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Pet Shop Boys

Post-modern ironists cloaked behind a veil of buoyantly melodic and lushly romantic synth pop confections, Pet Shop Boys established themselves among the most commercially and critically successful groups of their era with cheeky, smart, and utterly danceable music. Always remaining one step ahead of their contemporaries, the British duo navigated the constantly shifting landscape of modern dance-pop with rare grace and intelligence, moving easily from disco to house to techno with their own distinctive image remaining completely intact. Satiric and irreverent -- yet somehow strangely affecting -- they also transcended the seeming disposability of their craft, offering wry and thoughtful cultural commentary communicated by the Morse code of au courant synth washes and drum-machine rhythms.

Pet Shop Boys formed in London in August 1981, when vocalist Neil Tennant (a former editor at Marvel Comics who later gained some recognition as a journalist for Smash Hits magazine) first met keyboardist Chris Lowe (a onetime architecture student) at an electronics shop. Discovering a shared passion for dance music and synthesizers, they immediately decided to start a band. After dubbing themselves Pet Shop Boys in honor of friends who worked in such an establishment -- while also obliquely nodding to the sort of names prevalent among the New York City hip-hop culture of the early '80s -- the duo's career first took flight in 1983, when Tennant met producer Bobby "O" Orlando while on a writing assignment. Orlando produced their first single, 1984's "West End Girls." The song was a minor hit in the U.S. but went nowhere in Britain, and its follow-up, "One More Chance," was also unsuccessful.

Upon signing to EMI, Pet Shop Boys issued 1985's biting "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)." When it too failed to attract attention, the duo's future appeared grim, but Tennant and Lowe then released an evocative new Stephen Hague production of "West End Girls," which became an international chart-topper. Its massive success propelled Pet Shop Boys' 1986 debut LP, Please, into the Top Ten, and when "Opportunities" was subsequently reissued, it too became a hit. Disco, a collection of dance remixes, was quickly rushed into stores, and in 1987 the duo resurfaced with the superb Actually, which launched two more Top Ten smashes -- "It's a Sin" and "What Have I Done to Deserve This?," a duet between Tennant and the great Dusty Springfield. Later that year, "Always on My Mind," a lovely cover of the perennial Elvis Presley standard, reached number one in several countries and the Top Ten in the U.S. A documentary film titled It Couldn't Happen Here was released one year later.

In October 1988, Pet Shop Boys issued their third studio LP, the eclectic Introspective. "Domino Dancing" and "Left to My Own Devices" both reached the Top Ten in Great Britain. The following year, Pet Shop Boys collaborated with a variety of performers, most notably Liza Minnelli, for whom they produced the 1989 LP Results. They also produced material for Springfield, and Tennant joined New Order frontman Bernard Sumner and ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr in the group Electronic, scoring a hit with the single "Getting Away with It." Tennant and Lowe reconvened in 1990 for the muted, downcast Behavior, produced by Harold Faltermeyer. Their hit medley of U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name" and Frankie Valli's "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" was released in 1991, and was followed in 1993 by Very, lauded as among the duo's finest efforts.

After a three-year absence, Pet Shop Boys resurfaced with Bilingual, a fluid expansion into Latin rhythms. Nightlife followed in 1999 and sparked the dance club hit "New York City Boy," whose success allowed the group to tour the U.S. for the first time in eight years. While on tour, the duo also collaborated with playwright Jonathan Harvey on a musical surrounding gay life and societal criticisms, which the three had been planning since 1997. Closer to Heaven made its West End debut in 2001 and had a successful run for most of the year; Pet Shop Boys' score of the original cast recording was also a hit in the U.K. They still had time to make a record for themselves, too -- in April 2002, Tennant and Lowe issued Release, and Disco 3 was compiled for release the following year.

