History Music / PetShopBoys

27th May '18 5:37:44 AM MetaFour
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*** Springsteen's original chorus lyrics for "Last to Die" where "Who'll be the last to die for a mistake?" For PSB's version, they changed it to "Who'll be the last to die for ''our'' mistake?", adding an air of shared remorse to the anti-war theme.

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*** Springsteen's original chorus lyrics for "Last to Die" where were "Who'll be the last to die for a mistake?" For PSB's version, they changed it to "Who'll be the last to die for ''our'' mistake?", adding an air of shared remorse to the anti-war theme.
27th May '18 5:35:11 AM MetaFour
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* RemixAlbum: Their series of ''Disco'' albums are all remix albums, though they all use the concept slightly differently.
** ''Disco'' is a collection of extended dance mixes.
** ''Disco 2'' is another remix collection, this time [[FadingIntoTheNextSong arranged as a continuous megamix]], and not quite as extended.
** ''Disco 3'' contains remixes and a handful of new songs.
** ''Disco 4'' sees the Pets remixing other artists, such as David Bowie, Madonna, The Killers, and Rammstein.
5th Mar '18 4:51:40 PM nombretomado
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* CoverVersion: "Always On My Mind" (Music/ElvisPresley), "It's Alright" (Sterling Void), "Where The Streets Have No Name/Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" (mashup of U2 and Frankie Valli), "Go West" (Music/VillagePeople), "Losing My Mind" and "Somewhere" (Creator/StephenSondheim), "If Love Were All" and "Sail Away" (Creator/NoelCoward), "Viva La Vida" (Coldplay), and "The Last to Die" (Music/BruceSpringsteen). Some music bits of "Se a vida é" were famously taken from a previous latin song.

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* CoverVersion: "Always On My Mind" (Music/ElvisPresley), "It's Alright" (Sterling Void), "Where The Streets Have No Name/Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" (mashup of U2 and Frankie Valli), "Go West" (Music/VillagePeople), "Losing My Mind" and "Somewhere" (Creator/StephenSondheim), (Music/StephenSondheim), "If Love Were All" and "Sail Away" (Creator/NoelCoward), "Viva La Vida" (Coldplay), and "The Last to Die" (Music/BruceSpringsteen). Some music bits of "Se a vida é" were famously taken from a previous latin song.
18th Feb '18 11:03:08 AM nombretomado
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* RedOctober: "My October Symphony" is all about the parade held in remembrance, and is the story of a Russian composer wondering whether it will be canceled since the Soviet Union fell. See also UsefulNotes/ColdWar.
5th Feb '18 10:50:29 PM Bootlebat
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** "Shameless" is a very upbeat and majestic sounding song about celebrities acting like total scumbags
5th Aug '17 10:31:21 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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** "Jealousy" sounds like a lush, warm ballad on the surface, complete with an epic orchestral ending. However, the song is sung from the viewpoint of an anxious man who is paranoid that his love might be seeing someone else, with heavy implications that his behavior has driven his partner away. The orchestral coda can be seen as a symbolization of an anxious breakdown, or a view of the narrator's self-pity.
5th Aug '17 5:23:07 AM jormis29
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** Eminem: Due to Mr. Mathers' rampant homophobia, they recorded "The Night I Fell In Love", a sweet AffectionateParody about a college kid having a one-night stand with an Eminem CaptainErsatz. (It could be about any rapper, but the lyrics reference "Stan", a single of his, and Dr. Dre, his producer.) In response, Eminem dedicated a line to them in "Canibitch":

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** Eminem: Music/{{Eminem}}: Due to Mr. Mathers' rampant homophobia, they recorded "The Night I Fell In Love", a sweet AffectionateParody about a college kid having a one-night stand with an Eminem CaptainErsatz. (It could be about any rapper, but the lyrics reference "Stan", a single of his, and Dr. Dre, Music/DrDre, his producer.) In response, Eminem dedicated a line to them in "Canibitch":
14th Jun '17 11:45:56 AM TheGoodUsernamesAreGone
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* LimitedLyricsSong: "The Samurai in Autumn" on ''Release'' was their first venture into this, and the trope has popped up on an increasing basis as their career continues, to the point where a solid quarter of ''Super'' is made up of these.
8th Apr '17 8:46:24 AM HarJIT-EGS
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* TitleTrack: [[AvertedTrope Averted throughout their career]].

