Revelation - Official ILX Pet Shop Boys tracks poll results

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Yes, absolutely. There's a vein of pomo irony in some tracks, one coming up soon, but 'Drunk' is cards on the table, heartbreakingly honest.

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 18:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

"What a performance tonight" - "dissing him like a punk" - sorry, I can't see Merle singing those line.

this is the guy who sang "Footlights" and "How Did You Find Me Here." Drop the "g" in "dissing" and he's in business.

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 18:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

15. Opportunities (Let's Maker Lots of Money). (1985, Please, 237 points, 11 votes, 0 number ones)

Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/track/31gybC6HkcvWvHHaAckY9K

RIF: Chris Lowe came up with the hookline "I've got the brains, you've got the looks, let's make lots of money."

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 18:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

Guys, check out this live version from 1986 – both Neil and Chris play!

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 18:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

this was my #2, seems low. Then again I didn't grow up with it and haven't heard it played to death.

skip, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 18:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

I bet this song gets on the PSBs' nerves sometimes. I remember this and Shopping being hugely misunderstood by people who only listened to the choruses. Meanwhile half the people who did understand them tagged them as postmodern ironists for ever more.

Strictly vote-splitting (DL), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

Another fun fact: the only hit that charted higher in America (#10) than England (#11).

I never heard it as much as "West End Girls," which might explain why I always perform it at karaoke.

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

This is the first song I ever knowingly heard by them, and even then I didn't catch their name and it was months before I figured out who it was. I saw the video when MTV2 premiered.

Gukbe, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

Big jump in points from now on.

14. Can You Forgive Her? (1993, Very, 253 points, 12 votes, 0 number ones)

Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/track/3NIX0G2ajYENIRQzhLQ4Ua

RIF: The title is borrowed from Anthony Trollope's 1865 novel of the same name.

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

Wasn't going to vote for it, but the "cricket pavilion" line is just too good.

Gukbe, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

Opportunities and Shopping are great political songs. Also, Integral. Not I'm with stupid though.

oppet, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

I've come to really like "I'm With Stupid" over the past few weeks, after years of really disliking it.

Gukbe, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

I've gone the other way. Liked it first time around, but relistening to Fundamental this week it was one of the weakest tracks.

oppet, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

Whatever Tennant-Lowe say, I still hear "I'm With Stupid" as a love song, not a "political commentary" (yes yes love is politics).

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

a sequel to "Young Offender" or "Boy Strange."

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

Can You Forgive Her is too low

gospodin simmel, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

xp When they'd done the political-alliance-as-love-affair thing so well with I Get Along I don't know how they could have done it so lamely with I'm With Stupid. And the Little Britain video too - ugh.

Strictly vote-splitting (DL), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

top 13 and 13 left of my list still to show up. guessing viva le vida/domino dancing and miracles are gonna be the let downs. still holding out hope for the way it used to be tho.

xp. i want to wake up is FAR too low.

second only to popcorn (or something), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

13. Two Divided By Zero. (1986, Please, 266 points, 11 votes, 1 number one)

Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/track/64MccFRFPz3xAxwwTLp1hu

RIF:The 'computer' voice is sample from a talking calculator Tennant bought for his father.

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

TOO LOW

DJP, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

Sometimes I think "Two Divided By Zero" is all one needs of the Pet Shop Boys.

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's got everything: compelling synth pattern, awesome percussion, great Tennant vocal, and a pocket calculator sample.

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

Chris Lowe is pretty hunky on the Please cover huh?

skip, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

12. Heart. (1987, Actually, 272 points, 10 votes, 0 number ones)

Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/track/6N5n6vJeOGNAoVXEMW833i

RIF: Was originally intended to be used in the Spielberg produced film 'Innerspace'.

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

this is one of the few remixed singles of this era where I didn't despise the single version as compared to the original

DJP, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

Lowe was at his hunkiest in this period:

Rowr.

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

i have no idea how 2/0 didn't make my cut tbh. was in my final 25 or so and then... i don't know. how did Heart not make the top 10? one of their most perfect pop moments and one of neal's best vocals.

second only to popcorn (or something), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

11. This Must Be The Place I Waited Years To Leave. (1990, Behaviour, 287 points, 13 votes, 0 number ones)

Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/track/5vFdU5glHeNZQ9pchLzBGG

RIF: The backing track was originally used when trying to do the theme tune to the 1987 Bond film, 'The Loving Daylights'.

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

neil wtf (xp)

second only to popcorn (or something), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

Hell yes. Used to be my favourite Behaviour track until I got older and Being Boring sunk its teeth into me.

Even when it came out and I was a total PSB stan I thought Heart was too lightweight, especially compared to the three Actually singles that preceded it.

Strictly vote-splitting (DL), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

Behaviour is getting a ton of love.

skip, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

I thought Behaviour always got a ton of love

DJP, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

Heart was never one of my favourites at the time but it's really grown on me recently.

second only to popcorn (or something), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

Heart does seem a bit lightweight in comparison to these other tracks but it's so damn catchy

skip, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

The bit in Heart where the song LITERALLY SKIPS A BEAT is one of my favourite PSB moments.

oppet, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

Ha, not sure why I never thought of the full stop as skipping a beat. Those clever Boys!

Vinnie, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

Behaviour is getting a ton of love.

― skip, Wednesday, July 6, 2011 9:32 PM (6 minutes ago) Bookmark

And it should! Nearly all songs on that album could place in a top 50 imho

Asamoah Nyan (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

I like these surprising songs popping up, or rather, at surprising places. If this top 50 were a tracklist, from front to back it would be A+.

Asamoah Nyan (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

10. It's A Sin. (1987, Actually, 296 points, 14 votes, 0 number ones)

Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/track/6vYK729O29XnvQqPWyLPfe

RIF: The Latin text Tennant says at the end of the song translates as "I confess to almighty God, and to you my brothers, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, act, and omission, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault."

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

Behaviour has so many great songs. I was hoping "Nervously" would make it, but it's unlikely now. (xpost)

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

We're going to be pretty firmly in Singles territory now, right?

Gukbe, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

"King's Cross" still has a shot

DJP, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

Nervously was in my top 10 iirc

xxp

Asamoah Nyan (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

I predict at least two non-singles coming up.

daavid, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

"King's Cross" still has a shot

― DJP, Wednesday, July 6, 2011 9:48 PM (19 seconds ago) Bookmark

"Still has a shot"? King's cross damn well be top 5 ffs!

Asamoah Nyan (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

hoping King's Cross flys the flag for the album tracks. ha xxp.

second only to popcorn (or something), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

What about "Dreaming Of The Queen"? It has to show up too, doesn't it?

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

I wonder why wasn't King's Cross a single? Or anything else on Actually. After a no. 1 it's pretty much a no brainer to release another single from the album.

daavid, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

I don't think DOTQ will show up.

daavid, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

Massive jump in points here.

9. Love Comes Quickly. (1986, Please, 355 points, 14 votes, 0 number ones)

Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/track/7ARLgcWkYVvngfkKHxgXQq

RIF: Roxy Music's Andy MacKay plays saxophone at the end of the song.

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:57 (3 years ago) Permalink


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