Upon founding the band, Burns hired friend Steve Coy as drummer. Over the next four years, Burns would hire and fire dozens of musicians including alternative British punk rocker Wayne Hussey. Eventually, Burns settled on a four piece made up of himself, Steve Coy, Mike Percy and Tim Lever.
Pete Burns (1981-Present) vocalist of the band and songwriter. His voice was once described as “a light which fills the darkness”. Burns did not play any instruments but mimed with an electric guitar in some music videos.
Steve Coy (1982-Present) Drummer, birth name Stephen McCoy. The youngest member of the band, Coy wrote music for the band but did not delve into the world of lyrics. As of 1996, Coy took over the job of producing Dead Or Alive’s videos starting with the David Bowie cover “Rebel Rebel” from the album Nukleopatra.
Timothy Lever (1983-1990) Keyboards, Saxophone, Guitars. The prematurely bald musician from Liverpool appeared older than he actually was. He and guitarist Mike Percy were responsible for most of the actual songwriting for the band.