Dead or Alive Drummer Steve Coy Dies at 56

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Steve Coy, the drummer of the Liverpool-based dance-pop band Dead or Alive, best known for its 1985 #11 hit “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record),” died on May 4, 2018. The cause and place of death were not reported. Coy was 56.

According to a report on the music website Noise11, “Coy was the drummer for Dead or Alive from 1982. He played on the first Dead or Alive hit, the cover of KC and the Sunshine Band’s ‘That’s the Way (I Like It)’ in 1984 and following recordings through to the band’s most recent album ‘Fragile’ in 2000.”

A Wikipedia bio of the band credits Coy with playing keyboards, guitar and bass as well as drums.

Steve Coy was born March 9, 1962, in Liverpool. His death follows that of singer Pete Burns, who died at age 57 in 2016.

Related: Dead or Alive’s Peter Burns dies at age 57

Dead or Alive was the first group to have a number one single with the production team of Stock Aitken Waterman. The group’s membership has included Burns, Coy, Wayne Hussey (guitarist), Mike Percy (bassist) and Timothy Lever (various instruments). They released seven studio albums—beginning with 1984’s Sophisticated Boom Boom and most recently 2000’s Fragile—and five compilation albums. Their U.S. album debut was Youthquake, released on the Epic label in the U.S. It reached #31 in Billboard in 1985.

In addition to “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record),” their hits included “Lover Come Back to Me,” “In Too Deep,” “Brand New Lover” (which peaked at #15 in the U.S. in 1986) “Something In My House,” “Hooked on Love” and “Turn Around And Count 2 Ten.”

Watch the Dead or Alive video for “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”

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Coy started his own record label, Bristar Records. On December 21, 2012, Burns and Coy (as Dead or Alive) performed at the Pete Waterman concert, Hit Factory Live, in England.

In April 2019, Jimmy Fallon and Paul Rudd recreated Dead or Alive’s big hit

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  1. Nightbird
    #1 Nightbird 3 April, 2022, 12:03

    Rest in peace, Steve Coy. You were a part of one of the greatest musical bands of all time. There will never be another band like DEAD OR ALIVE again. I hope you and the wonderful Pete Burns are having a blast in the afterlife. We miss you both dearly.

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