Discography: The Complete Singles Collection

Discography: The Complete Singles Collection

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by Pet Shop Boys
     
 
Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe merged seemingly disparate elements -- cold, hard-edged techno pop with classic songwriting technique and biting humor -- to create some of the most substantial and invigorating music of the mid and late '80s. All of their top U.K. singles are present on Discography. The compilation tracks their career from "West End Girls," their

Overview

Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe merged seemingly disparate elements -- cold, hard-edged techno pop with classic songwriting technique and biting humor -- to create some of the most substantial and invigorating music of the mid and late '80s. All of their top U.K. singles are present on Discography. The compilation tracks their career from "West End Girls," their first big hit in 1985, through their October '91 single, "DJ Culture." Their songs are brilliantly structured, and the lyrics, though occasionally diminished by Tennant's deadpan delivery, are often ingenious. Consider the chorus from "Rent": "Look at my hopes/Look at my dreams/The currency we've spent/I love you/You pay my rent." In addition to their originals, Discography contains two controversial covers, their synthesizer-heavy updating of Elvis Presley's "Always on My Mind" and their remake of U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name," which interpolated the lounge classic "I Can't Take My Eyes off of You." Elvis and U2 fans were scandalized, but for the Pet Shop Boys it was just another episode of taking elements that shouldn't match and making it fashionable.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Most of the Pet Shop Boys' albums are well-crafted and thoroughly intriguing in their own right, but dance-pop is a medium that is driven by hit singles. Discography collects all the duo's numerous hit singles, including a handful of non-album tracks, in their original 7" single mix, which occasionally varies from the album version, particularly in the case of the Introspective material. Presented chronologically, the singles not only demonstrate the band's increasing musical sophistication, they illustrate what fine songwriters Tennant and Lowe are. These 18 songs form one of the most consistent and innovative bodies of work of its era. Some of the production techniques have dated slightly, but the music has remained impressive.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/1991
Label:
Parlophone (Wea)
UPC:
0077779709724
catalogNumber:
970972

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pet Shop Boys   Primary Artist
Greg Bone   Guitar
Andy Duncan   Percussion
Tessa Niles   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Pet Shop Boys   Producer
Mark James   Composer
Brothers in Rhythm   Producer
Johnny Christopher   Composer
Adam Clayton   Composer
Mike Couzzi   Engineer
Scott Davidson   Programming
Harold Faltermeyer   Producer
Bob Gaudio   Composer
Stephen Hague   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Trevor Horn   Producer
Johnathon J. Jeczalik   Producer
Marshall Jefferson   Composer
Bob Kraushaar   Engineer
Stephen Lipson   Producer,Engineer
Chris Lowe   Composer
Lewis A. Martineé   Producer,Engineer
Julian Mendelsohn   Producer,Engineer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Tony Phillips   Engineer
Brian Reeves   Engineer
Andy Richards   Producer
Pete Schwier   Engineer
Ren Swan   Engineer
Neil Tennant   Composer
Allee Willis   Composer
Paul Wright   Engineer
David Jacob   Engineer
Paul Hewson   Composer
Wayne Carson Thompson   Composer
Bob Crew   Composer

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Discography: The Complete Singles Collection 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This leaves all other "greatest hits" collections in the dust. Taken individually, the songs are impressive. As a collection, their brilliance is dazzling, almost blindingly so. Where to start? The sound-effects laden "Suburbia." The dramatic "It's a Sin." "Rent" and "Being Boring" are gorgeous. "Left to My Own Devices" is symphonic disco perfected. Finally, the obligatory bonus track "Was it Worth It?" is a joyous close to the proceedings. The only less than brilliant numbers are "Love Comes Quickly" and "It's Alright." Otherwise, this group of lovingly crafted melodies and smart, witty lyrics is indispensable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
PSB has been a favourite since "West End Girls" came out in '85 for their grasp both of imaging and sonic production. There's also a good measure of social comment in their works - when I moved to London a few years ago, I then understood "West End" brilliantly for its accurate portrayal of class divisions and the chasm between them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just heard about them only a few days ago. They are the best! I love this cd, i find only one problem. They don't have the song Go West on it. That song is also a great song. I advise not liking, loving this band
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great compilation of a very underated group 80's group (at least here in the US). My two faves are West End Girls and Left to My Own Devices. A must have for 80's freaks and 30-somethings out there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
They are one of the best cd's I have heard in a long time. I just discovered them a few months ago. They rock!