Please 30th anniversary – put your questions to Stephen Hague

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Did you take any production ideas or techniques into the album from your previous work, such as Madam Butterfly by Malcolm McLaren?

What was the most difficult track to produce for the album and why?

Would you consider producing another PSB album?

What were your influences at the time?

Was there anything on the album you argued should or shouldn't be there?
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#17 Post by le petit corbusier »

A couple more questions:

Could we have some words regarding psb's other producers?

What can he say about Very's wall of sound?

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#18 Post by le petit corbusier »

Remark wrote:
le petit corbusier wrote:-What does he think of their recent work?

-What's his fav psb album/song.

-Is there any psb album/song he wished he had worked in?

-What does he think of Bobby O?

-Did he ever think West End Girls would become such a great record when he first started working in it?

Not very original questions...
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#19 Post by whateverman42 »

What are some of your favourite artists and albums?

What do you consider the best song you ever worked on? West End Girls or something else?

Do you think Pet Shop Boys might be one of the best bands of all time?

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#20 Post by leesmapman »

Whilst recording Please, was there a lot of tracks which they hold back for the next album (like What Have I Done To Deserve This?) and did those tracks indeed end up on later records?

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#21 Post by df118junkie »

If you could go back and re-mix a track, or mix one that you didn't do - which would it be ?

(I have this suggestion that PSB should offer each of their previous producers an opportunity to choose a catalogue track to redo - or get them all to produce a version of a current single - instead of commissioning multiple remixers)

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#22 Post by verbow79 »

Besides Very or Please, are there any lesser known poptastic albums that Stephen is really proud of?

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#23 Post by Nightcrawler »

* From all the tracks produced by him for the boys, what was the most difficult one to finish?

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#24 Post by BlueSwan »

Would you agree that "Please" is the greatest pop album in history (or at least the best debut album)?
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#25 Post by TwizzleUK »

The twelve inch versions of West End Girls include an extra verse that's not on the album version. Is there an unreleased 'full length' album version somewhere that does include it?

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#26 Post by No Muscle Mary »

Favourite track that he produced for PSB?

What artist was his favourite to work with overall?
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#27 Post by Dog »

Thanks everyone - some great questions.

I will collate these at some point over the weekend so this is a final call if you haven't had chance to post yet and would like to.
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#28 Post by JSDOUVRES »

Stephen Hague is possibly the person that had the biggest influence in making the Pet Shop Boys what they are today in my opinion.

Without the new remix of West End Girls that was a worldwide hit that he produced they quite possibly or most probably would not be around today for a number of reasons. So my question would be along he lines of: Do you consider or are you aware that your mix of West End Girls is quite possibly the reason the Pet Shop Boys became the force they are? And is it something you are proud of and consider one of your best achievements?

Make no doubts about it, after the original release of Opportunities was a failure I have read many times that they felt another failure would have led to them being dropped by EMI and I see no reason why this would not have been the case. West End Girls can be considered the reason the Pet Shop Boys exist today, certainly in the form they do anyway as I have no doubt they would have continued to make music and to try and make it somehow. And they may have done it too, something we will never know!!

The whole of Please is a wonderful album and brilliantly produced, all in all probably my favourite PSB album alongside Actually and Behaviour.

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#29 Post by jules »

Did chrissie hynde ever told you that she wasn't keen on the work you made with pet shop boys ?

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#30 Post by le petit corbusier »

jules wrote:Did chrissie hynde ever told you that she wasn't keen on the work you made with pet shop boys ?
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