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Dead or Alive is a British New Wave band from Wirral, England. 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 have 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 had 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.

The band members have included the following musicians.

  • Pete Burns (1980–): Vocalist of the band and chief songwriter. Burns did not play any instruments, but mimed with an electric guitar in some music videos.
  • Wayne Hussey (1981–1984): An early member of the band who wrote most songs in 1982-1983, plus the Epic Records singles "Misty Circles" and "What I Want". Hussey departed in early 1984 to join The Sisters of Mercy for one year, and then formed The Mission in late 1985.
  • Mike Percy (1981–1989): Bass player. Percy was noted for his mullet hairstyle and, along with Lever, wrote most of Dead or Alive's songs from 1984 until 1990. Percy wrote and performed the backing track for the hit song "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)".
  • Steve Coy (1982–): Formerly a roadie. Was the only member to be a good friend of Burns' prior to the band's creation in 1980. Drummer for the band. The youngest member of the band, Coy wrote music for the band but not lyrics. As of 1996, Coy took over the job of producing Dead or Alive's videos starting with the David Bowie cover, "Rebel Rebel", from the album, Nukleopatra.
  • Timothy Lever (1983–1989): keyboards, saxophone, guitars. Lever and bassist Mike Percy were responsible for most of the songwriting for the band.
  • Jason Alburey (1995–2003): Keyboardist for the band and modernized the band's musical sound. Alburey appears in the 2003 video for the re-release of "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" despite having nothing to do with the song itself.
Albums (4)
Songs (37)
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Sophisticated Boom Boom
Dead Or Alive
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Released 1984
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Youthquake
Dead Or Alive
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Mad, Bad, And Dangerous To Know
Dead Or Alive
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Released 1986
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Nude
Dead Or Alive
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Released 1989
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