80s Song of the Day: You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) by Dead or Alive

You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) by Dead or Alive was released November 5, 1984, with Misty Circles as the B side. It was a single from the band’s album Youthquake.

The song was a No. 1 hit in the United Kingdom. It the United States, it reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Dead or Alive vocalist and songwriter Pete Burns, who sadly passed away on October 23 of this year at the age of 57, discussed the writing of You Spin Me Round is his 2007 autobiography Freak Unique, citing Luther Vandross as one of the song’s inspirations:

“How did I write “Spin Me”? I listened to Luther Vandross ‘I Wanted Your Love’. It’s not the same chord structure, but then that’s the way I make music – I hear something and I sing another tune over it. I didn’t sit and study the Luther Vandross album – I heard the song and it locked. […] I’m trying to structure the music and I know what I want. […] It’s like do this, do this, do this – and suddenly it hits. I don’t want to do Luther Vandross’s song, but I can still sing the same pattern over it. And there was another record, by Little Nell, called “See You ‘Round Like A Record”. […] So I had those two, Van Dross [sic] and Little Nell and – bingo! – done deal.”

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