2 May 2013 Reply
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