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* TitleTrack: [[AvertedTrope Averted throughout their career]].career]], with [[DownplayedTrope a few borderline cases]]:
13th Mar '17 10:33:41 AM narm00
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They are also successful producers and collaborators, having produced Dusty Springfield's ''Reputation'' and Liza Minnelli's ''Results'', and having co-written or produced songs for Tina Turner, Music/DavidBowie, Robbie Williams, Electronic, Music/GirlsAloud, Music/KylieMinogue, and Music/TheKillers. Many other artists are fans and have publicly cited them as influences, including {{Music/Madonna}}, Music/TheKillers, Music/{{Coldplay}}, Creator/GeorgeMichael, Music/BelleAndSebastian, and, curiously enough, [[Music/GunsNRoses Axl Rose]] and [[Music/NineInchNails Trent Reznor]].

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They are also successful producers and collaborators, having produced Dusty Springfield's ''Reputation'' and Liza Minnelli's ''Results'', and having co-written or produced songs for Tina Turner, Music/TinaTurner, Music/DavidBowie, Robbie Williams, Music/RobbieWilliams, Electronic, Music/GirlsAloud, Music/KylieMinogue, and Music/TheKillers. Many other artists are fans and have publicly cited them as influences, including {{Music/Madonna}}, Music/TheKillers, Music/{{Coldplay}}, Creator/GeorgeMichael, Music/BelleAndSebastian, and, curiously enough, [[Music/GunsNRoses Axl Rose]] and [[Music/NineInchNails Trent Reznor]].



They have also co-written and produced a musical, 2001's ''Closer to Heaven'', starred in a film, 1987's ''It Couldn't Happen Here'', written a new score for the classic movie "Battleship Potemkin" in 2004, and plan to premiere a ballet, ''The Most Incredible Thing'' in March 2011.

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They have also co-written and produced a musical, 2001's ''Closer to Heaven'', starred in a film, 1987's ''It Couldn't Happen Here'', written a new score for the classic movie "Battleship Potemkin" ''Film/TheBattleshipPotemkin'' in 2004, and plan to premiere premiered a ballet, ''The Most Incredible Thing'' Thing'', in March 2011.



* AntiChristmasSong: "It Doesn't Often Snow At Christmas". The verses are about how the Christmas message is getting lost and it never snows like it's supposed to, but the chorus is about enjoying it anyway because you're with someone you love.



* AntiChristmasSong: "It Doesn't Often Snow At Christmas". The verses are about how the Christmas message is getting lost and it never snows like it's supposed to, but the chorus is about enjoying it anyway because you're with someone you love.



* CoverVersion: "Always On My Mind" (ElvisPresley), "It's Alright" (Sterling Void), "Where The Streets Have No Name/Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" (mashup of U2 and Frankie Valli), "Go West" (Village People), "Losing My Mind" and "Somewhere" (Stephen Sondheim), "If Love Were All" and "Sail Away" (NoelCoward), "Viva La Vida" (Coldplay), and "The Last to Die" (Music/BruceSpringsteen). Some music bits of "Se a vida é" were famously taken from a previous latin song.

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* CoverVersion: "Always On My Mind" (ElvisPresley), (Music/ElvisPresley), "It's Alright" (Sterling Void), "Where The Streets Have No Name/Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" (mashup of U2 and Frankie Valli), "Go West" (Village People), (Music/VillagePeople), "Losing My Mind" and "Somewhere" (Stephen Sondheim), (Creator/StephenSondheim), "If Love Were All" and "Sail Away" (NoelCoward), (Creator/NoelCoward), "Viva La Vida" (Coldplay), and "The Last to Die" (Music/BruceSpringsteen). Some music bits of "Se a vida é" were famously taken from a previous latin song.



* DarkReprise: "Dreaming Of The Queen"-- The chorus starts off as Her Majesty and Lady Diana discussing how fleeting love is. It ends with the narrator waking up alone in a cold sweat and realizing he has AIDS.



* DarkReprise: "Dreaming Of The Queen"-- The chorus starts off as Her Majesty and Lady Diana discussing how fleeting love is. It ends with the narrator waking up alone in a cold sweat and realizing he has AIDS.



