The most New Order-esque PSB tracks?

For general discussion of Pet Shop Boys topics.
Message
Author
User avatar
retrofuturist
Posts: 3375
Joined: Mon 08 May 2006, 12:31 am
Contact:

The most New Order-esque PSB tracks?

#1 Post by retrofuturist »

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:

Retro. :)

User avatar
Danimal
Posts: 1243
Joined: Mon 03 Nov 2003, 12:57 am
Contact:

Re: The most New Order-esque PSB tracks?

#2 Post by Danimal »

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

User avatar
Luke Colorado
Posts: 1895
Joined: Thu 29 Dec 2005, 7:47 pm
Contact:

Re: The most New Order-esque PSB tracks?

#3 Post by Luke Colorado »

Good topic...

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

Was That What It Was? would fit on Technique.
I sincerely *love* Disco 2 and listen to it straight through regularly.

sterlinglush
Posts: 9
Joined: Mon 20 Jun 2016, 4:03 pm
Contact:

Re: The most New Order-esque PSB tracks?

#4 Post by sterlinglush »

I've always thought "Miserablism" was very New Orderly. "Integral" too, kind of.
Please do not ignore the protests in the middle of Hong Kong.

TallThinMan
Posts: 841
Joined: Sun 04 Jun 2006, 6:50 pm
Contact:

Re: The most New Order-esque PSB tracks?

#5 Post by TallThinMan »

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.


User avatar
CroMagnon
Posts: 357
Joined: Wed 15 Mar 2006, 9:42 pm
Contact:

Re: The most New Order-esque PSB tracks?

#7 Post by CroMagnon »

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.

Suggestions:

I didn’t get where I am today
The original version of West End Girls has a Confusion feel.

Plus Disappointed obviously



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Love comes quickly, but is a catastrophe and a bourgeois construct etc.

Dog
Posts: 1545
Joined: Thu 30 Oct 2003, 11:41 pm
Contact:

Re: The most New Order-esque PSB tracks?

#8 Post by Dog »

You could mix Young Offender into Young offender.
Woof.

User avatar
Patrick Bateman
Posts: 8882
Joined: Sat 12 Apr 2008, 4:35 pm
Contact:

Re: The most New Order-esque PSB tracks?

#9 Post by Patrick Bateman »

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:

User avatar
Spittingcat
Posts: 808
Joined: Thu 27 Sep 2012, 11:11 am
Contact:

Re: The most New Order-esque PSB tracks?

#10 Post by Spittingcat »

Too Many People is a good call actually.

User avatar
CroMagnon
Posts: 357
Joined: Wed 15 Mar 2006, 9:42 pm
Contact:

Re: The most New Order-esque PSB tracks?

#11 Post by CroMagnon »

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.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Love comes quickly, but is a catastrophe and a bourgeois construct etc.

User avatar
Patrick Bateman
Posts: 8882
Joined: Sat 12 Apr 2008, 4:35 pm
Contact:

Re: The most New Order-esque PSB tracks?

#12 Post by Patrick Bateman »

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.

User avatar
Luke Colorado
Posts: 1895
Joined: Thu 29 Dec 2005, 7:47 pm
Contact:

Re: The most New Order-esque PSB tracks?

#13 Post by Luke Colorado »

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

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=34638
I sincerely *love* Disco 2 and listen to it straight through regularly.

User avatar
tottenhammattspurs
Posts: 3362
Joined: Sat 04 Nov 2006, 6:17 pm
Contact:

Re: The most New Order-esque PSB tracks?

#14 Post by tottenhammattspurs »

Young Offender. Jam and Spoon remix.
is is and isnt isnt

PSBForTheMasses
Posts: 237
Joined: Fri 14 Sep 2012, 7:01 pm
Contact:

Re: The most New Order-esque PSB tracks?

#15 Post by PSBForTheMasses »

Would Patience of a Saint count?

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 7 guests