Label: Not On Label (Pet Shop Boys) - HQL CD 1114 / HQL CD 1115,High Quality Limited - HQL CD 1114 / HQL CD 1115 • Format: 2x, CD Unofficial Release • Country: Germany • Genre: Electronic • Style: Synth-pop
Discovering that they had a mutual interest in dance and electronic music, they began to work together on material,  first in Tennant's flat in Chelsea, then, fromin a small studio in Camden Town.
In Marchafter long negotiations, When I See That Girl Of Mine - The Kinks - The Kink Kontroversy Shop Boys cut their contractual ties with Bobby O, with a settlement giving Bobby O significant royalties for future sales.
Hiring manager Tom Watkinsthey signed with the London-based Parlophone label. In April, Tennant left Smash Hits magazine - where he had progressed to the position of deputy editor - and in July, a new single, " Opportunities Let's Make Lots of Money ", was released, reaching number in the UK. The B-side to this single, "In the Night", later resurfaced, in a longer remixed version, as the opening track to the duo's first remix albumDiscoin Unperturbed by the low chart position, the band returned to the studio in August to re-record "West End Girls" with producer Stephen Hague.
Released in Octoberthis new version initially entered the charts at a similarly low position, but began a slow rise so that, by Januaryit achieved the top Rent (US 89) - Pet Shop Boys - Domino Dancing - The Best Of Us-Tour Live 89-91. It remains the most-heard Pet Shop Boys song to date. In Junethe band announced a European tour ; however, their plans for a theatrical extravaganza proved to be too expensive and the tour was cancelled. Please started Pet Shop Boys' penchant for choosing Rent (US 89) - Pet Shop Boys - Domino Dancing - The Best Of Us-Tour Live 89-91 album titles, which Neil Tennant has since stated is now a Pet Shop Boys "signature thing", akin to Rent (US 89) - Pet Shop Boys - Domino Dancing - The Best Of Us-Tour Live 89-91.
Later, on 15 June, they Rent (US 89) - Pet Shop Boys - Domino Dancing - The Best Of Us-Tour Live 89-91 what became their second number one single, "It's a Sin". The single caused some controversy: Tennant's school, St. Pet Shop Boys later sued King and won damages,  which were donated to charity. The video to "It's a Sin" also saw their first collaboration with director Derek Jarman.
Billboard Hot chart. Although the duo had wanted to release this track on their debut album, they had been unable to track down Springfield and were reluctant to record it with any other female singer, despite their record company's suggestions. Springfield's manager finally contacted them infollowing the release of Pleaseand towards the end of that year, she travelled to London to record "What Have I Done to Deserve This? It was the first track to be recorded for the duo's second album.
Pet Shop Boys had been told that Springfield was difficult to work with and even that she could no longer sing; however, her performance on the track put any such concerns to rest and they began a collaboration with her, which lasted until the end of the decade. Included on their second album Actuallythe song became a massive worldwide hit and resurrected Springfield's career, leading to her album, Reputationon which Pet Shop Boys were major contributing writers and producers.
This duet was also the start of a series of collaborations with high-profile musicians, going on throughout the band's career. They were asked to perform one of their favourite Elvis tracks and they narrowed it down to two options, " Baby Let's Play House " and " Always on My Mind ", eventually settling on the latter. Their Presley cover would later be re-released in a 12" version, consisting of a medleyalong with an acid house track by the duo, titled "In My House".
September saw the release of the duo's second studio album, Actuallyfollowed by the single " Rent " in October, which reached number 8 in the UK. The Sun newspaper in the UK subsequently tried to get the track released as a charity singlebut Pet Shop Boys would not allow this. Towards the end ofPet Shop Boys started work on an hour-long film that would incorporate the songs from Please and Actually. The film was eventually released in to mixed reviews.
Footage from the film was also used for the music video to "Always on My Mind", now released as a single on 30 November; it became both the duo's third number one single in the UK and the Christmas number one single forbeating " Fairytale of New York " by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl. The song became her biggest hit single and the Pet Shop Boys included their own extended version of the track on their Introspective album. F-Attack - Crazy Bolt saw the duo achieve their fourth UK number one single and their last to datewith a remixed edit of " Heart ", different from the album version.
