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Rating the Discography

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I've long been perplexed by people awarding points out of 10 for Pet Shop Boys songs and albums. I've never understood why people needed 11 rating levels to make a definitive judgment of a track. Even more weird to me are those fractional ratings, say 7.2 out of 10. Can people really break down their preferences to tenths of points?

On the back of Electric, I thought I'd attempt to categorise each song from their 12 studio albums as an imperfect measurement of my preferences. For a bit of fun, I thought I'd add in the two b-side compilations, Disco - which I've always considered a proper album, Discography - the definitive greatest hits collection, and Relentless. I haven't bothered with PopArt and Ultimate, the live recordings, or the rest of the Disco series - all of which I consider largely redundant.

My ratings key is quite simple:

3 = Imperial
2 = Essential
1 = Enjoyable
0 = Oh dear

For me, the majority of Pet Shop Boys tracks are enjoyable, so these tracks get 1 out of 3. Some are better than that - these are the tracks that I think are essential. They get 2 out of 3. A rare few are what I call imperial - the classics, 3 out of 3 gems. Fewer still are appalling mistakes. They get 0 points. Dividing the cumulative points score for each album by the number of tracks on the album gives the overall album score - an average rating of the album. This is not a perfect means of establishing my favourite albums (it doesn't take account of the fact that some albums are greater than the sum of their individual tracks - and this method of classification tends to favour records that have a couple of classics and no missteps), but it gives some insight into how I rate the tracks on each album if not the album itself.

I'm doing this more as a record of what I feel about the catalogue right now. I may revisit this in a few years to see if anything's changed. If people would like to do something similar, please feel free to add to this thread. It could then act as an interesting comparator of people's preferences.

Anyway, long story short, here's how the albums rated:

1. Discography (91%)
2. Disco (78%)
3. Actually/Behaviour (70%)
5. Please (64%)
6. Electric (63%)
7. Introspective/Very (61%)
9. Fundamental (53%)
10. Relentless/Bilingual/Nightlife/Elysium (44%)
14. Alternative (42%)
15. Release (40%)
16. Yes (39%)
17. Format (36%)


Here's how each track breaks down. Where there is a difference between my rating for the album version of the track and my rating for a single or other version, an asterisk is displayed.

PLEASE
"Two Divided by Zero" – 2
"West End Girls" – 3
"Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" – 3
"Love Comes Quickly" – 3
"Suburbia" – 1*
"Opportunities (Reprise)" – 1
"Tonight Is Forever" – 2
"Violence" – 1
"I Want a Lover" – 2
"Later Tonight" – 2
"Why Don't We Live Together?" – 1

*"Suburbia" (single version) – 3

Album Score: 21/33 = 63.64%


DISCO
"In the Night" – 3
"Suburbia" – 3
"Opportunities" – 2
"Love Comes Quickly" – 2
"Paninaro" – 2
"West End Girls" – 2

Album Score: 14/18 = 77.77%


ACTUALLY
"One More Chance"– 2
"What Have I Done to Deserve This?" – 3
"Shopping"– 2
"Rent"– 3
"Hit Music"– 1
"It Couldn't Happen Here"– 2
"It's a Sin"– 3
"I Want to Wake Up"– 1
"Heart"– 2******
"King's Cross" – 2

******Heart (single version) - 3

Album Score: 21/30 = 70%


INTROSPECTIVE
"Left to My Own Devices" – 3
"I Want a Dog" – 1
"Domino Dancing" – 3
"I'm Not Scared" – 3
"Always on My Mind/In My House" – 1**
"It's Alright" – 0***

**"Always on My Mind" (single version) – 3
***"It's Alright" (single version) – 2

Album Score: 11/18 = 61.11%


BEHAVIOUR
"Being Boring" – 3
"This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave" – 3
"To Face the Truth" – 1
"How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?" – 2
"Only the Wind" – 2
"My October Symphony" – 2
"So Hard" – 3
"Nervously" – 2
"The End of the World" – 1
"Jealousy" – 2

Album Score: 21/30 = 70%


DISCOGRAPHY
"West End Girls" – 3
"Love Comes Quickly" – 3
"Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" – 3
"Suburbia" – 3
"It's a Sin" – 3
"What Have I Done to Deserve This?" – 3
"Rent" – 3
"Always on My Mind" – 3
"Heart" – 3
"Domino Dancing" – 3
"Left to My Own Devices" – 3
"It's Alright" – 2
"So Hard" – 3
"Being Boring" – 3
"Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)" – 3
"Jealousy" – 2
"DJ Culture" – 2
"Was It Worth It?" – 1

Album Score: 49/54 = 90.74%


VERY
"Can You Forgive Her?" – 3
"I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing" – 2
"Liberation" – 1
"A Different Point of View" – 2
"Dreaming of the Queen" – 3
"Yesterday, When I Was Mad" – 1
"The Theatre" – 3
"One and One Make Five" – 1
"To Speak Is a Sin" – 1
"Young Offender" – 1
"One in a Million" – 1
"Go West"– 3

Album Score: 22/36 = 61.11%


RELENTLESS
"My head is spinning" – 1
"Forever in love" – 2
"KDX 125" – 1
"We came from outer space" – 1
"The man who has everything" – 1
"One things leads to another" – 2

Album Score: 8/18 = 44.44%


ALTERNATIVE
"In the Night" – 2****
"A Man Could Get Arrested" – 1
"That's My Impression" – 1
"Was That What It Was?" – 1
"Paninaro" – 1*****
"Jack the Lad" – 1
"You Know Where You Went Wrong" – 1
"A New Life" – 1
"I Want a Dog" – 1
"Do I Have To?" – 2
"I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too)" – 2
"Don Juan" – 1
"The Sound of the Atom Splitting" – 1
"One of the Crowd" – 1
"Your Funny Uncle" – 3

"It Must Be Obvious" – 1
"We All Feel Better in the Dark" – 1
"Bet She's Not Your Girlfriend" – 2
"Losing My Mind" – 1
"Music for Boys" – 1
"Miserablism" – 2
"Hey, Headmaster" – 1
"What Keeps Mankind Alive?" – 1
"Shameless" – 3
"Too Many People" – 1
"Violence" (Hacienda Version) – 1
"Decadence" – 1
"If Love Were All" – 0
"Euroboy" – 1
"Some Speculation" – 1
"Girls & Boys (Pet Shop Boys live in Rio)" – 1

****In the Night (Disco version) – 3
*****Paninaro (Disco version) – 2

Album Score: 39/93 = 41.93%


BILINGUAL
"Discoteca" – 2
"Single" – 2
"Metamorphosis" – 0
"Electricity" – 1
"Se a vida é (That's the Way Life Is)" – 1
"It Always Comes as a Surprise" – 2
"A Red Letter Day" – 3
"Up Against It" – 1
"The Survivors" – 1
"Before" – 1
"To Step Aside" – 2
"Saturday Night Forever" – 0

