Bright young things (studio version — Numb B-side, not the demo) uses it. But that's not applause so is a separate topic.
For general discussion of Pet Shop Boys topics.
Agree that the effect fits very well on Music for boys. Agree that it doesn't necessarily do so on What keeps mankind alive?, That's my impression and Groovy — they could live without it. Agree that the applause on The competition and The winner is integral part of the ballet narrative. So it is on The dictator decides — where it is not even the euphoric cheering of excited crowd but rather dominated/coerced cheering, part of the protocol which, if not followed, may make some of the crowd hear firm voice of gun point.
Plus the single release was timed with their first tour in 1989 (the programme shared the cover art photos, if I recall). I always assumed the crowd noise in the single mix was a slight nod to the upcoming tour.
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