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Oct 24 2016
Dead Or Alive's Pete Burns Dies @ 57 Comments (0)

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I'm so sad to report that Pete Burns, the trans-vibing lead singer of '80s pop outfit Dead or Alive, died yesterday following what's being called a massive heart attack. He was just 57.

Burns's family released the following statement on social media:

As a founding member and the lead singer of the British New Wave pop/dance group Dead or Alive, formed in 1980, Burns was surely one of the most uniquely recognizable figures on the scene, rocking a long, wild mane and Elizabeth Taylor makeup, bellowing in baritone and flaunting fluidly feminine dance moves that made him even more of a gender-bender than the more iconic Boy George.

With the group's debut album, Sophisticated Boom Boom (1984), they made their mark with the staccato “I'd Do Anything” and the minor hit “Misty Circles,” which featured Burns's trademark operatic-leaning Goth vocals. Showing they were unafraid of the disco backlash, the group also covered the 1975 hit “That's the Way (I Like It),” the KC and the Sunshine Band. Revved up by an added refrain of, “Keep that, keep that body strong,” the song's video echoed Olivia Newton-John's 1981 video for “Physical,” presenting Burns as a slinky taskmistress surrounded by rock-hard female bodybuilders.

It was a twist on ideas of gender that would come to define the act.

With 1985's Youthquake, the band tasted true success—it would be their highest-ranking Billboard 200 album in the U.S., and also its biggest seller in the U.K. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” from that album hit #1 all over the globe (a career-best #11 in the U.S.) and is one of the top hits of the '80s.

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It was followed by Top 40 Euro hits “Lover Come Back to Me,” “In Too Deep” and “My Heart Goes Bang (Get Me to the Doctor).”

Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know (1987) represented a streamlining and mainstreaming of the band's sound, resulting in I'll Save You All My Kissesthe pop hits “Brand New Lover” (#15 U.S.), ”Something in My House,” “Hooked on Love” and “I'll Save You All My Kisses.”

With 1989's Nude, featuring a beautiful, painting-like nude profile of Burns, Dead or Alive had become a full-on Hi-NRG dance act—in this fan's opinion, the entire record is one long, irresistible thrash in a gay club, with stand-out tracks like “Turn Around and Count 2 Ten” (by the way, poppers help, too), “I Cannot Carry On” and the unapologetically horny “Come Home with Me Baby” (quite a statement during the AIDS era), the final DOA single to touch the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.—and of course it landed on #69.

Fan the Flame (Part 1) (1990), Nukleopatra (1995) and Fragile (2000) were released only in Japan (until many years later), the last place where DOA was still big. All have a same-sounding appeal to the group's biggest hits, following the same it-ain't-broke-and-we-ain't-fixing-it approach as groups like Erasure, New Order and Pet Shop Boys.

Along with the studio albums, there have been many hits and other packages. An utterly massive Dead or Alive compilation A1bPv7LrqnL._SL1500_called Sophisticated Boom Box is set for release for around $150 on November 4. It contains a mere 17 CDs worth of material.

In spite of his flamboyant demeanor that made many assume he was gay, Burns was married to Lynne Corlett from 1978 until 2006. He did engage in a civil partnership with Michael Simpson in 2006, but they broke up and Burns disparaged gay marriage, saying he preferred marriage to a woman. He and Simpson did reconcile.

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Burns was perhaps as well known (fueled by a stint on Celebrity Big Brother in the U.K. in 2006) for his ever-changing visage as for his musicality and showmanship, claiming to have had hundreds of plastic surgeries. 

One, on his lips, went so horrifically wrong he required a year and a half of reconstructive procedures. He was barely recognizable in his fifties, a state he said was his goal:

“The number of surgeries that I’ve had'll probably be 300. I hope when I’m 80 that I get to heaven and God doesn’t recognize me.”

Sadly, he was off by over 20 years.

One of Pete's stage final performances of his signature hit, from earlier this year:

Oct 21 2016
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Oct 20 2016
Gaga Has Had It Up To Here With Generous Comparisons To Madonna Comments (0)

Jesus, Lady Gaga is just incapable of being humble. Ever.

Her single flopped—and I liked it!—and now, when asked about Madonna, which admittedly is a troll-worthy question, she has this to say: 

You know what, Gaga? You're not a genius. You're not David Bowie, you're not Stevie Wonder, you're not Michael Jackson, you're not Prince ... and you, not-so-nice lady, are not Madonna.

Lady Gaga has real, and measurable, talent, but she is stuck on her own hype that she is some kind of musical wunderkind, that what she does is utterly unique and spellbinding. When she was reading Born This Way, it was heralded as the Second Coming—and wound up being the Second Coming of “Express Yourself.” When she was preparing to foist ARTPOP on us, she raved about how genius it would be, a hubristic move that bit her in the ass. And she has not learned. She simply can not see herself in the proper context, can not accept that to be compared to Madonna is a compliment.