Album Score: 16/36 = 44.44%


NIGHTLIFE
"For Your Own Good" – 2
"Closer to Heaven" – 1
"I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More" – 2
"Happiness Is an Option" – 1
"You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk" – 3
"Vampires" – 1
"Radiophonic" – 1
"The Only One" – 0
"Boy Strange" – 1
"In Denial" – 1
"New York City Boy"– 2
"Footsteps" – 1

Album Score: 16/36 = 44.44%


RELEASE
"Home and Dry" – 1
"I Get Along" – 1
"Birthday Boy" – 3
"London" – 1
"E-Mail" – 1
"The Samurai in Autumn" – 1
"Love Is a Catastrophe" – 1
"Here" – 1
"The Night I Fell in Love" – 0
"You Choose" – 2

Album Score: 12/30 = 40%


FUNDAMENTAL
"Psychological" – 1
"The Sodom and Gomorrah Show" – 1
"I Made My Excuses and Left" – 2
"Minimal" – 2
"Numb" – 1
"God Willing" – 1
"Luna Park" – 2
"I'm with Stupid" – 2
"Casanova in Hell" – 2
"Twentieth Century" – 1
"Indefinite Leave to Remain" – 1
"Integral" – 3

Album Score: 19/36 = 52.78%


YES
"Love etc." – 2
"All Over the World" – 1
"Beautiful People" – 0
"Did You See Me Coming?" – 2
"Vulnerable" – 1
"More Than a Dream" – 1
"Building a Wall" – 1
"King of Rome" – 1
"Pandemonium" – 1
"The Way It Used to Be" – 3
"Legacy" – 0

Album Score: 13/33 = 39.39%


FORMAT
"The Truck-Driver and His Mate" – 1
"Hit and Miss" – 2
"In the Night (1995)" – 1
"Betrayed" – 1
"How I Learned to Hate Rock-and-Roll" – 1
"Discoteca" (new version) – 1
"The Calm Before the Storm" – 1
"Confidential" (Demo for Tina Turner) – 1
"The Boy Who Couldn't Keep His Clothes On" – 2
"Delusions of Grandeur" – 2
"The View from Your Balcony" – 2
"Disco Potential" – 0
"Silver Age" – 1
"Screaming" – 1
"The Ghost of Myself" – 1
"Casting a Shadow" – 1
"Lies" – 1
"Sexy Northerner" – 1

"Always" – 2
"Nightlife" – 0
"Searching for the Face of Jesus" – 0
"Between Two Islands" – 1
"Friendly Fire" – 1
"We're the Pet Shop Boys" – 1
"Transparent" – 1
"I Didn't Get Where I Am Today" – 1
"The Resurrectionist" – 2
"Girls Don't Cry" – 1
"In Private" (7-inch mix; duet with Elton John) – 0
"Blue on Blue" – 1
"No Time for Tears" (7-inch mix) – 1
"Bright Young Things" – 2
"Party Song" – 0
"We're All Criminals Now" – 1
"Gin and Jag" – 1
"After the Event" – 2
"The Former Enfant Terrible" – 1
"Up and Down" – 1

Album Score: 41/114 = 35.96%


ELYSIUM
"Leaving" – 3
"Invisible" – 2
"Winner" – 0
"Your Early Stuff" – 1
"A Face Like That" – 2
"Breathing Space" – 1
"Ego Music" – 1
"Hold On" – 1
"Give It a Go" – 1
"Memory of the Future" – 1
"Everything Means Something" – 1
"Requiem in Denim and Leopardskin" – 2

Album Score: 16/36 = 44.44%


ELECTRIC
"Axis" – 2
"Bolshy" – 1
"Love Is a Bourgeois Construct" – 3
"Fluorescent" – 2
"Inside a Dream" – 1
"The Last to Die" – 1
"Shouting in the Evening" – 1
"Thursday" – 3
"Vocal" – 3

Album Score: 17/27 = 62.96%


Selected Others:

"Paninaro '95" - 1
"Somewhere" – 1
"Miracles" – 2
"Flamboyant" – 2
"Together" – 2
"Time on my Hands" – 1
"Positive Role Model" – 1
"Try It" – 1
"If Looks Could Kill" – 1
"Somebody Else's Business" – 2
"Fugitive" – 3
"This Used to be the Future" – 1
"It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas" – 1
"Viva la Vida" – 1
"My Girl" – 1
"I Cried for Us" – 1
"Glad All Over" – 0
"A Certain 'Je ne sais quoi'" – 2
"The Way Through the Woods" – 1
"I Started a Joke" – 1
"Hell" – 1
"In His Imagination" – 1
"Baby" – 1
"One Night" – 1
"Listening" – 1
"Inside" - 1

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I give this post a 3! Thanks Drico for a great read.

Album ratings in progress...
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PLEASE
"Two Divided By Zero" – 2
"West End Girls" – 3
"Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)" – 2
"Love Comes Quickly" – 3
"Suburbia" – 1
"Opportunities (Reprise)" – 0
"Tonight Is Forever" – 1
"Violence" – 2
"I Want A Lover" – 1
"Later Tonight" – 1
"Why Don't We Live Together?" – 2

Album Score: 18/33 = 54.54%

ACTUALLY
"One More Chance"– 2
"What Have I Done To Deserve This?" – 3
"Shopping"– 1
"Rent"– 3
"Hit Music"– 1
"It Couldn't Happen Here"– 1
"It's A Sin"– 2
"I Want To Wake Up"– 3
"Heart"– 2
"King's Cross" – 3

Album Score: 21/30 = 70%

INTROSPECTIVE
"Left To My Own Devices" – 3
"I Want A Dog" – 2
"Domino Dancing" – 3
"I'm Not Scared" – 3
"Always On My Mind/In My House" – 1
"It's Alright" – 2

Album Score: 14/18 = 77.77%

BEHAVIOUR
"Being Boring" – 3
"This Must Be The Place I Waited Years To Leave" – 3
"To Face The Truth" – 3
"How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously?" – 1
"Only The Wind" – 2
"My October Symphony" – 3
"So Hard" – 2
"Nervously" – 1
"The End Of The World" – 2
"Jealousy" – 2

Album Score: 22/30 = 73.33%

VERY
"Can You Forgive Her?" – 3
"I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind Of Thing" – 2
"Liberation" – 1
"A Different Point Of View" – 1
"Dreaming Of The Queen" – 3
"Yesterday, When I Was Mad" – 1
"The Theatre" – 2
"One And One Make Five" – 2
"To Speak Is A Sin" – 1
"Young Offender" – 2
"One In A Million" – 1
"Go West"– 2

Album Score: 21/36 = 58.33%

ALTERNATIVE
"In The Night" – 2
"A Man Could Get Arrested" – 2
"That's My Impression" – 1
"Was That What It Was?" – 1
"Paninaro" – 2
"Jack The Lad" – 2
"You Know Where You Went Wrong" – 1
"A New Life" – 2
"I Want A Dog" – 1
"Do I Have To?" – 1
"I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too)" – 2
"Don Juan" – 0
"The Sound Of The Atom Splitting" – 0
"One Of The Crowd" – 0
"Your Funny Uncle" – 3

