Dead Or Alive: Where Are They Now?

DeadOrAliveThis week at Slacker we’re celebrating all things 80’s & New Wave while our Slacker countdown, the 101 Greatest New Wave Songs cranks in the background. What can we say, we’re New Wave fans! Some folks here would even argue it was the greatest period ever in the storied history of Rock music. The hair, the synthesizers, the androgynous edge, the elevation of punk ethos and pop excess straight into outer space- what’s not to love?!

So in the spirit of celebration, we’re taking a rewind/fast forward look at some stand out New Wave artists to get a sense of what exactly they’ve been up to since their New Wave peak and where they are now. Today– Dead Or Alive!

Holy moly let’s just get this part out of the way- Pete Burns, founder and lead singer of British New Wave band Dead Or Alive, looks pretty wild. Pretty much always has.



Burns is often considered the poster child of New Wave androgyny and has pushed the boundaries of style, sex and art throughout his career. In fact, Dead or Alive was the product of two previous bands founded by Burns; The Mystery Girls and Nightmares In Wax, which both positioned Burns’ appearance as the primary “Wow Factor” it seems. Rumor has it the catalyst for Burns deciding to morph Nightmares In Wax into Dead Or Alive was pressure from local British music promoters to really “commit” to his outrageous appearance. Thanks British music promoters.

The result was a band that found loads of success on the British charts in the 1980’s- seven Top 40 UK singles and three Top 30 UK albums. Their biggest hit, “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” went to #1 on the UK singles chart, #1 in Canada and crossed the pond to peak at #11 in the US, on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. What followed was a string of additional singles and albums that flirted with success on the charts, but drove the band further into controversy- videos banned from MTV, retailers complaining about album covers and gothic/horror movie overtones seeping into the mix.

So fast forward- Dead Or Alive never really broke up, but was pared down to Pete Burns and drummer Steve Coy throughout most of the 2000’s and the band continued to release albums comprised of new material, remixes and covers. Pete Burns also managed to solidify himself as a fixture of British reality television, appearing in Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Wife Swap & Pete’s PA as well as several TV specials where he recounted his experiences with plastic surgery and of course… he had his arm twisted into performing “You Spin Me Round” on just about all of them.

We’re glad Pete Burns is still with us and we’re glad Dead Or Alive happened; besides the fact that we love the music, he sure makes the folks chasing youth and vanity in Hollywood look like a bunch of cowards!

Need some additional 80’s eye candy to jog the ‘ol memory? Here ya go, just remember to put Slacker’s, 101 Greatest New Wave Songs on in the background to round out the whole thing!

1. Ecto Cooler










2. Glo Worm












3. Tee-Shirt Clips













4. Super Mario Bros.










5. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure











6. Pogo Ball











7. Gremlins











8. Reebok Pumps











9. Belle And Sebastian









10. Double Dare









11. Giggles








12. Where In The World Is Carmen San Diego









13. Bubble Necklaces









14. Alf









15. Small Wonder











16. A Balanced Breakfast



Grammy’s A – Z!

GRAMMY A-ZSlacker serves up a sweeping retrospective of the biggest hits and misses in the history of the Grammy Awards–in alphabetical order! Join your hostess Red, as she recounts Grammy record-breakers from Adele to Kanye to Sinatra, with a barrage of Grammy trivia lining up with each letter of the alphabet. It’s the Grammy A-Z; something that could only happen on Slacker.

P!NK Top 33!

PINK 33Pink has become one of the biggest names in music by doing things her way. The uncompromising singer was named the #1 pop musician of the first decade of the 2000s by Billboard magazine. This week she releases her new “Truth About Love Tour” DVD, and in celebration Slacker has put together a station counting down your favorite Pink songs using our Engagement Quotient. Get the party started with the Pink Top 33!

Grammy Awards 2014!

GRAMMY 2014Hello and welcome to Slacker’s Grammys 2014! On this station Slacker celebrates the 56th annual Grammy Awards with a collection of this year’s major nominees from Daft Punk to Black Sabbath, as well as highly anticipated performers like Metallica and Eurythmics. It’s your home for all things Grammy, and you can listen here- it’s Slacker’s Grammys 2014.

This Week’s EQ Charts Are Here!

TOP 40-COver the Christmas holidays, Slacker’s EQ charts were overcome with holiday songs across nearly every genre. Who knew that there was such a thing as EDM Christmas music? Now that we’ve all settled in to 2014 and the seasonal songs have subsided, here are some insights from Slacker’s EQ charts for the week of 1/8/14:

Queen Bey is predictably taking Slacker’s Hip Hop/R&B chart by storm—she moves up 14 spots to crack the top 10 with “Drunk In Love,” and her “XO” debuts this week at number 38, moving up 115 spots. And after being featured as the “New Music First” pick on last week’s Slacker Top 40 countdown, Jason Derülo’s “Talk Dirty” shoots up a remarkable 124 spots to debut on the chart.

