Revelation - Official ILX Pet Shop Boys tracks poll results

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7. King's Cross. (1987, Actually, 409 points, 15 votes, 2 number ones)

Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/track/7gRWAZMjr7uk4Eqic9MGPO

RIF: Following the King's Cross underground fire in November 1987 there was a suggestion that the song be released as a charity single, which the Boys resisted. Some funds were raised when Smash Hits created a premium cost phone line for people to listen to the song.

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

xp So Dylan Jones made himself useful for once.

xxp I used to be able to recite the Latin bit from It's a Sin. The remixed live version on the last tour was astounding.

Strictly vote-splitting (DL), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Paninaro was my number one. What an amazing intro, and you get a real sense of how the group's sound changed from the early version and moving through the remixes. '95 should be played at every gay club every night.

skip, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

(xp) Oooh-ah-ah, Oooh-ah-ah, Oooh-ah-Oooh is also GREAT.

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

Some funds were raised when Smash Hits created a premium cost phone line for people to listen to the song.

classic

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

King's Cross is one of the great 80s protest songs.

Strictly vote-splitting (DL), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

armani, armani, ah ah armani

skip, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Not sure how anyone can listen to the original "Paninaro" and not get up to dance.

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

6. Left To My Own Devices. (1988, Introspective, 411 points, 15 votes, 2 number ones)

Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/track/3IV99EaS0TrwHdjgjlnlFz

RIF: The 'party animal' referred to is English music journalist Jon Savage.

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

well done plucky King's Cross :)

second only to popcorn (or something), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

the way this song stretches out on Introspective is so good - it's like you're hanging out with some spoiled, pretty guy, slightly bored, slightly drunk, shooting the shit and trying to sound smart. Neil's spoken vocals are perfect.

skip, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

looks like no surprises in the top 5.

second only to popcorn (or something), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Next, one of the greatest cover versions ever done.

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

5. Always On My Mind. (1987, Standalone, 525 points, 20 votes, 1 number ones)

Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/track/6ZCX3XnzYWsqqQKg9pVts9

RIF: Their best selling single in the UK.

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

What's left? West End Girls, What Have I Done to Deserve This, Always on My Mind, New York City Boy, Being Boring?

skip, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

Next, one of the greatest cover versions ever done.

Fixed.

daavid, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

it'll be Rent instead of NYCB.

daavid, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

Love that well over half of us voted for "Paninaro", more than any of the big hits so far.

xpost: except AOMM!

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

Voted for On my mind/in my house version, in a moment of bravado/lunacy.

oppet, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

Possible controversial placing, which I'll throw open for discussion. Their were two votes and 49 points given to Always On My Mind/In My House, which would have given a total of 574 points and 4th place. However using the same logic for Viva La Vida/Domino Dancing I marked it seperately.

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ewing's take

My number 1.

Gukbe, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

"In My House" isn't really a song, is it? I would've just counted it as a remix. It doesn't make a big difference anyway.

daavid, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah, I would have counted those votes with Always on My Mind. No biggie though!

skip, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

My favourite review of AOMM by Tanya Headon.

daavid, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Speaking of reviews this is what Melody Maker wrote about it:

"The lousiest, most ham-fisted idea that Pet Shop Boys will ever have... they sound like they want to get it all over and done with so Neil can fit in his X-mas shopping."

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

Anyway, moving on.

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

4. West End Girls. (1985, Please, 541 points, 20 votes, 4 number ones)

Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/track/0By5MDC5oK9gYHy8Qe0MZz

RIF:The only UK and US number one to be inspired by T.S. Eliot's poem 'The Wasteland'.

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

hey sound like they want to get it all over and done with so Neil can fit in his X-mas shopping."

how is this a bad thing?

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

What? Was not expecting that at all!

daavid, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

re WEG

daavid, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

More proof that I'm out of touch: "King's Cross" is great, I voted for it, but I had no expectation of it being that high.

xpost: A full three songs did better than WEG! Also surprising.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

gonna be boring when "Being Boring" wins this but yay "Rent" getting top 3

DJP, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

not sure how you can leave this out of the top 20 PSB songs but #4 is still a high placement.

skip, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

I said it before, but having been pretty tired of that track for a number of years, I heard it again this past week and it is just too unfuckwithable not to vote for.

Gukbe, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

maybe not surprised West End Girls wasn't top as some seem tired of it now. i never could be, it was the first and it'll be the last, my number 1.

second only to popcorn (or something), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol I didn't vote for WEG even though I love it

DJP, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

that's just contrarianism gone mad.

second only to popcorn (or something), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

I didn't vote for it either.

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

(a) I'm not that wowed by it (b) 98% of voters would have voted for it anyway.

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

Next up the top 3 and there's not a lot in it.

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

WEG is a great song but I can absolutely name 20 PSB songs I like more, especially when you factor in Alternative.

I would have picked "Opportunities" before I picked WEG (though in practice I picked neither; did vote for "Love Comes Quickly" tho)

DJP, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

Genuinely quite excited. Come on Rent.

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Now I'm rooting for WHIDTDT to beat "Rent" though it probably won't happe

daavid, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

hope Rent wins now yeah.

second only to popcorn (or something), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

nonono come on WHIDTDT?, "Rent" should be #2

DJP, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

(since it's a given "Being Boring" is #1)

DJP, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

I didn't vote for WEG either and now I feel I should have really.

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

I feel more of you should have voted for "Don Juan"

DJP, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

I dunno, i find "Rent" a little bland tbh. Great track and all but not a top 3 for me.

daavid, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 21:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

still hoping "Comrades!" might sneak in ftw

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 21:00 (2 years ago) Permalink


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