Is the second studio album by English synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys. It was released on 7 September 1987 by Parlophone in the United Kingdom and by EMI Manhattan in the United States and Canada. According to Neil Tennant and music historian Wayne Studer, Actually loosely critiques Thatcherism, the political zeitgeist of the 1980s, was recorded in anticipation of Margaret Thatcher's re-election. Is featured in the 2005 musical reference book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, in 2006 Q magazine placed the album at number 22 in its list of the "40 Best Albums of the'80s". In 2012, Slant Magazine listed the album at number 88 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s". Was released on 7 September 1987 by Parlophone in the United Kingdom and by EMI Manhattan in the United States and Canada. In television commercials for the release and Tennant were shown in black tie, blank-faced against a white background; the former seems unimpressed by a radio DJ-style Alan'Fluff' Freeman voiceover listing their previous hits and the new LP's singles, while the latter "gets bored" and yawns, with the image freezing to create the album's cover shot.
Spawned four UK top 10 singles: the number-one single "It's a Sin", "Rent", "What Have I Done to Deserve This?"—a duet with fellow Parlophone artist Dusty Springfield which peaked at number two in both the UK and US and led to a resurgence of interest in Springfield's earlier work—and another UK number one in April 1988 with a remixed version of the song "Heart". During this period the Pet Shop Boys completed a full-length motion picture called It Couldn't Happen Here. Featuring songs by the duo, it was most famous for containing the video for "Always on My Mind", which—while not on Actually was released as a single during this period. Was re-released in 2001 as Actually/Further Listening 1987–1988; the reissue was digitally remastered and included a second disc of B-sides, remixes done by the Pet Shop Boys and unreleased material from around the time of the album's original release. Another re-release followed on 9 February 2009 under the title of Actually: Remastered, containing only the 10 tracks of the original release.
With the 2009 re-release, the 2001 two-disc reissue was discontinued. On 2 March 2018, a new remastered two-disc Actually/Further Listening edition was released. Was well received by critics. Robert Christgau gave the album an A– grade, writing "this is actual pop music with something actual to say—pure commodity, proud of it." In his retrospective review, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic wrote that Actually is the album " the Pet Shop Boys perfected their melodic, detached dance-pop". Although not released as a single, the track "Shopping" is featured as background music in British television news and current affairs programs dealing with retail business issues and as bumper music on home shopping shows; this is despite the fact that the song is a critique of privatisation in 1980s Britain, has little to do with actual shopping. "Shopping" was used in a season 1 episode of the Disney Channel television series Lizzie McGuire. All tracks written except as noted. Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant – co-production on tracks B1, B3 and B4 Chris Lowe – co-production on tracks B1, B3 and B4Guest musicians Andy Richards – Fairlight CMI and keyboard programming on tracks 1, 4, 5, 7 and 9 Dusty Springfield – guest vocals on track 2 J. J. Jeczalik – Fairlight CMI programming on track 3 Gary Maughan – additional programming on track 3 Angelo Badalamenti – orchestra arrangement on track 6 Blue Weaver – Fairlight CMI programming on track 6 Adrian Cook – programming on track 8Technical Julian Mendelsohn – production on tracks A1, A3 to A5 and B2 Stephen Hague - production on tracks A2 and B5 David Jacob - co-production on track B1 Shep Pettibone - co-production on track B3 Andy Richards - co-production on track B4 Actually at Discogs Studer, Actually, retrieved 9 February 2018
"Suburbia" is a song by UK synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys. It was remixed and released as the fourth single from the album Please in 1986 and became the band's second UK Top 10 hit, peaking at number 8; the song's primary inspiration is the 1984 Penelope Spheeris film Suburbia, its depiction of violence and squalor in the suburbs of Los Angeles. The various versions of the song are punctuated by sounds of suburban violence and smashing glass, as well as snarling dogs on the re-recorded single version, which were derived from typical scenes in suburbia; the Please version of the song sounds sparse in comparison. The version used for the video was the song that appeared on the PopArt compilation in 2003; the video was directed by Eric Watson, features footage of the duo in a Los Angeles suburb, as they happened to be there for that year's MTV Video Music Awards. The B-sides to the single were "Jack the Lad" and "Paninaro". "The Full Horror mix" of Suburbia and the Italian Mix of Paninaro, which appeared on the Suburbia 12", both appeared on the Pet Shop Boys' album Disco, were collected on the 2001 2-disc re-release of "Please".