Phantogram’s “Fall In Love” is the most engaging new song of 2014 thus far amongst Slacker’s Alt/Indie listeners—it moves up 48 spots to debut at number 31 this week. We also see significant spikes in listener engagement on Echosmith’s “Cool Kids,” and NoNoNo’s “Pumpin Blood.” This is likely due to these songs’ inclusion and exposure on Slacker’s new “Artists To Watch 2014” station.

At Pop, Katy Perry pulls an EQ hat-trick; her “Roar” continues to hang in the top 5, her “Unconditionally” moves up 7 spots to land at number 11, and her “Dark Horse” jumps up 16 to crack the top 20. That’s 3 songs in the top 20 for Ms. Perry. A favorite of your Slacker curators continues to win over new fans in the Slacker nation: John Newman’s “Love Me Again” moves up 13 spots to land at 26, and his new album “Tribute” is Slacker’s Album of the Week!

EDM is by no means a new art form, but the idea of DJ or producer as international mainstream superstar is a relatively new idea. And when it happens, it happens in a major way. To wit: based on Slacker EDM listeners’ preferences and engagement with individual artists and songs, 7 out of the top 10 songs on the chart belong to 3 artists: Avicii, Zedd, and Calvin Harris.

Two things have become clear when we analyze Slacker’s Country EQ charts over the last 6-9 months. Slacker country listeners are adventurous—they embrace new artists as much as the established super stars—and they are fully embracing the pop-crossover sound that is currently taking Nashville by storm. For example, Cole Swindell’s “Chillin’ It” is number 1 by a healthy margin for the 4th week in a row, Frankie Ballard’s “Helluva Life” is the fastest mover of 2014 thus far, as it moves up 6 spots and cracks the top 15 for the first time, and Luke Bryan has 2 songs in the top 10.

And finally, we predict that 2014 is the year that Rock evolves. Much like the Alternative charts of a few years ago, the Rock chart in 2013 was dominated by a small handful of legacy artists, like Alice In Chains, Papa Roach, and Three Days Grace. But in recent months, we’ve seen a shift: the Slacker rock audience is starting to engage with newer, more contemporary rock artists in a significant way. Artists like Black Veil Brides, Bring Me The Horizon, Trivium, Asking Alexandria, and Gemini Syndrome are all present on the chart as 2014 begins and they are all on the rise.

You can listen to the  Slacker Top 40 station here–a countdown featuring the 40 most engaging tracks of the week, hosted by Slacker DJ Parker. And check back next week to see how millions of Slacker music fans just like you push songs up and down the charts—just by listening, skipping, Hearting, and banning the songs that you hear!

Want to learn more about what the EQ score is? Read more here or check out our nifty infographic here.

Coachella 2014!

HAIM-472x472The 15th Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will be held over two consecutive weekends in Indio, CA- the first on April 11-13 and the second on April 18-20. The 2014 line-up includes headlining performances from OutKast, Muse, and Arcade Fire. Coachella 2014 also features some of the best EDM artists around like–The Knife, Zedd, Girl Talk, Skrillex, Pet Shop Boys, Disclosure, Alesso and much much more. Hear all of this year’s Coachella artists in one place- on the Coachella 2014 station on Slacker Radio!

Artist Of The Year: Florida Georgia Line!

FGL AOTYTwelve months ago, Slacker picked a new country duo by the name of Florida Georgia Line as an Artist to Watch in 2013. Not to brag or anything, but boy, we chose good. Their debut album “Here’s to the Good Times” generated four Country Top 10 singles, including “Cruise,” which spent 24 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, a new record. That song’s remix with Nelly went on to win the American Music Award for Single of the Year. Thanks to their pop hooks, appealing personality, and let’s be honest, good looks, their popularity has grown way beyond just the country audience. This station features their music as well as influences, collaborators and inspirations. Florida Georgia Line is Slacker’s Artist of the Year.

Will 2014 Be The Year Of Garth?

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Garth Brooks really knows how to stir things up, doesn’t he? He’s made the rounds of TV and radio all week to talk about his upcoming world tour — three years of it! He hasn’t revealed the cities or dates but we’re hearing it will start some time next Fall, allowing him to keep his promise not to go back on tour until his youngest daughter graduates. She’ll do that in the Spring.

He also dropped a new live duet with Trisha Yearwood, called “The Call”. Garth hinted at some other big news, saying it will be bigger than anything he’s ever done. All of this comes after he released his 8-disc box set, Blame It All On My Roots, at Walmart on Black Friday. And by the way, he’s been hiding under bulky sweatshirts, but it looks like Trisha isn’t the only one who’s lost some weight. Garth is looking good!

Listen to Garth and Trisha’s biggest hits here on Slacker’s ’90s Country and check back for more updates on Garth as we get all the juicy details!

[By Jess Wright – Slacker, Nashville Correspondent]

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