Pet Shop Boys ‎– Left To My Own Devices

Parlophone ‎– CDR 6198, Parlophone ‎– 20 3080 2
CD, Single

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1 Left To My Own Devices
Arranged By [Orchestra], Conductor [Orchestra] – Richard NilesVocals [Additional] – Bruce WoolleyWritten-By – Tennant/Lowe*
2 Left To My Own Devices (The Disco Mix)
Arranged By [Orchestra], Conductor [Orchestra] – Richard NilesRemix – Robin Hancock, Stephen Lipson, Trevor HornVocals [Additional] – Bruce Woolley, Sally BradshawWritten-By – Tennant/Lowe*
3 The Sound Of The Atom Splitting
Engineer [Assistant] – Renny HillMusic By – Lipson*, Lowe/Tennant*, Horn*Words By – Tennant*

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Comes in a paper sleeve within a card picture sleeve within a yellow card outer sleeve.

1 & 2: Published by Cage Music Ltd. / 10 Music Ltd.
3: Published by Cage Music Ltd. / 10 Music Ltd. / Perfect Songs Ltd. / Unforgettable Songs Ltd.

Mark Farrow at Three Associates.

℗ 1988 Original Sound Recordings "made" by EMI Records Ltd.
© 1988 EMI Records Ltd.

Made in U.K.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 099920 308025
  • Label Code: LC 0299
  • Rights Society: BIEM/MCPS
  • Matrix / Runout: 203080-2 133711 01 % MADE IN THE U.K. BY PDO

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
14 2030806 Pet Shop Boys Left To My Own Devices(12") Parlophone 14 2030806 Italy 1988 Sell This Version
RS 6198 Pet Shop Boys Left To My Own Devices(7", Single) Parlophone RS 6198 UK 1988 Sell This Version
20 3080 2, CDR6198, CDP 560-20 3080 2 Pet Shop Boys Left To My Own Devices(CD, Maxi) Parlophone, Parlophone, Parlophone 20 3080 2, CDR6198, CDP 560-20 3080 2 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1988 Sell This Version
12R 6198 Pet Shop Boys Left To My Own Devices(12", Single) Parlophone 12R 6198 UK 1988 Sell This Version
PS 107 Pet Shop Boys Left To My Own Devices(7", Single, Promo) EMI Music (South Africa) PS 107 South Africa 1989 Sell This Version


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February 3, 2011
Why Do The Pet Shop Boys always go back to "West End Girls"???? Play This at any Party """Left To My Own Devices [The Disco Mix]""" and Watch The Dance Floor... A PSB Classic. All I can Say is Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Grass Main Dance Floor (RHI) 1998 This Track went off like a "Frog in a Sock".


March 24, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
Size matters…

Pet Shop Boys wanted big. Trevor Horn, a man with a reputation for taking his time, had a big idea; to program the electronics quickly, and then hire an orchestra to play along to the sequencers, live. This big idea would mean that the big sound could be recorded in only a few days. Of course, the track took six months to complete.

Horn rented arranger Richard Niles to orchestrate the track. Niles knew all about big.

How big should the string section be?, queried Horn.
Oh, 20 strings should suffice for this orchestra, came the reply.
Horn retorted; doesn't 40 strings sound better?
No, answered Niles, 20 is good for this size of orchestra.
But, insisted Horn, doesn't it sound better to say "I have 40 strings in the studio", than only 20 strings?

Niles's flamboyant arrangement is heavily evident in both mixes on this CD. The seven inch mix is edited from the eight minute Introspective version. Although shorter, the sound is bigger than the album version, with bonus Bruce Woolley backing vocals and guitar by Stephen Lipson.

Horn's twelve incher stretches the whole out over 11 and a half minutes, and is an object lesson in how to make a hell of a lot go a hell of a lot further. The three minute intro is quite sublime; ricocheting beats, looping strings, swooping sequencers, with horns heralding the bassline. Somewhere around seven and a half minutes in, there's a 40 second breakdown that seemingly encompasses a jet, a tractor engine, an army of snare drums and a racing car. Genius.

Left To My Own Devices includes the memorable line: "Che Guevara and Debussy to a disco beat". Horn had a big desire; to record Claude Debussy to a disco beat (something he eventually achieved with the Art Of Noise's 1999 album). So, the Pet Shop Boys decided to play along and record an acid house interlude for the track, based around Debussy-esque chords. A 40 minute jam was recorded live, with Neil, Chris and Trevor on keyboards and Lipson playing the mix desk. This experiment was not used on the a-side but, after editing and vocalizing, became The Sound Of The Atom Splitting instead. One of the oddest in the PSB catalogue, the track is very divisive.