Pet Shop Boys continued releasing material throughout the decade's latter half. In 2005, they put together a volume of the Back to Mine series and released their soundtrack designed to accompany the 1925 silent film Battleship Potemkin, a soundtrack they'd performed a year earlier at a free concert/screening in Trafalgar Square. A year later, they issued Fundamental, a mature, sometimes political album produced by Trevor Horn. The live album Concrete: In Concert at the Mermaid Theatre appeared at the end of the year, and Yes -- a collaborative effort with the production crew Xenomania -- marked the band's tenth studio effort in March 2009. While playing shows in support of that album, Pet Shop Boys also released a hits compilation, Party, to coincide with the Brazilian leg of their tour. In 2010, the tour was documented on the CD/DVD release Pandemonium, and another greatest-hits compilation, Ultimate, arrived.

Their 2011 effort, The Most Incredible Thing, was a two-disc ballet score composed for the Sadler's Wells Theater in London, while 2012's Format rounded up the duo's B-sides and bonus tracks from the years 1996-2009. Also in 2012, the duo released the sports-themed single "Winner" and performed the track at the 2012 Olympics Summer Games, held that year in their hometown of London. The track landed on that year's album Elysium, which was produced by Kanye West affiliate Andrew Dawson. Stuart Price (Madonna, Seal, Kylie Minogue) was the producer of 2013's Electric, an album that featured no ballads, just dance tracks. In May of 2014, the duo announced more original music, this time with a concert piece scheduled for a July date at Royal Albert Hall, commemorating British code breaker Alan Turing and including the BBC Concert Orchestra. Price returned as producer of 2016's Super, the second album in a row where the group were "electronic purists," meaning no guitars, orchestral support, or other organic instruments were included. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Format / B-Sides And Bonus Tracks 1996 - 2009

Disc 1

14. Screaming

15. The Ghost Of Myself

16. Casting A Shadow

17. Lies

18. Sexy Northerner

Disc 2

1. Always

2. Nightlife

5. Friendly Fire

6. We're The Pet Shop Boys

8. I Didn't Get Where I Am Today

9. The Resurrectionist

10. Girls Don't Cry

12. Blue On Blue

13. No Time For Tears (7-Inch Mix)

14. Bright Young Things

15. Party Song

16. We're All Criminals Now

17. Gin And Jag

18. After The Event

19. The Former Enfant Terrible

20. Up And Down

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Track List: The Most Incredible Thing

Disc 1

1. Prologue

2. The Grind

3. The Challenge

4. Help Me

5. Risk

6. Physical Jerks

7. The Competition

8. The Meeting

9. The Clock 1/2/3

10. The Clock 4/5/6

11. The Clock 7/8/9

12. The Clock 10/11/12

13. The Winner

14. Destruction

Disc 2

1. Back To The Grind

2. Ceremony

3. Revolution

4. Resurrection

5. Colour And Light

6. The Meeting (Reprise)

7. The Wedding

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Track List: Fundamental

1. Psychological

2. The Sodom And Gomorrah Show

3. I Made My Excuses And Left

4. Minimal

5. Numb

6. God Willing

7. Luna Park

8. I'm With Stupid

9. Casanova In Hell

10. Twentieth Century

11. Indefinite Leave To Remain

12. Integral

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Track List: PopArt

Disc 1

1. Go West

2. Suburbia

3. Se A Vida E (That's The Way Life Is)

5. Always On My Mind

6. I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind Of Thing

7. Home And Dry

8. Heart

10. Love Comes Quickly

11. It's A Sin

12. Domino Dancing

13. Before

14. New York City Boy

15. It's Alright

16. Where The Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes Off You)

17. A Red Letter Day

Disc 2

1. Left To My Own Devices

3. Flamboyant

4. Being Boring

5. Can You Forgive Her?

6. West End Girls

7. I Get Along

8. So Hard

9. Rent

10. Jealousy

11. DJ Culture

12. You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk

13. Liberation

14. Paninaro '95

15. Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)

