Pet Shop Boys POX

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I cannot believe we haven't done this one before:

Anyway, here goes:

Can You Forgive Her
Nervously
Boy Strange
Miserablism
I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind Of Thing
Domino Dancing
To Face The Truth
Suburbia
Yesterday When I Was Mad
Heart

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Friday, 21 November 2003 00:15 (seventeen years ago) link

POX? Please explain?

daavid, Friday, 21 November 2003 00:17 (seventeen years ago) link

Pick Only Ten

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Friday, 21 November 2003 00:17 (seventeen years ago) link

POX is pointless. It should always be CD80!

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 21 November 2003 00:21 (seventeen years ago) link

...oh I see, here's my list:

West End Girls
2 Divided by Zero
Paninaro (original version)
King's Cross
I'm not scared
Domino dancing
Being boring
The end of he world
Discoteca
Always

daavid, Friday, 21 November 2003 00:24 (seventeen years ago) link

My collection des Boys is spotty, so I can't authoritatively pick 10. But "Liberation" should have a place.

Nom De Plume (Nom De Plume), Friday, 21 November 2003 00:33 (seventeen years ago) link

i'm sure this was done before but can't be bothered to search:

always on my mind
west end girls
what have i done to deserve this?
left to my own devices
heart
i'm not scared
domino dancing
i don't know what you want but i can't give any more
dj culture
paninaro

stevem (blueski), Friday, 21 November 2003 12:52 (seventeen years ago) link

Two divided by zero
Love comes quickly
Why don't we live together?
Do I have to?
I want to wake up
Kings Cross
I want a dog
Being boring
Your funny uncle
Left to my own devices

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Friday, 21 November 2003 13:26 (seventeen years ago) link

What Have I Done to Deserve This
Always on My Mind
Suburbia
Heart
Single Bilingual
Two Divided by Zero
Where the Streets Have No Name
How Can You Expect to be Taken Seriously?
It Couldn't Happen Here
It's Alright

Paul Cunningham, Friday, 21 November 2003 14:55 (seventeen years ago) link

2 Divided By 0
I Want A Dog
You Know Where You Went Wrong
Jack The Lad
Don Juan
Some Speculation
Yesterday When I Was Mad
Kings Cross
We All Feel Better In The Dark
Paninaro

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Friday, 21 November 2003 15:29 (seventeen years ago) link

Left to My Own Devices (12" Disco mix)
West End Girls (original 1984 Bobby O mix)
Suburbia (Discography version)
So Hard (Discography version)
Domino Dancing (Discography version)
What Have I Done to Deserve This?
Single/Discoteca
New York City Boy
It's Alright (Discography version)
Always On My Mind (Discography version)

Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Friday, 21 November 2003 15:41 (seventeen years ago) link

I swear we've done this but I'm still a sucker for PSB threads:

Always on My Mind
Rent
I'm Not Scared
It's Alright
My October Symphony
This Must Be the Place I've Waited Years to Leave
Can You Forgive Her?
I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing
Miserablism
Some Speculation

Vinnie (vprabhu), Friday, 21 November 2003 17:47 (seventeen years ago) link

Anyone heard 'Flamboyant', the new song off PopArt? I think it's the best PSB song I've heard since the very days... (except, like, really)

Chuck Tatum (Chuck Tatum), Friday, 21 November 2003 17:55 (seventeen years ago) link

one year passes...
Revive, in light of all the recent PSB threads here

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Tuesday, 14 June 2005 23:37 (fifteen years ago) link

I didn't put "Can You Forgive Her?" anywhere on my POX? What the fuck is wrong with me???

Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Wednesday, 15 June 2005 13:37 (fifteen years ago) link

Tie between "It's Alright" (LP Mix) and "Can You Forgive Her?" (MK Mix).

Tantrum The Cat (Tantrum The Cat), Wednesday, 15 June 2005 13:42 (fifteen years ago) link

fifteen years pass...

What would a POX or CD-R80 look like these days?

djh, Tuesday, 21 July 2020 10:16 (nine months ago) link

probably a list of ten or more Pet Shop Boys songs

Steppin' RZA (sic), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 10:30 (nine months ago) link

Well done.

djh, Tuesday, 21 July 2020 10:48 (nine months ago) link

I'd definitely include Vocal, maybe Thursday or Fugitive, on a career-length compilation. You can totally make an all-killer 80-min zip file of just the last 17 years.

