Pet Shop Boys

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Pet Shop Boys are an English musical duo, formed in London in 1981 and consisting of Neil Tennant (main vocals, keyboards, occasional guitar) and Chris Lowe (keyboards, occasional vocals). They are listed as the most successful duo in UK music history by The Guinness Book of Records.
In the early 90s they ran Spaghetti Recordings and more recently, Olde English and Lucky Kunst labels.
In March 2013, the duo officially left Parlophone after 28 years and entered into a new arrangement with Kobalt Label Services for their 12th studio album which would be the band's first release on their own music imprint x2 (2).
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none Pet Shop Boys - Pet Shop Boys album art Pet Shop Boys Pet Shop Boys(Cass, Promo) Massive Management none UK 1983 Sell This Version
TC-PCS 7303 Pet Shop Boys - Please album art Pet Shop Boys Please (Album) Parlophone, Parlophone, Parlophone TC-PCS 7303 Malaysia 1986 Sell This Version
PCSD 104 Pet Shop Boys - Actually album art Pet Shop Boys Actually (Album, Single) Parlophone PCSD 104 Ireland 1987 Sell This Version
105542, 79 0868-4 Pet Shop Boys - Introspective album art Pet Shop Boys Introspective (Album) Parlophone, Parlophone 105542, 79 0868-4 Chile 1988 Sell This Version
TCPCSD 113 Pet Shop Boys - Behaviour album art Pet Shop Boys Behaviour (Album, Comp) Parlophone, Parlophone TCPCSD 113 Indonesia 1990 Sell This Version
DF 118 Pet Shop Boys - Relentless album art Pet Shop Boys Relentless(12", Pin + 12", Blu + 12", Yel + Album, Ltd, Promo) Parlophone DF 118 UK 1993 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys - The Very Pet Shop Boys Sampler album art Pet Shop Boys The Very Pet Shop Boys Sampler Parlophone none UK 1993 Sell This Version
CDEMCJ (IWF) 5509 Pet Shop Boys - Very album art Pet Shop Boys Very (Album, Comp) Parlophone, Parlophone, Parlophone CDEMCJ (IWF) 5509 South Africa 1993 Sell This Version
CDPCSD170, 7243 8 53102 2 5 Pet Shop Boys - Bilingual album art Pet Shop Boys Bilingual (Album, Comp) Parlophone, Parlophone CDPCSD170, 7243 8 53102 2 5 UK 1996 Sell This Version
PSBFC01 Pet Shop Boys - About album art Pet Shop Boys About(2xCD) Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd. PSBFC01 UK 1997 Sell This Version
7243 5 21857 2 6 Pet Shop Boys - Nightlife album art Pet Shop Boys Nightlife (Album) Parlophone 7243 5 21857 2 6 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys - Closer To Heaven Demos album art Pet Shop Boys Closer To Heaven Demos Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd. none UK 2000 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys - Sampler album art Pet Shop Boys Sampler Parlophone none UK 2001 Sell This Version
504516 2 Pet Shop Boys - Closer To Heaven (Original Cast Recording) album art Original Cast*, Pet Shop Boys And Jonathan Harvey (2) Original Cast*, Pet Shop Boys And Jonathan Harvey (2) - Closer To Heaven (Original Cast Recording) (Album) Epic 504516 2 UK 2001 Sell This Version
538 5982 Pet Shop Boys - Release album art Pet Shop Boys Release (Album, Comp) Parlophone, Parlophone, Parlophone, Parlophone 538 5982 UK 2002 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys - Disco 3 album art Pet Shop Boys Disco 3 (Album, Single) Parlophone none UK 2002 Sell This Version
PopArt02 Pet Shop Boys - PopArt (The Interview) album art Pet Shop Boys PopArt (The Interview)(CD, Promo) Parlophone PopArt02 UK 2003 Sell This Version
00946 335033 2 8 Pet Shop Boys - Battleship Potemkin album art Pet Shop Boys Battleship Potemkin(CD, Album, Copy Prot., Promo, Wit) Parlophone 00946 335033 2 8 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
00946 362859 2 4 Pet Shop Boys - Fundamental album art Pet Shop Boys Fundamental (Album) Parlophone, Parlophone 00946 362859 2 4 Philippines 2006 Sell This Version
00946 379489 2 7 Pet Shop Boys - Concrete album art Pet Shop Boys Concrete (Album) Parlophone, Parlophone 00946 379489 2 7 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
50999 695347 2 0, 695 3472 Pet Shop Boys - Yes album art Pet Shop Boys Yes (Album) Parlophone, Parlophone 50999 695347 2 0, 695 3472 Indonesia 2009 Sell This Version
50999 6 28083 2 3 Pet Shop Boys - Pandemonium album art Pet Shop Boys Pandemonium (Album) Parlophone, Parlophone, Parlophone 50999 6 28083 2 3 US 2010 Sell This Version
5099968286323 Pet Shop Boys - Elysium album art Pet Shop Boys Elysium (Album) Parlophone, Parlophone 5099968286323 Russia 2012 Sell This Version
PCD-3597 Pet Shop Boys - Special Sampler 2012 album art Pet Shop Boys Special Sampler 2012(CD, Promo, Smplr) EMI, Parlophone PCD-3597 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
x2 0003 VL1, X2 0003 VL 1, 5055667602437 Pet Shop Boys - Electric album art Pet Shop Boys Electric (Album) x2 (2), x2 (2), x2 (2) x2 0003 VL1, X2 0003 VL 1, 5055667602437 UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version

