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** In the liner notes for ''Alternative,'' Neil Tennant says of his guitar solo on "Decadence" "I guess Pet Shop Boys are not allowed to rock." Jon Savage concurs. Seven years later came Pet Shop Boys' NewSoundAlbum ''Release,'' which focused for the most part on pop-rock. While not a commercial failure, it is their least successful album to date, and critics are still split on its quality.

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* AmericansHateTingle: Subverted. While they started off just as popular in the United States as in the United Kingdom and much of the rest of the world, their American success had declined to this level save for some successes on the dance charts by the early 1990s, thanks in part to how misunderstood their lyrics and their work in general had become by then. One popular website devoted to the Boys even cites [[http://www.geowayne.com/newDesign/lists/suicide.htm 10 ways the Boys all but killed their American career]].

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** "Jealousy" is an excellent closer to ''Behaviour'', ''especially'' with its big orchestral ending.


* MagnumOpus: Everybody has their favorite PSB album, so it's rather difficult to pin down to just one, though the most popular bets on this, [[http://www.geowayne.com/newDesign/surveys/2014.htm#week683 according to survey,]] are ''Behaviour'', ''Very'', ''Actually'', ''Introspective'', ''Electric'', ''Yes'' and ''Please''.


** ''Disco 2'' contained remixes of a rather low overall level of faithfulness to the original songs (of which "Liberation" took the biscuit by [[InNameOnly inserting completely new vocals ''after'' eliminating all that was left of the original track (vocals included)]]), segued and often length edited. It is often considered the worst album they ever released.

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** ''Disco 2'' contained remixes of a rather low overall level of faithfulness to the original songs (of which "Liberation" took the biscuit by [[InNameOnly inserting completely new vocals ''after'' vocals]] ''[[InNameOnly after]]'' [[InNameOnly eliminating all that was left of the original track (vocals included)]]), segued and often length edited. It is often considered the worst album they ever released.


** ''Disco 2'' contained remixes of a rather low overall level of faithfulness to the original songs (of which "Liberation" took the biscuit by inserting completely new vocals ''after'' eliminating all that was left of the original track (vocals included)), segued and often length edited. It is often considered the worst album they ever released.

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** ''Disco 2'' contained remixes of a rather low overall level of faithfulness to the original songs (of which "Liberation" took the biscuit by [[InNameOnly inserting completely new vocals ''after'' eliminating all that was left of the original track (vocals included)), included)]]), segued and often length edited. It is often considered the worst album they ever released.


** Also some LesYay in "Girls Don't Cry".

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** Also some LesYay of it in "Girls Don't Cry".


** The video for Kings Cross (the ''It Couldn't Happen Here'' clip [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kRfIpuZIXE]], not the ''Projections'' montage) shows a man on fire, whereas the song itself talks about the (presumably figurative) "dead and wounded on either side" all around Kings Cross station. Two months later, there is a fire that kills 31 at the Kings Cross tube station.

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** The video for Kings Cross (the ''It Couldn't Happen Here'' clip [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kRfIpuZIXE]], not the ''Projections'' montage) Darek Jarman projection) shows a man on fire, whereas the song itself talks about the (presumably figurative) "dead and wounded on either side" all around Kings Cross station. Two months later, there is a fire that kills 31 at the Kings Cross tube station.


** They mentioned Armani and Versace (the Italian designers) in their first version of "Paninaro" in 1986. When they re-released that song in 1995, the PSB decided to drop Versace (but keep Armani) from its lyrics, because they thought he didn't fit well with the meaning of the song. A couple of years later, Versace was killed.

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** They mentioned Armani and Versace (the Italian designers) in their first version of "Paninaro" in 1986. When they re-released that song in 1995, the PSB decided to drop didn't include Versace (but keep did include Armani) from in its lyrics, because (apparantly they thought he didn't fit well with the meaning of the song.song). A couple of years later, Versace was killed. Which sounds really creepy until you realise that it was only the 12" version (''Disco'', ''Please: Further Listening'') that mentioned him to start with (the original 7" version features on ''Alternative'').


** As far as the songs go, "If Love Were All", "I'm With Stupid", "Euroboy", "Sexy Northerner", "Try It (I'm In Love With A Married Man)", "The Truck Driver And His Mate", "The Night I Fell In Love", and everything in ''Closer to Heaven''.

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** As far as the songs go, "If Love Were All", "I'm With Stupid", "Euroboy", "Sexy Northerner", "Try It (I'm In Love With A Married Man)", Man)" and "The Truck Driver And His Mate", Mate" allude to homosexuality (the ambiguity in many of them being whether the narrator is male or female). Whereas "The Night I Fell In Love", Love" and everything in ''Closer to Heaven''.Heaven'' are more specifically homosexually themed.



* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: The "Perfect Immaculate" remix of "Integral" (which drastically changed the style of music) was the version released as a digital single, in order to promote the remix album ''Disco 4''. This provoked this reaction from fans of the original version from the ''Fundamental'' album.

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* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: TheyChangedItNowItSucks:
** ''Disco 2'' contained remixes of a rather low overall level of faithfulness to the original songs (of which "Liberation" took the biscuit by inserting completely new vocals ''after'' eliminating all that was left of the original track (vocals included)), segued and often length edited. It is often considered the worst album they ever released.
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The "Perfect Immaculate" remix of "Integral" (which drastically (which, while preserving the song, majorly changed the style of music) was the version released as a digital single, in order to promote the remix album ''Disco 4''. This provoked this reaction from fans of the original version from the ''Fundamental'' album.


* MagnumOpus: Everybody has their favorite PSB album, so it's rather difficult to pin down to just one, though the most popular bets on this are ''Please'', ''Introspective'', ''Behavior'', ''Very'', ''Yes'' and ''Electric''.

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* MagnumOpus: Everybody has their favorite PSB album, so it's rather difficult to pin down to just one, though the most popular bets on this this, [[http://www.geowayne.com/newDesign/surveys/2014.htm#week683 according to survey,]] are ''Please'', ''Behaviour'', ''Very'', ''Actually'', ''Introspective'', ''Behavior'', ''Very'', ''Electric'', ''Yes'' and ''Electric''.''Please''.


* [[AccidentalInnuendo]]: "Did you see me coming", "Love comes quickly". PSB mention in the ''Yes'' iTunes commentary that they were concerned that the title "Did you see me coming" might unintentionally come across as lewd.

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* [[AccidentalInnuendo]]: AccidentalInnuendo: "Did you see me coming", "Love comes quickly". PSB mention in the ''Yes'' iTunes commentary that they were concerned that the title "Did you see me coming" might unintentionally come across as lewd.

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* [[AccidentalInnuendo]]: "Did you see me coming", "Love comes quickly". PSB mention in the ''Yes'' iTunes commentary that they were concerned that the title "Did you see me coming" might unintentionally come across as lewd.

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* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: The "Perfect Immaculate" remix of "Integral" (which drastically changed the style of music) was the version released as a digital single, in order to promote the remix album ''Disco 4''. This provoked this reaction from fans of the original version from the ''Fundamental'' album.


* [[AwesomeMusic/{{Music}} Crowning Music of Awesome]]: The medley they performed at the BRIT Awards. Imagine the [=CMoAs=] of their best hits (and mind you, there are '''lots''' of them) all smashed into thirteen minutes. Amazing.

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* [[AwesomeMusic/{{Music}} Crowning Music of Awesome]]: Awesome]]:
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The medley they performed at the BRIT Awards. Imagine the [=CMoAs=] of their best hits (and mind you, there are '''lots''' of them) all smashed into thirteen minutes. Amazing.



* HoYay: The sheer amout of hoyay in the "Domino Dancing" video pretty much shifted the entire demographic of their American fanbase. As far as the songs go, "If Love Were All", "I'm With Stupid", "Euroboy", "Sexy Northerner", "Try It (I'm In Love With A Married Man)", "The Truck Driver And His Mate", "The Night I Fell In Love", and everything in ''Closer to Heaven''. An unreleased song they performed live, "Homosexuality", has a pretty obvious song title. The version of "In private" they performed with Elton John is also quite hoyay as the song had been originally written to be performed by a woman (namely, Dusty Springfield). Also some LesYay in "Girls Don't Cry".

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* HoYay: HoYay:
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The sheer amout of hoyay in the "Domino Dancing" video pretty much shifted the entire demographic of their American fanbase. fanbase.
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As far as the songs go, "If Love Were All", "I'm With Stupid", "Euroboy", "Sexy Northerner", "Try It (I'm In Love With A Married Man)", "The Truck Driver And His Mate", "The Night I Fell In Love", and everything in ''Closer to Heaven''. Heaven''.
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An unreleased song they performed live, "Homosexuality", has a pretty obvious song title. title.
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The version of "In private" they performed with Elton John is also quite hoyay as the song had been originally written to be performed by a woman (namely, Dusty Springfield). Springfield).
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Also some LesYay in "Girls Don't Cry".



* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: "The Sound Of The Atom Splitting", and ''It Couldn't Happen Here'' (the movie).

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* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: TrueArtIsIncomprehensible:
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"The Sound Of The Atom Splitting", and ''It Couldn't Happen Here'' (the movie).

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