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*A Press-Release Somewhere in the Future*

#1 Post by Philby2 » Sat 10 Nov 2018, 12:17 am

*A PRESS-RELEASE SOMEWHERE IN THE FUTURE*

Pet Shop Boys / Era – The Best Of 1981-2021

To Mark the 40th anniversary of their first meeting and subsequent formation, Pet Shop Boys will release a specially curated Best Of collection on August 20th, 2021 (x2/ Parlophone), showcasing the duos impressive breadth of work and the consistent quality of their output throughout this period.

Spread across 3 double CDs, Vinyl and available to download/ stream, PSB - Era (The Best of 1981-2021) is described by Neil Tennant as “Essentially, our own favourite 100 songs”, selected from when the duo met and started writing together in 1981, up to their 14th studio album released in 2019, and also featuring current surprise hit, the infectious ‘All my wasted time’. This fun gem is a 2021 re-working of one of their earliest, previously unreleased compositions which, thanks to its nagging “Bubadubadubadum” refrain, and use in a certain hit computer game, has been happily bothering the lower reaches of the top 40 for the past few months, providing the once chart-bestriding act with their biggest hit single in some years.

Known for their prolific and varied output, how did Tennant and his partner in pop, Chris Lowe, possibly manage to decide on the century of songs selected for this impressive release?

“We went with our hearts and minds”, explained Tennant. “Seeing as this compilation, more than say ‘Discography’ (1991) or ‘PopArt’ (2003), is to mark an anniversary, a key personal milestone for us, we thought that the basic selection criteria should be the songs we feel most strongly about and we believe best show what PSB is about. And in terms of songwriting these are, in the main, songs collected from each era where we feel that we nailed it”.

With their hardcore ‘Pethead’ fans, an opinionated and vocal set of PSB Ultras, were the duo concerned about upsetting faithful followers who might be aghast at certain omissions?

“You can never please everyone”, announces Lowe, “I’m sure someone will be annoyed that ‘The Sound of the Atom Splitting’ isn’t included (guffaws) but as Neil said, this seemed like a justifiable moment to go purely with our own choices…I guess you could say ‘it’s our party & we’ll include what we want to’”.

Continuing the theme, Tennant adds, “a lot of our fans have their say on forums and social media and even in correspondence they take the time to send us, so with the ‘Era’ collection we are simply presenting the canon of songs we believe make up the best example of our very best work.

Each double CD/ Vinyl collection (should you go down the physical route, and you should) is split in to said “Eras” from the boys’ long career; subtitled ‘Era 1981-1991’, ‘Era 1993-2004’ and ‘Era 2006-2021’, they feature the duo’s choicest cuts from each period, be they singles, b-sides or album tracks. When the quality of bonus material and album highlights is as consistently superlative as those of PSB, the level, far from sagging, is in fact enhanced.

“There are some b-sides, or bonus tracks if you like, included here whilst the A-Side they supported did not make the record”, explains Tennant.

At this point, Lowe chimes in, “Once upon a time, I was quoted as saying that PSB always adhere to a strict quality control policy and I believe that, in the main, we’ve managed to stay true to that. Even if its borderline bad taste there’s some quality. But, we’re aware that there may have been one or two occasions over the years where stricture slipped. That definitely doesn’t happen on this collection of songs”.

“We subtitled the Masters ‘CDLC’”, adds Tennant, “as we feel that these songs are our ‘crème de la crème’”.

“We’re very pleased with ourselves” asserts Lowe, before pissing himself laughing.

So, is the impending ERA Collection really ALL the PSB you’ll ever need? 100 songs might sound like a lot, but from so many more across their plentiful product, from a recording career mixing pop with classical, soundtrack, ballet, collaboration, and of course so frequently with the pulse of electronic dance, are they in danger of selling their stellar catalogue short by emphasizing the songs collected here?

“I would be very happy if this collection was all that people ever heard of PSB”, responds Lowe, after some consideration and sounding genuinely inclined to the idea. “That would be great actually...It is a hundred songs!"

Neil & Chris have assured us that there will be an accompanying commentary and text with the ‘Era’ Collection release, with comments on each of the 100 songs.

“Just to add depth and background”, pans Neil.

“Not because we want to justify anything”, adds Chris, with only a slight hint of that mischievous grin.

So, what are the 100 songs chosen by Neil and Chris from their 40 years as the UK’s most successful duo?