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maxal

maxal

April 29, 2020
The Hotspot album is a pleasant surprise. A good balance of dance tracks with, other, more romantic ones - the romantic tracks are my favourite.

In fact it's surprising there aren't more of the 'romantic' tracks represented in the singles (are the romantic ones less radio-suitable or maybe they don’t like remixing them?). There is Burning the Heather as a single, then all the other Hotspot singles are on the dancey side. On the ‘B side’ of I don’t Wanna there is another romantic track “New Boy” Yay! Shame it isn’t on the album too . . .

Will o the Wisp, Burning the Heather, New Boy, Hoping for a Miracle, Only the Dark ---> Yummy!

Wedding in Berlin is the dance track I would rather have seen as a 12”. It has a catchy, trainlike rhythm to it, and lends itself easily towards the anthemic. Imagine a wedding with this as its theme tune.
Mrmilano

Mrmilano

February 1, 2020
YES, ELECTRIC, SUPER, HOTSPOT! these 4 albums are the revival of the Pet Shop Boys after a period of some darkness, that stated in 2001, and continued through 2006 with Release and Fundamental. They are catchy, danceable, and listenable anywhere. Great albums, and with over 30 years of making hits, seems that they are not easily going to stop. Hotspot, the latest addition to their massive catalogue shows us they are still very relevant today, and can compete in the charts with today's plastic pop and rap artists. that may be ahead in the charts, but are not as longeve as our Boys are. Long live the Pet Shop Boys!
dneaeade

dneaeade

September 28, 2016
edited over 4 years ago
I think a lot of old fans are very hard on the Pet Shop Boys. YES "Please", "Disco", "Actually" and even "Introspective" were flawless, then came "Behavio(u)r" : I had a hard time with this one, I must admit, but still, some hits and very good songs were still there, remember "So Hard", "The End Of The World" and "...Seriously" : album version of course, I'll never forgive Brothers In Rhythms for their suicidal single remix. Do you know how to kill a powerful hit ? Ask BIR, they have the recipe for sure.

After "Behavio(u)r" and the "Discography" singles compilation, I thought they were done. "Was It Worth It" was just a pale Stock/Aitken/Waterman soundalike. It was the end of Phase One.

Then came "Very" and they proved for the first time that they were capable of geniously re-invent themselves. It was so dance, so joyful again, I really thought they were like reborn. Even the United States who seemed to bury them after the so-called so gay music video of "Domino Dancing" couldn't escape the wave of the massive hit single "Go West" : their masterful cover of the Village People song.

Personally I think there are good songs on each and every one of their albums, it's just a matter of taste. Yes even on "Bilingual" that a lot of fans hate, I still loved "Up Against It" or "A Red Letter Day".

But I agree that their darkest hour has been 1996-2006 with "Bilingual" : meh, "Nightlife" : too cluby even though I still love tracks there "For Your Own Good", "Happiness Is An Option", "Vampires" and of course "I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give it Anymore" : which I love very much even though this one has probably the longest single title in music's history along with Bonnie Tyler's "Loving You Is A Dirty Job (But Somebody's Got To Do It) lol. And the dreadful "Release" was well, released : it's the one album where they thought they were like "The Beatles" : I only like "Home And Dry" there. I'm not much of a Lennon fan, so...

As for "Fundamental", it's a very very dark release, very political, controversial. "Minimal" is very nice but the only very good song there "Integral" has been ruined by an awful single remix vocodered to death (a powerful hit ruined by a truly horrid single remix, it's "How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously" all over again !).

But with "Yes" they were back in good shape again (it was almost like "Very" volume 2, cheerful songs all over again (finally!), then came "Elysium" and then again I thought they were done, even though I loved "Leaving" and "Memory Of The Future" but this release was bleak, bleak, bleak...

And with "Electric" and "Super" they proved us once again that they were still a dance music force to be reckoned with : "Thursday" was back from where "West End Girls" came from, "Love Is A Bourgeois Construct" reminded us of "Left To My Own Devices" : classical music to a disco beat again, yeah !, "Axis" and "Burn" brought back their techno roots...

...and finally "Twenty-Something" is the best song they have ever made since their Imperial Phase (1985-1988). Even my sister who buried them since "Being Boring" yelled "Yeah the Pet Shop Boys are finally back !" when she heard this one !