"Suburbia" – 3:59 "Paninaro" – 4:37 "Suburbia" – 3:59 "Paninaro" – 4:37 "Love Comes Quickly" – 06'12" "Jack the lad" – 4:30 "Suburbia Pt. Two" – 2:20 "Suburbia" – 3:59 "Paninaro" – 4:37 "Jack the Lad" – 4:30 "Love Comes Quickly" – 7'34" "Suburbia" – 8:55 "Paninaro" – 4:37 "Jack the Lad" – 4:30 "Love Comes Quickly" – 05'31" "Suburbia" – 8:55 "Paninaro" – 4:37 "Jack the Lad" – 4:30 "Suburbia" – 8:55 "Suburbia" – 3:59 "Jack the Lad" – 4:30 "Suburbia" – 7'02" "Suburbia" – 7'57"Promo only Arthur Baker remixes "Suburbia" In Australia, "Suburbia" missed the Kent Music Report top 100 singles chart, but was listed as one of the singles receiving significant sales reports beyond the top 100 for one week in November 1986, being ranked tenth on this list. Heath, Chris. Suburbia. In Please / Further Listening 1984–1986. London: Pet Shop Boys Partnership. "Interviews: Pet Shop Boys". Remember the Eighties. March 2004. Retrieved 2006-06-29
Magnus Carlson is a Swedish singer, songwriter, DJ, record collector. After playing in various cover bands in the nineties he formed Weeping Willows, their 1997 debut album was an instant success and the band soon became a national household name. In 2003 Magnus launched what would become a successful solo career. One that now has established him as one of the biggest male artists in Sweden today, he has released a total of 16 albums in the last twenty years, several of them gold and platinum records and he’s collaborated with more artists than he can remember. From duets with songstress Anna Ternheim to house tracks with members of Swedish House Mafia, but at the heart of his passion for music lies an overall love of the sixties. That is evident in his most recent releases. In the autumn of 2017, he released a string of authentic northern soul singles followed up by Motown/Spector-influenced Christmas mini-album together with Weeping Willows. A new, through-and-through, jazz EP is lined up for release in 2018, as is his first full-length solo album in the UK, recorded and produced by Andy Lewis at Paul Weller's Black Barn studio in Surrey.
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Always on My Mind
"Always on My Mind" is a rueful and nostalgic love song by Johnny Christopher, Mark James, Wayne Carson first recorded by B. J. Thomas in 1970, Gwen McCrae and Brenda Lee in 1972; the song has been a crossover hit, charting in western and pop categories. AllMusic lists over 300 recorded releases of the song in versions by dozens of performers. While Brenda Lee's version had stalled at number 45 on the country charts in 1972, other performers reached the top 20 in the United States and elsewhere with their own versions: Elvis Presley in 1972. Elvis Presley recorded "Always on My Mind" on March 29, 1972, a few weeks after his February separation from his wife, Priscilla; the song received immense fame and critical appreciation and is considered one of the standout songs of the'70s for Elvis. The song was released as the B-side of the "Separate Ways" single, which reached gold status in the U. S, it was listed as a double-sided hit reaching number 16 on Billboard magazine's Hot Country Singles chart in November 1972.
In the UK, "Always on My Mind" was the hit song. It was voted the number one song of Presley's recording career in a poll conducted by ITV in 2013. In 1979, John Wesley Ryles reached number 20 on the US country charts with his rendition, entitled "You Are Always on My Mind", from the album Let the Night Begin; the rendition was produced by Bob Montgomery. A review in Billboard praised the "brightly mixed vocals" and "powerful production". Willie Nelson recorded and released the song in early 1982, it raced to number one on Billboard magazine's Hot Country Singles chart that May, spending two weeks on top and a total of 21 weeks on the chart. The song did well on Top 40 radio, reaching number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks and staying on that chart for 23 weeks. In the year-end charts, it was Billboard's biggest Country hit for 1982; this version charted in a number of other countries. Nelson's version would result in three wins at the 25th Grammy Awards in February 1983: songwriters Christopher and Carson won Song of the Year and Best Country Song.
This version won Country Music Association awards in two consecutive years: 1982 Song of the Year and 1983 Song of the Year for songwriters Christopher and Carson. Willie Nelson performed the song with Johnny Cash on the 1998 release of VH1 Storytellers: Johnny Cash & Willie Nelson; the song was featured on a December 2009 ASPCA commercial. The single was certified Platinum by the RIAA signifying U. S.. In 2008, the single was inducted to the Grammy Hall of Fame. Nelson's version was featured in its entirety in a season two episode of the HBO television series The Newsroom. In 1987, the Pet Shop Boys performed a synthpop version of "Always on My Mind" on Love Me Tender, a television special on the ITV network in the UK. Commemorating the tenth anniversary of Presley's death, the programme featured various popular acts of the time performing cover versions of his hits; the Pet Shop Boys' performance was so well-received that the duo decided to record the song and release it as a single. This version became the UK's Christmas number one single that year.