16. Yesterday, When I Was Mad

17. Single-Bilingual

18. Somewhere

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Track List: Disco 3

1. Time On My Hands

2. Positive Role Model

3. Try It (I'm In Love With A Married Man)

4. London (Thee Radikal Blaklite Edit)

5. Somebody Else's Business

7. If Looks Could Kill

8. Sexy Northerner (Superchumbo Mix)

10. London (Genuine Piano Mix)

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Track List: Release

1. Home And Dry

2. I Get Along

3. Birthday Boy

4. London

5. E-Mail

6. The Samurai In Autumn

7. Love Is A Catastrophe

8. Here

9. The Night I Fell In Love

10. You Choose

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Track List: Nightlife

1. For Your Own Good

2. Closer To Heaven

3. I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Anymore

4. Happiness Is An Option

5. You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk

6. Vampires

7. Radiophonic

8. The Only One

9. Boy Strange

11. New York City Boy

12. Footsteps

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Track List: Bilingual

1. Discoteca

2. Single

3. Metamorphosis

4. Electricity

5. Se A Vida E (That's The Way Life Is)

6. It Always Comes As A Surprise

7. A Red Letter Day

8. Up Against It

9. The Survivors

10. Before

11. To Step Aside

12. Saturday Night Forever

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Track List: Alternative

Disc 1

1. In The Night

2. A Man Could Get Arrested [12'' Mix]

3. That's My Impression [Disco Mix]

4. Was That What It Was?

5. Paninaro

6. Jack The Lad

7. You Know Where You Went Wrong

8. A New Life

9. I Want A Dog

10. Do I Have To?

11. I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too)

12. Don Juan

13. The Sound Of The Atom Splitting [Extended Version]

14. One Of The Crowd

15. Your Funny Uncle

Disc 2

1. It Must Be Obvious

2. We All Feel Better In The Dark

3. Bet She's Not Your Girlfriend

4. Losing My Mind

5. Music For Boys

6. Miserablism

7. Hey, Headmaster

8. What Keeps Mankind Alive?

9. Shameless

10. Too Many People

11. Violence [Hacienda Version]

12. Decadence

13. If Love Were All

14. Euroboy

15. Some Speculation

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Track List: Very

1. Can You Forgive Her?

2. I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind Of Thing

3. Liberation

4. A Different Point Of View

5. Dreaming Of The Queen

6. Yesterday, When I Was Mad

7. The Theatre

8. One And One Make Five

9. To Speak Is A Sin

10. Young Offender

11. One In A Million

12. Go West

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Track List: Discography

1. West End Girls

2. Love Comes Quickly

3. Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)

4. Suburbia

5. It's A Sin

7. Rent

8. Always On My Mind

9. Heart

10. Domino Dancing

11. Left To My Own Devices

12. It's Alright

13. So Hard

14. Being Boring

16. Jealousy

17. DJ Culture

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Track List: Behaviour

1. Being Boring

2. This Must Be The Place I Waited Years To Leave

3. To Face The Truth

4. How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously?

5. Only The Wind

6. My October Symphony

7. So Hard

8. Nervously

9. The End Of The World

10. Jealousy

x

Track List: Introspective

1. Left To My Own Devices

2. I Want A Dog

3. Domino Dancing

6. It's Alright

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Track List: Actually

1. One More Chance

2. What Have I Done To Deserve This?

3. Shopping

4. Rent

5. Hit Music

6. It Couldn't Happen Here

7. It's A Sin

8. I Want To Wake Up

9. Heart

10. King's Cross

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Track List: Please

1. Two Divided By Zero

2. West End Girls

3. Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)

4. Love Comes Quickly

5. Suburbia

6. Opportunities

7. Tonight Is Forever

8. Violence

9. I Want A Lover

10. Later Tonight

11. Why Don't We Live Together?

x

Track List: Axis (Single)

1. Axis

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Track List: Electric

1. Axis

2. Bolshy

3. Love Is A Bourgeois Construct

4. Flourescent

5. Inside A Dream

6. The Last To Die

7. Shouting In The Evening

8. Thursday

9. Vocal

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Track List: Happiness (Single)

