Left to my own Devices vs Being Boring

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Left to my own Devices
31
61%
Being Boring
20
39%
 
Total votes: 51

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Left to my own Devices vs Being Boring

#1 Post by Nickname »

Both are arguably the best PSB tracks of all time, at least both have some remarkable achivements. Being Boring has the most touching lyrics ever listened on a PSB song and a more mature perspective. Left to my own Devices has one of the most powerful and complex song they have ever created, a mixture of several styles (rap, dance, pop, orchestral) in a song of more than 8 minutes long.

In my opinion, it's a battle between lyrics vs music. I think it's not so relevant the music sound of Being Boring if you compare it with Left to my own Devices but the big point of Being Boring is the lyrics.

Anyway, choose the best.
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#2 Post by Marie loves PSB »

I'm unable to vote this time - they are both great tracks! :D Too difficult to decide!

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#3 Post by tottenhammattspurs »

Why?
is is and isnt isnt

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#4 Post by Future Lover »

tottenhammattspurs wrote: Tue 21 Jul 2020, 2:42 pm Why?
Indeed

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#5 Post by Pod »

Has to be Being Boring but only by the margin of a gnat’s erection. Both are classics.
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#7 Post by Detorim-boy »

I like listening to the extended mix of Being Boring more than any version of Left To My Own Devices....

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#8 Post by leesmapman »

Easy. Left to my own devices. One of their best songs ever imho. I'm not a big fan of Being boring, although I can see why people love this song.

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#9 Post by retrofuturist »

Both are in my top 5. Hard to vote, seeing two such great, yet radically different tracks juxtaposed against each other.

I guess that's the point of the poll!

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#10 Post by Gabby »

Hmm this is a tricky one.

Devices for me but it's a photo finish. I just think overall it's got the lot. BB is sprawling and sentimental, lush and awesome but it lacks the quirkiness of Devices. Not that it needs it, but I think that's what makes Devices my pick overall and what sets it apart. You can party to Devices, but you ain't at a party with BB.

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#11 Post by rashomon »

Sorry but won't vote on this - unable to in fact.

Can't compare these - love them both.
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#13 Post by Synthrobot »

Wow Devices is beating Boring at the moment, so much for the mythical fanbase's favourite PSB record.

I'm Boring.

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#14 Post by Waffleon »

I wrote a whole post and it disappeared. Something to the effect that I had a sudden realization the other day that Devices probably was their best song. It has everything and you don't get tired of it. I was so taken with this thought I was going to post, but you beat me to it. I am still Boring mind you, because it is simply beautiful. So Hard is another one that I like more than I thought I did. I find it super-nostalgic for no particular reason that I understand.

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#15 Post by D.J. »

Waffleon wrote: Wed 22 Jul 2020, 11:31 pm I wrote a whole post and it disappeared. Something to the effect that I had a sudden realization the other day that Devices probably was their best song. It has everything and you don't get tired of it. I was so taken with this thought I was going to post, but you beat me to it. I am still Boring mind you, because it is simply beautiful. So Hard is another one that I like more than I thought I did. I find it super-nostalgic for no particular reason that I understand.
Funny, just a week or two ago as I was playing Introspective for a millionth time, I came to the same realization about Devices!😁 It is probably “the most Pet Shop Boys song”. It has everything. And in the album version of the song, the part that starts at 5:34 and goes to the end is so warm, optimistic it has this healing power to it. But still, I pick Being Boring over Devices.😎

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