Steppin' RZA (sic), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 11:22 (nine months ago) link

Yeah, I've got loads of PSB albums ... many of which I'd forgotten about ... and there's a long stretch of (recent-ish) ones I've never heard but might be tempted by.

djh, Tuesday, 21 July 2020 11:34 (nine months ago) link

I would look to include Fluorescent, Integral, Burn, and Love Inc

shout-out to his family (DJP), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 11:38 (nine months ago) link

in what universe is Love Is A Bourgeois Construct not on everyone's updated POX, cmon now

imago, Tuesday, 21 July 2020 11:43 (nine months ago) link

albumwise Fundamental (2006) is very good, and Electric (2013) is their third best ever, or so. Everything else in that span is good to okay, bar Elysium (2012), which is 94% tedium, and last year's "political" EP Agenda, which is sadly an unwitty misfire.

Steppin' RZA (sic), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 11:48 (nine months ago) link

The Springsteen cover is excellent.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 12:27 (nine months ago) link

21st century POX

Sexy Northerner
Time On My Hands
Try It (I'm In Love With A Married Man)
Integral (Perfect Immaculate mix)
I Made My Excuses And Left
Ego Music
Bolshy
Love Is A Bourgeois Construct
Entschuldigung!
Inside A Dream

Can't think of anything really any good at all from Yes (the singles are OK tho) or Super - new one has a couple of things I can at least remember

nashwan, Tuesday, 21 July 2020 12:36 (nine months ago) link

"The Way It Used to Be"

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 12:46 (nine months ago) link

Super has "Happiness", "The Pop Kids", "The Dictator Decides", "Inner Sanctum", "Say It To Me", "Burn", and "Into Thin Air", all of which range from very good to fantastic.

shout-out to his family (DJP), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 13:34 (nine months ago) link

yeah but what about the non-Ilx version

imago, Tuesday, 21 July 2020 13:49 (nine months ago) link

The Pop Kids just sneaks into my Top 6 or 7 PSB singles; just below What Have I Done To Deserve This? but above Opportunities. It's probably my all time favourite 'late period banger' by any band, i didn't know they had it in them.

piscesx, Tuesday, 21 July 2020 13:59 (nine months ago) link

Thanks all.

Have compiled everything mentioned into a Spotify list, here:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5ksHIsa9UOMtH3pXOqSQ3I

djh, Tuesday, 21 July 2020 19:56 (nine months ago) link

I soured a bit on "The Pop Kids," alas. A bit awkward in places.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 20:00 (nine months ago) link

Should've added:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ywk3vA8Y8xY

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 20:07 (nine months ago) link

I love The Pop Kids, but it manages to be Being Boring-lite and Vocal-lite at the same d. t.

Steppin' RZA (sic), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 20:12 (nine months ago) link

Tiga mixes of Minimal are good iirc.

Steppin' RZA (sic), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 20:13 (nine months ago) link

These are 20 from the 21st century that I'd be happy to have on a playlist.

The Samurai In Autumn
Try It (In Love With A Married Man)
Flamboyant
The Sodom & Gomorrah Show
Minimal
Casanova In Hell
Fugitive
Love Etc.
More Than A Dream
The Way It Used To Be
Leaving
Love Is A Bourgeois Construct
Inside A Dream
Thursday
Vocal
Happiness
The Pop Kids
Burn
Willow The Wisp
Hoping For A Miracle

kitchen person, Tuesday, 21 July 2020 20:24 (nine months ago) link

Thanks! In truth, the original 2020 question was intended to find a full career CD-R80, partly because I was making a compilation for a friend. However, it has ended up at a more interesting place.

Modern era track I really like that hasn't been mentioned: "E-mail".

djh, Tuesday, 21 July 2020 20:28 (nine months ago) link

Other recommendations for your Spotify list: Psychological (also the Ewan Pearson remix), Flamboyant, She's Madonna (by Robbie Williams), Sorry (PSB Maxi-Mix, by Madonna), This Used To Be The Future, Axis, I Don't Wanna, My Girl, the Genuine Piano version of London (not released outside Germany until 2003), Girls Don't Cry

Their cover of We're The Pet Shop Boys is not as good as My Robot Friend's original, but is very fun, and their cover of Viva La Vida is 1000x better than Coldplay. They also did a cover of the song In Private that they wrote for Dusty Springfield in 1990, now as a duet with Elton John, that goes much harder than the original.

Steppin' RZA (sic), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 21:08 (nine months ago) link

djh see also POX Pet Shop Boys B-sides

nashwan, Tuesday, 21 July 2020 22:52 (nine months ago) link

Cool. Ta.

djh, Wednesday, 22 July 2020 10:50 (nine months ago) link

Their cover of We're The Pet Shop Boys is not as good as My Robot Friend's original

I think they did it better! Great track.