* IWantMyJetpack: Combined with {{Zeerust}} in "This Used to Be the Future".
* IWasQuiteALooker: The narrator in "Gin and Jag".



* {{Instrumentals}}: Most of the "Chris tracks", namely "Music for Boys", most of the ''Relentless'' album, and most their ''Battleship Potemkin'' score for that film.

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* {{Instrumentals}}: Most of the "Chris tracks", namely "Music for Boys", most of the ''Relentless'' album, and most of their ''Battleship Potemkin'' score for that film.score.



* IWantMyJetpack: Combined with {{Zeerust}} in "This Used to Be the Future".
* IWasQuiteALooker: The narrator in "Gin and Jag".



* ListSong: The bridge of "I Want a Dog" (the original B-side version) is just Chris reading off a list of dog breeds (the Frankie Knuckles Club Mix was used for the album - its bridge is a lengthy insrumental section). "Paninaro" rants about passion, love, sex, money, violence, religion, injustice and death, all mentioned as a list in the song. And "We're The Pet Shop Boys" ends with a list of their song titles.

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* ListSong: The bridge of "I Want a Dog" (the original B-side version) is just Chris reading off a list of dog breeds (the Frankie Knuckles Club Mix was used for the album - its bridge is a lengthy insrumental instrumental section). "Paninaro" rants about passion, love, sex, money, violence, religion, injustice and death, all mentioned as a list in the song. And "We're The Pet Shop Boys" ends with a list of their song titles.



* OopNorth: Chris is from Lancashire, Blackpool, and Neil is from Newcastle. Also the subject of "Sexy Northerner"--"Don't you dare imply/that it's grim up North"...
* PachelbelsCanonProgression: "Go West", in which the progression is more prominent than it was in the VillagePeople original.
* PoesLaw: The examples when the song is frequently taken at face value and sarcasm is lost are too numerous to list. Common offenders include "Opportunities", "Shopping", "Delusions of Grandeur".

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* OopNorth: Chris is from Lancashire, Blackpool, Blackpool and Neil is from Newcastle. Also the subject of "Sexy Northerner"--"Don't you dare imply/that it's grim up North"...
* PachelbelsCanonProgression: "Go West", in which the progression is more prominent than it was in the VillagePeople Village People original.
* PoesLaw: The examples when the song is frequently taken at face value and sarcasm is lost are too numerous to list. Common offenders include "Opportunities", "Shopping", and "Delusions of Grandeur".



* ShoutOut: To name a few, The Beatles, Disco-Tex and the Sex-o-Lettes, Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor, Oscar Wilde, Dmitry Shostakovich, Che Guevara, Debussy, Harold Pinter, Gerhard Richter, Yevgeny Zamyatin...



* ShoutOut: To name a few, The Beatles, Disco-Tex and the Sex-o-Lettes, Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor, Oscar Wilde, Dmitry Shostakovich, Che Guevara, Debussy, Harold Pinter, Gerhard Richter, Yevgeny Zamyatin...



** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS0fsoyrFg4&ob=av3e&hd=1 Yesterday When I Was Mad ]] is supposed to actually represent a madman's hallucinations.

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** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS0fsoyrFg4&ob=av3e&hd=1 Yesterday When I Was Mad ]] Mad]] is supposed to actually represent a madman's hallucinations.



** U2: PSB mashed up their very poppy cover of "Where The Streets Have No Name" with the very poppy "I Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You", and released it as a double A-side with "How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously?". U2 reportedly said "What have we done to deserve this?" But after that, U2 stopped taking themselves so seriously, and we got the wonderful ''Achtung Baby''.

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** U2: Music/{{U2}}: PSB mashed up their very poppy cover of "Where The Streets Have No Name" with the very poppy "I Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You", and released it as a double A-side with "How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously?". U2 reportedly said "What have we done to deserve this?" But after that, U2 stopped taking themselves so seriously, and we got the wonderful ''Achtung Baby''.



** A more minor example in "The Theatre" clearly shows their opinion of AndrewLloydWebber: "I was only hoping for a bit of cash/From a patron of the arts--or at least ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera''..."

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** A more minor example in "The Theatre" clearly shows their opinion of AndrewLloydWebber: Creator/AndrewLloydWebber: "I was only hoping for a bit of cash/From a patron of the arts--or at least ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera''...''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''..."
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