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#61 Post by sterlinglush » Thu 02 Aug 2018, 4:01 am

I wouldn't normally do this kind of thing, since the Boys are one of my favorite bands, but some of their songs really have been cringe-inducing. My bottom 5:

"Metamorphosis"
"Groovy"
"Bolshy"
"Winner"
"Give it a go"

I've never understood the hate for "In Private," unless it's the fact that Neil's voice sounds thin next to Elton John's. I'm a little tired of "Go West" and "New York City Boy" just because they've been overplayed. At the same time, it's a triumph for a band to have had iconic songs like these, and PSB have had quite a few. If I had to choose the ones I dislike the most, it's a tie between "Metamorphosis" and "Bolshy." The former annoys me because as sophisticated as the lyrics usually are, this song dumbs down the story of coming out to the point where it is embarrassing. "Bolshy" is just... annoying. So is "Groovy," but slightly less so. I don't like "Winner" because it is crass. It sounds as if it was written with the intention of being a hit, but it's a dirge. The only way it redeems itself is if sung in praise of a blood-soaked Pyrrhic victory. "Give it a go" just sounds like a mediocre B-side after all ideas had left the room.

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Re: the most embarassing PSb song is...

#62 Post by Andie » Thu 02 Aug 2018, 10:17 am

1. Winner
2. Give it a go
3. Hold on
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#63 Post by Marie loves PSB » Thu 02 Aug 2018, 3:02 pm

alig wrote:
Tue 31 Jul 2018, 7:51 pm
Now we just need to count each song and how many times it was mentioned as the most embarrassing. Then the boys could release a lowest 10 compilation: Pet Shop Boys, embarassingly. :)
Just in time for Christmas! :mrgreen:

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#64 Post by ArtHist » Thu 02 Aug 2018, 4:21 pm

Marie loves PSB wrote:
Thu 02 Aug 2018, 3:02 pm
alig wrote:
Tue 31 Jul 2018, 7:51 pm
Now we just need to count each song and how many times it was mentioned as the most embarrassing. Then the boys could release a lowest 10 compilation: Pet Shop Boys, embarassingly. :)
Just in time for Christmas! :mrgreen:
Followed next Christmas by the 'Further Listening' version of the album :D

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#65 Post by alig » Thu 02 Aug 2018, 8:08 pm

No change at the top.....feels like the Eurovision song contest...

Winner 15
New York city boy 9
Hold on 7
Night I fell in love 7
Go West 6
Happiness 6
Give it a go 5
If love were all 4
Groovy 4
Pazzo 3
Burn 2
Ab Fab 2
Metamorphosis 3
Atom splitting 2
The only one 2
Love is a bourgeois construct 2
Bolshy 2
Footsteps 2
We all feel better in the dark 1
In Private 1
Nightlife 1
Boy Strange 1
Twenty Something 1
Ego Music 1
I wouldnt normally do 1
Everything means something 1
What keeps mankind alive 1
Shameless 1
Friendly fire 1
In denial 1
Pop Kids 1
Losing my mind 1
The ony one 1
I started a joke 1
Electricity 1
Euroboy 1
Shouting in the evening 1
Was it worth it? 1
Je t'aime non plus 1
Try it 1
Saturday Night Forever
"John 3:16."

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#66 Post by ArtHist » Thu 02 Aug 2018, 9:17 pm

'The Night I Fell in Love' moves up two places! Sweet. Let's get this stinker to the top spot folks! And thanks for the tally Alig.

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#67 Post by York Minster » Fri 03 Aug 2018, 7:29 am

New question: Would you go to a PSB concert if it was the top 20 embarrassing songs as listed above?
And tryin' to figure out what happened to 'Germaine Propaine'
"He couldn't have fell off that hard" Ain't no way
"What happened to the way you was rappin' when you was scandalous
That Canibus turned into a television evangelist"
Plus he raps with his regular voice [BOOSH! BOOSH!]
[BOOSH! BOOSH!] (What was that?) Pet Shop Boys

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#68 Post by ArtHist » Fri 03 Aug 2018, 8:56 am

York Minster wrote:
Fri 03 Aug 2018, 7:29 am
New question: Would you go to a PSB concert if it was the top 20 embarrassing songs as listed above?
Only if they allowed the fans up on stage during the encore to sing "What Have We Done to Deserve This".

