Rocktober – Dead Or Alive

Pete Burns of Dead Or Alive is dead. He suffered a “massive cardiac arrest” on Sunday October 23, according to a posting on his verified Twitter page. He was 57.

I first heard of Dead Or Alive around 1984, when the video for “I’d Do Anything” was in brief rotation on MTV. I had become somewhat accustomed to New Wave and other alternative music thanks to MTV, and even the radio was playing some oddball stuff here and there. But it was still a bit different and catchy in its own way., and never really caught fire.

The singer, whose name I didn’t know then, seemed to be really good, but he struck me as pretty damned weird.

Around spring or summer of 1985, the song “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) hit the airwaves and just exploded. It was in constant rotation on radio and MTV for a good while.

It kind of dropped off after a few months, but was usually featured in any kind of 80s-themed event. Eventually it started getting airplay again, and I still sometimes hear it on the radio even now.

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Posted on October 24, 2016, in ♫ ♪ ♫, Life and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. You Spin Me Round is a nostalgia piece. Whenever someone wants to get back a good vibe from that time period, play that. Probably because of its role in one of those classic ’80s coming of age movies.

  2. The Tim Curry is strong in this one.

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