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He Did It (His Way)

PETE BURNS – POP STAR, GENDER BENDER, HUSBAND (TWICE), REALITY STAR, SON OF A HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR. HE PASSED TOO SOON, BUT HIS MUSIC AND INFLUENCE KEEPS SPINNING ROUND LIKE A RECORD BABY! MARC ANDREWS RECALLS MEETING THE GREAT ICONOCLAST

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When pop star-turned-reality star Pete Burns died in October (aged 57 from a heart attack) the world lost yet another true original in the same year as David Bowie and Prince.

Pete was the flamboyant frontman of alt/ gothic/New Wave/disco act Dead Or Alive, most famous for their massive mid-’80s hit, You Spin Me Round (Like A Record). He’s the man who almost singlehandedly brought the concept of “trans” to the mainstream some three decades before it became broadly accepted. Bisexual, and more genderbending than gender transitioning, Peter’s dark, vampish looks were offset by a masculine, snarling vocal style reminiscent of Jim Morrison of The Doors.

Not only was he a unique star in the pop firmament, but he was also an evangelist for cosmetic surgery. His “early work” straightened his nose and teeth and was, arguably, an improvement. But after some 300 operations, Pete became the living embodiment of what not to have done.

One procedure on his lips was so botched that he won a million-dollar malpractice lawsuit against the surgeon. It also goes some way to explaining his alien-like appearance towards the end of his life.

Then there’s his musical legacy. While he may forever be remembered for one ginormous hit record there was much more to Pete Burns. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) paid Pete’s bills for years. The Hi-NRG hit was as ubiquitous as it was irresistible, filling nightclub dancefloors (and wedding dancefloors) around the world. It was even used by Disney for one of their theme park rides. But musicologists will keenly recall the subsequent hits.

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As the temperature soars Down Under we showcase the best men's swimwear for 2017 with 26 pages of Banging’ Beachwear For Blokes. We also check out the latest in leather and fetishwear from Aussie brand, Army Of Men. In news features we ask WTF America? How did Trumpty Dumpty get to sit on the wall? We also take a look at the crazy opinions expressed by Vice President-elect Mike Pence. It’s not pretty! We visit Jamaica, where things are slowly improving for civil rights, and we hear the harrowing stories of refugees arriving on Europe's southern shores. In a tragic year for music, we look at the life and career of Dead Or Alive's Pete Burns, but in good news catch up with ’80s gender bender, Marilyn. He's back, off drugs and ready to kickstart his career. Plus, Josh Thomas talks about life on his hit TV show, Please Like Me. Harvey Fierstein talks Kinky Boots and why he makes bad television! DNA's Dr Zac shows how to Make Yourself The Perfect Summer Package, while sexy chef Jordan Bruno puts some heat in the kitchen and on your plate. Our regular Man To Man columnist Mario Forgione discusses ten years of life with HIV. It's hot. It's happening. You want it!