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  • Accidental Innuendo: "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.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: 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 10 ways the Boys all but killed their American career.
  • 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.
    • Very is 53 minutes of pure, unadulterated awesome.
    • "Jealousy" is an excellent closer to Behaviour, especially with its big orchestral ending.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: "Being Boring", though only reaching #20 on the charts, remains the fans' favorite song. Album track "King's Cross" gets this too.
  • Face of the Band: Neil Tennant. This is intentional, because Chris is rather shy.
  • Fan Nickname: The Pets, or the Boys. Fans themselves are called Petheads.
  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: Some fans interpret "I Want a Dog" in this way, which would make it a coded admission that the singer is gay.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: "Go West" is a classic in Israel.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Tons of them!
    • The video for Kings Cross (the It Couldn't Happen Here clip [1], not the 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, a fire 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 didn't include Versace (but did include Armani) in its lyrics, (apparantly they thought he didn't fit well with the meaning of the 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).
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    • They released a homage song about New York City in 1999, called (quite obviously) "New York City boy". A couple of years later, the city suffered the September, 11th terrorist attacks. Then, they released a song about London in 2002, called (even more obviously) "London". A couple of years later, the city suffered the Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks...
    • 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' New Sound Album 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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The 2003 DVD release of PopArt has commentary for each music video. During the commentary for "Liberation", this exchange occurs:
    Chris Lowe: Looks kind of sexual, doesn't it?
    Neil: I think it's just psychedelic.
    Chris Heath: Doesn't everything mean something?
    Neil: Oh, I don't think so.
    • This became particularly funny in 2012, after the Pet Shop Boys released an entire song called "Everything Means Something" on Elysium.
  • Ho Yay:
    • 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)" and "The Truck Driver And His 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" and everything in Closer to Heaven are more specifically homosexually themed.
    • 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 of it in "Girls Don't Cry".
  • I Am Not Shazam: Neither of the band members ever worked in a pet shop. Some mutual friends of theirs did, and they thought "Pet Shop Boys" sounded like an English rap group, so they ran with it.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • 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.
    • The "Perfect Immaculate" remix of "Integral" (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.
  • Tear Jerker: "Your Funny Uncle", "Being Boring" (and a large chunk of Behaviour), "Home and Dry".
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible:
    • "The Sound Of The Atom Splitting", and It Couldn't Happen Here (the movie).
    • Many fans didn't like the sound shift from their characteristic electronic-pop style to a more rock, guitar based sound in their album Release. While the "Home and dry" music video amounted to camera footage of rodents on the London Underground, which didn't help the success of Release much.