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"You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)"
Single by Dead or Alive
from the album Youthquake
B-side
  • "Misty Circles" (7")
  • Remixes (12")
Released 5 November 1984
Format
Recorded 1984
Genre
Length
  • 3:19 (original)
  • 8:00 (Murder mix)
Label Epic
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Stock Aitken Waterman
Certification Gold (BPI, CRIA)
Dead or Alive singles chronology
"That's the Way (I Like It)"
(1984)
"You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)"
(1984)
"Lover Come Back to Me"
(1985)
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"You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" is a song by British band Dead or Alive on their 1985 album Youthquake. The song was the first UK number-one hit by the Stock Aitken Waterman production trio. Released in November 1984, the record reached number one in March 1985, taking 17 weeks to get there. On the US Billboard Hot 100, it peaked at no. 11 in September of that year. In 2015 the song was voted by the British public as the nation's 17th favourite 1980s number one in a poll for ITV.[4]

The video, which features a disco ball, waving gold flags and an evocation of the six-armed Vishnu, was directed by Vaughan Arnell and Anthea Benton.

The strings were based on Richard Wagner's classical piece Ride of the Valkyries.[5]

Background and composition

Dead or Alive's vocalist Pete Burns states in his autobiography that he composed "You Spin Me Round" by using two existing songs as inspiration for creating something new:

How did I write "Spin Me"? I listened to Luther Vandross's '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.

—Pete Burns, Freak Unique (2007)

According to Burns, the record company was unenthusiastic about "You Spin Me Round", to such an extent that Burns had to take out a £2,500 loan to record it, then once it had been recorded "the record company said it was awful. It was unanimous – it was awful, it was rubbish." Burns states that the band had to fund production of the song's video themselves.[6]

Interviewed for BBC Radio 4's The Reunion: The Hit Factory, in April 2015, Burns said that the confrontational attitude of the producers was met with an equally confrontational attitude from the band and that this led to "quite a bad vibe" for the entirety of the studio time, describing the experience as "a time of intense friction".[7]

Re-releases

A remix version of "You Spin Me Round" was released in 2003 at the same time Dead or Alive's greatest hits album Evolution was released. The song reached no. 23 in the UK Singles Chart. The original 1984 recording was re-released on 30 January 2006 because of lead singer Pete Burns's controversial time as a contestant on television series Celebrity Big Brother and reached no. 5.

Earlier remixes were in 1996 and 1997 (some are included on the US, European and Australian releases of Nukleopatra). In 1999 these mixes were issued in the US as a 2-CD set. The first disc held seven mixes of "You Spin Me Round" while disc two has five mixes of "Sex Drive". In 2000, new mixes appeared on Fragile and in 2001, on Unbreakable: The Fragile Remixes. No videos were made for these.

Chart performance

The song has been re-released three times since its original release in 1984. Each time of its release, it achieved success, but failed to match the success of the original. However, after lead-singer Pete Burns's appearance on UK Celebrity Big Brother, the single was re-released and managed a Top 5 peak on the UK Singles Chart in 2006.

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"Never Surrender" by Corey Hart
Canadian CHUM number-one single
3 August 1985 – 17 August 1985 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Crying Over You" by Platinum Blonde
Preceded by
"Everytime You Go Away" by Paul Young
Canadian RPM number-one single
10 August 1985 – 17 August 1985 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis and the News
Preceded by
"I Know Him So Well" by Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson
Irish Singles Chart number one single
10 March 1985 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Easy Lover" by Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
UK Singles Chart number one single
9 March 1985 – 16 March 1985 (2 weeks)
Preceded by
"You're My Heart, You're My Soul" by Modern Talking
Swiss number-one single
14 April 1985 – 28 April 1985 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"We Are the World by USA for Africa

Dope version

Nu metal band Dope covered the song on their 2005 album American Apathy. The band's version became their first chart entry on any Billboard chart, reaching no. 37 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Chart (2000) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[34] 37

Jessica Simpson version

Jessica Simpson's version of the song was released as a promo single from her fifth studio album A Public Affair in 2006. Her version of the song failed to break into the Billboard Hot 100 (though it did reach number 20 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles). Simpson's version has new lyrics and only preserves the chorus of the song.

