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post Dec 20 2017, 07:49 PM
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So I recently made myself a sort of best of PSB album and I've been listening to it lots and lots since it's aural birth. After all these listens I'm going to put them forward as quite possibly the act that has the best potential set of hits for a best of ever.

01 Left To My Own Devices
02 It's a Sin
03 What Have I Done To Deserve This?
04 Rent
05 Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)
06 Suburbia
07 Always On My Mind
08 Losing My Mind
09 So Hard
10 Can You Forgive Her?
11 Minimal
12 The Pop Kids
13 The Way It Used To Be
14 Being Boring
15 I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More
16 A Red Letter Day
17 Integral
18 It's Alright
19 Where The Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes Off You)
20 DJ Culture
21 West End Girls
22 Go West
23 Love Etc.
24 Heart
25 Domino Dancing
26 The Theatre
27 Flamboyant
28 Leaving
29 I Want To Wake Up
30 Jealousy

Honestly that is such a great album.

I know they're quite fondly thought of amongst music fans but it has struck me while going through their tracks just how consistently great they have been over a very long period of time... maybe a rate is in order sometime soon?



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post Dec 20 2017, 08:01 PM
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Oh yes,one of my favourite groups. There will be plenty of Pet Shop Boys songs in my top 1000.
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post Dec 20 2017, 08:16 PM
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That's certainly an impressive track listing. It's a pity they don't have hits any more sad.gif
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post Dec 20 2017, 08:21 PM
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It is indeed. The Pop Kids was perfectly radio friendly (well, sort of) and deserved to be a hit - and I think the theme really worked in the song too, sort of like a more upbeat Being Boring. In fact, their lyrics are often really very vivid and descriptive of subjects that other bands just never sing about, I really do love them wub.gif


Also... feel free to suggest things I've missed off as I'm not totally familiar with everything they've ever done...



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post Dec 20 2017, 09:12 PM
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Their best tracks for me are are What Have I Done To Deserve This and Rent. I love ...Actually so much, classic.
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post Dec 20 2017, 09:34 PM
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Did they break through in 1985? If so I'm looking forward to totp performances in the coming year!
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post Dec 20 2017, 09:56 PM
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A rate would be fab smile.gif - I'm still sitting on a quickie rate notion (never get the time, but in the new year I go part-time hooray!). PSB are easily my top rated act of the last 32 years, consistent throughout, that level of quality is rare for that length of time, and they can do any genre of music - anyone who thinks they all sound the same hasn't listened properly!

Overall, I rate them up there with Beatles and Abba as my holy trinity of pop.

Tracks not on your list that I love dearly:

You Only Tell Me Me You Love Me When You're Drunk
Liberation
Numb
Nothing Has Been Proved (Dusty)
Daydreamin' (Dusty)
I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind Of Thing
Se E Vide Es
Hallo Spaceboy (Bowie/PSB's)
Hit And Miss
Single
Footsteps
Miracles
Girls Don't Cry
More Than A Dream
All Over The World
I Started A Joke
Burn
Say It To Me

Plenty more though smile.gif
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post Dec 21 2017, 04:15 PM
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Loue psb especially their early stuff. Always on my mind was 1st single i ever bought also bought Heart. Losing my mind was by liza manelli produced by psb, bought that too!
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post Jan 28 2018, 03:17 PM
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Its Alright on listening to it now sounds quite Inner City-esque. Very good track.

Heart is one of the only dancey sounding hits in 1988 that wasn't acid house. Most synthpop groups seem to have stopped making dancey songs when acid house became a big trend in 1988 apart from the Pet Shop Boys.
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post Jan 28 2018, 03:47 PM
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Good spot The Snake... It's Alright is actually a cover of a house track so your senses are on point!


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post Feb 6 2018, 07:47 PM
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QUOTE(dandy* @ Jan 28 2018, 03:47 PM) *
Good spot The Snake... It's Alright is actually a cover of a house track so your senses are on point!


Didn't know it was a cover! ohmy.gif

Yep the cover of It's Alright by The Pet Shop Boys is house I think, whereas Heart is still the Hi-NRG genre I think (although I don't know).

The use of crowd noise in a part of It's Alright is a bit ahead of its time, before the main trend of that in rave music in 1991 started!


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