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 22 July 2020 13:30 (nine months ago) link

"I Don't Like Much Really, do I? But What I Do Like, I Love Passionately - A PSB compilation"

Alternative title: "Drunk"

Paninaro
Sexy Northerner
The Truck Driver and His Mate
It Must Be Obvious.
I Don't Know What You Want
You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk.
Violence (Hacienda)
Euro Boy
Home & Dry
Why Don't We Live Together
Betrayal
You Choose
Email.

There's room for a few more perfectly poised tracks.

djh, Wednesday, 22 July 2020 22:00 (nine months ago) link

There's some great stuff in your suggestions - thanks.

djh, Monday, 27 July 2020 15:36 (nine months ago) link

:D

Steppin' RZA (sic), Monday, 27 July 2020 20:40 (nine months ago) link

"You Choose" is a minor masterpiece.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 27 July 2020 20:50 (nine months ago) link

It's great, isn't it?

It's a track I'd missed but I'm quite bad (good?) for just getting engrossed in a group for a bit ... and I love it.

djh, Monday, 27 July 2020 21:27 (nine months ago) link

Link to the (slightly mutating) playlist here:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/205aTQBpnwJEwUZzQMMS6W

djh, Monday, 27 July 2020 21:29 (nine months ago) link

You Choose meant a great deal during a period when I felt the stirrings of love for a guy who three years earlier hadn't returned it.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 27 July 2020 21:53 (nine months ago) link

Makes sense.

djh, Monday, 27 July 2020 21:58 (nine months ago) link

Compilation artwork, obvs.

First time I’ve been on a train since March! Hope you’re all keeping well. Neil xx#PetText pic.twitter.com/ASouFg5OaY

— Pet Shop Boys (@petshopboys) August 1, 2020

djh, Saturday, 1 August 2020 18:46 (nine months ago) link

eight months pass...

Might be of interest:

https://thequietus.com/articles/29906-pet-shop-boys-best-of-b-sides-album-tracks-beyond-the-hits

Contains Mr Raggett.

djh, Wednesday, 28 April 2021 13:27 (two weeks ago) link

They praised the wrong version of "I Want A Dog"

80's hair metal , and good praise music ! (DJP), Wednesday, 28 April 2021 14:20 (two weeks ago) link

The great wars begin. Mr. Soto is also in there.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 28 April 2021 14:32 (two weeks ago) link

Excellent selection !

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 28 April 2021 14:37 (two weeks ago) link

It’s a dialogue between robots well before Daft Punk. Camp and terrifying, electronic exultation achieved at the expense of everyone and everything else — perhaps that’s the real European canon in the end

A terrific insight, Ned. Also, "Euroboy" and "Some Speculation" made my shortlist too. In the '00s my online dating profile name was SomeSpeculation. Only one dude got it.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 28 April 2021 14:41 (two weeks ago) link

Credit to that dude. And thanks!

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 28 April 2021 14:44 (two weeks ago) link

re Mr Soto - oddly, I've only heard that Timmy Thomas song this year ... on a mix by ISAN.

djh, Wednesday, 28 April 2021 17:13 (two weeks ago) link

Anyway, spent a happy hour or so compiling this into a playlist:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5CH0dsOUoBVJ6kE9A1Rmp4

djh, Wednesday, 28 April 2021 17:17 (two weeks ago) link

oooh thanks

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 28 April 2021 17:18 (two weeks ago) link

Genuinely, that was a gorgeous read - full of love and affection (and, remarkably, some tracks I've missed and/or didn't know).

djh, Wednesday, 28 April 2021 17:38 (two weeks ago) link

POX from the Quietus list:

Discoteca
Do I Have To?
Dreaming of the Queen
It Always Comes As A Surprise
I Want A Dog
A Red Letter Day
Some Speculation
This Must Be The Place I've Waited Years To Leave
The Theatre
Violence

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 28 April 2021 21:34 (two weeks ago) link

"In the Night" really is a banger of the first order.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 28 April 2021 21:36 (two weeks ago) link

I like the Quietus List

Personally, I would have added these:

Was That What It Was?
I'm Not Scared
Hit And Miss
Always
We're The Pet Shop Boys
Fugitive

daavid, Thursday, 29 April 2021 03:56 (one week ago) link

On a second thought, perhaps not Hit and Miss. It hasn't aged that well.

daavid, Thursday, 29 April 2021 04:02 (one week ago) link

I love "Hit and Miss" and a few other b-sides on Format, but I imagine my POX would still be ten songs from Alternative

Vinnie, Thursday, 29 April 2021 04:13 (one week ago) link

My b-side POX, that is

Vinnie, Thursday, 29 April 2021 04:19 (one week ago) link

it seemed they skipped covers? so that would rule out We're The Pet Shop Boys and, kinda, I'm Not Scared

both megabangers ofc, as is Fugitive

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Thursday, 29 April 2021 04:44 (one week ago) link

I never understood the issue with the Instrospective version of "I Want a Dog". Possibly my favourite thing on it since I was a child. The b-side rendition feels like a less perfect iteration along the journey to the bitchin' housey endpoint. The Quietus OTM.