"It Must Be Obvious" – 3
"We All Feel Better In The Dark" – 2
"Bet She's Not Your Girlfriend" – 2
"Losing My Mind" – 1
"Music For Boys" – 1
"Miserablism" – 2
"Hey, Headmaster" – 2
"What Keeps Mankind Alive?" – 0
"Shameless" – 1
"Too Many People" – 1
"Violence" (Hacienda Version) – 3
"Decadence" – 2
"If Love Were All" – 0
"Euroboy" – 1
"Some Speculation" – 2

Album Score: 43/93 = 46.23%

BILINGUAL
"Discoteca" – 3
"Single" – 2
"Metamorphosis" – 1
"Electricity" – 1
"Se A Vida É (That's The Way Life Is)" – 1
"It Always Comes As A Surprise" – 3
"A Red Letter Day" – 3
"Up Against It" – 1
"The Survivors" – 2
"Before" – 3
"To Step Aside" – 2
"Saturday Night Forever" – 2

Album Score: 24/36 = 66.66%

NIGHTLIFE
"For Your Own Good" – 3
"Closer To Heaven" – 2
"I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More" – 3
"Happiness Is An Option" – 1
"You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk" – 3
"Vampires" – 1
"Radiophonic" – 2
"The Only One" – 1
"Boy Strange" – 2
"In Denial" – 1
"New York City Boy"– 2
"Footsteps" – 1

Album Score: 22/36 = 61.11%

RELEASE
"Home And Dry" – 3
"I Get Along" – 1
"Birthday Boy" – 3
"London" – 1
"E-Mail" – 1
"The Samurai In Autumn" – 2
"Love Is A Catastrophe" – 2
"Here" – 1
"The Night I Fell In Love" – 1
"You Choose" – 1

Album Score: 16/30 = 53.33%

FUNDAMENTAL
"Psychological" – 2
"The Sodom And Gomorrah Show" – 2
"I Made My Excuses And Left" – 3
"Minimal" – 3
"Numb" – 1
"God Willing" – 1
"Luna Park" – 2
"I'm With Stupid" – 2
"Casanova In Hell" – 1
"Twentieth Century" – 2
"Indefinite Leave To Remain" – 2
"Integral" – 3

Album Score: 24/36 = 66.66%

YES
"Love Etc." – 3
"All Over The World" – 1
"Beautiful People" – 1
"Did You See Me Coming?" – 2
"Vulnerable" – 1
"More Than A Dream" – 1
"Building A Wall" – 1
"King Of Rome" – 2
"Pandemonium" – 1
"The Way It Used To Be" – 3
"Legacy" – 1

Album Score: 17/33 = 51.51%

FORMAT
"The Truck-Driver And His Mate" – 3
"Hit And Miss" – 2
"In The Night (1995)" – 1
"Betrayed" – 1
"How I Learned To Hate Rock-And-Roll" – 1
"Discoteca" (New Version) – 1
"The Calm Before The Storm" – 1
"Confidential" (Demo For Tina Turner) – 0
"The Boy Who Couldn't Keep His Clothes On" – 2
"Delusions Of Grandeur" – 2
"The View From Your Balcony" – 1
"Disco Potential" – 0
"Silver Age" – 1
"Screaming" – 1
"The Ghost Of Myself" – 2
"Casting A Shadow" – 2
"Lies" – 2
"Sexy Northerner" – 3

"Always" – 3
"Nightlife" – 1
"Searching For The Face Of Jesus" – 0
"Between Two Islands" – 3
"Friendly Fire" – 3
"We're The Pet Shop Boys" – 2
"Transparent" – 0
"I Didn't Get Where I Am Today" – 1
"The Resurrectionist" – 2
"Girls Don't Cry" – 1
"In Private" – 1
"Blue On Blue" – 1
"No Time For Tears" (7-inch mix) – 2
"Bright Young Things" – 2
"Party Song" – 1
"We're All Criminals Now" – 2
"Gin And Jag" – 0
"After The Event" – 2
"The Former Enfant Terrible" – 0
"Up And Down" – 1

Album Score: 52/114 = 45.61%

ELYSIUM
"Leaving" – 3
"Invisible" – 3
"Winner" – 1
"Your Early Stuff" – 1
"A Face Like That" – 2
"Breathing Space" – 1
"Ego Music" – 1
"Hold On" – 0
"Give It A Go" – 2
"Memory Of The Future" – 1
"Everything Means Something" – 1
"Requiem In Denim And Leopardskin" – 2

Album Score: 18/36 = 50%

ELECTRIC
"Axis" – 3
"Bolshy" – 2
"Love Is A Bourgeois Construct" – 3
"Fluorescent" – 2
"Inside A Dream" – 2
"The Last To Die" – 2
"Shouting In The Evening" – 2
"Thursday" – 1
"Vocal" – 3

Album Score: 20/27 = 74.07%

INTROSPECTIVE = 77.77%
ELECTRIC = 74.07%
BEHAVIOUR = 73.33%
ACTUALLY = 70%
FUNDAMENTAL = 66.66%
BILINGUAL = 66.66%
NIGHTLIFE = 61.11%
VERY = 58.33%
PLEASE = 54.54%
RELEASE = 53.33%
YES = 51.51%
ELYSIUM = 50%
ALTERNATIVE = 46.23%
FORMAT = 45.61%

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Greetings,

Challenge accepted....

Overall scores
Discography (87.04)
Disco (77.77)
Behaviour (76.67)
Introspective (72.22)
Very (66.67)
Actually (66.67)
Yes (60.61)
Electric (59.26)
Elysium (55.56)
Fundamental (55.56)
Please (54.55)
Alternative (50.00)
Bilingual (44.44)
Relentless (44.44)
Format (38.60)
Release (36.67)
Nightlife (27.78)


PLEASE
"Two Divided by Zero" – 2
"West End Girls" – 3
"Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" – 3
"Love Comes Quickly" – 2
"Suburbia" – 1
"Opportunities (Reprise)" – 0
"Tonight Is Forever" – 2
"Violence" – 1
"I Want a Lover" – 2
"Later Tonight" – 1
"Why Don't We Live Together?" – 1

Album Score: 18/33 = 54.55%


DISCO
"In the Night" – 3
"Suburbia" – 3
"Opportunities" – 2
"Love Comes Quickly" – 2
"Paninaro" – 2
"West End Girls" – 2

Album Score: 14/18 = 77.77%


ACTUALLY
"One More Chance"– 2
"What Have I Done to Deserve This?" – 3
"Shopping"– 1
"Rent"– 2
"Hit Music"– 1
"It Couldn't Happen Here"– 2
"It's a Sin"– 3
"I Want to Wake Up"– 1
"Heart"– 2
"King's Cross" – 3

Album Score: 20/30 = 66.67%


INTROSPECTIVE
"Left to My Own Devices" – 3
"I Want a Dog" – 1
"Domino Dancing" – 2
"I'm Not Scared" – 3
"Always on My Mind/In My House" – 2
"It's Alright" – 2