She raved about Madonna before their rift, and now acts like Madonna is some kindly grandmother with whom she shares no common ground?

Madonna plays instruments and is a songwriter. She has had a hand in every aspect of her career, including cooking up many of her own melodies. She is an unsurpassable live performer. She has done too many things first and best to sweat it when the latest throne-coveters approach, like Nosferatu, witchy fingers elongated in the shadows of deception.

But whether you don't care for Madonna, even if you think the rivalry is tired (IT IS), you've got to admit Gaga's defensiveness in the above clip is churlish and beneath her. “Nice lady?” Fuck off. I guess it's not so surprising that so many of her followers take time out to wish AIDS on Gaga's critics—I have the many receipts!—considering she really does emanate assholishness underneath her fake veneer.

Okay, I'm officially back off her. Man, I wish we could just go back to her The Fame Monster era and start over.

A Little More Olivia: Catching ONJ's SUMMER NIGHTS Show In Vegas! Comments (0)

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Though cool is probably not the first adjective she'd use to describe herself, Olivia Newton-John represented one side of my impression of coolness as a kid—my favorite male cousin was into Blondie, so Debbie Harry represented New Wave edginess to me, and my favorite female cousin received an ONJ album for Christmas that seemed to herald her arrival into womanhood. Both acts made me realize that keeping abreast of pop music was the only way to be true teenager.

Olivia is seemingly as busy in 2016 as she was back then, and her commitments are not only physical (she just returned to her wonderful show at the Flamingo's Donny & Marie Show Room in Las Vegas) but spiritual (she's always busy with her Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre, and makes environmental causes a cornerstone of her stage show).

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As I told the incandescent songbird—now the same age Gene Kelly was when he danced alongside her in Xanadu (1980)—she looks beautiful, sounds beautiful and, most importantly, is beautiful; her centered approach to her enduring career is inspirational without being preachy, and is spreading a little more love with each passing day.

Perhaps most exciting for fans is her brand-new album, LIV ON, a collaboration with Amy Sky and Beth Nielsen Chapman, which dropped October 14. The album emphasizes the trio's vocal skill and sensitivity, nowhere more powerfully than on the single “LIVE ON,” a sonic rock on which survivors can cling while struggling to get through life's challenges. LIV-ON-CD COVER_FINAL The album and single take ONJ full circle, back to her early country roots.

Speaking of her roots, I was lucky enough to catch Olivia's return to her Vegas residency following her August tour dates.

The Donny & Marie Show Room is a gorgeous space, designed like an old-fashioned nightclub/dinner-theater venue, just larger. There isn't a bad seat in the house, and Olivia didn't hit a bad note—all sung live, so you get more than just a piece of her.

Olivia looks phenomenal, isn't afraid to tease her audience and for the show's spirited numbers, especially a generous Grease segment and the stand-out from her pop/rock years, “Twist of Fate,” was frequently kick-dancing up and down the stage.

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If you want variety, she's got it—Olivia nimbly segues from country to pop to rock to yes, even a Latin number, to New Age. Along with singing most of her iconic hits, she threw in new work like the aforementioned “LIVE ON” and lesser-known singles like the heart-tugging nature anthem “Don't Cut Me Down.”

Somewhat surprisingly, “Physical” arrived in the dead center of the very lively show, which allowed for some of her less reserved fangirls to jump up and recreate the choreography from that unforgettably gay-friendly music video.

Just when I was thinking Olivia had exhausted her top-tier smashes, her finale—delivered in a dazzling, silver-sequined, form-fitting gown—arrived in the form of a gorgeous take on “I Honestly Love You.”

And, honestly, right back atcha.

After the show, I was escorted to the green room, where I was able to meet with Olivia, have her sign two of my cherished 45s and tell her how much I loved the show. When I randomly blurted out that I've always loved her 1992 hit “I Need Love,” she asked me to remind her of it, so I had to speak-sing to Olivia Newton-John! She gamely jumped in and sang what she could remember of the tune, which was a slinky pop number with one of the best Hi-NRG dance remixes of all time.

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Magic indeed.

Catch ONJ's show Olivia Newton-John: Summer Nights at the Flamingo!


Full set list: Xanadu0002

“Magic” (1980)

“Xanadu” (1980)

“Deeper Than the Night” (1979)

“Suddenly” (1980)

“Make a Move on Me” (1982)

“A Little More Love” (1978)

“Twist of  Fate” (1983)

“Have You Never Been Mellow” (1975)

“Please Mr. Please” (1975)

“Jolene” (1978)

“Let Me Be There” (1973)

“Physical” (1981)

“The Promise (The Dolphin Song)” (1981)

“Don't Cut Me Down” (1994)

“LIVE ON” (2016)

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“You're the One That I Want” (1978)

“Hopelessly Devoted to You” (1978)

“Summer Nights” (1978)

“We Go Together” (1978)

“Grace and Gratitude” (2006)

“I Honestly Love You” (1974)


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