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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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!