Bring back the long drawn synth sounds of West End Girls

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#31 Post by Glenny4 »

I'm hoping for something that sounds on the lines of If Looks Could Kill with the Trevor Horn Epic production with witty and intelligent lyrics.

And more away from relationship issues :P the boys should be getting past thinking about things like that now :lol:

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#32 Post by Janet Street-Porter »

Glenny4 wrote:And more away from relationship issues :P the boys should be getting past thinking about things like that now :lol:
Haven't you heard of Viagra?

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#33 Post by madhatter88 »

I can't believe that this conversation is had so frequently. Listen - it doesn't matter what singles was/are released - as of circa 1996 PSB in the UK were finished commercially. The reasons for this have been discussed ad-nauseum but the fact is the great british record buying public moved on. PSB had an amazingly successful run of commercial and chart success but it had to come to an end sometime.

Considering the length of time since their last big single/album, we should be grateful for the publicity and critical acclaim that they do receive- I mean just how many TV/radio appearances did they do around PopArt and that still only sold 155,000 copies.

Besides, I just don't think N&C are really that bothered anymore -they keep releasing stuff cos that's what they have done for 20 years- if they stopped now they wouldn't know what to do with themselves.

My only wish is that they would concentrate as much effort and time on the songwriting process as they do on becoming showbiz luvvies and the side projects. They still have the ability in them to write fantastic pop records- their record backs this up- but the question is- do they really want to anymore?

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#34 Post by jamie1978 »

I can't believe that this conversation is had so frequently. Listen - it doesn't matter what singles was/are released - as of circa 1996 PSB in the UK were finished commercially. The reasons for this have been discussed ad-nauseum but the fact is the great british record buying public moved on. PSB had an amazingly successful run of commercial and chart success but it had to come to an end sometime.
Er, no. A large number of other acts are still commercially successful and have been around as long, or longer, than the Pet Shop Boys. The reason their commercial success came to an end is because they released shit singles and below average albums. It wasnt a 'course of time' natural event which was 'bound' to happen - they made it happen, it was a direct consequence of their actions.
Considering the length of time since their last big single/album, we should be grateful for the publicity and critical acclaim that they do receive- I mean just how many TV/radio appearances did they do around PopArt and that still only sold 155,000 copies.
Yes, in the UK. A figure many acts would kill for. But don't be so naive, Nightlife sold, what, 60,000 in the UK? And yet, it sold 1,200,000 globally. The Pet Shop Boys major markets lie outside the United Kindgom. They sell 90% of their albums outside of this country, and always have done. The UK is imporant to them because it is a market they personally identify with, but EMI care about total units, and on that front they certainly can still deliver.
Besides, I just don't think N&C are really that bothered anymore -they keep releasing stuff cos that's what they have done for 20 years- if they stopped now they wouldn't know what to do with themselves.
Another completely unsubstantiated claim. I criticise the Pet Shop Boys as much as anyone on this forum, but you can never claim they are not passionate about what they do, because they clearly are. And they are wealthy enough to give up should they want to.
My only wish is that they would concentrate as much effort and time on the songwriting process as they do on becoming showbiz luvvies and the side projects. They still have the ability in them to write fantastic pop records- their record backs this up- but the question is- do they really want to anymore?

I think they want to write great songs and enjoy commercial success, who wouldn't? But they just keep shooting themselves in the foot by pressing the 'self-indulgence' button.

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#35 Post by glennjridge »

Glenny4 wrote:I'm hoping for something that sounds on the lines of If Looks Could Kill with the Trevor Horn Epic production with witty and intelligent lyrics.

And more away from relationship issues :P the boys should be getting past thinking about things like that now :lol:
oh yeah I LOVE the arrangement and sounds of if looks could kill. talk about spacey.

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Bring back the long drawn synth sounds of West End Girls...

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