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Desert Island Decades: Your Ten Essential Tracks

#1 Post by Drico One » Sun 05 Apr 2009, 7:41 pm

BlueSwan is a martyr to clinically precise PSB song ranking threads. If only he had the same ruthlessness with his own band's quality control... But I digress. Image

I've never been able to determine rankings with the pinpoint accuracy and certainty required of such an endeavour, simply because the PSBs have recorded an embarrassingly huge quantity of fantastic and varied tracks, and to choose between them would be tantamount to treating them like a bastard red-haired stepchild. I'm partial to their stompers and their ballads, and my preferences are always in flux, so I find it all impossible. However, now that the third PSB decade draws to a close, I thought I'd try to group together the tracks that I find most essential. In other words, if I could take just one CD of 10 tracks from each decade to a desert island, here are the tracks that I'd choose (now, at this moment, before I change my mind...).

It might be interesting to see what you'd choose so that we get an idea of what people here really rate as essential. Imagine the ammunition this would provide to shoot down crazy notions of the next choice of single or the forthcoming tour's set list. I mean, dVTB is inevitably going to list The Sound Of The Atom Splitting, Hit Music, Saturday Night Forever, Seriously, and Beautiful People among his selection, but we've long since dismissed him as a lovable eccentric who represents the lunatic fringe of fandom (or, more politely, the statistically insignificant percentile that drops off the chart somewhere in an Amsterdam crack house). Image PSB-freak, meanwhile, will require only one five-track CD-R containing Paninaro, We All Feel Better In The Dark, Postscript, Lies, and This Used To Be The Future. Nickname will include tracks from the 2012 Pet Shop Boys album, and me? Well, I might have to fit in some supercilious ruminations on the fall of communism, obscure references to wartime hippies, and some very big words.

1980s

West End Girls - a cool, minimalist manifesto of detached observation, bottled excitement, and big city temptation
Love Comes Quickly - loneliness and longing in Neil's first agony aunt advice column
Suburbia - a glamourous, socially observant escape from the mundanity of the neighbourhood into...the mundanity of the neighbourhood
In The Night - subversion, subterfuge, and ambiguity - the essence of mystery with a hint of sexual possibility. Phoarr.
Rent - subtle and seditious, beautiful and bold, one of the coolest records they've ever released
It's A Sin - guilt, deviance, defiance, and a repudiation of religious demagoguery to an apocalyptic disco beat
Left To My Own Devices - an effortlessly imperial soliloquy replete with iconic pretentiousness *proud of them*
I'm Not Scared - kitchen sink drama with a big screen backdrop
Always On My Mind - a bombastic reinvention of the emotionally overwrought standard beloved of burger fans everywhere
Your Funny Uncle - wry observation in the midst of grief

Bubbling under: Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money), I Want A Lover, King's Cross, Do I Have To?, Heart, I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too), Domino Dancing, etc., etc.

1990s

Being Boring - a fond, bitter-sweet farewell to the way we were
This Must Be The Place I Waited Years To Leave - disaffection, repression and confusion in the communism of the classroom
So Hard - secrets and lies in the humdrum grind of a fading relationship
Can You Forgive Her? - a tale of forbidden fumbling and foostering leading to much angst and social embarrassment
Dreaming Of The Queen - Death, Diana, and desolation in a living nightmare with a sense of humour
Go West - joyous escapism and abandonment with a poignant undercurrent
Forever In Love - the excitement of meeting someone special encapsulated in one ecstatic burst. Oooer missus.
A Red Letter Day - a plaintive, dejected, but hopeful cry for a better tomorrow
I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Anymore - doomed love painfully recounted
You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk - painful love soon to be doomed

Bubbling under: The Theatre, A Different Point of View, Shameless, Hit And Miss, etc., etc.

