You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)
By the time the mid-80s rolled around, the Euro synth-pop movement was beginning to fizzle a little, replaced by the big hair/glam metal of groups like Poison, Whitesnake, and (lest we forget) Stryper.
But there were still a couple keyboard-y groups that remained to be heard from, and leading the charge was Dead or Alive. Their first album, Sophisticated Boom Boom, barely entered our consciousness, but in May 1985 Youthquake hit the scene, and “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” became a big ol’ hit right off the bat (and though it eventually reached #1 in the UK, it took a whopping 17 weeks to get there).
With Pete Burns’ snarly vocals, the uber-synth melody, and the uber-synth drum track, “You Spin Me Round” was as catchy instantly recognizable as arguably any other 80s song.
In the US, “You Spin Me Round” spent 18 weeks on the charts, peaking at #11 in August 1985, but it has survived (and then some) thanks to several re-releases and its inclusion on pretty much every 80s compilation ever. But for our money, the best resurrection of the ditty came in 1998 when Adam Sandler’s The Wedding Singer brought it back into our lives.
“Hey, somebody get some pants on that kid!”
We ♥ You Spin Me Round (Like a Record).