Chart (2007) Peak
position
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100[35] 20
US Billboard Pop 100[36] 95

Other cover versions

Other notable cover versions include recordings by Thalía on her 2002 self-titled album. In 2008, Thea Gilmore did a cover called "You Spin Me Right Round" alongside with Mike Cave. After its initial release as a separate single, it was included in newer pressings of her album Liejacker. Crystal Waters recorded an interpolation of the song's chorus for the track "Spin Me" from her 1997 self-titled album.

Adam Sandler performed the song to open the film The Wedding Singer. There is also another version featured in the red-band trailer of Hot Tub Time Machine. A cover was featured in Konami's 2009 video game Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party. The song's chorus was used as the basis for Flo Rida's 2009 number one single, "Right Round", which was prominently featured in the 2009 movie The Hangover. Danzel and Gigi D'Agostino[37] have also done remixes. Danzel's version peaked at no. 32 in Belgium.[38]

The French band Indochine also covered the song on their 2009 album La République des Meteors. In 2000, British death metal cover band Ten Masked Men covered the song on their album Return of the Ten Masked Men. A version of the song is also played, and danced to, by the RoboSapien robot that rose to popularity in 2004. In 2015, the song was covered on the television show Glee in the episode "The Hurt Locker, Part Two".

Track listing

JP You Spin Me Round (Murder Mix) – 1984, Epic-Japan (12.3P-625)

  1. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (Murder Mix)
  2. "Misty Circles" (Extended Version)

US You Spin Me Round / Sex Drive remixes – 1999, Cleopatra (CLP 0533-2)

CD1

  1. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (Sugar Pumpers Radio Edit) – 3:38
  2. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (Cleopatra Radio Edit) – 4:13
  3. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (Marc Antonine Radio Edit) – 3:21
  4. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (Sugar Pumpers Extended Mix) – 5:11
  5. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (Sugar Pumpers Pumpin Mix) – 7:05
  6. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (Vicious Mix) – 8:10
  7. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (Marc Antonine Club Mix) – 7:00

CD2

  1. "Sex Drive" (Radio Edit) – 2:52
  2. "Sex Drive" (Scream Driven Edit) – 3:54
  3. "Sex Drive" (Dead or Alive Original Mix) – 6:39
  4. "Sex Drive" (Scream Driven Mix) – 6:59
  5. "Sex Drive" (Pee Wee Remix) – 5:56

AUS CD Remix Single – 2003, Epic (673578-2)

  1. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (Metro 7" Edit) – 3:46
  2. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (Metro 12" Extended Mix) – 6:55
  3. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (Mark Moore & Mr. Motion Remix) – 6:20
  4. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (Punx Soundcheck Vs Princess Julia) – 5:47
  5. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (D Bop Club Mix) – 7:16
  6. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (Original 7" Mix) – 3:16

UK CD1 – 2003, Epic (673578-2)

  1. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (Metro 7" Edit) – 3:46
  2. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (Metro 12" Extended Mix) – 6:55
  3. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (Punx Soundcheck Vs Princess Julia) – 5:47
  4. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (Original 7" Mix) – 3:16

UK CD2 – 2003, Epic (673578-5)

  1. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (Metro 7" Edit) – 3:46
  2. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (Mark Moore & Mr. Motion Remix) – 6:17
  3. "Isn't It a Pity" – 4:43

UK CD single – 2006, Epic (82876 806212)

  1. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (Original 7" Mix) – 3:16
  2. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (Murder Mix) – 7:27 *
  3. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (Metro 7" Edit) – 3:46
  4. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (Video 2003 Version) – 3:44

(*) There was also a second version of the 12" release. The original was the Murder Mix, the second version was called the Performance Mix. These were different versions, and there's a quick way to tell them apart: the Murder Mix begins with a sample of breaking glass, and the Performance Mix begins with the lyrics 'Watch out here I come' with the word 'come' repeating and in stereo switching from left to right speaker as it fades out.

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