2000s

Always - world-weariness gives way to hope with the autotune on autopilot
Birthday Boy- depth with dignity
You Choose - it's over, get bladdered, get on with it: Neil's agony aunt eschews the tea and crumpet to get tough
Miracles - simple and sweet with a career-peak intro, one of their greatest post-Empire singles
I Made My Excuses And Left - embarrassment, heartbreak, and redemption: Chris needs to walk home drunk and alone more often.
Minimal - abstract art as musical montage: typical Pussycat Dolls stuff, so.
Luna Park - a metaphorical ride in glennjridge's amusement park of horrors
Integral - "1984" distilled and reconceived as a hi-NRG stomp made in...1984
Fugitive - modern, crystalline, and achingly poignant, uplifting pop with an edge
The Way It Used To Be - Before Sunrise meets ABBA in marital meltdown mode

Bubbling under: The Resurrectionist, Somebody Else's Business, Love etc., etc.

So, what's your selection, or am I to be pointed and sniggered at like the weird kid in the schoolyard again *sniff*?

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#2 Post by Blogo » Sun 05 Apr 2009, 7:59 pm

Drico One wrote:BlueSwan is a martyr to clinically precise PSB song ranking threads. If only he had the same ruthlessness with his own band's quality control... But I digress.

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#3 Post by Blogo » Sun 05 Apr 2009, 8:03 pm

Drico One wrote:again *sniff*[/size]?

Drico.

I still *heart* you Drico.

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#4 Post by Ramzy » Sun 05 Apr 2009, 8:32 pm

If anything, this is harder than an open-ended poll, because the competition for the second of the three decades is much tougher as far as my personal taste (read: immutable nostalgic hopelessness) goes.

Incidentally, as a semi-professional music journalist, I'm totally unable to express in literary terms any genuine aesthetic opinions so, in the absence of the epigrams recommended by the first post in this thread, I have ranked the songs (approximately) within each decade. I'd have gone on to rank the decades but, well, no.

1980s
'King's Cross'
'Do I have to?'
'West End girls'
'Was that what it was?'
'Don Juan'
'Violence'
'I'm not scared'
'Tonight is forever'
'Paninaro' (Italian remix)
'It couldn't happen here'

1990s
'Go West'
'Dreaming of the Queen'
'Miserablism'
'So hard'
'Hey, headmaster'
'To step aside'
'A red letter day'
'To speak is a sin'
'The end of the world'
'Footsteps'

2000s
'Legacy'
'I made my excuses and left'
'Pandemonium'
'The Sodom and Gomorrah Show'
'King of Rome'
'Integral'
'Try it (I'm in love with a married man)'
'Birthday boy'
'You choose'
'Love etc.'

Yeah. I'm surprised about 'Legacy', too, but bear in mind that I'm working overtime trying to second-guess all of my opinions about Yes (THE NEW ALBUM) and Fundamental (WAS UNTIL RECENTLY THE NEW ALBUM, NOW REQUIRES CONTEXTUALISING AS PART OF THE BACK CATALOGUE).
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#5 Post by Deschanel » Sun 05 Apr 2009, 10:52 pm

Drico, as a bastard redhaired step-owl, I resemble your remark.

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#6 Post by D.J. » Sun 05 Apr 2009, 11:28 pm

This is definitely easier than ranking top 40 PSB songs. I'm still working on that list :D

80's:
West And Girls
Love Comes Quickly
Paninaro (Italian Remix)
It's A Sin
What Have I Done To Deserve This?
Heart
Always On My Mind
Do I Have To?
Domino Dancing
Left To My Own Devices

90's
Being Boring
This Must Be The Place
To Face The Truth
My October Symphony
So Hard
Only The Wind
Can You Forgive Her?
The Theater
Se A Vida E
You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk


00's
Home And Dry
Flamboyant
Minimal
Luna Park
The Resurrectionist
Love Etc.
All Around The World
More Than A Dream
King Of Rome
The Way It Used To Be

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#7 Post by Undertaker » Sun 05 Apr 2009, 11:50 pm

