A LAZY STROLL DOWN MEMORY LANE : 45 45s AT 45 (34)

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON TUESDAY 8 APRIL 2008

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I’m only going to say a few short words today.

This rundown would have had no credibility whatsoever if the Pet Shop Boys didn’t make an appearance.

No other band or act has made so many top-class singles during my 45 years on the planet as Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe. I think (at 2015)  it is approaching 60, including four #1s, and a further thirty-eight that made the Top 30. You can’t argue with the facts…..this is a very special pop group.

And this damn near perfect pop song was one of those that reached #1, back in 1988.

mp3 : Pet Shop Boys – Heart

Here’s yer b-side

mp3 : Pet Shop Boys – I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too)

Oh and you know how I’m also always going on about great live acts – well, their show at the SECC in Glasgow back in 1991 was one of the best I’ve ever seen.

5 thoughts on “A LAZY STROLL DOWN MEMORY LANE : 45 45s AT 45 (34)

  1. I do like them, but they aren’t the kind of band I could get really passionate about, mostly because I feel that NT’s vocals are a bit too limited and lacking in emotion. Having said that, they can write a catchy tune and I do own a few of their singles.

  2. I have always loved a bit of PSB over the years. A relatively recent highlight was catching them headlining the Latitude Festival, brilliant stuff!

  3. Funny, I was just revisiting “Please” and “Actually” yesterday for the first time in a dog’s age. Maybe two dog’s ages. I was struck by how similar “Why Don’t We Live Together?” was to Shannon’s freestyle point zero, “Let The Music Play.” Which I’m certain was not a coincidence. Why it took me 29 years to figure that out is the bigger mystery! I have to say I liked the sophomore album much better in 2015. PSB have always been very sharp and knowing writers, but the arrangements on “Please” left something to be desired. How they could ruin “Opportunities” [which was perfect in its first version] was shocking, and it was still the best song on the album. “Actually” really blossomed in comparison.

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