It went on to top the charts for four weeks in total, reached number four on the US Billboard Hot 100. The Pet Shop Boys version introduces a harmonic variation not present in the original version. In the original the ending phrase "always on my mind" is sung to a IV-V7-I cadence; the Pet Shop Boys extend this cadence by adding two further chords: C-D7-Gm7/B♭-C-G. In November 2004, The Daily Telegraph newspaper placed the version at number two in a list of the fifty greatest cover versions of all time. In October 2014, a public poll compiled by the BBC saw the song voted the all-time best cover version. In the video for Pet Shop Boys' version of "Always on My Mind", Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe are seated in the front of a taxi cab, when an eccentric passenger gets in, played by notable British actor Joss Ackland. At the end of the song, he gets out of the car. Standing alone, he mutters: "You went away, it should make me feel better. But I don't know how I'm going to get through", part of the lyrics for another Pet Shop Boys track, "What Have I Done to Deserve This?", released earlier in the year.
In 1988, the duo remixed the song for their third studio LP, combining it with an acid-house track called "In My House". In 2008, Konami used the song for Dance Dance Revolution X, released for both arcades and the Sony PlayStation 2 console. In 2010, the song was re-used for Dance Dance Revolution X2, released for arcades. In 2017, Burberry released its Holiday campaign, as directed by Alasdair McLellan, which features Cara Delevingne and actor Matt Smith, it opens with Delevingne singing "Always on My Mind" before segueing into the Pet Shop Boys cover of the song. In 1983, Michael Kwan and Tracy Huang covered the song in Cantonese as "Often in My Heart", written by lyricist Andrew Lam, for Kwan's album Often in My Heart... Sooner or Later I Love You; the Cantonese rendition became one of the year's top ten songs awarded in the 1983 Jade Solid Gold Best Ten Music Awards Presentation. In 1984, the duo re-adapted the song in Mandarin with the s
Fundamental (Pet Shop Boys album)
Fundamental is the ninth studio album by English synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys. It was released in May 2006 in the United Kingdom, Europe and Canada, it was released in late June 2006 in the United States. The album entered the UK Albums Chart at number five on 28 May 2006. In the US the album peaked at #150 selling 7,500 copies in its first week; as of April 2009 it had sold 46,000 copies in the US and 66,000 copies in the UK. Fundamental earned two Grammy nominations at the 2007 Grammy Awards for Best Dance/Electronic Album and Best Dance Recording with "I'm with Stupid"; the album was produced by the Pet Shop Boys and Trevor Horn and it features eleven new Pet Shop Boys compositions, "Numb", written by Diane Warren. The liner notes show that the album is dedicated to two executed Iranian gay teenagers, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni, who were hanged on 19 July 2005; some reports have suggested the two may have been executed for engaging in homosexual behaviour, though the official Iranian report was that they were hanged for raping a 13-year-old boy.
The album was well received by critics, some considering it to be their best album since Very, but its sales failed to improve much on the sales of their last two albums. The album re-entered the UK Album Chart at number thirty-two in 2017 following the album's Further Listening 2005-2007 reissue; the album has been noted for being more political than any other of the duo's albums to date. Specific contemporary issues discussed in the lyrics include tensions and fears in the United States caused by the War on Terrorism, addressed in songs such as "Psychological" and "Luna Park". Other songs refer to the politics of the band's home country. "I'm with Stupid", touches upon both countries by satirizing Blair's alliance with George W. Bush. Other subject matters are dealt with as well. "Casanova in Hell" is about the 18th century historical figure Giacomo Casanova, how he immortalized himself by writing memoirs about his history of sexual seduction of numerous women. Tennant refers to the book Casanova's Homecoming by Arthur Schnitzler as his inspiration for the song.