Album Score: 13/18 = 72.22%


BEHAVIOUR
"Being Boring" – 3
"This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave" – 3
"To Face the Truth" – 2
"How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?" – 2
"Only the Wind" – 2
"My October Symphony" – 2
"So Hard" – 3
"Nervously" – 2
"The End of the World" – 2
"Jealousy" – 2

Album Score: 23/30 = 76.67%


DISCOGRAPHY
"West End Girls" – 3
"Love Comes Quickly" – 2
"Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" – 3
"Suburbia" – 3
"It's a Sin" – 3
"What Have I Done to Deserve This?" – 3
"Rent" – 2
"Always on My Mind" – 3
"Heart" – 2
"Domino Dancing" – 2
"Left to My Own Devices" – 3
"It's Alright" – 2
"So Hard" – 3
"Being Boring" – 3
"Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)" – 3
"Jealousy" – 2
"DJ Culture" – 3
"Was It Worth It?" – 2

Album Score: 47/54 = 87.04%


VERY
"Can You Forgive Her?" – 3
"I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing" – 2
"Liberation" – 2
"A Different Point of View" – 3
"Dreaming of the Queen" – 2
"Yesterday, When I Was Mad" – 1
"The Theatre" – 3
"One and One Make Five" – 1
"To Speak Is a Sin" – 1
"Young Offender" – 1
"One in a Million" – 2
"Go West"– 3

Album Score: 24/36 = 66.67%


RELENTLESS
"My head is spinning" – 1
"Forever in love" – 2
"KDX 125" – 1
"We came from outer space" – 1
"The man who has everything" – 1
"One things leads to another" – 2

Album Score: 8/18 = 44.44%


ALTERNATIVE
"In the Night" – 3
"A Man Could Get Arrested" – 1
"That's My Impression" – 1
"Was That What It Was?" – 1
"Paninaro" – 2
"Jack the Lad" – 1
"You Know Where You Went Wrong" – 2
"A New Life" – 1
"I Want a Dog" – 1
"Do I Have To?" – 2
"I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too)" – 3
"Don Juan" – 2
"The Sound of the Atom Splitting" – 1
"One of the Crowd" – 1
"Your Funny Uncle" – 3

"It Must Be Obvious" – 1
"We All Feel Better in the Dark" – 1
"Bet She's Not Your Girlfriend" – 2
"Losing My Mind" – 1
"Music for Boys" – 2
"Miserablism" – 2
"Hey, Headmaster" – 1
"What Keeps Mankind Alive?" – 1
"Shameless" – 2
"Too Many People" – 2
"Violence" (Hacienda Version) – 1
"Decadence" – 1
"If Love Were All" – 0
"Euroboy" – 2
"Some Speculation" – 1

Album Score: 45/90 = 50.00%


BILINGUAL
"Discoteca" – 1
"Single" – 2
"Metamorphosis" – 1
"Electricity" – 0
"Se a vida é (That's the Way Life Is)" – 3
"It Always Comes as a Surprise" – 2
"A Red Letter Day" – 2
"Up Against It" – 1
"The Survivors" – 2
"Before" – 1
"To Step Aside" – 2
"Saturday Night Forever" – 0

Album Score: 16/36 = 44.44%


NIGHTLIFE
"For Your Own Good" – 1
"Closer to Heaven" – 1
"I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More" – 2
"Happiness Is an Option" – 1
"You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk" – 2
"Vampires" – 0
"Radiophonic" – 1
"The Only One" – 0
"Boy Strange" – 0
"In Denial" – 0
"New York City Boy"– 1
"Footsteps" – 1

Album Score: 10/36 = 27.78%


RELEASE
"Home and Dry" – 2
"I Get Along" – 2
"Birthday Boy" – 1
"London" – 1
"E-Mail" – 1
"The Samurai in Autumn" – 1
"Love Is a Catastrophe" – 0
"Here" – 1
"The Night I Fell in Love" – 0
"You Choose" – 1

Album Score: 11/30 = 36.67%


FUNDAMENTAL
"Psychological" – 2
"The Sodom and Gomorrah Show" – 2
"I Made My Excuses and Left" – 1
"Minimal" – 3
"Numb" – 1
"God Willing" – 1
"Luna Park" – 1
"I'm with Stupid" – 2
"Casanova in Hell" – 1
"Twentieth Century" – 2
"Indefinite Leave to Remain" – 1
"Integral" – 3

Album Score: 20/36 = 55.56%


YES
"Love etc." – 3
"All Over the World" – 2
"Beautiful People" – 1
"Did You See Me Coming?" – 2
"Vulnerable" – 1
"More Than a Dream" – 1
"Building a Wall" – 1
"King of Rome" – 3
"Pandemonium" – 3
"The Way It Used to Be" – 2
"Legacy" – 1

Album Score: 20/33 = 60.61%


FORMAT
"The Truck-Driver and His Mate" – 1
"Hit and Miss" – 1
"In the Night (1995)" – 1
"Betrayed" – 1
"How I Learned to Hate Rock-and-Roll" – 1
"Discoteca" (new version) – 1
"The Calm Before the Storm" – 1
"Confidential" (Demo for Tina Turner) – 1
"The Boy Who Couldn't Keep His Clothes On" – 1
"Delusions of Grandeur" – 2
"The View from Your Balcony" – 2
"Disco Potential" – 1
"Silver Age" – 0
"Screaming" – 1
"The Ghost of Myself" – 1
"Casting a Shadow" – 1
"Lies" – 1
"Sexy Northerner" – 1

"Always" – 2
"Nightlife" – 0
"Searching for the Face of Jesus" – 1
"Between Two Islands" – 1
"Friendly Fire" – 1
"We're the Pet Shop Boys" – 1
"Transparent" – 1
"I Didn't Get Where I Am Today" – 3
"The Resurrectionist" – 2
"Girls Don't Cry" – 1
"In Private" (7-inch mix; duet with Elton John) – 0
"Blue on Blue" – 1
"No Time for Tears" (7-inch mix) – 1
"Bright Young Things" – 2
"Party Song" – 1
"We're All Criminals Now" – 1
"Gin and Jag" – 1
"After the Event" – 2
"The Former Enfant Terrible" – 1
"Up and Down" – 2

Album Score: 44/114 = 38.60%


ELYSIUM
"Leaving" – 3
"Invisible" – 3
"Winner" – 0
"Your Early Stuff" – 1
"A Face Like That" – 2
"Breathing Space" – 3
"Ego Music" – 0
"Hold On" – 1
"Give It a Go" – 2
"Memory of the Future" – 2
"Everything Means Something" – 2
"Requiem in Denim and Leopardskin" – 1

Album Score: 20/36 = 55.56%


ELECTRIC
"Axis" – 3
"Bolshy" – 2
"Love Is a Bourgeois Construct" – 3
"Fluorescent" – 1
"Inside a Dream" – 1
"The Last to Die" – 1
"Shouting in the Evening" – 1
"Thursday" – 2
"Vocal" – 2

Album Score: 16/27 = 59.26%


Selected Others:

"Paninaro '95" - 1
"Somewhere" – 1
"Miracles" – 3
"Flamboyant" – 2
"Together" – 1
"Time on my Hands" – 1
"Positive Role Model" – 1
"Try It" – 1
"If Looks Could Kill" – 1
"Somebody Else's Business" – 2
"Fugitive" – 3
"This Used to be the Future" – 2
"It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas" – 1
"Viva la Vida" – 1
"My Girl" – 1
"I Cried for Us" – 1
"Glad All Over" – 1
"A Certain 'Je ne sais quoi'" – 2
"The Way Through the Woods" – 1
"I Started a Joke" – 1
"Hell" – 1
"In His Imagination" – 1
"Baby" – 1
"One Night" – 1
"Listening" – 3
"Inside" - 1

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I'm officially dropping my schtick of pretending Disco 2 was a masterpiece. Of course it wasn't, and That Joke's Not Funny Anymore.

