Pete Burns

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Peter Jozzeppi Burns (5 August 1959 – 23 October 2016) was an English musician, singer, songwriter, and television personality.wikipedia
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Dead or Alive (band)

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In 1979 he founded the band Nightmares In Wax; in 1980 changes were made to the band's line-up and the name was changed to Dead or Alive.
At the peak of their success, the lineup consisted of Pete Burns (vocals), Mike Percy (bass), Steve Coy (drums) and Tim Lever (keyboards).

Celebrity Big Brother (British series 4)

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Burns rose to further celebrity status in the British media following his appearance on Celebrity Big Brother 4, in which he finished in fifth place.
Pete Burns, the 1980s pop star, included a coat made from gorilla fur among his possessions, the coat was removed from the house on Day 16, following complaints from viewers and housemates, it was later discovered the coat was made from colobus monkey.

You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)

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The band rose to mainstream success with their 1984 single "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)". After a minor hit in 1984 with a cover version of "That's the Way (I Like It)", the band had a number one hit in the UK in 1985 with "You Spin Me Round".
Dead or Alive's vocalist Pete Burns stated in his autobiography that he composed "You Spin Me Round" by using two existing songs as inspiration for creating something new:

Jayne County

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Cope stated that Burns's performing style drew on that of the transgender punk performer Wayne County.
Though she has never been a commercial success, she has been an influence on a number of musicians including David Bowie, the Ramones, Patti Smith, Pete Burns and Lou Reed, and many of County's songs have become well-known, including "Are You Man Enough to Be a Woman", "Fuck Off", "Stuck on You," and "Night Time".

That's the Way (I Like It)

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After a minor hit in 1984 with a cover version of "That's the Way (I Like It)", the band had a number one hit in the UK in 1985 with "You Spin Me Round".
In 1979, Pete Burns used the chorus in the song "Black Leather", composed and recorded in the early stages of Dead or Alive (then known as Nightmares in Wax), and in 1984, Dead or Alive covered the song for their debut album Sophisticated Boom Boom.

Probe Records (shop)

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While building his career, Burns worked at a Liverpool record shop, Probe Records, which became a meeting place for local musicians.
Record producer Julian Cope, Dead or Alive front man Pete Burns, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood vocalist/dancer Paul Rutherford all spent a number of years working in the record shop between 1977 and 1984.

Port Sunlight

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Peter Jozzeppi Burns was born on 5 August 1959 in Port Sunlight, Cheshire.

Nukleopatra

In the mid-1990s Burns collaborated with the Italian Eurodance duo Glam to produce the single "Sex Drive", which was later re-recorded for Dead or Alive's album Nukleopatra.
Included in this album is the song "Sex Drive", originally recorded and released by lead singer Pete Burns as a one-time guest vocalist for Italian house music act Glam.

List of Big Brother (British TV series) shows

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Burns's final musical appearance was on Big Brother's Bit on the Side, where he sung "You Spin Me Round".

Pet Shop Boys

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In the early 2000s Burns recorded the single "Jack and Jill Party" with the Pet Shop Boys.
The first release on Olde English Vinyl was Atomizer's "Hooked on Radiation", followed by Pete Burns' "Jack and Jill Party" in 2004.

Wife Swap (British TV series)

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Burns appeared in the first episode of the ninth series of the UK version of Celebrity Wife Swap.

Sex Drive (Dead or Alive song)

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The song was originally released by Glam, with the lead singer of Dead or Alive, Pete Burns, as a guest vocalist, in 1994, but it was re-recorded and remixed for the group's album Nukleopatra.

Plastic surgery

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He had a powerful singing voice and was known for his ever-changing (and often androgynous) appearance, which he freely admitted was greatly modified by cosmetic surgery that eventually bankrupted him and caused health problems later in his life.

Heidelberg

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Burns' mother, Evelina Maria Bettina Quittner von Hudec (1913–1987), was German and hailed from Heidelberg.

Vienna

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As her father was Jewish, she moved to Vienna to escape the Nazis.

Nazi Germany

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As her father was Jewish, she moved to Vienna to escape the Nazis.

Liverpool

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At a tea dance in Vienna, she met an English soldier from Liverpool named Francis Burns.

Nazi salute

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Burns spoke German until he was five, which resulted in local children spending days outside his house shouting "Heil Hitler".

Raby Mere

He stated that he already knew the man, who drove him to Raby Mere and threatened him with an air gun.

Air gun

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He stated that he already knew the man, who drove him to Raby Mere and threatened him with an air gun.

Pete Wylie

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Burns first performed as a member of the short-lived Mystery Girls, who gave only one performance, supporting Sham 69 in November 1977, and comprised Burns, Pete Wylie and Julian Cope.

Julian Cope

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Burns first performed as a member of the short-lived Mystery Girls, who gave only one performance, supporting Sham 69 in November 1977, and comprised Burns, Pete Wylie and Julian Cope.

Billboard Hot 100

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The song went on to become a hit all over the world, including the US where it reached the Top 20.

Falsetto

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He was a baritone and had a distinctive voice, though he said that he hated the sound of it, and wished he had been able to sing falsetto like Sylvester.

Sylvester (singer)

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He was a baritone and had a distinctive voice, though he said that he hated the sound of it, and wished he had been able to sing falsetto like Sylvester.