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Rock of Ages; No. 1 singles from this week, with Jade Wright.

Byline: Jade Wright

1985 Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Right Round

STOCK, Aitken and Waterman's first number one came courtesy of Pete Burns.

Port Sunlight's finest founded his first band with friends Julian Cope, PeteWylie, and Phil Hurst after local promoters encouraged him to make the most of his outrageous appearance.

Dubbing themselves The Mystery Girls, they played only one gig - opening for Sham 69 at Eric's in Liverpool in November 1977, before disintegrating.

Afterwards he formed Dead or Alive.

The song was offered to the band by the then-fledgling songwriting/production team formed of Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman following their first Top 40 hit, a remake of the 1975 hit by KC and the Sunshine Band, That's the Way (I Like It).

It was a global hit, topping the European charts and reaching number 11 in America.

Their Stock, Aitken and Waterman produced album Youth quake reached number nine in the UK charts.

1991 The Clash - Should I Stayor Should IGo

SANDWICHED inauspiciously between number ones Do The Bartman and Hale and Pace singing The Stonk, The Clash's only chart topping hit was written in 1981 and premiered on their album Combat Rock.

It made number one after it was features on a Levi advert, and subsequently reissued.

Though many legends have arisen about what the song is about (one of which is Jones' impending dismissal from the Clash in 1983), it is actually about a rocky personal relationship between Jones and former Meat Loaf backup singer Ellen Foley that would soon implode.

The famous Spanish backing vocals are courtesy of Joe Strummer.

"On the spur of the moment I said 'I'm going to do the backing vocals in Spanish,'" he explained. "We needed a translator so Eddie Garcia, the tape operator, called his mother in Brooklyn Heights and read her the lyrics over the phone and she translated them. But Eddie and his mum are Ecuadorian, so it's Ecuadorian Spanish that me and Joe Ely are singing on the backing vocals."

It has been covered by artists as diverse as Skin, Ice Cube and Mack 10, Error Type II, Living Colour, The Long Tall Texans, Spastic Vibrations, Guitar Wolf, Die Toten Hosen, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Bai Bang, Super Green, The Picketts, and even Kylie Minogue.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 7, 2009
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