1. Happiness

x

Track List: Inner Sanctum (Single)

1. Inner Sanctum

x

Track List: Love Is A Bourgeois Construct (EP)

1. Love Is A Bourgeois Construct (Nighttime Radio Edit)

2. Entschuldigung!

3. Get It Online

4. Love Is A Bourgeois Construct (The Penelopes Remix Radio Edit)

x

Track List: Love Is A Bourgeois Construct (Remixes)

1. Love Is A Bourgeois Construct (The Penelopes Remix)

2. Love Is A Bourgeois Construct (Claptone Remix)

3. Love Is A Bourgeois Construct (Little Boots Discotheque Edit)

4. Love Is A Bourgeois Construct (Dave Aude Big Dirty Dub)

5. Love Is A Bourgeois Construct (Claptone Instrumental)

x

Track List: Memory Of The Future

1. Memory Of The Future (New Single Mix)

2. Listening

3. One Night

4. Inside

x

Track List: Memory Of The Future Remixed

1. Memory Of The Future (Stuart Price Extended Mix)

2. Memory Of The Future (Ulrich Schnauss Remix)

3. Memory Of The Future (DJ Waldo Squash Remix)

4. Memory Of The Future (Digital Dog Club Mix)

5. Memory Of The Future (Digital Dog Dub Mix)

x

Track List: Super

1. Happiness

2. The Pop Kids

3. Twenty-something

4. Groovy

5. The Dictator Decides

6. Pazzo!

7. Inner Sanctum

8. Undertow

9. Sad Robot World

10. Say It to Me

11. Burn

12. Into Thin Air

x

Track List: The Pop Kids (Remixes) (Single)

1. The Pop Kids (Offer Nissim Drama Mix)

2. The Pop Kids (MK Dub Radio Edit)

3. The Pop Kids (PSB Deep Dub Radio Edit)

4. The Pop Kids (MK Dub)

x

Track List: The Pop Kids (Single)

1. The Pop Kids (Radio Edit)

x

Track List: The Pop Kids - EP

1. The Pop Kids (Radio Edit)

2. In Bits

3. One-Hit Wonder

4. The Pop Kids (PSB Deep Dub)

5. The Pop Kids (The Full Story)

x

Track List: Twenty-Something - EP

1. Twenty-Something (Radio Edit)

2. The White Dress

3. Wiedersehen

4. Twenty-Something (The Los Evo Jedis Remix)

5. Twenty-Something (Kornél Kovács Remix)

x

Track List: Vocal (Remixes)

1. Vocal

2. Vocal (Rektchordz Dub)

3. Vocal (Armageddon Turk Tear Gas Mix)

4. Vocal (The Cucarachas Mix)

5. Vocal (JRMX Club Mix)

6. Vocal (Nacho Chapado & Ivan Gomez Mix)

7. Vocal (Rektchordz Mix)

8. Vocal (WAWA Extended Mix)

9. Vocal (The Cucarachas Dub)

x

Track List: Vocal (Single)

1. Vocal

x

Track List: West End Girls

1. West End Girls (Original Bobby Orlando Single Mix)

2. West End Girls (Original Bobby Orlando Mix)

3. One More Chance (Original Bobby Orlando Remix)

x

Track List: Winner

1. Winner

2. A Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi"

3. The Way Through The Woods (Long Version)

4. I Started A Joke

x

Track List: Winner (Single)

1. Winner

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Opportunites (Let's make lots of money)= perfect description of my current relationship
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I first heard west end girls on GTA v I could not singing along to it, I love how catchy it is
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Awesome music by the Pet Shop Boys.
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In 86, as a freshman in college, I had a girlfriend who lived in a dorm called West Delta. I lived in a dorm called Iota which was situated east of Delta. West End Girls was ours!
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80" s rule. This was real music.
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