History Music / PetShopBoys

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''..."
10th Feb '17 8:54:58 AM HarJIT-EGS
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* {{Mondegreen}}: [[invoked]] YMMV aside, a few are present in prominent official or semi-official places:
** Apparantly, the lyrics booklet with the Japanese release of ''Alternative'' makes a few (e.g. "I'm virgin, I'm ugly" rather than "verging on ugly").
** PSB admit that they weren't sure what the "Go west" line rendered in their version as "the hustling, rustling just to feed" was actually supposed to be (it's apparantly supposed to be "the hustling, rustling of the feet"). It isn't nearly as bad as the demo, which renders the previous line ("Without rush, and the pace back east") as "We'll outrun all the power degrees" - it would seem that they did some more deciphering after recording the demo.
21st Jan '17 4:02:24 AM timotaka
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** Actually, ''every'' music video from ''Very''. They mix together bizarre outfits and backgrounds done with early CGI all in bright garish colours, presumably just because they could since they rarely have any connection to the actual song lyrics.

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** Actually, ''every'' music video from ''Very''. They mix together bizarre outfits and backgrounds done with early CGI all in bright garish colours, presumably just because they could since they rarely have any connection to the actual song lyrics. ''Go West'' is the most sensible of the bunch.
21st Jan '17 4:00:58 AM timotaka
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** Actually, ''every'' music video from ''Very''. They mix together bizarre outfits and backgrounds done with early CGI all in bright garish colours, presumably just because they could since they rarely have any connection to the actual song lyrics.
12th Jan '17 5:36:46 PM alk41
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* SpellingSong: "Shopping", "Minimal". Mashed up together wonderfully during the 2006 tour.

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* SpellingSong: "Shopping", "Minimal". Mashed up together wonderfully during the 2006 tour. And then "Happiness".
10th Jan '17 4:15:39 PM nombretomado
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* ContinuityNod: The 2006 video for "I'm With Stupid" had the guys from ''LittleBritain'' parodying the 1993 videos for "Go West" and "Can You Forgive Her?"

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* ContinuityNod: The 2006 video for "I'm With Stupid" had the guys from ''LittleBritain'' ''Series/LittleBritain'' parodying the 1993 videos for "Go West" and "Can You Forgive Her?"
2nd Jan '17 9:25:24 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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Despite popular misconceptions due to Tennant's typical dry delivery, their music is not inherently ironic. While they have done a few ironic songs ("Opportunities"), a surprising proportion of their songs are honestly emotional. Another interesting bit about their music is that Neil often plays a character in their songs, and not necessarily a male character. In "I Made My Excuses and Left", for example, he sings as Cynthia Lennon walking in on [[Music/TheBeatles John]] and [[YokoOno Yoko]] and realizing her marriage is over.

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Despite popular misconceptions due to Tennant's typical dry delivery, their music is not inherently ironic. While they have done a few ironic songs ("Opportunities"), a surprising proportion of their songs are honestly emotional. Another interesting bit about their music is that Neil often plays a character in their songs, and not necessarily a male character. In "I Made My Excuses and Left", for example, he sings as Cynthia Lennon walking in on [[Music/TheBeatles John]] and [[YokoOno [[Music/YokoOno Yoko]] and realizing her marriage is over.
1st Jan '17 3:04:20 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* AttentionWhore: Brutally satirised in "Shameless". Also: "Flamboyant". Or ""[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin How Can You Expect to be Taken Seriously"]].

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* AttentionWhore: Brutally satirised in "Shameless". Also: "Flamboyant". Or ""[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin How Can You Expect to be Taken Seriously"]].Seriously]]".
14th Oct '16 9:26:34 PM InTheGallbladder
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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.) Eminem responded rather less maturely than U2, and narrated running them over with his car in one song.

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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 responded rather less maturely than U2, and narrated running dedicated a line to them over with his car in one song."Canibitch":
-->'''Dr. Dre:''' What was that [you just ran over]?\\
'''Eminem:''' Pet Shop Boys.
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