1980's

It's A Sin
West End Girls
Always On My Mind
King's Cross
It Couldn't Happen Here
I Want A Lover
Tonight Is Forever
Later Tonight
Paninaro
In The Night

1990's

This Must Be The Place...
Where The Streets...
Can You Forgive Her?
Go West
The Theatre
Jealousy
So Hard
Shameless
Hit and Miss
Se a Vida e

Naughties

Miracles
Flamboyant
The Way It Used To Be
I Get Along
Minimal
Integral
The Ressurectionist
Fugitive
Love etc
Pandemonium

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#8 Post by dVTB » Mon 06 Apr 2009, 12:30 am

Extremely though job, especially the 90s, with my 2 favourite albums and 2 other era's delivering 4 of my Top 5 PSB tracks ever...

edit: CORRECTED

80s
Opportunities (let's make lots of money) - the track that made me a PSB fan
Suburbia - strong single, only PSB single to perform better in NL than in the UK
Jack the lad - underappreciated, forgotten B-side. Better than most of Please
Violence (although I strongly prefer the Haçienda version) - Great song
Rent - classic
It couldn't happen here - beautiful song and arrangement
Heart - one of the best pop singles ever made
Left to my own devices - fantastic production, great song
I'm not scared - it's good that PSB recorded this masterpiece themselves as well
Your funny uncle - former #1 in my list of favourite PSB songs, means a lot to me

Bubbling under: Two divided by zero, Tonight is forever, It's alright.

90s
How can you expect to be taken seriously? - especially the much talked-about single version
Nervously - one of the best pieces of music PSB ever wrote. Goes on and on. Love it.
DJ Culture - how could I forget this underrated single. I just love this song.
Miserablism - my favourite PSB lyrics ever
Can you forgive her? - the best lead single ever, unforgettable, fantastic video
Hey, headmaster - what a package it was, this 2-track cd-single... wow...
Liberation - was my favourite Very track for a long time, nowadays #2 behind Can you forgive her?
A red letter day - my favourite PSB single ever !
The survivors - my #1 PSB song; their best combination of music and lyrics ever
For your own good - best dance track PSB ever did. Crime it wasn't a single

Bubbling under: Being boring, My october symphony, It must be obvious, Shameless, The theatre, Too many people, Before, Betrayed, The view from your balcony, Happiness is an option, Boy strange, You only tell me you love me when you're drunk.

00s
For all of us - this one is also in my PSB top 5. Beautiful.
Birthday boy - the finest moment on Release; loved the sound
Friendly fire - hidden away on a dvd, yet on the finest things PSB wrote in recent years
Flamboyant - my favourite recent single; still great, great videoclip too
After all (the odessa steps) - highlight of Potemkin, but also a beautiful song on its own
Casanova in hell - second best song on Fundamental, typically PSB = brilliant
Indefinite leave to remain - my 2nd favourite PSB song ever
Fugitive - #2 on the list of singles that should have been, behind For Your Own Good
All over the world - this really should be the next PSB single. It's fantastic and euphoric
Beautiful people - how beautiful simple songwriting can be; it works for me and I also love the 60s sound

Bubbling under: Here, London, Searching for the face of jesus, I didn't get where I am today, Somebody else's business, Minimal, Bright young things, Vulnerable, This used to be the future.
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#9 Post by Bruno Republic » Mon 06 Apr 2009, 4:16 am

80s:
West End Girls
Two Divided By Zero
Love Comes Quickly
Paninaro
Jack The Lad
Rent
Kings Cross
Always On My Mind
I'm Not Scared
Your Funny Uncle

90s:
Being Boring
This Must Be The Place I Waited Years To Leave
To Face The Truth
DJ Culture
Was It Worth It?
Hey, Headmaster
It Always Comes As A Surprise
The Survivors
For Your Own Good
You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk (does that count as 00s?