This single version would be included on their first and third greatest hits albumsDiscography: The Complete Singles Collection and Ultimatewhereas the album version would be used for their second retrospectivethe double PopArt: Pet Shop Boys — The Vincent Manyweather - Nothing But Grace Of God. On 12 SeptemberPet Shop Boys released a brand new single, " Domino Dancing " and in the documentary Neil recounts his disappointment when hearing the news that the single had reached number 7 in the Poema Da Malta Das Naus - Manuel Freire - Manuel Freire Singles Chart.
He felt that their major success was now over and that it was going to be a challenge to maintain their level of success in the future. Unusually, this was a six-track album of previously unheard remixes and new tracks in extended form. The tour followed the ideas of the extravaganza that could not have been afforded earlier in their careers.
Derek Jarman returned to direct the performance and he provided several films that were projected during the shows. On 24 Septembera new single, " So Hard ", was released, reaching No. Titled Behaviourit was recorded in Munichwith producer Harold Faltermeyer. The album was not intended to reflect a dramatic change in mood from their earlier albums; however, it is noticeably subdued. It included the fan-favourite " Being Boring ", the second single from the album, which only reached No.
The song was inspired by a quote by Zelda Fitzgerald : " The music video was directed by filmmaker Bruce Weber. By this time, the duo had also parted ways with manager Tom Watkins, replacing him with Jill Carrington,  who had previously been marketing director at Polydor.
This was followed by the duo's first world tour. Named Performancethe tour kicked off in Tokyo, on Rent (US 89) - Pet Shop Boys - Domino Dancing - The Best Of Us-Tour Live 89-91 March Before taking a break inin the Pet Shop Boys released an track compilation called Discographywhich included all of their single releases up until then, two new singles—" DJ Culture " and " Was It Worth It?
During this period, Pet Shop Boys continued to collaborate with many high-profile musicians. They worked again with Dusty Springfieldon the singles " Nothing Has Been Proved " which was a song written for their soundtrack for the film Scandal about the Profumo political scandal in Britain and " In Private ". The duo later went on to produce half of the tracks on her solo Reputation album.
Pet Shop Boys were also asked to write and produce an album for Liza Minnelliin The album, Resultsgenerated four singles, including the hit single "Losing My Mind", a cover version of the Stephen Sondheim song from the Broadway musical "Follies".
The duo's own demo of this appeared on their " Jealousy " single as a B-side. Neil Tennant worked with Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr on their first album as Electronicwhose first single, "Getting Away with It", co-written and co-produced by Tennant, was released on 4 December Later, inLowe also contributed to the Electronic project, contributing the chord sequence to "The Patience of a Saint" on their album.
InTennant sang lead vocals on the non-album single "Disappointed", which was featured on the soundtrack to the movie Cool World. In addition, a remix of "So Hard", by notorious electronic music duo The KLFreleased as a separate single, led to Tennant re- recording his vocals for the song entirely. Pet Shop Boys set up the Spaghetti Records label in Their most successful release was the soundtrack to the film The Crying Gamewhich featured Boy George performing the title song " The Crying Game ".
The song was produced by Pet Shop Boys and featured Tennant on backing vocals. Taking its title from the Anthony Trollope novel of the same namethe single reached number 7 on the UK Singles Chart, while its iconic music video featured the duo in orange body suits and tall dunce capsLong Dance Mix - Daylight - Dance Nonstop Mix a world of computer-generated imagery.
The theme was continued with the follow-up single, often considered as their signature song, a cover of the Village People single " Go West ", which reached number 2 in the UK, with another computer-generated music video, this time inspired by the Soviet Union.
The tune was adopted into a football chant at Arsenal Football Club which Chris Lowe supports and is heard at grounds throughout Europe to this Rent (US 89) - Pet Shop Boys - Domino Dancing - The Best Of Us-Tour Live 89-91. All these Negation - Sabbatic Goat / Trepanation - Sabbatic Goat / Trepanation were directed by Howard Greenhalghwho continued to work with Pet Shop Boys well into the next decade.
Very was also released in a limited edition including an entirely new album, Relentlesswhich was composed of six all-new progressive house tracks, with a darker tone to the perky Very.
