Pet Shop Boys Discography: The Complete Singles Collection Import
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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 5-NOV-1991
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This album literally lives up to its title as a discography, collecting the 7" versions of all of the boy's first 18 singles on one disc in chronological order. As such, it makes a terrific CD to buy as your first Pet Shop Boys disc as its a terrific overview of their material.
The Pet Shop Boys wit and irony, along with Neal Tennant's excellent voice combined to make some of the best pop songs of the 80's. Included are lot of well known hits like West End Girls, Suburbia, Always On My Mind, and What Have I Done To Deserve This?. There are also a lot of songs here that are virtually unknown in the U.S. but every bit as good as the afformentioned titles, such as "Love Comes Quickly" - a beautiful ballad - and "Heart", a song that they had considered giving to Madonna. Just as important, these songs have held up well to the test of time, even though some were recorded as early as 1984. Through these singles, the boy's take shots at capitalism (Opportunities), cover Elvis Presley and U2 (Always On My Mind and Where the Streets Have No Name), sing about the Gulf War (DJ Culture), urban decay (Suburbia), and 'rent boys' (Rent). The music always holds up and the lyrics display a level of intellegence unmatched by nearly every other group - for instance, in DJ Culture Neal quips "Like Liz [Taylor] before Betty [as in the Betty Ford Clinic], She [madonna] before Sean [Penn], suddenly you're missing, then you're reborn" - and in Left To My Own Devices, they invoke references to classical composers - "Che Guvara and Debussy to a disco beat" are just a few examples.Read more ›
It is impossible to hate the Pet Shop Boys. They are infinitely danceable, infectiously catchy, often extremely intelligent, clever, and they have a balance of snobbery and charm that makes one a fan, even when one does not wish to be.
Apart from the unforgettable "West End Girls" (which should be branded in the memories of everyone alive in the 80s), other incredible tracks include "It's a Sin", "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" (with the late, great Dusty Springfield), "Always on my Mind" (which is an extremely well-done remake), "It's Alright", "So Hard", "Being Boring" and the stunning "Jealousy".
I would also recommend their album Alternative for more intellectual joys ("Don Juan" is of particular note.)
To get the big picture, pick up "PopArt", which includes all of the songs on this CD (except "was it worth it"), plus the 18 hits that came after this album was compiled, all in glorious remastered form.
After you do this, you will probably want to pick up some of the individual albums that these songs came from. I would recommend the remastered versions that came out in 2001, which all include an extra disc of b-sides, rarities, 12" mixes, etc. These are available on the Amazon UK site (www.amazon.co.uk)
Boys, you are always on my mind!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfect, and very representative. CD took a good while to arrive--missed actual birthday by 3 days, but my friend loved the CD!Published 1 month ago by F. Liljeblad
This is a great CD if you're looking for a well-rounded collection of their hits.Published 3 months ago by Meredith Marie Griffin
Looking for a good cd that takes you to a dive bar in a western town..Published 9 months ago by Bill Bach