They are today as good as they were before, the thing is, I think, they don't want to be successful again (for a reason that eludes me).

Because to be fair, one must admit that since "Fundamental" some very good songs are buried inside the albums or as b-sides, it's sad and uncanny really "Fugitive" : their best song since "Domino Dancing" was buried in "Fundamental"'s disc 2, "The Ressurectionist" was a b-side, "After The Event"/"A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi" : again b-sides or extra-tracks, "A Face Like That" is buried along "Elysium"'s moody tracks, and even "Twenty-Something" was not properly promoted (probably because of the moving but very dark and depressing black and white music video).

And to tell the truth their own label x2 can't compete with the commercial strengh of EMI/Parlophone (I wasn't even able to buy the "Vocal" CD single when I wanted to because it was already out of print only a few weeks after its original release, so come on guys, what's up with that !

But to me the Pet Shop Boys albums will always be more relevant and interresting than some of the latest Depeche Mode albums. Pity, really, because in the 80's I loved both bands equally.

pArrA_d0xx

pArrA_d0xx

September 19, 2016
"It's A Sin" has always been one of my favourite 80's songs (regardless of genres/styles)! And this may sound silly to some, but I hear a lot of PSB in VNV Nation (even their early stuff). I've always thought that Ronan & VNV should do a cover of "It's A Sin"! I can clearly hear it in my head... does anyone else?
KyotoPurpleSanga

KyotoPurpleSanga

May 26, 2016
edited over 4 years ago
Naturally one of the best eletronic/pop acts ever. Classic and timeless.
laurenb252

laurenb252

March 11, 2016
Love the Pet Shop Boys! Excellent music and I'm very excited for the new album Super!
TIM

TIM

March 6, 2015
I have followed pet shop boys from 1985 on. And very hardcore until about 1999. And yes like most long time fans will agree, they lost the magic by the end of the Very album. There have been about 2-3 good songs on each album and Yes had me the most excited for their album in over. A decade when that came out. The melody on Leaving was played the most times in a row for a psb in almost 2 decades as well. I chalk it up to a few things. First analog versus digital. My biggest gripe. When they turned to mostly digital around the turn of the century a lot of charm was taken from them. Then the tempos on some tracks were questionable. Neil ' voice got older. Trying to stay relevant to new dance trends will alienate older fans. Heard that Cher auto tone version of home and dry?? Or whatever song that was. Eeks. With all the pet shop boys stood for paving their own way, they should know that the old is the new new. It's been like that for over a decade now. Analog sounds are in. How could a band who had their roots in acid house, new York club scene and disco miss this? Chris...got get your Fairlight and Emulator 2 and get back to the roots of your sound. Listening to Please has passion, beauty and futuristic upscale sound. These days it's more like commercial hair product music. With Neil usually not in tune. And the outfits they wear in stage follows the decline of the music. The more outrageous the more sterile. Maybe it's monly and old age. Maybe success. Maybe they haven't been inspired by any music lately. Still thinking their over digital in your face Electronica is still the thing. Well its not boys'
forever 1984-1994...
Argenberg

Argenberg

October 11, 2014
Pet Shop Boys has always balanced wry, quintessentially English lyrics with unforgettable melodies and danceable electronic rhythms, and in the process have become one of the greatest current examples of a successful marriage of art and commerce - their songs nearly always feature all of the hallmarks of classic pop music.
LaHengstRules

LaHengstRules

November 11, 2013
Hi, I'd first like to say that the world wouldn't be nearly as awesome if "Saint Etienne" weren't in it! (my favorite band) Their huge fans of The Pet shop boys bytheway! Secondly, I just discovered how great The Pet shop boy's album "Yes" is! Thirdly, great brief review of the Duo! I've actually not been that much into their music but after hearing their albums "Release, Nightlife and now Yes; I'm quickly becoming a fan now!
serra.baysal

serra.baysal

October 1, 2013
Fantastic band, fantastic career. Yes up to 1993's Very, they were untouchable and the quality has slipped a little bit afterwards but who could maintain that supreme level more? Even in their worst, they have had some occasional brilliant flashes that continue to mesmerize me. Hit and Miss and Discoteca, to Step Inside from Bilingual; Radiophonic and the first three songs from Nightlife, Love is a Catastroph from Release, and magnificient Minimal from Fundamental.

Yes is their great comeback. But Electric is their supremacy again. The Last to Die, a cover that Bruce would be proud.

Their crowning achievement, IMHO, is the first three albums. Simply the best pop songs around and discography is the best string of singles in music history. The best song is surprisingly a cover. Always On My Mind. Who would think that two synth lads from UK would cover a Elvis song better than him?

Thank God some of us grew with Pet Shop Boys. If they were not around the world would be dull, grey and boring.

Buy their latest Electric and see how Overhyped Daft Punk album pales against it.

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