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"Single-Bilingual" was the third single from the Bilingual album. The song was originally titled "Single" but it was officially retitled "Single-Bilingual" for all but its Italian release, due to the release of Everything But The Girl - Single the previous May. All editions contain versions of the song "Discoteca", sometimes to the exclusion of any other tracks.

There were multiple promos prominently featuring lyrics from the song ("¿Hay Una Discoteca Por Acqui?" and its translation "Is There A Disco Near Here?") printed on the covers.

The single peaked at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart.

Versions (12)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CDRS 6452, 7243 8 83452 2 4 Pet Shop Boys Single Bilingual(CD, Single, CD1) Parlophone, Parlophone CDRS 6452, 7243 8 83452 2 4 UK 1996 Sell This Version
12RDJX 6452 Pet Shop Boys Is There A Disco Near Here? = ¿Hay Una Discoteca Por Acqui? / Single Bilingual(12", Single, Promo) Parlophone 12RDJX 6452 UK 1996 Sell This Version
8 83618 6, 7243 8 83618 6 6 Pet Shop Boys Discoteca(12") Parlophone, Parlophone 8 83618 6, 7243 8 83618 6 6 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
12RDJX 6452 Pet Shop Boys Is There A Disco Near Here? = ¿Hay Una Discoteca Por Acqui? / Single Bilingual(12", MP, Promo) Parlophone 12RDJX 6452 UK 1996 Sell This Version
7243 8 83452 2 4, CDRS 6452 Pet Shop Boys Single Bilingual(CD, Maxi, CD1) Parlophone, Parlophone 7243 8 83452 2 4, CDRS 6452 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
7243 8 83468 2 5, CDR 6452 Pet Shop Boys Single Bilingual(CD, Maxi, CD2) Parlophone, Parlophone 7243 8 83468 2 5, CDR 6452 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
CDR 6452, 7243 8 83468 2 5 Pet Shop Boys Single Bilingual(CD, Single, CD2) Parlophone, Parlophone CDR 6452, 7243 8 83468 2 5 UK 1996 Sell This Version
7243 883451 2 5 Pet Shop Boys Single Bilingual(CD, Single, Car) Parlophone 7243 883451 2 5 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
CDR DJ 6452 Pet Shop Boys Single Bilingual(CD, Single, Promo) Parlophone CDR DJ 6452 UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys Single Bilingual(VHS, Single, Promo, PAL) Parlophone none UK 1996 Sell This Version
TCR6452, 7243 883452 4 8 Pet Shop Boys Single-Bilingual(Cass, Single) Parlophone, Parlophone TCR6452, 7243 883452 4 8 UK 1996 Sell This Version
12RDJ 6452 Pet Shop Boys ¿Hay Una Discoteca Por Acqui? = Is There A Disco Near Here?(12", Promo) Parlophone 12RDJ 6452 UK 1996 Sell This Version

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dneaeade

dneaeade

October 18, 2016
referencing Single Bilingual, CD, Single, CD1, CDRS 6452, 7243 8 83452 2 4
Although I'm not a big fan of the album "Bilingual" as I've already wrote before, I love the track "Discoteca" which would have made more sense as a single than err the actual single "Single-Bilingual". "Discoteca" is with "Up Against It" the only 2 tracks I actually like on that album.

But the album version of "Discoteca" is much better than all the remixes and single remixes tried by the PSB and their remixers. The album version is the best. Its only problem is that it's just a little bit too long. A little bit shortened and not segued into "Single" of course, it would have made a terrific song for single release.

Chris Lowe himself admited in the booklet of the double-pack CD release "Further Listening" of the album "Bilingual" that PSB probably chose the wrong singles. Yeah, you've got that right, mister. That's exactly what I think too.
scoundrel

scoundrel

December 27, 2004
edited over 14 years ago
referencing Single Bilingual, CD, Single, CD2, CDR 6452, 7243 8 83468 2 5

The Pet Shop Boys' own extension of "Discoteca" actually makes better sense than the shortened version, adding a nice string intro and giving a real disco feel to those drums and the (almost random) Spanish chanting. "Confidential" sounds like a throwback to their showtune days -- in other words, it's classic Pet Shop Boys. I only wonder how it would sound with Tuna Turner. Baby Doc's mixes of "Single-Bilingual" and "Discoteca" go for a harder, more progressive dancefloor sound. Nice.
scoundrel

scoundrel

December 27, 2004
edited over 14 years ago
referencing Single Bilingual, CD, Single, CD1, CDRS 6452, 7243 8 83452 2 4

Hmm, SINGLE-BILINGUAL (as a stand-alone track) isn't the most scintillating that the Pet Shop Boys have done. "Discoteca" is more interesting, putting the Spanish-lite vocals and Spanish-tinged rhythms to better use. Still, the track doesn't quite come all together. "The Calm Before the Storm" is more typical and put-together: gentle vocals, pretty arrangements. Interestingly, the Trouser Enthusiasts' take on "Discoteca" actually puts the disco back into the track, improving it.