How Dead Or Alive's You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) Became A Pop Classic
Dead Or Alive's You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) is one of the most iconic songs of the 1980s. The catchy synth-pop tune topped the UK charts in 1985 and became a global hit, thanks to its infectious chorus, flamboyant video and charismatic frontman Pete Burns.
But how did this song come to be What inspired its creation and what challenges did it face Here are some facts and trivia about You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) that you may not know.
The song was written by Pete Burns and his bandmates Steve Coy, Tim Lever, Mike Percy and Wayne Hussey. Burns said he was influenced by two songs: Luther Vandross's I Wanted Your Love and Little Nell's See You 'Round Like A Record. He said he sang a different melody over the former and borrowed the phrase \"like a record\" from the latter.
The song was produced by Stock Aitken Waterman, who would later become famous for their work with Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley and Bananarama. It was their first UK number-one hit as producers. Burns said he wanted them to produce the song because he liked their hi-NRG style and their previous hits with Divine and Hazell Dean.
The song was recorded at PWL Studios in London, but it was not an easy process. Burns said he had to take out a Â2,500 loan to fund the recording, because the record company was not supportive of the song. He also said he had to fight with Stock Aitken Waterman over the final mix, because they wanted to make it more commercial and less edgy.
The song was released as a single in November 1984, but it took 17 weeks to reach the top of the UK charts, breaking the record for the longest climb to number one at the time. It also reached number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number one in Canada, Australia and several European countries.
The song's video was directed by Vaughan Arnell and Anthea Benton, who later worked with Robbie Williams, George Michael and Spice Girls. The video featured Burns spinning on a chair in front of a gold disc, surrounded by his bandmates and dancers in various costumes. Burns said he wanted the video to be \"camp as Christmas\" and \"a spectacle\".
The song's lyrics are about lust and attraction, but they are also ambiguous and playful. Burns said he liked to use double entendres and innuendos in his songs, because they made them more interesting and fun. He also said he did not care about gender or sexuality in his songs, because he believed in \"total expression\".
The song has been covered by many artists over the years, including Jessica Simpson, Flo Rida, Dope, Adam Sandler and Alvin and the Chipmunks. It has also been featured in many movies, TV shows, video games and commercials, such as The Wedding Singer, American Psycho, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and KFC.
The song is considered a pop classic and a cultural phenomenon. It has been praised for its originality, energy and impact. It has also been recognized as one of the best songs of all time by various publications and polls. In 2015, it was voted by the British public as the nation's 17th favourite 1980s number-one in a poll for ITV.