But Disco 3 really was kind of special and unique in its way. Not complaining about its exclusion, just musing.

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:arrow: I'm equally complexed about people who give empirical marks to their opinions, as if it's proof of something.

Love the enthusiasm of "I'm feeling this album so much, I'd give it a 10!". More than filling boxes on a form.

In some ways, it's a more human gauge, but equally irrelevant to anyone outside the fandom.

(Although on that note, reviewers seem to be rating Electric higher than people in this thread so far!)

If I were to sit down an analyse Very, I'd find a bunch of tracks that were immediately dated and quite minimal in their Pop-ness.

An album is a collection of feelings that combine (with the artwork, the video clips, the stance of the performer on stage and in interviews, current affairs) to amount to something more than just a sequence of numbers.
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It seems like this rating system doesn't make Behaviour out to be the second coming of jesus like the fanbase generally does. I will compile my own list later but for now I can say that Electric would probably get the highest rating in this thread so far and the old classic albums by far the lowest. Prepare to rage.

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Bjossi wrote:It seems like this rating system doesn't make Behaviour out to be the second coming of jesus like the fanbase generally does..
Drico One wrote: This is not a perfect means of establishing my favourite albums (it doesn't take account of the fact that some albums are greater than the sum of their individual tracks -

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Please 87%
Behaviour 83%
Actually 77%
Very/Bilingual 58%
Alternative 56%
Elysium/Introspective/Nightlife 50%
Electric/Fundamental 48%
Yes 45%
Format 31%
Release 20%

Which is interesting, because without such a scientific method, I'd rate them more like:
first rank: Actually/Alternative/Behaviour/Please
second rank: Bilingual/Elysium
third rank: Electric/Introspective/Very/Yes/Nightlife
fourth rank: Format, Fundamental
fifth rank: Release

Disclaimer: I am rubbish at counting so may have miscounted some of the totals.
2nd disclaimer: Lots of borderline cases. Another day may be different.
3rd disclaimer: I feel Electric, and to a lesser extent Elysium, are too recent to evaluate clearly. I have been very stingy with "3-Imperial" ratings after 1993 (only 3, one of which is perhaps over-generous) as I feel the "Imperial phase" is so called for a reason. time will tell if I have underestimated the new material.

PLEASE
"Two Divided by Zero" – 3
"West End Girls" – 3
"Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" – 3
"Love Comes Quickly" – 3
"Suburbia" – 3
"Tonight Is Forever" – 3
"Violence" – 2
"I Want a Lover" – 2
"Later Tonight" – 2
"Why Don't We Live Together?" – 2

26/30 = 87%
(“Opportunities reprise” doesn't count as a separate track in my book.)


ACTUALLY
"One More Chance"– 1
"What Have I Done to Deserve This?" – 3
"Shopping"– 1
"Rent"– 3
"Hit Music"– 1
"It Couldn't Happen Here"– 2
"It's a Sin"– 3
"I Want to Wake Up"– 3
"Heart"– 3
"King's Cross" – 3

Album Score: 23/30 = 77%


INTROSPECTIVE
"Left to My Own Devices" – 3
"I Want a Dog" – 0*
"Domino Dancing" – 2**
"I'm Not Scared" – 2
"Always on my mind/In my house" – 1***
"It's alright" – 1

*b-side version - 1
**single (sensible length) version - 3
***single (proper) version - 3

Album Score: 9/18 = 50%


BEHAVIOUR
"Being boring" – 3
"This must be the place I waited years to leave" – 2
"To face the truth" – 3
"How can you expect to be taken seriously?" – 1
"Only the wind" – 2
"My October Symphony" – 2
"So hard" – 3
"Nervously" – 3
"The end of the world" – 2
"Jealousy" – 3

Album Score: 25/30 = 83%


VERY
"Can You Forgive Her?" – 3
"I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing" – 2
"Liberation" – 2
"A Different Point of View" – 2
"Dreaming of the Queen" – 2
"Yesterday, When I Was Mad" – 3
"The Theatre" – 1
"One and One Make Five" – 1
"To Speak Is a Sin" – 1
"Young Offender" – 1
"One in a Million" – 1
"Go West"– 2

Album Score: 21/36 = 58

Remarks: In my opinion, the greatest disparity in quality between a side one and a side two in PSB history.

ALTERNATIVE
"In the Night" – 2
"A Man Could Get Arrested" – 2
"That's My Impression" – 1
"Was That What It Was?" – 3
"Paninaro" – 3
"Jack the Lad" – 3
"You Know Where You Went Wrong" – 1
"A New Life" – 2
"I Want a Dog" – 2
"Do I Have To?" – 2
"I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too)" – 1
"Don Juan" – 1
"The Sound of the Atom Splitting" – 1
"One of the Crowd" – 1
"Your Funny Uncle" – 3

"It Must Be Obvious" – 3
"We All Feel Better in the Dark" – 1
"Bet She's Not Your Girlfriend" – 3
"Losing My Mind" – 1
"Music for Boys" – 1
"Miserablism" – 3
"Hey, Headmaster" – 1
"What Keeps Mankind Alive?" – 1
"Shameless" – 2
"Too Many People" – 1
"Violence" (Hacienda Version) – 1
"Decadence" – 2
"If love were all" – 2
"Euroboy" – 1
"Some speculation" – 2

Album Score: 52/93 = 56%

Remarks: I think Drico underrates many of these tracks, which IMO are b-sides only by historical accident.

BILINGUAL
"Discoteca" – 2
"Single" – 2
"Metamorphosis" – 2
"Electricity" – 1
"Se a vida é (that's the way life is)" – 1
"It always comes as a surprise" – 3
"A red letter day" – 2
"Up against it" – 1
"The survivors" – 2
"Before" – 2
"To step aside" – 2
"Saturday night forever" – 1

Album Score: 21/36 = 58%

Remarks: The biggest "grower" among PSB albums, for my money

NIGHTLIFE
"For Your Own Good" – 1
"Closer to Heaven" – 2
"I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More" – 2
"Happiness Is an Option" – 2
"You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk" – 2
"Vampires" – 0
"Radiophonic" – 2
"The Only One" – 2
"Boy Strange" – 1
"In Denial" – 1
"New York City Boy"– 1
"Footsteps" – 2

Album Score: 18/36 = 50%

Remarks: The album of which I have the most fluctuating opinion.

