Dead Or Alive

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": new wave 80s synthpop pop dance electronic british Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s


One of this UK band’s principal assets is the androgynous persona of Pete Burns (5 August 1959, Port Sunlight, England; vocals) who had fronted Liverpool’s Mystery Girls in 1977, then Nightmares In Wax, in which he was accompanied by Mick Reid (guitar), Martin Healey (keyboards), Walter Ogden (bass), and ex-Mystery Girl Phil Hurst (drums). This line-up recorded an EP for a local label and a track for a 1980 compilation Hicks From The Sticks, before Burns and Healey formed Dead Or Alive with Sue James (bass), Joe Musker (drums) and a flux of guitarists including Wayne Hussey, who later found fame with the Mission. The line-up stabilized when the act was signed to Inevitable for some flop singles before soliciting the attentions of Epic, who saw their singer as an ‘answer’ to Boy George. With Burns now joined by Mike Percy (bass), Steve Coy (drums), and Tim Lever (keyboards), the band’s television plugs sent a revival of KC And The Sunshine...

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