Pete Burns, leader of the trendy 80’s band Dead or Alive, died this past Sunday. He was only 57 years old and passed unexpectedly of cardiac arrest. Burns is most famous for the song “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record).”
Behind the Scenes:
Mr. Burns was born in England and he worked at a Liverpool record shop until he could build his career. In the late seventies, before landing on the name Dead or Alive, Burns joined a band known as “Nightmares in Wax,” which released their lone EP in 1979, “Birth of a Nation.” The record was highlighted by the single “Black Leather.”
The band’s first claim to fame was with their release of their cover version of “That’s the Way (I Like It)”, in 1984. In 1985, the band gained popularity with their most famous song “You Spin Me Round.” This track quickly became a hit worldwide and reached the Top 20 in the U.S.
Burns was known for his unique style. He had a famous androgynous appearance as well as many tattoos, which caused a controversy for older people. The older folks during this time were not used to seeing this flashy kind of style, and many were against it because it was so different. Burns reportedly dropped out of school after being summoned to the headmaster’s office because he had arrived at school with “no eyebrows, Harmony-red hair and one gigantic earring”However, Burns was an inspiration to so many young people. His style challenged the way young people thought about how they should dress themselves. Teenagers and college students began to take on his daring look and soon enough it became more normal and accepted.
Burns was an original and his personality and talent will never be forgotten. It’s heart breaking that such a beautiful soul has died. Even though he may be deceased, his music and style will live on forever!