We’ll have to wait just a short while longer to see their track-listings of choice from each Era, but what we can divulge here and now is…

40 Years - 100 Songs, composed of:
40 Singles, 20 B-sides, 40 Album tracks (non-singles)


Pet Shop Boys – Era (The Best of 1981-2021) is released (UK) August 20th through Kobalt on x2 records in conjunction with Parlophone
*All or most of this is pure fiction*
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#2 Post by daveid » Sat 10 Nov 2018, 10:52 am

It really is a great collection and helps get me through the nightmare of post Brexit social breakdown and the new America-UK trade agreement (or USUK). Particularly like the single from third Price album "Hifalutin" called "I'm warning you things are going to get rather depressing" and the new single "I did try to warn you things would get rather depressing".

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#3 Post by Pod » Sat 10 Nov 2018, 10:58 am

Yeah better start stockpiling food - it’s back to the stone age next March! :roll:

Love that press release, reads well!
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#4 Post by Philby2 » Thu 15 Nov 2018, 1:21 am

*1 WORD TEASER ADDED*

Recently, we announced that Pet Shop Boys will mark the 40th anniversary of their coming together with the release of a special Best Of collection, ‘Era (The Best of 1981-2021)’.

*As revealed by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe*, the 100 songs selected from across 3 periods – Eras - of their enduring career (1981-1991/ 1993-2004/ 2006-2021) represent the duos own personal favourites’; chosen for quality of songwriting and for their significance and meaning within the world of Pet Shop Boys and, in some cases, more personally.

Keen to keep us guessing - “if anyone cares”, lol’d Lowe at the time – the track-listing remains under wraps, but we did learn the following high-grade intel:

40 years – 100 Songs, presented in physical form across 3 double CDs/ Vinyl, each covering an aforementioned-era, and composed of 40 Singles, 20 B-sides, and 40 Album tracks that were never released as singles.

Give us a clue!

In anticipation of the reveal, and after our digging turned to imploring, before shameless ugly bribery became begging, Neil and Chris generously agreed to undertake the “One Word Teaser” challenge!

If they won’t yet share their chosen titles, how about they submit track-listings based on the one word that they most instantly associate with each song? A challenge for them and a challenge for us too. What fun!

Thankfully, it appealed, though Neil was keen to point out that there could be no uniform method of response to each song, that some associations may relate to subject matter, some to theme, others most strongly the music, atmosphere, images, associations, opinion.

“Lots of various things”, the singer/ songwriter clarified, “In other words, whilst there are a few giveaways, others might be a bit cryptic and not particularly meaningful to anyone else”.

Always loved a cryptic cross-word!

We start at the beginning, which for Neil and Chris was August 19th, 1981 (Era will be released August 20th, 2021).

Today, we have one word that the creators most associate with each track (listed here in a vaguely chronological running order, which should help) from the first collection:

‘Era 1981-1991’…God speed* (not part of the title*)

Hello
Neo
Dissidents
Flop
Raw
Dogs
List
Single?
Fantasy
Resurrected
Controversial
Dusty
Hopeful
Kept
Cinematic
Nightmare
Complaining
Arrival
Madonna
NYC
Combined
Strings
Dependence
Jealousy
Dogs
Sterling
One
Twang
Platonic
Truth
Shostakovich
Throbbing
Analog
Revisited

Can you work out the songs from the 1 word associations above?
Remember: the writing, recording, release period here is 1981-1991, singles, b-sides and album tracks.

And the 34 songs chosen from this era are the best ones, *as chosen by Neil and Chris*.
*This is the second instalment imagining a potential future release*

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#5 Post by DJ Pat » Fri 16 Nov 2018, 6:25 am

"The Living Daylights" by Pet Shop Boys was adapted from a demo theme for The Living Daylights, later reworked as "This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave". It appears on their 1990 album Behaviour.

Saw this on the wiki Bond page about rejected songs.

Wonder what this sounded like
Live synth pop tracks you might have forgotten about.
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#6 Post by daveid » Fri 16 Nov 2018, 10:01 am

DJ Pat wrote:
Fri 16 Nov 2018, 6:25 am
"The Living Daylights" by Pet Shop Boys was adapted from a demo theme for The Living Daylights, later reworked as "This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave". It appears on their 1990 album Behaviour.

Saw this on the wiki Bond page about rejected songs.

