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"You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)"
Single by Dead or Alive
from the album Youthquake
Released November 1984 (U.K.)
Format Vinyl record (7")
Recorded 1984
Genre Dance-pop
Synthpop
New Wave
Hi-NRG
Length 3:19
Label Epic
Writer(s) Pete Burns
Wayne Hussey
Mike Percy
Tim Lever
Steve Coy
Producer Stock Aitken Waterman
Certification Gold (500,000 copies sold)
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 Dead or Alive on their 1985 album Youthquake. The original cut was over four minutes long and was edited for the album. The unedited version was released on an '80s CD called Monster '80s Volume Two.

This song was the first UK number-one hit for the Stock Aitken Waterman production trio. Released in November 1984, the record reached number one in March 1985, taking seventeen weeks to get there. In the US, it peaked at #11 in September of that year.

The video was directed by Vaughan Arnell and Anthea Benton.

The strings were based on Richard Wagner's classical piece Ride of the Valkyries.[1]

Contents

Re-releases

"You Spin Me Round" was re-released in 2003 at the same time as the Dead or Alive greatest hits album Evolution was released. The song reached #23 in the UK singles chart. It was re-released again on January 30, 2006 because of lead singer Pete Burns' controversial time as a contestant on television series Celebrity Big Brother and reached #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 2CD 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

Dead or Alive version

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' run on UK Celebrity Big Brother, the single was re-released and managed a Top 5 peak on the UK Singles Chart in 2006.

Chart (1984-1985) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 3[2]
Canadian RPM Top Singles 1[3]
Media Control Charts 2[4]
Italian Singles Chart 3[5]
Swiss Music Charts 1[6]
UK Singles Chart 1[7]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 11[8]
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 4[9]
Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 28
Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 62
Media Control Charts 96
UK Singles Chart 23
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 21[10]
Chart (2006) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 5

Dope version

Dope's version of the song became their first chart entry on any Billboard chart, reaching #37 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Their version is often misattributed to Marilyn Manson.

Chart (2000) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 37

Jessica Simpson version

Jessica Simpson's version of the song was released as a promo single for her fourth studio album A Public Affair in 2006. Her version of the song barely made the Pop 100, and failed to make the Billboard Hot 100 chart, however, it charted to #20 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100, which is equivalent to #120. Simpson's version differs from the original in that it has new lyrics and only preserves the chorus of the song.

Chart (2007) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 20
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 95

Other versions

Notable cover versions include recordings by Thalía on her 2002 self-titled album and Eiffel 65[11]. 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." Danzel and Gigi D'Agostino have also done remixes. Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for the movie, "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" and the movie's soundtrack. In 2008, Thea Gilmore did a cover called "You Spin Me Right Round" alongside with Mike Cave, giving the song a more folk pop touch. After its initial release as a separate single, it was included in newer pressings of her album "Liejacker". Adam Sandler performed the song to open the film The Wedding Singer.

Track listing

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

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


(*) The Murder Mix is also known as 'The Performance Mix'.

References

  1. ^ ""You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)"". Songfacts.com. http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=4187. Retrieved 2009-03-09.  
  2. ^ "Australian-charts". http://www.australian-charts.com/search.asp?search=Dead+or+Alive&cat=s. Retrieved 2009-06-03.  
  3. ^ 10 1985&type=1&interval=24&PHPSESSID=cnqjtbg4b08fu17h8jqrufsou1 ""You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) Top Singles peak". RPM (magazine). 1985-08-10. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.0560&volume=42&issue=22&issue_dt=August 10 1985&type=1&interval=24&PHPSESSID=cnqjtbg4b08fu17h8jqrufsou1. Retrieved 2009-11-01.  
  4. ^ Dirk Brodmann. "German music charts". http://www.media-control.de/musik-charts.html. Retrieved 2009-06-03.  
  5. ^ FIMI. "Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana". http://www.fimi.it/index.php. Retrieved 2009-06-03.  
  6. ^ "hitparade - Dead or Alive single search". http://hitparade.ch/search.asp?search=Dead+or+Alive&cat=s. Retrieved 2009-06-03.  
  7. ^ "Dead or Alive UK single search". http://www.everyhit.com/searchsec.php. Retrieved 2009-06-03.  
  8. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)"". 1985-08-17. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=379&cfgn=Singles&cfn=The+Billboard+Hot+100&ci=3004432&cdi=6198674&cid=08%2F17%2F1985. Retrieved 2009-06-03.  
  9. ^ "Billboard Hot Dance Club Play "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)"". 1985-07-13. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=359&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Hot+Dance+Club+Play&ci=3004363&cdi=6194513&cid=07%2F13%2F1985. Retrieved 2009-06-03.  
  10. ^ ""Billboard Hot Dance Club Play (2003 remix)". 2003-08-30. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=359&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Hot+Dance+Club+Play&ci=3050745&cdi=8040605&cid=08%2F30%2F2003. Retrieved 2009-06-03.  
  11. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muODEQjXM2c
Preceded by
"I Know Him So Well" by Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson
UK number-one single (Dead or Alive version)
March 3, 1985
Succeeded by
"Easy Lover" by Philip Bailey & Phil Collins







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