You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)

Album: Youthquake (1984)
Charted: 1 11
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  • This was one of the first Stock, Aitken and Waterman productions. The team had scored their first hit with Hazell Dean's "Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go)," Pete Burns of Dead Or Alive decided he wanted to work with the production team after hearing Dean's song. Stock, Aitken and Waterman went on to write and produce hits for Mel And Kim, Kylie Minogue and Rick Astley.
  • "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" was written by Pete Burns with his fellow band members Steve Coy, Tim Lever and Mike Percy. Produced by the Stock-Aitken-Waterman, it ran to 3 minutes 19 seconds, was released on the Epic label in November 1984, and hit the #1 UK spot in March the following year.

    This unabashedly commercial song was a massive hit, claiming the top spot in Canada, Ireland and Switzerland as well as #11 on the Billboard Chart. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England
  • The strings are based on Richard Wagner's classical piece "The Ride Of The Valkyries."
  • This didn't hit UK #1 until its 14th week in the Top 75, breaking what was the record for the slowest climb to the top of the charts. It originally entered the Top 75 before the three records that proceeded it at #1.
  • Dead Or Alive had another hit in England with "That's The Way (I Like It)" and one more in the US with "Brand New Lover." Lead singer Pete Burns was very distinctive - he had an androgynous, Boy George look that was popular in the '80s.
  • A Linn 9000 drum machine/sampler, which was introduced earlier in 1984, was used on this track.
  • This track was re-released in 2006 after the lead singer of Dead Or Alive, Pete Burns, took part in Celebrity Big Brother on UK TV.
  • There have been a number of remixes and a number of re-releases of this song. The band Dope did an industrial version for the American Psycho soundtrack in 2000; Jessica Simpson recorded a pop rendition in 2006. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Rachel - London, England, for above 2
  • Adam Sandler sang this in the 1998 movie The Wedding Singer to open the film.
  • In 2007, Pete Burns filed a lawsuit against the plastic surgeon who worked on his lips. Burns released this statement: "What happened to me after a series of injections was far worse than any nightmare I could have envisioned. Not only was it agonizingly painful but it was physically repulsive in the extreme. It was impossible to lead any life whatsoever. I was unable to leave my house as I was so distorted with swelling and I might begin to discharge yellow pus that was coming from the holes in my face. At times it leaves me seriously suicidal and depressed and I could have problems for the rest of my life. If I can prevent at least one person from undergoing this hell and point them in the right direction to a doctor who can manage their problem, then at least I can help stop someone else suffering."

    In 2016, Burns died of a heart attack at age 57.
  • This song was sampled by the rapper Flo Rida on his 2009 hit single "Right Round."
  • Speaking with the Daily Mail in a 2012 interview, Pete Waterman revealed that the song was recorded in a 36-hour session, and he took cocaine to help him stay awake in the studio. "It's the only time I have ever done cocaine in my life," he said. "Well, you know, how do you stay up for 36 hours?"
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Comments: 13

  • Don from Munster, InSomeone actually combined this song with Dannii Minogue's "I Begin To Wonder." Like her sister Kylie, Danni also had an appreciation for mashups and proceeded to make her own version of the mashup.
  • Karen from Manchester, NhIt's funny how this song is so dated, and so timeless, at the same time! It's one of those songs that people hate to admit that they really like.
  • Victoria from Chicago, Ilthis is better than flo rider's version.
  • Cynthia from Scranton, Palove this in the wedding singer! great song and hilarious movie!
  • David from Fort Wayne, InIt's an awesome song.

    Music Video is pretty funny/scary/disturbing though. Made all my friends laugh.
  • Luke from Manchester, EnglandWhy the hell is this filed under the band "Live"?
  • Peter from MiddelburgCompare this with Hazell Dean's 1984 hit Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go). The same producers, the same song.
  • Carrie from Roanoke, VaThis song does sound a little stalkerish, as Lacie pointed out. Still, I have to say it's one of my favorites because of the beat and Peter Burns' deep voice. Too bad Smart Start had to cheapen it by using it in its commercial. Nevertheless, I still like it, and sometimes when I'm jokingly making a pickup line, I'll say to a friend, "You spin me right round like a record, baby!" A couple of my friends and I used to dance to it in the dorms in college. Fun stuff.
  • Lacie from Whitefish, MtIs this song about a stalker? i mean read these lyrics

    Yeah I, I got to know your name
    Well and I, could trace your private number baby
    All I know is that to me
    You look like you're lots of fun
    Open up your lovin' arms
    I want some

    sounds stalkerish
  • Kim from New Btunswick, NjPossibly one of the best pop songs ever written - honest! So fierce!

    The comments above forget to add that it went all the way to number FIVE (!!) UK when it was re-released in 2006.
  • Zak from Superior, CoThis piece never gets old.
  • Dee from Indianapolis, InI enjoy this stuff. Fun music, and it has a nice vibe overall.
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesIn reply to Edwartd Pearce, "Dead Or Alive's UK hits didn't just stop with "That's The Way..." (No. 25 in 1984), and "You Spin Me Round..." which went to No.1; they also had further suceess in 1985 with No.11 hit "Lover Come Back To Me" and "In Too Deep" which reached No.14, while a series of minor UK Top 40 hits - including "Brand New Lover" - saw the band continue to chart until as late as 1989.
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