RELEASE
"Home and Dry" – 2
"I Get Along" – 0
"Birthday Boy" – 1
"London" – 0
"E-mail" – 0
"The Samurai in autumn" – 1
"Love is a catastrophe" – 0
"Here" – 1
"The night I fell in love" – 0
"You choose" – 1

Album Score: 6/30 = 20%

Remarks: Now that I have come to realise how people sincerely love this album, I regret the abuse I have heaped on it in the past. Still, if you ask my objective ratings of each track. I cannot rate them any higher.

FUNDAMENTAL
"Psychological" – 1
"The Sodom and Gomorrah show" – 2
"I made my excuses and left" – 2
"Minimal" – 1
"Numb" – 2
"Luna Park" – 1
"I'm with Stupid" – 2
"Casanova in Hell" – 1
"Twentieth century" – 1
"Indefinite leave to remain" – 1
"Integral" – 2

“God willing” exempt.

Album Score: 16/33 = 48%

Remarks: Objectively, this a solid album, but I can't help feel this has something lacking.

YES
"Love etc." – 2
"All over the world" – 2
"Beautiful people" – 1
"Did you see me coming?" – 2
"Vulnerable" – 0
"More than a dream" – 1
"Building a wall" – 1
"King of Rome" – 2
"Pandemonium" – 1
"The way it used to be" – 2
"Legacy" – 1

Album Score: 15/33 = 45%


FORMAT
"The truck-driver and his mate" – 0
"Hit and miss" – 2
"In the night (1995)" – 0
"Betrayed" – 3
"How I learned to hate rock-and-roll" – 0
"Discoteca" (new version) – 1
"The calm before the storm" – 1
"Confidential" (Demo for Tina Turner) – 1
"The boy who couldn't keep his clothes on" – 1
"Delusions of Grandeur" – 1
"The view from your balcony" – 1
"Disco potential" – 0
"Silver age" – 1
"Screaming" – 1
"The Ghost of myself" – 1
"Casting a shadow" – 1
"Lies" – 1
"Sexy northerner" – 0

"Always" – 1
"Nightlife" – 1
"Searching for the face of Jesus" – 1
"Between two islands" – 2
"Friendly fire" – 1
"We're the Pet shop boys" – 1
"Transparent" – 1
"I didn't get where I am today (by doing feeble Monkees pastiches)" – 0
"The resurrectionist" – 1
"Girls don't cry" – 1
"In private" (7-inch mix; duet with Elton John) – 0
"Blue on blue" – 1
"No time for tears" (7-inch mix) – 1
"Bright young things" – 1
"Party song" – 1
"We're all criminals now" – 1
"Gin and jag" – 1
"After the event" – 2
"The former enfant terrible" – 1
"Up and down" – 1

Album Score: 36/114 = 31%

Remarks: Only 31%, but LOTSA tracks!

ELYSIUM
"Leaving" – 3
"Invisible" – 2
"Winner" – 0
"Your early stuff" – 2
"A Face like that" – 2
"Breathing space" – 0
"Ego music" – 1
"Hold on" – 1
"Give it a go" – 2
"Memory of the future" – 2
"Everything means something" – 1
"Requiem in denim and leopardskin" – 2

Album Score: 18/36 = 50%

Remarks: Open floodgates of "you rate Elysium higher than _____? Are you insane?"

ELECTRIC
"Axis" – 1
"Bolshy" – 1
"Love is a bourgeois construct" – 2
"Fluorescent" – 1
"Inside a dream" – 2
"The last to die" – 1
"Shouting in the evening" – 1
"Thursday" – 2
"Vocal" – 2

Album Score: 13/27 = 48%

Remarks: Like Behaviour, this album is more than the sum of its parts due to its sustained mood.

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P.S. Selected others:

"Where the streets have no name (I can't take my eyes off you)" – 2
"DJ culture" – 2
"Was it worth it?" – 2
“One thing leads to another” - 2
"Somewhere" – 2
"Miracles" – 2
"Flamboyant" – 0
"Together" – 0
"Try It" – 1
“For Freedom”- 2
"Fugitive" – 1
"This used to be the future" – 2
"It doesn't often snow at Christmas" – 1
“Night song” - 2
"A Certain 'je ne sais quoi'" – 1
"The way through the woods" – 2
"I started a joke" – 1
"Hell" – 1
"In his imagination" – 1
"Baby" – 1
"One night" – 2
"Listening" – 1
"Inside" - 1

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So much time people have on their hands!
I rule. You don't.

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Kiran wrote:So much time people have on their hands!
For my part, I just have a lot of more arduous things to do that I want to avoid.

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I wouldn't normally do this kind of thing but I couldn't resist a bit of Drico-endorsed indulgence. I think it's fair to say I like Please more than most people seem to.

Please
Two divided by zero - 2
West End girls - 3
Opportunities - 2
Love comes quickly - 2
Suburbia - 2
Tonight is forever - 3
Violence - 3
I want a lover - 2
Later tonight - 2
Why don't we live together? - 2
Overall: 23/30 = 77%
(NB: I don't consider the Opportunities reprise a song in its own right as it's not listed on the LP, which is the definitive format for me. It's a prologue, either to side two or to the track that follows, reminding the listener that the party goes on, and on)

Actually
One more chance - 3
What have I done to deserve this? - 3
Shopping - 1
Rent - 1
Hit music - 1
It couldn't happen here - 3
It's a sin - 3
I want to wake up - 1
Heart - 2
King's Cross - 3
Overall: 21/30 = 70%

Introspective
Left to my own devices - 3
I want a dog - 2
Domino dancing - 2
I'm not scared - 3
Always on my mind/in my house - 2
It's alright - 1
Overall: 13/18 = 72%

Behaviour
Being boring - 3
This must be the place I waited years to leave - 2
To face the truth - 1
How can you expect to be taken seriously? - 1
Only the wind - 2
My October symphony - 1
So hard - 3
Nervously - 2
The end of the world - 3
Jealousy - 2
Overall: 20/30 = 67%

Very
Can you forgive her? - 3
I wouldn't normally do this kind of thing - 3
Liberation - 3
A different point of view - 3
Dreaming of the Queen - 3
Yesterday, when I was mad - 3
The theatre - 3
One and one make five - 3
To speak is a sin - 3
Young offender - 3
One in a million - 3
Go West - 3
Overall: 36/36 = 100%

Bilingual
Discoteca - 3
Single - 1
Metamorphosis - 1
Electricity - 1
Se a vida é - 2
It always comes as a surprise - 2
A red letter day - 3
Up against it - 2
The survivors - 2
Before - 2
To step aside - 3
Saturday night forever - 1
Overall: 23/36 = 64%