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#69 Post by ScruffyStorms » Fri 03 Aug 2018, 9:08 am

I love plenty of those songs, so yes, definitely!
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#70 Post by Marie loves PSB » Fri 03 Aug 2018, 12:06 pm

ArtHist wrote:
Thu 02 Aug 2018, 4:21 pm
Marie loves PSB wrote:
Thu 02 Aug 2018, 3:02 pm
alig wrote:
Tue 31 Jul 2018, 7:51 pm
Now we just need to count each song and how many times it was mentioned as the most embarrassing. Then the boys could release a lowest 10 compilation: Pet Shop Boys, embarassingly. :)
Just in time for Christmas! :mrgreen:
Followed next Christmas by the 'Further Listening' version of the album :D
Followed by the next, next Christmas - "The Total remix, remixed version Limited Edition". :mrgreen: Sorry, hard to resist. :roll:

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#71 Post by Remark » Fri 03 Aug 2018, 2:01 pm

This has been an entertaining thread to read for sure. The only PSB track I think I can say I actually detest and find terribly embarrassing is "What Keeps Mankind Alive"...Neil's voice in particular sounds awful.

I do agree that New York city boy is definitely super embarrassing...I remember in 1999 after the excitement (and darkness) of Nightlife that New York city boy just ruined the experience. But, I still actually found the song fun and upbeat and VERY catchy. So I'd sing it and listen to it privately but hope that non-fans never would hear the song! Speaking of Nightlife, "The Only One" is ok except the end where Neil whines (I wanna be I wanna I wanna be...). Oh and Footsteps isn't so much embarrassing to me as weak.

Also the first time I heard Saturday Night Forever I thought that was a throwaway embarrassing closer to the album as well.

Surprisingly, and unlike most fans, I actually LOVE Hold On and enjoy Winner. There's something about Hold On that grips me emotionally every time, and I find the words so relevant and endearing and hopeful especially during these trying times and global uncertainty! Ah well. I can get why people find those songs embarrassing for sure though.

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#72 Post by matt74uk » Fri 03 Aug 2018, 6:23 pm

Well since it's meant to be embarrassing (as in stuck in traffic with the windows down on the high street and would make me press the skip button) rather than ones I don't like:

Ego Music
Je t'aime non plus
Night I fell in love

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#73 Post by alig » Fri 03 Aug 2018, 9:25 pm

The unholy trinity: Winner, New York city boy and the Night I Fell in Love....Neil and Chris, do you hear us?

Winner 15
New York city boy 9
The Night I fell in love 8
Hold on 7
Go West 6
Happiness 6
Give it a go 5
If love were all 4
Groovy 4
Pazzo 3
Burn 2
Ab Fab 2
Metamorphosis 3
Atom splitting 2
The only one 2
Love is a bourgeois construct 2
Bolshy 2
Footsteps 2
Ego Music 2
What keeps mankind alive 2
Je t'aime non plus 2
Saturday Night Forever 2
We all feel better in the dark 1
In Private 1
Nightlife 1
Boy Strange 1
Twenty Something 1
I wouldnt normally do 1
Everything means something 1
Shameless 1
Friendly fire 1
In denial 1
Pop Kids 1
Losing my mind 1
The ony one 1
I started a joke 1
Electricity 1
Euroboy 1
Shouting in the evening 1
Was it worth it? 1
Try it 1
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#74 Post by alig » Fri 03 Aug 2018, 9:27 pm

matt74uk wrote:
Fri 03 Aug 2018, 6:23 pm
Well since it's meant to be embarrassing (as in stuck in traffic with the windows down on the high street and would make me press the skip button) rather than ones I don't like:

Ego Music
Je t'aime non plus
Night I fell in love
Imagine driving a convertible and playing Je t' aime out loud on a busy street. :mrgreen: A man could get arrested. A song about sex with a robot. They were ahead of the times once again.
Interestingly, here's a youtube comment on Je t'aime:"This version is great, I've played it in so many sets and people always wanna know what it is."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D55bzeceZ4A

I'm throwing in another potential stinker: Bet she's not your girlfriend....
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#75 Post by alig » Fri 03 Aug 2018, 9:31 pm

York Minster wrote:
Fri 03 Aug 2018, 7:29 am
New question: Would you go to a PSB concert if it was the top 20 embarrassing songs as listed above?
Definitely. Because most songs on this list I don't find embarrassing. :D
"John 3:16."

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