I was a very lucky kid. I grew up in a house full of music. All kinds of music. From country and western (that's what they called it back day) which my Dad loved to Abba and the Beatles which my Mom loved. We always had those Disney music albums and it was all about guaranteed that any trip to a KMart ended with each of us getting a record. I remember when I was twelve I traded my sister for her record choice one week. I got Queen's Night At The Opera AND Day At The Races and I thought my head was going to explode. My Dad also taught me how to sing harmony and basically adjust my voice to sing most any song. I sing along in the car and never does someone tell me to shut up.
So then comes the 80s and video did truly kill the radio star. Anyone with a good look was given the chance to make music over those with more talent but who weren't as 'video friendly'. Dead or Alive was such a group. They might have drifted into obscurity if not for one massive hit that they had. You Spin Me Round is so good that I made it my mission to sing it not just well but very well. I can hit all the notes like this maniac did. It's near perfect 80s synth pop.
It's too bad I have this memory because the lead singer died today. He did little after this song but it was enough to be immortal in the song book of the eighties.
And he wore a patch before that became all the rage. HE was the first pirate.