The Vivienne

COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘You Spin Me Round’

The song, “You Spin Me Round”, was originally recorded by Dead Or Alive in 1984

80’s classic “You Spin Me Round” was co-written by Pete Burns, Steve Coy, Wayne Hussey (later to form The Sisters Of Mercy), Tim Lever and Mike Percy of the group Dead Or Alive and released as the lead single from their second album, “Youthquake”, in November 1984. The song was produced by the then unknown team of Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman and in early 1985, became their very first chart hit, rising to the top of the UK singles chart and reaching No.11 in America.

US band Dope recorded the song in 1999 for their album “Felons And Revolutionaries” and released it as a single in early 2000, reaching No.37 on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, while Jessica Simpson covered the song in 2006. In 2020, a new version has been recorded and released by The Vivienne, stage name of British drag queen James Lee Williams, who won the first series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK in 2019. Let’s see if he can equal Dead Or Alive’s chart position…!

But whose version is the best? DEAD OR ALIVE’s original or THE VIVIENNE’s new cover?

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