They wanted to release a single, so approached lead actors Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley and suggested releasing it as a charity single. The single was released under the artist name of 'Absolutely Fabulous' too. Tennant and Lowe do not consider it as a Pet Shop Boys single release and it was not included on their next best-of album. The video to the single featured clips from the sitcom, along with newly recorded footage of Tennant and Lowe with the characters of Edina Saunders and Patsy Lumley.
The album featured club remixes of the singles released from Very and Behaviourin a continuous megamix by Danny Rampling. The following year, a new version of "Paninaro", the B-side to " Suburbia ", was released to promote the B-sides collection Alternative. The single, called " Paninaro '95 ", is based on the live version from the Discovery tour. Both live tracks were released with the Suede single " Filmstar " in July Titled Somewhere and being promoted by a cover version of the song " Somewhere " from the musical West Side Storythe shows used projections filmed by the artist Sam Taylor-Wood.
Tennant also co-produced the Williams track and provided backing vocals for Elton John. Meanwhile, the band switched managers again as Carrington resigned and was succeeded by Mitch Clark, who had previously worked for EMI International as Head of Promotion. During I Dont Wanna - Surgical Meth Machine - Surgical Meth Machine time, Pet Shop Boys began to work with playwright Jonathan Harvey on a stage musical project.
Minogue later performed the track live, during her Showgirl tour, singing to a pre-recorded Neil Tennant. Inthey won their third Ivor Novello Award, honouring their "Outstanding Contribution" to music. Throughoutthey continued to work on their musical and in May they started workshopping the project and finalising the plot and songs to be used.
Reviews were mixed and although the run was initially extended, it closed earlier than expected, due to poor ticket sales, in October Around the time of the London closure, Tennant said that they were in talks to take the musical to various locations in Europe particularly Germany, which is a big market for Pet Shop Boys and to take it to New York. Nothing further was issued by the Pet Shop Boys or Really Useful Group regarding these performances; ina series of performances were staged in the Brisbane PowerhouseAustralia, though they were arranged independently of Pet Shop Boys and the Really Useful Group.
After the mixed fortunes of Closer to HeavenPet Shop Boys returned to the studio to start work on their eighth album. After toying with genres including hip hopthey went for a stripped back acoustic sound Take Hi Five - Various - The Human Expression (& Other Psychedelic Groups) a complete change from the over-the-top dance music of the musical.
Inthey released the modestly successful album Release. Most of the Sixteen Century Greensleeves - Rainbow - On Stage were produced by the duo themselves and many featured Johnny Marr on guitar.
The first single, " Home and Dry ", featured a very peculiar videodirected by Wolfgang Tillmansmostly consisting of raw camcorder footage of mice filmed in the London Underground. The follow-up single " I Get Along " had a video filmed by Bruce Weberand after this they You Know - Mucky Pup - Five Guys In A Really Hot Garage on another world tour, although this time it was a stripped back affair, with no dancers, backing singers, costumes or lavish sets.
Subsequent dates took them to Germany, the U. It was never planned for release in the UK, although a promotional video was shot by the distinguished photographer Martin Parr and it was serviced to some UK radio stations.
The album followed their previous Disco albums, but this one also included new songs Gesticulate - Howard Keel - At The Movies well as remixes. Another new manager, David Dorrell, was brought on board to replace Clark. Not chronologically arranged, the tracks were divided into two discs: Pop including the more traditional pop songs and Art containing those works which were considered more experimental.
In SeptemberPet Shop Boys appeared at a free concert in Trafalgar Square in London, where they performed, with the Dresdner Sinfoniker orchestra, a whole new soundtrack to accompany the seminal silent film Battleship Potemkin. There were four further live performances of the work with the Dresdner Sinfoniker in Germany in September The Battleship Potemkin soundtrack was then released on 5 September They were received extremely well by the crowd in Moscow.
Also inPet Shop Boys were asked to put Rent (US 89) - Pet Shop Boys - Domino Dancing - The Best Of Us-Tour Live 89-91 the twentieth release in the Back to Mine series, an ongoing anthology showcasing artists' favourite music selections, with an emphasis on afterhours chill-out music.
As a condition, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe were given one disc each, whereas all previous releases in the series consisted of only a single disc per group see Back to Mine: Pet Shop Boys.
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