Revelation - Official ILX Pet Shop Boys tracks poll results

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19. Home And Dry. (2002, Release, 216 points, 10 votes, 0 number ones)

Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/track/0ZlVW64JVzh7QXKAwfza1t

RIF: Chris's spoken "We're going home" near the end of the song is a conscious nod to Paul McCartney's matching spoken words at the end of the Beatles track "Two of Us."

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 21:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

3 mins into this deep dish rmx and...woah.

oppet, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 21:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah! tbh this was the first version of "Se A Vida E" I heard and is what I always think of when I think of the song

DJP, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 21:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

At this point it seem very likely that all tracks on Introspective will chart.

daavid, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 21:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

Huh. Only three of my songs have placed so far. Seems to be the way with me and polls - my choices either make up most of the top 20 or don't appear at all.

Strictly vote-splitting (DL), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 21:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

18. Go West. (1993, Very, 223 points, 10 votes, 1 number one)

Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/track/3kkwL9s48fjogUXKfbLgqx

RIF: This song is played whenever SSC Napoli win a home game.

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 21:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

Glad to see something from Bilingual show up. I never knew people rated "Se A Vida É". Was it it's inclusion on the last tour that helped it? (x-post)

LeRooLeRoo, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 21:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

Always loved it. Wasn't it their biggest Brit hit from the album?

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 21:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

Nice video too, filmed in Florida.

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 21:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

I rank Se A Vida E behind the first three songs on Bilingual but it's a solid track. Funny how closely the first few tracks on Bilingual mirror Nightlife, with #4 being a total dud.

skip, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 21:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

IIRC ppl have been all about "Se A Vida E" since it came out (that was why I originally sought it out, which lead me to that Deep Dish remix)

DJP, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 21:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Home and Dry" was one of only 3 21st century choices for me. One-phrase-repeated choruses always have the potential to annoy but this keeps on giving. Hadn't seen this video until this week though. Fabulousness.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 21:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

That's your lot for tonight. I'm up early tomorrow and need my beauty sleep. 17-1 tomorrow evening.

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 21:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

tbh I have never really "gotten" "Go West"

DJP, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 21:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

Se A Vida É is a lovely song and so much better than Before which is a contender for my least favourite single of theirs.

I really don't understand the appeal of Home & Dry, it's the first song in the list I'm pretty disappointed to see place.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 21:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

This is worth checkinhg out:

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 21:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

who voted for "It Always Comes As a Surprise"?

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 21:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

OK here goes my top 10 prediction and back to work:

10 - King's Cross
9 - What Have I Done To Deserve This
8 - Left To My Own Devices
7 - Love Comes Quickly
6 - Rent
5 - Always On My Mind
4 - Paninaro
3 - Can You Forgive Her?
2 - West End Girls
1 - Being Boring

daavid, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 21:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

The miners' choir in that vid is breathtaking. xpost

scotstvo, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 21:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

I really like "Se A Vida É", but it would probably come 7th or 8th for me on Bilingual. (x-post)

LeRooLeRoo, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 21:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

New York City Boy is a far superior take on the Go West theme.

skip, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 21:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

^^^^ agreed!

DJP, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 21:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

"New York City Boy" got a fair amount of airplay here -- without checking I think it's their biggest American crossover hit since the early nineties -- but I know a lot of rong people who think it's rather tacky.

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 21:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

That would be me. I find it a bit PSB-by-numbers and much less moving than Go West.

Strictly vote-splitting (DL), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 21:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

I don't understand that at all. There really isn't anything about "Go West" that doesn't make me roll my eyes to the point of sprain.

DJP, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 21:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

As someone in a (superficially) similar life situation as the video's main character when the track came out, I don't have a problem with the tacky obvious parts of New York City Boy. But it sure isn't the most subtle thing in the world. With Go West, the listener does get to fill in the blanks a little.

skip, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 21:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

(I hate the original too so it isn't totally PSB's fault)

DJP, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 22:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

You have to at least give them credit for taking a genuinely joyful and optimistic track and turning into something rather mournful without actually changing much.

daavid, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 22:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

I've never liked Bilingual, but look forward to pulling out Nightlife and Fundamental again.

Interesting fact: PSB one of the few bands my wife and I love equally, can listen to every day, any time. It's true!

Other true fact: PSB my cousin's fave act besides Pearl Jam and Rush (!).

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 22:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

You have to at least give them credit for taking a genuinely joyful and optimistic track and turning into something rather mournful without actually changing much.

I have never gotten "mournful" off of their version of "Go West", including the listen I just gave it to see if I'd changed my mind (I hadn't).

DJP, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 22:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

It was a really significant cultural moment here and I can't quite remember why.

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 22:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

if you don't like go west you don't get the pet shop boys

jabba hands, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 22:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

Didn't it accompany their official coming out? That was how it was pitched over here, anyway.

also jabba is completely OffTM

DJP, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 22:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

I definitely detect a tinge of sadness/hopeful melancholy in "Go West."

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 22:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

;)

jabba hands, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 22:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

I definitely detect a tinge of sadness/hopeful melancholy in "Go West."

that is largely because of what Neil Tennant's voice sounds like, IMO

DJP, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 22:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

I can buy that. But not everything he sings is steeped in melancholy. Compare this song to something like Se a Vida, for example.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 22:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

Nice run tonight! Bit bummed that "I Want To Wake Up" placed so low though.

Asamoah Nyan (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 22:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

xxpost It's not super obvious, context is an important part of it: The gay utopia thing gone sour because of AIDS and the fall of the Soviet Union and communism... but I sort of agree with jabba hands, it's all in Tennant's voice really.

daavid, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 22:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

wait, how did the fall of the Soviet Union make gay utopia go sour

(I do remember subtext around HIV/AIDS now that you mention it)

DJP, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 22:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

wait, how did the fall of the Soviet Union make gay utopia go sour

It made English departments in American universities the only places to fuck self-avowed communists.

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 22:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

Unrelated. They thought of it in the context of AIDS, but then they thought it could also apply to the demise of the communism, which was happening at the time. They went with that idea for the video.

daavid, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 22:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

I wish allmusic could find a better intro to the PSBs than this:

Postmodern ironists cloaked behind a veil of buoyantly melodic and lushly romantic synth pop confections…

Strictly vote-splitting (DL), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 08:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

fuck adverbs

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 12:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

okay which ILXor wrote that

DJP, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 13:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah, I don't hear much of anything mournful in Go West, either.

skip, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 13:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

I guess you could interpret it as an impossible fantasy of escape from a shitty situation.

skip, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 13:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

Translated into English, "Postmodern ironists cloaked behind a veil of buoyantly melodic and lushly romantic synth pop confections" means "English faggots."

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 13:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Satiric and irreverent -- yet somehow strangely affecting -- Pet Shop Boys 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."

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 14:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

Please stop ("yet somehow strangely affecting "!). btw that AMG profile is at least ten years o.d

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 14:28 (3 years ago) Permalink


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