Perticularly good to see the likes of King's Cross, You Choose, The Theatre, Flourescent and Your Funny Uncle there too.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Thursday, 29 April 2021 05:05 (one week ago) link

pArticularly, obv.

Devastating lack of "A Man Could Get Arrested" though!

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Thursday, 29 April 2021 06:19 (one week ago) link

it seemed they skipped covers? so that would rule out We're The Pet Shop Boys and, kinda, I'm Not Scared

both megabangers ofc, as is Fugitive

― bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), T

Ned wrote about the Springteen cover.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 29 April 2021 09:34 (one week ago) link

Ah yeah! I even approved of his non-Boss-belief.

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Thursday, 29 April 2021 09:55 (one week ago) link

The issue with the Introspective version of I Want A Dog is that they took a wistful, delicate song and removed all of the personality from it with a boring beat

80's hair metal , and good praise music ! (DJP), Thursday, 29 April 2021 11:29 (one week ago) link

One could and should quibble with bits and pieces of that list, but it's at the very least a great reminder of the wealth of good stuff this group has released or, more shockingly, sometimes barely released.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 29 April 2021 12:42 (one week ago) link

xp
It was entirely Knuckles's work according to the Introspective sleevenotes.

Neil: "We got back to London and played it to Trevor Horn and Steve Lipson and Trevor said 'See? Cheap gear sounds better.'"

piscesx, Thursday, 29 April 2021 12:43 (one week ago) link

The Communards keyboardist plays the piano, I think.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 29 April 2021 12:52 (one week ago) link

He plays the piano on What Keeps Mankind Alive? but as far as i know that was it.

Confusingly, I did once play with the Pet Shop Boys #pointlesstrivia

— Richard Coles (@RevRichardColes) October 4, 2012

piscesx, Thursday, 29 April 2021 13:07 (one week ago) link

ah! That's it.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 29 April 2021 13:45 (one week ago) link

Vicar!

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 29 April 2021 13:45 (one week ago) link

Listening again, the second half being dominated by the piano solo rather than (something resembling) dog bark samples has likely been a factor for me. Actual aural representation of dogginess threatens to undermine the wistfulness!

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Thursday, 29 April 2021 14:15 (one week ago) link

The dog barking is the most distinctive, singular component of the song. Removing it removes the song's identity.

This is the only remix of "I Want A Dog" that works and it's largely because it interpolates a good amount of "Atomic Dog" into itself while holding onto the dog barks, plus the beat doesn't sound like an extremely square preset:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB7mOdWk9hc

80's hair metal , and good praise music ! (DJP), Thursday, 29 April 2021 14:27 (one week ago) link

x-posts: Yeah, what Josh in Chicago said (though I realise there is joy to be had in arguing the detail).

djh, Thursday, 29 April 2021 18:50 (one week ago) link

Had we posted this Tweet on here? (I can't see it but might be being an idiot).

Classic question from a taxi-driver in London today! “So are you still making music and is the other one still a vicar?” Neil x

djh, Thursday, 29 April 2021 18:52 (one week ago) link

Fun to hear them do "Mr. Vain" on this '94 Rio show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gl-nPbUSihQ

too cool for zen talk (Eazy), Sunday, 2 May 2021 21:20 (one week ago) link

The covers were fun on that tour; Girls and Boys, Rhythm Of The Night, Mr Vain and I Will Survive

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/pet-shop-boys/1994/auditorio-nacional-mexico-city-mexico-6bd2faf2.html

piscesx, Sunday, 2 May 2021 21:46 (one week ago) link

I read years ago that when Brett Anderson joined them for "Rent" he and Neil had been tootin' the nose powder.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 2 May 2021 21:50 (one week ago) link

Great list. I’d probably add End of the World. X-rated cover excepted, I’ve never seen the appeal of “Truckdriver”. I kind of think the A-Side, Before, is a great hidden-in-plain-sight deep cut

Chuck_Tatum, Sunday, 2 May 2021 23:27 (one week ago) link


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