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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Pet Shop Boys - Various album art Pet Shop Boys Various (Comp) Picture Music International, Picture Music International UK 1995 Sell This Version
Pet Shop Boys - Discovery (Live In Rio) album art Pet Shop Boys Discovery (Live In Rio) Picture Music International, Picture Music International Australia 1995 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys - Conference album art Pet Shop Boys Conference(VHS, Promo, PAL) Parlophone none UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys - EMI Compilation album art Everclear / My Life Story / Pet Shop Boys Everclear / My Life Story / Pet Shop Boys - EMI Compilation(Betacam SP, Advance, Comp, PAL) EMI none UK 1996 Sell This Version
Pet Shop Boys - Somewhere (Pet Shop Boys In Concert) album art Pet Shop Boys Somewhere (Pet Shop Boys In Concert) (Album) Game Entertainment Group Germany 1997 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys - You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk / No Distance Left To Run / Mary (Scary Version) album art Pet Shop Boys / Blur / Supergrass Pet Shop Boys / Blur / Supergrass - You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk / No Distance Left To Run / Mary (Scary Version)(Betacam SP, Advance, PAL) Parlophone none UK 1999 Sell This Version
Pet Shop Boys - Montage (The Nightlife Tour) album art Pet Shop Boys Montage (The Nightlife Tour) Parlophone, Parlophone Thailand 2001 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys - Not For Broadcast album art Pet Shop Boys Not For Broadcast(VHS, Comp, Promo) Parlophone none 2002 Sell This Version
Pet Shop Boys - PopArt (The Videos) album art Pet Shop Boys PopArt (The Videos) (Comp) Parlophone, Parlophone Russia 2003 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys - Battleship Potemkin Highlights album art Pet Shop Boys Battleship Potemkin Highlights(DVD-V, PAL) Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd. none UK 2004 Sell This Version
Pet Shop Boys - A Life In Pop album art Pet Shop Boys A Life In Pop Parlophone, Parlophone Australia 2006 Sell This Version
Pet Shop Boys - Cubism / In Concert / November 14th 2006 / Auditorio Nacional / Mexico City album art Pet Shop Boys³* Cubism / In Concert / November 14th 2006 / Auditorio Nacional / Mexico City Warner Music Vision Japan 2007 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys - Brit Awards Rehearsal Edits album art Pet Shop Boys Brit Awards Rehearsal Edits(DVDr, DVD-V, Comp, Promo) Emi Music Greece none Greece 2009 Sell This Version
DR5A03-01367 Pet Shop Boys - Yes EPK + Video Clips album art Pet Shop Boys Yes EPK + Video Clips(DVD, Promo) EMI Music Greece DR5A03-01367 Greece 2009 Sell This Version
128250 Pet Shop Boys - 3 Track Compilation album art Pet Shop Boys 3 Track Compilation(DVDr, DVD-V, Comp, NTSC) EMI 128250 Chile 2010 Sell This Version
Pet Shop Boys - Live In Roskilde 2009 album art Pet Shop Boys Live In Roskilde 2009 Zima Entertainment Mexico 2011 Sell This Version

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37-197-172 ® Pet Shop Boys - 1991 Behavior Tour (60 Sec. Spot) album art Pet Shop Boys 1991 Behavior Tour (60 Sec. Spot)(Cass, Promo) EMI 37-197-172 ® US 1991 Sell This Version
P-519 487 Pet Shop Boys - 7 Samples From Alternative album art Pet Shop Boys 7 Samples From Alternative(CD, Promo, Smplr) Parlophone P-519 487 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys - Se A Vida E / Go West / Promise Me You'll Try / Your Love album art Pet Shop Boys / Diana Ross Pet Shop Boys / Diana Ross - Se A Vida E / Go West / Promise Me You'll Try / Your Love(Cass, Promo) Toshiba EMI none Japan 1996 Sell This Version
BILING 1 Pet Shop Boys - A Taste Of Bilingual album art Pet Shop Boys A Taste Of Bilingual(CD, Promo, Smplr + Box) Parlophone BILING 1 UK 1996 Sell This Version
CDIN 103 Pet Shop Boys - Bilingual (The Interview) album art Pet Shop Boys Bilingual (The Interview)(CD, Promo) Parlophone CDIN 103 UK 1996 Sell This Version
Pet Shop Boys - Talk album art Pet Shop Boys Talk Parlophone UK 1997 Sell This Version
114842-RCS Pet Shop Boys - Saturday Night Forever (Love To Infinity Radio Edit) album art Pet Shop Boys Saturday Night Forever (Love To Infinity Radio Edit)(CDr, Promo) Not On Label (Pet Shop Boys) 114842-RCS UK 1997 Sell This Version
Pet Shop Boys - Nightlife Interview album art Pet Shop Boys Nightlife Interview Parlophone UK 1999 Sell This Version
CTH1 Pet Shop Boys - Songs From The Musical Closer To Heaven album art Pet Shop Boys Songs From The Musical Closer To Heaven(CD, Promo) Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd. CTH1 UK 2001 Sell This Version

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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 3 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 3 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.

Mrmilano

Mrmilano

August 11, 2013
edited over 6 years ago
They are back!
I have been a fan since early 1985, when West End Girls was playing a lot in the Radio. Then Suburbia, then the Actually songs, Introspective, Behaviour, which I think is their masterpiece. Then Very, when I got to see them Live, during their tour around South America.
I continued to listen to their albums, Bilingual, Nightlife, loving them all. Then, their dark ages started, with the Release album, which was not at all Pet Shop Boys, as I knew them. Saw them live too, in San Diego. What a dissapointment, even depressing. After that show, I stopped listening to them, until 2006 when I gave them another chance, with Fundamental... that was a weird album, and I believed that they were done, never to have another new song play on the radio, and no chances to be on the charts.

Yes, the album was an amazing comeback, then Elysium, another Release-esque album that is very hardcore PSB fan.
Electric has brought back that amazing magic heard from their 3 first albums, and fine times ahead, hopefully.

They have been awarded a lifetime achievement award, but the way I see it, they didn't produce anything worth after Nightlife, and until Yes, they made a comeback.

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