The most New Order-esque PSB tracks?

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The most New Order-esque PSB tracks?

#1 Post by retrofuturist » Thu 06 Feb 2020, 2:55 am

Greetings,

Following the success of a recent Pet Shop Boys tribute night I organized, the venue have invited us back... this time for a New Order Tribute night to co-incide with their upcoming Australian tour.

Just as we slipped a few New Order and Electronic tracks into the playlist of the Pet Shop Boys night, we're going to do likewise and squeeze some Pet Shop Boys into the playlist. To that end, I've been giving some thought to the most New Order-esque Pet Shop Boys tracks, and I'm keen to get some additional suggestions from Petheads!

Thoughts I've got so far are...

In The Night (Arthur Baker remix) - Dark and brooding, and oft to go off on percussive tangents... plus of course the Arthur Baker connection.

Always On My Mind (Phil Harding remix) - Roughed up around the edges a bit, but still full of bombast, and more percussive tangents.

Too Many People - Someone (maybe even PSB themselves) said this was reminiscent of Republic-era New Order and I'm inclined to agree.

Minimal - Mainly for the Peter Hook-esque bass guitar, and the rather abstract lyrics.

Any additional ideas?

Thanks! :up:

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#2 Post by Danimal » Thu 06 Feb 2020, 3:20 am

Not really a PSB track, but Chris provided vocals for a cover of New Order's "Sub-Culture."

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#3 Post by Luke Colorado » Thu 06 Feb 2020, 4:42 am

Good topic...

I Get Along might fit on any of the 21st century NO albums.

Was That What It Was? would fit on Technique.
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#4 Post by sterlinglush » Thu 06 Feb 2020, 4:53 am

I've always thought "Miserablism" was very New Orderly. "Integral" too, kind of.
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#5 Post by TallThinMan » Thu 06 Feb 2020, 9:29 pm

Not New Order, but my first impression from hearing “Happy People” was that it could be from Electronic’s “Raise the Pressure” album. Very easy to imagine Bernard singing it.


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#7 Post by CroMagnon » Thu 06 Feb 2020, 11:29 pm

I don’t actually think there are that many, which is slightly weird given the overlap in the fanbases.

I think there are more New Order songs that sound PSB than vice versa, especially on Republic. The Stephen Hague connection I suppose.

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#8 Post by Dog » Thu 06 Feb 2020, 11:31 pm

You could mix Young Offender into Young offender.
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#9 Post by Patrick Bateman » Thu 06 Feb 2020, 11:43 pm

CroMagnon wrote:
Thu 06 Feb 2020, 11:29 pm
I don’t actually think there are that many, which is slightly weird given the overlap in the fanbases.

I think there are more New Order songs that sound PSB than vice versa, especially on Republic. The Stephen Hague connection I suppose.
I was reading Peter Hook's book a few months ago and was amused to see how much he loathed Republic. I've always loved it but then as a Pethead I would - you're right that it's the most Pet Shop Boys New Order ever got.

Apart from the tracks already named here, I'd add Up Against It and Too Many People, though they're more Regret-era New Order too so arguably part-Electronic/part-Pet Shop Boys anyway! :lol:

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#10 Post by Spittingcat » Thu 06 Feb 2020, 11:46 pm

Too Many People is a good call actually.

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#11 Post by CroMagnon » Thu 06 Feb 2020, 11:51 pm

Patrick Bateman wrote:
CroMagnon wrote:
Thu 06 Feb 2020, 11:29 pm
I don’t actually think there are that many, which is slightly weird given the overlap in the fanbases.

I think there are more New Order songs that sound PSB than vice versa, especially on Republic. The Stephen Hague connection I suppose.
I was reading Peter Hook's book a few months ago and was amused to see how much he loathed Republic. I've always loved it but then as a Pethead I would - you're right that it's the most Pet Shop Boys New Order ever got.

Apart from the tracks already named here, I'd add Up Against It and Too Many People, though they're more Regret-era New Order too so arguably part-Electronic/part-Pet Shop Boys anyway! :lol:
Up Against It is a good call.

Haven’t read the Peter Hook book, but wasn’t Republic essentially a Barney solo writing effort as the band fell apart?

I love It too though.


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#12 Post by Patrick Bateman » Fri 07 Feb 2020, 12:01 am

CroMagnon wrote:
Thu 06 Feb 2020, 11:51 pm
Up Against It is a good call.

Haven’t read the Peter Hook book, but wasn’t Republic essentially a Barney solo writing effort as the band fell apart?

I love It too though.
From what he says in the book, he becomes more and more excluded by Barney in the writing - and even the recording - of albums as time goes on. Earlier on he writes about how, during the recording of Brotherhood, he and technician Andy Robinson would start every day by playing Please at full volume.

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#13 Post by Luke Colorado » Fri 07 Feb 2020, 12:04 am

What do you think the chances are they'd tour the US together? I give it a 5% chance.

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#14 Post by tottenhammattspurs » Fri 07 Feb 2020, 12:06 am

Young Offender. Jam and Spoon remix.
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#15 Post by PSBForTheMasses » Sat 08 Feb 2020, 6:00 pm

Would Patience of a Saint count?

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