10 Spectacular Pet Shop Boys Songs That Aren’t “West End Girls”
Invariably, that's the response I get from fellow Americans when trying to discuss Pet Shop Boys with them. And I'm tired of it. Sick and tired of it, folks.
Don't get me wrong, I love "West End Girls" and "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)," but there is so. Much. More.
I'm fanatical about Pet Shop Boys. I'm fanatical about them in the same way the Depeche Mode fans who commented on my recent Depeche Mode piece are. Although, I think I'm less angry? Then again, perhaps not. The conversation outlined above does make my blood boil and fill me with inexplicable rage. But I mean, I'm not so fanatical of a fan that I can't recognize when Pet Shop Boys put out a clunker; Bilingual, Nightlife, and Release weren't great. Rather spotty, if I'm being honest. In fact, some bits of that album run are downright silly.
Here are some things, according to Wikipedia, Americans should know about Pet Shop Boys right freaking now:
- Guinness Book of World Records has named Pet Shop Boys the most successful duo in U.K. music history.
- According to Billboard, as of 2003, they were listed as the 4th (behind Madonna, Janet Jackson, and Donna Summer) most successful act on the U.S. Dance/Club charts.
- They've sold over 50 million albums worldwide, had 42 Top 30 singles, and 22 hits in the U.K. Top 10.
- They are three-time Brit Award winners and six-time Grammy nominees.
- We named last year's Electric as one of the 125 best albums of the year (just sayin').
And I could go on and on.
But I won't. Instead, I present for your edification, 10 Pet Shop Boys songs that are not "West End Girls," but just as good, maybe even better? (And these songs weren't even singles!)
Once again, we've dumped these tunes into a Spotify playlist for ya, too.
By Kenny S. McGuane
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