From the 2016 Literally Super diary feature:
The lost room
Chris: Neil’s always at the dentist.
Neil: I just had two crowns recently. That week I was just going for a check-up but this is when he told me I needed two crowns, but I couldn’t face it then. Anyway, when I came back Chris had this music, and I already had this idea of “The lost room” and I think we must have put them together. It’s another very dark song. There could have been an entire album of songs about totalitarianism. Which obviously we didn’t do. It’s based on a famous novel called Young Torless about an incident in a boy’s military school in what was Austria-Hungary in the early years of the twentieth century, and how the boys bully each other. There’s a 1960s film I’d seen where they draw an analogy between that and the rise of fascism. So the song is about a boy being bullied and humiliated - in the lost room, because he’s lost and no one can find him. It’s an extremely dark song. It was very nearly on the album. It’s one of the 14 tracks we recorded with Stuart, and will emerge at some point. It’s more or less finished. But it was too dark for Super.
Chris: It’s techno. We’ve basically already done a whole techno album. We should just do it and put it out before Christmas. I like surprising people.
I will fall
Neil: This was the last song we wrote for the album, though it’s not actually on the album.
Chris: We’ve been quite productive, haven’t we?
Chris: I like this song.
Neil: Stuart thinks it’s twee.
Chris: Sorry. File under “twee”.
Neil: I can imagine George Michael singing this. It’s a love song.
Chris: No one does love songs anymore.
Neil: Apparently you’re not allowed to anymore. Because they suggest that there’s someone you’re in love with apart from yourself, which is obviously impossible nowadays.
Chris: Also it’s a sign of weakness.
Skeletons in the closet
Chris: “Skeletons in the closet” is a fun track. We almost put it into Closer to Heaven.
Neil: When Closer to Heaven came back, we suddenly thought that you could open Act Two with this song that goes: “There are skeletons in the closet / rattling to get out.”
Chris: It definitely lends itself to musical theatre. This is part of the fun Pet Shop Boys range. Something that’s been sadly missing for a while.
Neil: I think it might yet appear in Closer to Heaven.
Neil: “Kaputnik” is another quite hard techno-y song. We went to see this film, B-Movie, about this guy we know, Mark Reeder, who moved to Berlin at the beginning of the ‘80s and was part of the clubbing scene and is still a Berlin character. And during the course of the movie someone used the word “kaputnik”. I think it means someone who breaks things. That’s what I imagine it to mean, anyway. I like the idea that it’s German and Russian at the same time. In the song, which is a very aggressive song, the relationship between a guy and his girlfriend who wants to leave him is compared to the relationship between Putin and the Crimea, or Putin and the former Soviet states like Ukraine, where he says he’ll make her regret it if they break up.