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#1 Post by Dog » Fri 08 Feb 2019, 8:04 pm

satire

the use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

I wanted to compile a playlist of Pet Shop Boys satirical songs, to put the new EP into the context of the catalogue. I’d be interested to know if you think I’ve missed any, or included any which don’t qualify.

https://open.spotify.com/user/117362136 ... zSwmQ6h3MA

Give stupidity a chance
On social media
What are we going to do about the rich?
Opportunities (let’s make lots of money)
How can you expect to be taken seriously?
Where the streets have no name (I can’t take my eyes off you)
Yesterday, when I was mad
Shameless
Single-bilingual
Delusions of grandeur
Call me old-fashioned
Positive role model
The night I fell in love
Flamboyant
Integral
Your early stuff
Ego music
Hell
Love is a bourgeois construct
Groovy
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#3 Post by rashomon » Fri 08 Feb 2019, 9:29 pm

I'm with stupid
you could say conventional ... and I could claim intentional

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#4 Post by spacewalker » Fri 08 Feb 2019, 10:11 pm

The former enfant terrible?
Fluorescent?

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#5 Post by SynthMan Wales » Sat 09 Feb 2019, 8:20 am

Get It Online needs to be on there.

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#6 Post by SynthMan Wales » Sat 09 Feb 2019, 8:21 am

Shopping needs to be added to.

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#7 Post by SynthMan Wales » Sat 09 Feb 2019, 8:22 am

As does Rent - more a social critique than a love song IMHO.

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#8 Post by SynthMan Wales » Sat 09 Feb 2019, 8:25 am

Building A Wall.

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#9 Post by Dog » Sat 09 Feb 2019, 8:45 am

Thanks everyone.

I’m with stupid was an obvious oversight which I’ve now added - thank you.

I think The former enfant terrible probably also qualifies, although there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of humour in the song!

Fluorescent I am less sure about - some of the lyrics in the reworked version maybe?

Get it online could be read as a straightforward celebration rather than anything satirical but again I am open.

Is Shopping satirical? It’s certainly political but does it use humour, irony, exaggeration or ridicule? It may well qualify but views appreciated.

Rent I feel is pretty genuine and while definitely social commentary my interpretation is not a satirical one.

All views appreciated, thank you.

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#10 Post by Dog » Sat 09 Feb 2019, 8:47 am

Building a wall could contain satirical elements but I’m not immediately sure what is being lampooned. A certain notion of Englishness? Thoughts appreciated.
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#11 Post by Dog » Sat 09 Feb 2019, 9:02 am

The dictator decides?
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#12 Post by leesmapman » Sat 09 Feb 2019, 9:47 am

I Get Along?

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#13 Post by Dog » Sat 09 Feb 2019, 10:05 am

leesmapman wrote:
Sat 09 Feb 2019, 9:47 am
I Get Along?
Hmmm... It's tricky this, isn't it?
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#14 Post by BoyStrange » Sat 09 Feb 2019, 1:12 pm

In what way is "Where the streets have no name (I can't take my eyes off you)" satirical?

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#15 Post by Dog » Sat 09 Feb 2019, 1:24 pm

BoyStrange wrote:In what way is "Where the streets have no name (I can't take my eyes off you)" satirical?
Geowayne has a great explanation:

It’s certain, however, that they had something much more in mind. In fact, this track is one of the most insidious deconstructions of rock mythology that you're likely to find anywhere. It completely takes the wind out of U2's sails, essentially revealing the original to be precisely the dance track that it is but tries hard not to be. This is underscored in the video and during their "Performance" tour through the use of imagery from the American West, albeit with fey twists. "In our live concert," Neil has stated, "'Streets' was meant to be totally the opposite of anything U2 would ever be—all these dancers and me in a pink satin suit." Turning it into a medley with such an innocuous love song further subverts the song's lyrical mythos, even trivializing it. A musical non sequitur, it can only be explained as outrageous satire, implicitly suggesting that there's little if any substantive difference between the two songs.
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