Nightlife
For your own good - 1
Closer to Heaven - 1
I don't know what you want but I can't give it any more - 2
Happiness is an option - 1
You only tell me you love me when you're drunk - 3
Vampires - 1
Radiophonic - 1
The only one - 1
Boy strange - 1
In denial - 3
New York City boy - 1
Footsteps - 3
Overall: 19/36 = 53%

Release
Home and dry - 1
I get along - 0
Birthday boy - 2
London - 2
E-mail - 1
The samurai in autumn - 2
Love is a catastrophe - 1
Here - 0
The night I fell in love - 2
You choose - 2
Overall: 13/30 = 43%

Fundamental
Psychological - 1
The Sodom and Gomorrah Show - 2
I made my excuses and left - 2
Minimal - 1
Numb - 0
God willing - 1
Luna Park - 2
I'm with Stupid - 2
Casanova in Hell - 2
Twentieth Century - 1
Indefinite leave to remain - 2
Integral - 2
Overall: 18/36 = 50%

Yes
Love etc. - 3
All over the world - 1
Beautiful people - 0
Did you see me coming? - 1
Vulnerable - 1
More than a dream - 1
Building a wall - 1
King of Rome - 2
Pandemonium - 2
The way it used to be - 3
Legacy - 2
Overall: 17/33 = 51%

Elysium
Leaving - 3
Invisible - 1
Winner - 0
Your early stuff - 2
A face like that - 2
Breathing space - 0
Ego music - 1
Hold on - 1
Give it a go - 1
Memory of the future - 3
Everything means something - 1
Requiem in denim and leopardskin - 2
Overall: 17/36 = 47%

Electric
Axis - 1
Bolshy - 1
Love is a bourgeois construct - 3
Fluorescent - 1
Inside a dream - 2
The last to die - 1
Shouting in the evening - 1
Thursday - 1
Vocal - 3
Overall: 14/27 = 52%

Alternative
In the night - 1
A man could get arrested - 2
That's my impression - 1
Was that what it was? - 3
Paninaro - 3
Jack the lad - 2
You know where you went wrong - 1
A new life - 2
I want a dog - 1
Do I have to? - 3
I get excited - 1
Don Juan - 3
The sound of the atom splitting - 1
One of the crowd - 1
Your funny uncle - 2
It must be obvious - 1
We all feel better in the dark - 1
Bet she's not your girlfriend - 2
Losing my mind - 1
Music for boys - 1
Miserablism - 3
Hey, headmaster - 3
What keeps mankind alive? - 1
Shameless - 3
Too many people - 3
Violence (Hacienda version) - 3
Decadence - 1
If love were all - 1
Euroboy - 2
Some speculation - 2
Overall: 55/90 = 61%

Format
The truck driver and his mate - 1
Hit and miss - 1
In the night (1995) - 2
Betrayed - 2
How I learnt to hate rock 'n' roll - 1
Discoteca (new version) - 0
The calm before the storm - 1
Confidential - 2
The boy who couldn't keep his clothes on - 3
Delusions of grandeur - 3
The view from your balcony - 1
Disco potential - 1
Silver age - 2
Screaming - 1
The ghost of myself - 2
Casting a shadow - 3
Lies - 2
Sexy northerner - 1
Always - 1
Nightlife - 0
Searching for the face of Jesus - 1
Between two islands - 1
Friendly fire - 2
We're the Pet Shop Boys - 2
Transparent - 1
I didn't get where I am today - 2
The resurrectionist - 2
Girls don't cry - 2
In private - 1
Blue on blue - 1
No time for tears - 1
Party song - 1
Bright young things - 3
Gin and jag - 1
We're all criminals now - 1
After the event - 3
The former enfant terrible - 1
Up and down - 1
Overall: 57/114 = 50%

Very - 100%
Please - 77%
Introspective - 72%
Actually - 70%
Behaviour - 67%
Bilingual - 64%
Alternative - 61%
Nightlife - 53%
Electric - 52%
Yes - 51%
Fundamental - 50%
Format - 50%
Elysium - 47%
Release - 43%

Interesting results, though it should be noted the way I gave ratings was kind of rapid fire. Also worth pointing out that an 0 rating doesn't mean I dislike something, merely that it's significantly less enjoyable than the base level of 'enjoyable' required for a 1. The only 'true' 0 in their catalogue is Winner, and even that has pretty bits, and I wouldn't skip it - I have too much respect for their vision of the album in its entirety.

Also, it's interesting to compare the above leaderboard with the way I feel about the albums overall. Alternative is probably in my all-time top three releases by anyone. For completeness, let's apply the same criteria to the albums themselves. Where there's a tie, I've ranked them by personal preference.

Very - 3
Alternative - 3
Actually - 3
Please - 3
Introspective - 3
Behaviour - 3
Bilingual - 2
Format - 2
Electric - 1
Yes - 1
Nightlife - 1
Fundamental - 1
Elysium - 1
Release - 1
I must disengage your recreational music.

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Great thread and nice rating system. Here we go!


DISCO - 72.2%
VERY - 61.1%
DISCOGRAPHY - 59.3%
ACTUALLY - 56.7%
PLEASE - 54.5%
ELECTRIC - 51.9%
YES - 51.5%
INTROSPECTIVE - 50.0%
BILINGUAL - 47.2%
BEHAVIOUR - 46.7%
FUNDAMENTAL - 44.4%
ALTERNATIVE - 42.2%
NIGHTLIFE - 41.7%
ELYSIUM - 41.7%
RELEASE - 36.7%
FORMAT 34.2%
RELENTLESS - 33.3%


PLEASE
"Two Divided by Zero" – 2
"West End Girls" – 2
"Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" – 3
"Love Comes Quickly" – 1
"Suburbia" – 2
"Opportunities (Reprise)" – 1
"Tonight Is Forever" – 2
"Violence" – 1
"I Want a Lover" – 2
"Later Tonight" – 1
"Why Don't We Live Together?" – 1

Album Score: 18/33 = 54.5%


DISCO
"In the Night" – 2
"Suburbia" – 3
"Opportunities" – 3
"Love Comes Quickly" – 1
"Paninaro" – 2
"West End Girls" – 2

Album Score: 13/18 = 72.2%


ACTUALLY
"One More Chance"– 1
"What Have I Done to Deserve This?" – 1
"Shopping"– 2
"Rent"– 2
"Hit Music"– 1
"It Couldn't Happen Here"– 1
"It's a Sin"– 3
"I Want to Wake Up"– 2
"Heart"– 2
"King's Cross" – 2

Album Score: 17/30 = 56.7%


INTROSPECTIVE
"Left to My Own Devices" – 3
"I Want a Dog" – 1
"Domino Dancing" – 2
"I'm Not Scared" – 1
"Always on My Mind/In My House" – 1
"It's Alright" – 1

Album Score: 9/18 = 50%


BEHAVIOUR
"Being Boring" – 1
"This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave" – 2
"To Face the Truth" – 1
"How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?" – 1
"Only the Wind" – 1
"My October Symphony" – 1
"So Hard" – 3
"Nervously" – 1
"The End of the World" – 2
"Jealousy" – 1