00s:
Friendly Fire
Miracles
I Didn't Get Where I Am Today
No Time For Tears
The Squadron
I'm With Stupid
Fugitive
Bright Young Things
Love Etc.
More Than A Dream (dub version)

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#10 Post by E-Mail Vampire » Mon 06 Apr 2009, 10:26 am

1980's

Heart
I Want To Wake Up
Violence
What Have I Done To Deserve This
Domino Dancing
It Couldn't Happen Here
King's Cross
It's A Sin
Left To My Own Devices
West End Girls

Bubbling Under : Later Tonight, Why Don't We Live Together?, Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)

1990's

It Always Comes As A Surprise
Liberation
Discoteca
Being Boring
Miserablism
Can You Forgive Her?
DJ Culture
Footsteps
I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Anymore
To Speak Is A Sin

Bubbling Under : The Theatre, Se A Vide E, One And One Make Five, The View From Your Balcony, For Your Own Good

00's

Minimal
Love Etc...
E-Mail
Between Two Islands
Miracles
The Way It Used To Be
The Night I Fell In Love
I'm With Stupid
Beautiful People
Fugitive

Bubbling Under : No Time For Tears, Positive Role Model, Love Is A Catastrophe, I Get Along, Numb, Integral, Pandemonium

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#11 Post by Lleonard Pler » Mon 06 Apr 2009, 10:58 am

80s
West End girls
In the night
Paninaro
It's a sin
What have I done to deserve this?
Heart
Do I have to?
Always on my mind
Left to my own devices
Domino dancing

90s
Being boring
We all feel better in the dark
Can you forgive her?
Go West
Discoteca
Se a vida é (That's the way life is)
The boy who couldn't keep his clothes on
I don't know what you want but I can't give it anymore
You only tell me you love me when you're drunk
New York City boy

00s
London
Positive role model
Sexy Northener
Miracles
Flamboyant
Fugitive
Minimal
I made my excuses and left
Pandemonium
The way it used to be
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#12 Post by dVTB » Mon 06 Apr 2009, 11:08 am

Lleonard Pler wrote: The boy who couldn't keep his clothes off
:shock: Can you send me an mp3 of that song? :wink:

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#13 Post by britboy » Mon 06 Apr 2009, 11:25 am

80s
West End girls
In the night
Paninaro
It's a sin
What have I done to deserve this?
Kings Cross
Love comes quickly
Always on my mind
Left to my own devices
I'm not scared

90s
Being boring
We all feel better in the dark
Paninaro ' 95
Young Offender
To face the truth
Liberation
It always comes as a surprise
For your own good
The Survivors
Vampires

00s
London
The way it used to be
Fugitive
Casanova in Hell
Miracles
For all of us
Minimal
I made my excuses and left
The Sodom & Gommorah Show
King of Rome

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#14 Post by BlueSwan » Mon 06 Apr 2009, 11:32 am

Something like this:

1980's
1. Always On My Mind
2. Paninaro
3. Your Funny Uncle
4. I'm Not Scared
5. Two Divided By Zero
6. Heart
7. Left To My Own Devices
8. I Want A Dog
9. Rent
10. What Have I Done To Deserve This

1990's
1. Discoteca
2. This Must Be The Place
3. The Theatre
4. Can You Forgive Her?
5. You Only Tell Me You Love Me When Ýou're Drunk
6. Casting A Shadow
7. So Hard
8. It Always Comes As A Surprise
9. For All Of Us
10. Only The Wind

2000's
1. The Way It Used To Be
2. Fugitive
3. Always
4. Casanova In Hell
5. Love Is A Catastrophe
6. Birthday Boy
7. All Over The World
8. Luna Park
9. Between Two Islands
10. Bright Young Things
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#15 Post by britboy » Mon 06 Apr 2009, 11:41 am

Can someone please correct if I am wrong but I have listed the song '' For all of us " as from the 00's, some people have it from 90's ?

Are we saying our choices are from when they were released on CD cos I went to see '' Closer to Heaven '' which of contains the wonderful FAOU in London in August 2001 and I have the soundtrack CD released in the same year.

Tell me, tell me ???

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