"The Sodom and Gomorrah Show" references two of the biblical cities of sin and Gomorrah, in saying that to learn to'go where angels fear to tread' is to learn to live freely. The album is Pet Shop Boys' first collaboration with Trevor Horn since the 1989 single "It's Alright", its sound bears the producer's orchestral style, most associated with the 1982 ABC album The Lexicon of Love as well as the 1984 Frankie Goes to Hollywood single "Two Tribes" and subsequent album Welcome to the Pleasuredome. Horn was musical director for the Radio 2 concert, which featured the BBC Concert Orchestra; the album's personnel included many of Horn's frequent musical collaborators, including Anne Dudley, Tessa Niles, Jamie Muhoberac, Phil Palmer, Steve Lipson, Lol Creme, Tim Pierce, Earl Harvin, Frank Ricotti, Luis Jardim, Lucinda Barry. Special limited editions of the album include; the disc includes remixed tracks with contributions by artists such as Alter Ego. "In Private", here presented as a duet with Elton John, was a Dusty Springfield song written and produced by the Pet Shop Boys.
First released as a single in 1989, it was included on the 1990 album Reputation. Powerful opening track'Fugitive' contains lyrics suggestive of a dialogue between two terrorists'clean and prepared, to be led, indivisible', thus continuing the political themes of the main album. All songs written by Neil Tennant/Chris Lowe except. "Psychological" – 4:10 "The Sodom and Gomorrah Show" – 5:19 "I Made My Excuses and Left" – 4:53 "Minimal" – 4:21 "Numb" – 4:43 "God Willing" – 1:17 "Luna Park" – 5:31 "I'm with Stupid" – 3:24 "Casanova in Hell" – 3:13 "Twentieth Century" – 4:39 "Indefinite Leave to Remain" – 3:08 "Integral" – 3:55 Neil Tennant Chris LoweGuest musiciansPete Gleadall – original programming Nick Ingman – orchestral arrangement and conduction on tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9 & 12 Alanna Tavernier and Laura Edwards – backing vocals on track 1 Pete Murray – additional keyboards on track 1, 4, 5, 10 & 11 Jamie Muhoberac – additional keyboards on tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11 & 12.
Release (Pet Shop Boys album)
Release is the eighth studio album by the English synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys. It was first released in 2002. After the release of their previous studio album, Nightlife, it was planned that they would release a greatest hits collection in the autumn of 2000 with the two new tracks "Positive Role Model" and "Somebody Else's Business". While recording the new songs for the hits collection it was decided to produce a full studio album instead. In the UK it charted at number 7, in Germany at number 3. On its first release, a limited run of metallic effect embossed sleeves were available in a choice of four colours: grey, pink or red. In the US, this limited run came with a bonus CD including remixes and new tracks; the artwork was designed by Greg Foley of the New York design group and magazine publishers Visionaire and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package. The album marked a significant departure from previous work, being guitar—and piano—driven; however the album was made like their previous albums with most tracks programmed on computers.
Ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr was brought in on in the sessions to play real electric and acoustic guitars on seven of the album's ten tracks in London, with "Home and Dry" being completed in Dublin, Ireland. Apart from the track "London", recorded in Berlin with producer Chris Zippel, Pet Shop Boys produced the album themselves and commissioned Michael Brauer to mix it; the original version of the album had eleven tracks but "I Didn't Get Where I Am Today" was removed from the album before release and became a bonus track on the 2004 single "Flamboyant". Other tracks recorded during the sessions for the album which ended up as B-sides are "Between Two Islands", "Searching for the Face of Jesus", "Sexy Northerner" and "Always". Another track, "Time on My Hands", appeared on the 2003 release, Disco 3; the directors for all three music videos for the album's singles are photographers by trade: Wolfgang Tillmans directed "Home and Dry", Bruce Weber directed "I Get Along", Martin Parr directed "London".
