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by Propertius
Thu 20 May 2021, 6:25 am
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: The mass-media trilogy
Replies: 5
Views: 896

Re: The mass-media trilogy

They’d first thought about touring in 1986 with a “scratch video” multimedia component. They decided against it. (From the sound of it, it might have been like U2’s ZooTV some five or six years later.) I agree with those who see MCMLXXXIX as a precursor to Performance. The point of Discovery was sim...
by Propertius
Wed 12 May 2021, 8:16 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: The PSB vault
Replies: 23
Views: 2001

Re: The PSB vault

There's scads and scads of stuff, as back issues of Literally have informed us. And as the Further Listenings have shown, there are recordings that aren't even known from the recording diaries in Literally. The fates of "You've Got to Start Somewhere" and "In the Club or in the Queue&...
by Propertius
Tue 27 Apr 2021, 6:48 am
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: Do you think a producer like Mark Ronson could work for PSB?
Replies: 26
Views: 3116

Re: Do you think a producer like Mark Ronson could work for PSB?

I’d like them to work with Johnny Jewel. Not only is he great as a kind of neo-Italo-disco producer, but his habit of making a lot of alternate mixes and remixes would generate plenty of material for singles.
by Propertius
Thu 04 Feb 2021, 10:10 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: DREAMWORLD Greatest Hits Tour RESCHEDULED until 2022
Replies: 155
Views: 26212

Re: DREAMWORLD Greatest Hits Tour RESCHEDULED until 2022

I can’t see any logic behind another greatest hits. Who would buy it? Nobody under 35 buys CD. And anyone over 35 who is just a casual listener to PSB already has Discography, Popart, or Ultimate. Die-hard older fans are the only CD market for the Boys today, and those fans—we fans—would be better s...
by Propertius
Fri 25 Sep 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: Single versions
Replies: 36
Views: 5707

Re: Single versions

Regarding “Heart” and how attentive the Boys are to their albums, I think they’ve said they liked the lucky accident of the “abrupt,” partially erased intro to the album version of “Heart.” They obviously had conflicted feelings about the song as a whole, though, as it underwent a radical reworking ...
by Propertius
Fri 25 Sep 2020, 8:50 am
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: Single versions
Replies: 36
Views: 5707

Re: Single versions

I’ll break with just about everyone else and rather than nominate a remixed single, I’ll suggest the 7” edit of “Before” as better than the album version, and I think the Boys made the right call with the “Minimal” edit as a single, even tho I prefer the album version personally. What makes these ed...
by Propertius
Wed 16 Sep 2020, 5:23 am
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: Did the PSB website change?
Replies: 19
Views: 4087

Re: Did the PSB website change?

When the Boys left Parlophone in 2013 the music business was moribund. Nobody wanted to invest even in the big companies. Now there’s a Vogue for music investments because streaming has matured enough that it seems clear what the revenue flows will look like over the long term, and even though music...
by Propertius
Fri 11 Sep 2020, 5:06 am
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: Did the PSB website change?
Replies: 19
Views: 4087

Re: Did the PSB website change?

My guess is this is actually quite big—maybe they sold their music catalogue to Warner’s. Former PSB manager Merck Mercuriadis has a company that buys up catalogues and recently acquired Blondie’s, https://variety.com/2020/music/news/blondie-song-catalog-hipgnosis-1234725924/ . Several long-establis...
by Propertius
Thu 30 Apr 2020, 4:41 am
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: 4th single off Hotspot - I Don't Wanna
Replies: 200
Views: 50911

Re: 4th single off Hotspot - I Don't Wanna

I'm baffled by the radio edit. Would it really be any less likely to be played on radio at 4 minutes long, compared to the chopped version? The edit makes an abrupt switch from the truncated intro into the beat--it sounds amateurish. The "Monkey Business" and "Burning the Heather"...
by Propertius
Wed 29 Jan 2020, 6:05 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: Wedding in Berlin: revival of interest?
Replies: 78
Views: 13199

Re: Wedding in Berlin: revival of interest?

I was thinking it should have been a b-side, but then it occurred to me that for sales reasons it made sense to include it on the album: there will be some demand for the song at weddings, and by associating the song with the album, they might sell a few more albums. It’s more helpful than it would ...
by Propertius
Tue 26 Nov 2019, 1:38 am
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: Obsessed with anything unreleased?
Replies: 68
Views: 13415

Re: Obsessed with anything unreleased?

“Love your enemy,” which has never leaked, sounded enticing from its description in Literally: “gorgeous strings” and apparently a Massive Attack vibe. I’d love for the Bobby O demos / album prototype to get a proper release. And in addition to the Bobby O demo of “In the club or in the queue,” ther...
by Propertius
Wed 30 Oct 2019, 4:32 am
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: That “So Hard” sample...
Replies: 11
Views: 2697

That “So Hard” sample...

I never realized that the opening “It’s” sample of “So Hard” isn’t an “It’s” at all—it’s “kiss” and comes from a rather famous bit of a not-so-famous ABC song, the “Kiss my snatch” line in “A to Z,” https://www.whosampled.com/sample/251763/Pet-Shop-Boys-So-Hard-ABC-A-to-Z/ I must be the last to figu...
by Propertius
Sat 09 Mar 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: Original track listing for “Disco One” from EMI America
Replies: 19
Views: 6052

Re: Original track listing for “Disco One” from EMI America

It looks fake, but the seller also has a 1986 promo sheet for a Skinny Puppy release on EMI America sister label Capitol Records. That release has a staple hole the same place as the PSB release. So... could be real. It’s an odd thing to fake. The typos and grammatical errors in the release, as well...
by Propertius
Sat 26 Jan 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: How many records do you guess PSB has sold in their career?
Replies: 14
Views: 3163

Re: How many records do you guess PSB has sold in their career?

Thanks for posting the RIAA link, Nickname. It suggests that all their best-selling albums together sold 3-5 million total in the US. The UK and German markets are smaller, but have been friendlier to PSB—might they each have contributed a similar or greater number? And perhaps the rest of the world...