Song Hit #1 in 1985… Band VANISHED…Hit #1 AGAIN 21 Years Later with SAME Song! | Professor of Rock

Today, we’re getting into the entertaining story behind an up-tempo 80s track that landed in the Guinness Book of World Records… You Spin Round (Like a Record) by 80s dance-pop group Dead or Alive Written by colorful, larger-than-life frontman Pete Burns… Before Pete got his big break, he spent his time terrorizing patrons at an independent record store. There as a sales clerk, he gained a reputation for ripping on customers if they bought music he didn’t like… Even throwing their purchases back in their face. But later on, after he finished throwing records at customers, he threw down a record of his own… DOA's signature song You Spin Me Round that launched his band to prominence, and became a go-to track on dance floors and in karaoke bars around the world in 1985 from their album YOUTHQUAKE…They ruled one chart so perfectly they had 7 top 10 hits over just a couple of years but the second the 80s ended they disappeared and their iconic singer would be the victim of a disastrous surgery…the story is coming up next.

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So It’s time for another edition of our series Bottled Lightning where we celebrate a song or album that was king for a day or many days. Here we honor artists and bands and that rocketed up the charts… but for reasons unknown weren’t able to sustain that success. Called by some ‘one-hit wonders’, we celebrate them instead as lightning in a bottle. On previous episodes we have covered I Melt With You by Modern English, Too Shy by Kajagoogoo, and What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy) by Information Society.

But today we're diving into the story of Dead or Alive and their breakthrough, smash hit You Spin Me Round (Like a Record).
You know, Championship Vinyl, that record shop in the John Cusack film High Fidelity… as cool as it was, it had nothing on Liverpool’s Probe Records. The small, independent English record store was mostly staffed by eccentrics and misfits… including one Pete Burns, frontman of Dead or Alive. Pete would work there for a while as he was chasing his dream of cutting a hit record.

So think back to Jack Black’s character Barry Judd in High Fidelity… musical snob with a sharp wit. Judd was in the habit of insulting customers if he didn’t like their taste in music…

Okay, now turn Barry Judd up to 11. This was Pete Burns. He turned customer mockery into an art form. Burns went beyond your typical, run-of-the-mill musical snobbery, acquiring a reputation for full-on terrifying customers… routinely throwing their purchases at them if he disapproved of their selection… The Clash, Elvis Costello, OMD, Kiss, Rush… forget about it… you could expect at least a verbal whip-lashing if you brought those to the counter. Let’s just say from the start, Pete Burns had some very strong opinions about music.
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