Album Score: 14/30 = 46.7%


DISCOGRAPHY
"West End Girls" – 2
"Love Comes Quickly" – 1
"Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" – 3
"Suburbia" – 3
"It's a Sin" – 3
"What Have I Done to Deserve This?" – 1
"Rent" – 2
"Always on My Mind" – 1
"Heart" – 3
"Domino Dancing" – 2
"Left to My Own Devices" – 3
"It's Alright" – 1
"So Hard" – 3
"Being Boring" – 1
"Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)" – 1
"Jealousy" – 1
"DJ Culture" – 0
"Was It Worth It?" – 1

Album Score: 32/54 = 59.3%


VERY
"Can You Forgive Her?" – 3
"I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing" – 2
"Liberation" – 1
"A Different Point of View" – 2
"Dreaming of the Queen" – 2
"Yesterday, When I Was Mad" – 2
"The Theatre" – 3
"One and One Make Five" – 2
"To Speak Is a Sin" – 0
"Young Offender" – 1
"One in a Million" – 1
"Go West"– 3

Album Score: 22/36 = 61.1%


RELENTLESS
"My head is spinning" – 1
"Forever in love" – 1
"KDX 125" – 1
"We came from outer space" – 1
"The man who has everything" – 1
"One things leads to another" – 1

Album Score: 6/18 = 33.3%


ALTERNATIVE
"In the Night" – 1
"A Man Could Get Arrested" – 1
"That's My Impression" – 2
"Was That What It Was?" – 2
"Paninaro" – 1
"Jack the Lad" – 1
"You Know Where You Went Wrong" – 1
"A New Life" – 1
"I Want a Dog" – 1
"Do I Have To?" – 2
"I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too)" – 1
"Don Juan" – 2
"The Sound of the Atom Splitting" – 0
"One of the Crowd" – 1
"Your Funny Uncle" – 2
"It Must Be Obvious" – 1
"We All Feel Better in the Dark" – 0
"Bet She's Not Your Girlfriend" – 3
"Losing My Mind" – 1
"Music for Boys" – 1
"Miserablism" – 2
"Hey, Headmaster" – 3
"What Keeps Mankind Alive?" – 1
"Shameless" – 2
"Too Many People" – 1
"Violence" (Hacienda Version) – 1
"Decadence" – 1
"If Love Were All" – 0
"Euroboy" – 1
"Some Speculation" – 1

Album Score: 38/90 = 42.2%


BILINGUAL
"Discoteca" – 1
"Single" – 1
"Metamorphosis" – 1
"Electricity" – 1
"Se a vida é (That's the Way Life Is)" – 2
"It Always Comes as a Surprise" – 1
"A Red Letter Day" – 2
"Up Against It" – 2
"The Survivors" – 2
"Before" – 1
"To Step Aside" – 2
"Saturday Night Forever" – 1

Album Score: 17/36 = 47.2%


NIGHTLIFE
"For Your Own Good" – 2
"Closer to Heaven" – 2
"I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More" – 2
"Happiness Is an Option" – 1
"You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk" – 2
"Vampires" – 1
"Radiophonic" – 1
"The Only One" – 0
"Boy Strange" – 0
"In Denial" – 1
"New York City Boy"– 2
"Footsteps" – 1

Album Score: 15/36 = 41.7%


RELEASE
"Home and Dry" – 2
"I Get Along" – 1
"Birthday Boy" – 2
"London" – 2
"E-Mail" – 1
"The Samurai in Autumn" – 1
"Love Is a Catastrophe" – 0
"Here" – 1
"The Night I Fell in Love" – 1
"You Choose" – 0

Album Score: 11/30 = 36.7%


FUNDAMENTAL
"Psychological" – 1
"The Sodom and Gomorrah Show" – 1
"I Made My Excuses and Left" – 1
"Minimal" – 3
"Numb" – 1
"God Willing" – 1
"Luna Park" – 1
"I'm with Stupid" – 1
"Casanova in Hell" – 2
"Twentieth Century" – 0
"Indefinite Leave to Remain" – 1
"Integral" – 3

Album Score: 19/36 = 44.4%


YES
"Love etc." – 3
"All Over the World" – 1
"Beautiful People" – 0
"Did You See Me Coming?" – 2
"Vulnerable" – 2
"More Than a Dream" – 1
"Building a Wall" – 1
"King of Rome" – 2
"Pandemonium" – 2
"The Way It Used to Be" – 3
"Legacy" – 0

Album Score: 17/33 = 51.5%


FORMAT
"The Truck-Driver and His Mate" – 1
"Hit and Miss" – 1
"In the Night (1995)" – 1
"Betrayed" – 1
"How I Learned to Hate Rock-and-Roll" – 1
"Discoteca" (new version) – 1
"The Calm Before the Storm" – 1
"Confidential" (Demo for Tina Turner) – 1
"The Boy Who Couldn't Keep His Clothes On" – 1
"Delusions of Grandeur" – 2
"The View from Your Balcony" – 1
"Disco Potential" – 0
"Silver Age" – 0
"Screaming" – 1
"The Ghost of Myself" – 1
"Casting a Shadow" – 1
"Lies" – 1
"Sexy Northerner" – 1
"Always" – 1
"Nightlife" – 0
"Searching for the Face of Jesus" – 0
"Between Two Islands" – 1
"Friendly Fire" – 1
"We're the Pet Shop Boys" – 1
"Transparent" – 0
"I Didn't Get Where I Am Today" – 2
"The Resurrectionist" – 2
"Girls Don't Cry" – 1
"In Private" (7-inch mix; duet with Elton John) – 1
"Blue on Blue" – 1
"No Time for Tears" (7-inch mix) – 1
"Bright Young Things" – 2
"Party Song" – 1
"We're All Criminals Now" – 1
"Gin and Jag" – 2
"After the Event" – 3
"The Former Enfant Terrible" – 0
"Up and Down" – 1

Album Score: 39/114 = 34.2%


ELYSIUM
"Leaving" – 1
"Invisible" – 2
"Winner" – 1
"Your Early Stuff" – 1
"A Face Like That" – 2
"Breathing Space" – 0
"Ego Music" – 0
"Hold On" – 1
"Give It a Go" – 2
"Memory of the Future" – 3
"Everything Means Something" – 1
"Requiem in Denim and Leopardskin" – 1

Album Score: 15/36 = 41.7%


ELECTRIC
"Axis" – 2
"Bolshy" – 1
"Love Is a Bourgeois Construct" – 3
"Fluorescent" – 1
"Inside a Dream" – 1
"The Last to Die" – 1
"Shouting in the Evening" – 1
"Thursday" – 1
"Vocal" – 3

Album Score: 14/27 = 51.9%

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Re: Rating the Discography

#15 Post by CBA »

Please note, a couple of posters have marked Alternative out of 93 (31 tracks), but didn't include Girls and Boys (as Drico did). So their percentage for Alternative should be slightly higher.

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