Wonder what this sounded like
It's on youtube

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#7 Post by dynamobjornen » Fri 16 Nov 2018, 4:32 pm

Edit
"Sometimes someone gets upset doesn't hear the laughter takes it as a threat".

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#8 Post by billjermaine » Sat 17 Nov 2018, 2:12 am

Haha some people really need to let go of Bubadubadubadum.

Let’s hope this becomes the Spotify playlist it should be in accompaniment to an actual album of new tracks. Enough with the navel gazing.

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#9 Post by alig » Sat 17 Nov 2018, 9:16 pm

Yet another best of? Um......nah...
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*Track-Listing Announced* - *A Press-Release Somewhere in the Future*

#10 Post by Philby2 » Sun 25 Nov 2018, 1:39 am

Track-Listing Announced

We can now reveal the 100 songs, from across a 40-year career, personally chosen by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe for -

‘Pet Shop Boys – Era (The Best of 1981-2021)’

Described by Tennant as “Essentially, our own favourite 100 songs”, and by Lowe as “It’s our party & we’ll include what we want to”, ‘Era’ is released August 20th, 2021 (x2/ Parlophone), showcasing both the enduring brilliance of Pet Shop Boys and their status as one of the UK’s premium protagonists in pop.

Tennant: “We thought that the basic selection criteria should be the songs we feel most strongly about and we believe best show what PSB is about. And in terms of songwriting these are, in the main, songs collected from each era where we feel that we nailed it”.

‘Era’ will be available to download, stream and released on CD and Vinyl.

Split between three career periods, 1981-1991, 1993-2004 and 2006-2021, ‘Era’ can be streamed and downloaded but is perhaps best enjoyed in physical form, with each period collected on its own double CD/ Vinyl, making for a full and handsome six CD/ Vinyl package.

Chris Lowe has stated that he would be quite happy if these 100 songs were all that anybody heard of Pet Shop Boys. We’re not sure that we agree, but what we do know is that there can’t be many pop acts who can present a century of their songs across such a long time-period, with no dip in quality, and still leave room to spark debate over the gems not included.

So, here they are…Pet Shop Boys very own 100 songs from the past 40 years. Enjoy.

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Era: 1981-1991
West End girls
Opportunities
In the night
Love comes quickly
That’s my impression
Suburbia (Single remix)
Paninaro
Later tonight
Why don’t we live together?
One more chance
It’s a sin
What have I done to deserve this?
A new life
Rent
It couldn’t happen here
I want to wake up
Do I have to?
King’s Cross
Heart (Single remix)
I get excited (you get excited too)
Always on my mind/ In my house
Left to my own devices (Introspective version)
I want a dog (Introspective version)
Domino dancing (7”)
I’m not scared
It’s alright (7”)
Being boring (Album version)
This must be the place I waited years to leave
Bet she’s not your girlfriend
To face the truth
My October symphony
So hard
Miserablism
Jealousy

Era: 1993-2004
Go West
I Wouldn’t normally do this kind of thing (Single remix)
A different point of view
One thing leads to another
Violence (Hacienda version)
Can you forgive her?
Too many people
The theatre
Dreaming of the Queen
Young offender
Shameless
Some speculation
Girls and boys
Discoteca
Before
Se a Vida e (that’s the way life is)
Up against it
It always comes as a surprise
The truck-driver and his mate
Delusions of grandeur
To step aside
I don’t know what you want but I can’t give it anymore
New York City boy
You only tell me you love me when you’re drunk
Birthday boy
Home and dry
I get along
Always
Here (PSB extended version)
Flamboyant
I didn’t get where I am today
We’re the Pet Shop Boys

Era: 2006-2021
The Sodom and Gomorrah show
I’m with Stupid
Minimal
Indefinite leave to remain
Integral (album version)
Casanova in Hell
I made my excuses and left
Fugitive (Richard X extended mix)
Love etc
This used to be the future
More than a dream
King of Rome
The way it used to be
It doesn’t often snow at Christmas
Together
A face like that
A certain je ne sais quoi
In his imagination
Leaving
Invisible
Requiem in denim and leopardskin
Axis
Bolshy
Fluorescent
Inside a dream
Vocal
The Pop Kids
Say it to me
The dictator decides
Sad Robot world
Wedding in Berlin (from 2019 album)
My side of the story (from 2019 album)
All my wasted time (2021 version)
One hit wonder

*All of the above - In my imagination*

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