The Tillmans video, consisting entirely of footage of mice filmed at Tottenham Court Road tube station in the London Underground, is considered by some to have undermined the commercial potential of the lead single, due to being deemed nearly unplayable by MTV and other music video channels. Because of the modest commercial success of this album, partly because of the habit of distancing themselves musically from their most recent work and Lowe have since returned to their dance roots. One year after the release of Release, Pet Shop Boys released Disco 3 which included remixes of some of the songs from Release along with new material that they were working on at the time of writing/producing material for Release; the album re-entered the UK Album Chart at number thirty in 2017 following the album's Further Listening 2001-2004 reissue. "Home and Dry" – 4:21 "I Get Along" – 5:49 "Birthday Boy" – 6:26 "London" – 3:46 "E-Mail" – 3:55 "The Samurai in Autumn" – 4:17 "Love Is a Catastrophe" – 4:50 "Here" – 3:15 "The Night I Fell in Love" – 5:04 "You Choose" – 3:10 "Home and Dry" – 5:29 "Sexy Northerner" – 3:40 "Always" – 5:06 "Closer to Heaven" – 6:30 "Nightlife" – 3:56 "Friendly Fire" – 3:26 "Break 4 Love" – 3:29 "Home and Dry" – 6:38CD-ROM content: "Home and Dry" Neil Tennant – vocals, keyboards Chris Lowe – keyboards, drum programming, additional vocals on track 1Guest musiciansPete Gleadall – programming and engineering on all tracks except 4 Johnny Marr – guitar on tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 10 Jody Linscott – percussion on tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 Steve Walters – bass guitar on tracks 2, 3 and 9 Chris Zippel – keyboards on track 4 "Little Mike" – guitar and bass on track 4
Please (Pet Shop Boys album)
Please is the debut album by English electronic music duo Pet Shop Boys, released on 24 March 1986 by Parlophone Records in the United Kingdom and by EMI America Records in the United States. According to the duo, the album's title was chosen so that people had to go into a record shop and say "Can I have the Pet Shop Boys album,'Please'?". Please spawned four singles: "West End Girls", "Opportunities", "Suburbia", "Love Comes Quickly". Please is musically simpler than but lyrically just as rich as Pet Shop Boys' work; the instrumentals are comparable to other techno pop of this period. As with many early PSB albums, the lyrics were considered androgynous, the stories they contain being applicable to gay and heterosexual relationships. Tennant, in particular, enjoyed this ambiguity and refused to comment on his own sexuality until he came out shortly prior to the 1993 release of Very; the tiny cover photograph enclosed by a sea of white has been seen by some design observers as a reaction to the traditional album cover.
With the new CD cases of the time being smaller than designs seen on 12" albums, the passport-sized photograph is far removed from standard cover artwork. The actual size of the image is the same size as a 35mm photographic negative. Although some commentators have remarked that "Two Divided by Zero" samples a Texas Instruments Speak & Spell toy from the 1980s, this is a myth. Neil Tennant stated in an interview in the BBC Radio documentary About Pet Shop Boys that the sample used on "Two Divided by Zero" was in fact a talking calculator he had bought for his father. Please was re-released on 4 June 2001 as Please/Further Listening 1984–1986; the re-released version was not only digitally remastered but came with a second disc of B-sides and unreleased material from around the time of the album's original release. Yet another re-release followed on 9 February 2009, under the title of Please: Remastered; this version contains only the 11 tracks on the original. With the 2009 re-release, the 2001 2CD re-release was discontinued.
On 2 March 2018 a new remastered edition of Further listening was released, with 2001 edition content. "Suburbia" was remixed for the single release. "Violence" was re-recorded by the Pet Shop Boys for a charity concert at The Haçienda nightclub in the early 1990s. This version, known as the'Haçienda version', was released as one of the B-sides to "I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing" and was made available on the B-sides album Alternative and the 2001 2-disc re-release of the Very album; the Pet Shop Boys sampled the Please version of "Love Comes Quickly" for their song "Somebody Else's Business", which appeared on the Disco 3 album. "Tonight Is Forever" was covered by Liza Minnelli on the Pet Shop Boys-produced album Results. All the songs were written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe except "Two Divided by Zero" written by Neil Tennant and Bobby Orlando and "Love Comes Quickly" written by Tennant/Lowe & Stephen Hague "Two Divided by Zero" – 3:32 "West End Girls" – 4:41 "Opportunities" – 3:43 "Love Comes Quickly" – 4:18 "Suburbia" – 5:07 "Opportunities" – 0:32 "Tonight Is Forever" – 4:30 "Violence" – 4:27 "I Want a Lover" – 4:04 "Later Tonight" – 2:44 "Why Don't We Live Together?"
– 4:44 "A Man Could Get Arrested" – 4:11 "Opportunities" - 4:36 * "In the Night" – 4:51 "Opportunities" – 7:00 * "Why Don't We Live together?" - 5:14 * "West End Girls" – 6:39 "A Man Could Get Arrested" – 4:51 "Love Comes Quickly" – 6:50 "That's My Impression" – 5:19 "Was That What It Was?" – 5:17 "Suburbia" – 8:58 "Jack the Lad" – 4:32 "Paninaro" – 8:38Track #4 is a unreleased mix - different from the actual 12" version released in 1985 and which reappeared again in 1986. Unreleased. "West End Girls" "Opportunities" "Love Comes Quickly" "Suburbia" Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant – lead vocals and backing vocals, guitars Chris Lowe – synthesizers, sequencers, computer-generated effects, electric piano and backing vocalsGuest musicians Andy Mackay – saxophone on track 4 Helena Springs – additional vocals on tracks 2 & 6 On Second Thought