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by CroMagnon
Wed 27 Mar 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: BBC4 Top of the Pops Repeats
Replies: 147
Views: 42206

Re: BBC4 Top of the Pops Repeats

Rewatching these early Top of the Pops, you realise again how completely different PSB were from the other acts of the time ... and how Neil was incredible at working the camera and making the most of those close-ups that TOTP loved to use to build a connection with the audience, all while doing ver...
by CroMagnon
Wed 27 Mar 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: Most Forgettable PSB Song
Replies: 35
Views: 6351

Re: Most Forgettable PSB Song

Forgettable vs. just ‘bad’ is an interesting distinction. For me, just sticking to album tracks, here are some songs I almost forget exist, even if I don’t actively dislike them: Twentieth Century Here (which I always forget the name of too, as it should be called ‘Home’ obviously, and would have be...
by CroMagnon
Wed 13 Feb 2019, 10:15 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: Agenda: Top Three Moments
Replies: 23
Views: 5029

Re: Agenda: Top Three Moments

1. The brilliant, ranty final verse of Rich heading into the lifted chorus.

2. The string melody at the start of TFC, which re-emerges later ... I think it’s underused in the track actually.

3. As per Drico, the Neil-free chorus of OSM, with him then coming back in.
by CroMagnon
Wed 06 Feb 2019, 10:34 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: New EP in April: Agenda
Replies: 597
Views: 69631

Re: New EP on April: Agenda

Am I the only one who gets a Christmassy vibe from GSAC? I half wonder if it might have been considered as a fan club anti-Christmas release? Also, I think it would be interesting if the last line in the last chorus was changed to “Let’s give humility a chance”. That would be a very ‘Neil’ lyrical f...
by CroMagnon
Sun 04 Mar 2018, 8:29 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: Final results of poll on why "Being Boring" under-performed as a single
Replies: 18
Views: 10719

Re: Final results of poll on why "Being Boring" under-performed as a single

It’s good and lyrically quite clever but it stumbles terribly with the fought and thoughts mismash. For a long time, I thought it was "We dressed up in thoughts, and thoughts make amends" ... which I still think is better than the actual lyric! In my mind, the idea was that Neil didn't care about h...
by CroMagnon
Sun 04 Mar 2018, 6:48 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: Final results of poll on why "Being Boring" under-performed as a single
Replies: 18
Views: 10719

Re: Final results of poll on why "Being Boring" under-performed as a single

Agree with Drico that the essential problem was that PSB's time as a mainstream commercial act was running out. There were a few other things at play though, I think. 1) The public image of PSB from the imperial phase - of a cool detachment born of white album covers, high fashion, the classic Top o...
by CroMagnon
Sat 09 Sep 2017, 9:44 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: Reissues project
Replies: 2452
Views: 506380

Re: Reissues project

I hear similarities between Dancing in the Dusk and Leaving. A similar mood and vocal sound I think?
by CroMagnon
Sat 09 Sep 2017, 9:40 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: 30 years of Actually
Replies: 30
Views: 6372

Re: 30 years of Actually

It's difficult to see past the second half of Actually as the greatest 'side' of a PSB album ever. The run of songs from ICHH to King's Cross is just spectacular.
by CroMagnon
Sat 29 Apr 2017, 2:42 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: Trying to be fair about the level of PSB's music nowadays
Replies: 93
Views: 12477

Re: Trying to be fair about the level of PSB's music nowadays

Take, for example, Actually. That album definitely has brilliant moments. And some individually classic tracks. It's of its age. But release it today, people would still be on here complaining about tracks they skip. For me, "It couldn't happen here" is a little missable and indulgent, and distract...
by CroMagnon
Sat 04 Mar 2017, 11:47 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: The Super Tour - Some speculation
Replies: 396
Views: 59257

Re: The Super Tour - Some speculation

Mary, you seem to be making the argument that the Super show is the way it is because it is designed to appeal to the more 'casual' fan, who loves PSB for what they were in the 80s and early 90s. But look at the spread of songs in the set-list: (Songs era by era in the Super tour) Please: 4 Actually...
by CroMagnon
Sat 04 Mar 2017, 11:03 am
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: The Super Tour - Some speculation
Replies: 396
Views: 59257

Re: The Super Tour - Some speculation

Everything you've said is true. I'm not hankering after a 1991 PSB tour - there are many reasons why that couldn't (and probably shouldn't) happen, not least of which are the financials. My point is that this tour is not, I believe, the best version of 2017 PSB I would hope for. They seem to have co...
by CroMagnon
Fri 03 Mar 2017, 4:26 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: The Super Tour - Some speculation
Replies: 396
Views: 59257

Re: The Super Tour - Some speculation

I was at the Birmingham gig last week and left feeling a bit underwhelmed - for me, it was certainly my worst experience from seeing the last four tours (Fundamental, Pandemonium, Electric, Super): - The sound was not great, especially of Neil's voice in the first half. This seemed to improve dramat...
by CroMagnon
Mon 16 Jan 2017, 8:03 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: I laughed
Replies: 5
Views: 1669

Re: I laughed

The auto-correct turned opposite into a song title!
by CroMagnon
Mon 16 Jan 2017, 8:01 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: I laughed
Replies: 5
Views: 1669

Re: I laughed

The thing is, it's not a sin. If we're looking for the mystery angle, we'd use the formula for cosine (adj/hyp) not sine (Opportunities (Let's make lots of money)/hyp).

GCSE Maths lingers long in the memory.

:)
by CroMagnon
Thu 12 May 2016, 10:03 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: So "Undertow" is going to be the third single and that's all
Replies: 57
Views: 8748

Re: So "Undertow" is going to be the third single and that's all

Hopefully the sticker is right in this case, but history shows that's no guarantee of anything.... http://eil.com/images/main/Pet+Shop+Boys+Very+-+Stickered+-+Embossed+Ca+187086.jpg Retro. :) Neil didn't proof read the sticker. Capital letters all over the shop! Not to mention the fact that the tit...