10 Spectacular Pet Shop Boys Songs That Aren’t “West End Girls”

Jul 17, 2014
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"Those are the guys that did 'West End Girls' and that song about brains and money or whatever, right?"

Sigh.

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.

But still.

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

1

“Two Divided by Zero”

Please

1986

2

“A Certain ‘Je ne sais quoi’”

B-side to "Winner"

2012

3

"Dreaming of the Queen”

Very

1993

4

“Do I Have To?”

B-side to "Always On My Mind"

1987

5

“The Way It Used to Be”

Yes

2009

6

“After the Event”

B-side to "Did You See Me Coming?"

2009

7

“I’m Not Scared”

Introspective

1988

8

“The Samurai in Autumn”

Release

2002

9

“Inside a Dream”

Electric

2013

10

“Requiem in Denim and Leopardskin”

Elysium

2012

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robin mac quarrie
July 17th 2014
7:46pm

kenny…wow!!!...thanks so,so,so, much for the PSB plug,ie; info for people who tend to forget bands not in ‘‘now’’ spotlight..i’ve seen all last 6-8 tours..did the ‘‘meet n’ greet’’ get stuff signed,shake hands,chat!!..great shows..never the same..never!!..and yes i still trully believe have something to say..and if ya listen to ‘‘electric’..say in ‘‘now’’ style!!..thanks again..music fan u.t.r. mag subscriber!!

ohomy
July 17th 2014
8:17pm

ohsnap ive been playing divide by zero all summer of 2014 and requiem of denim and leopardskin ilove these songs its asmall world.  ican,t stop playing them lol

Troy Processor
January 20th 2015
11:56am

Brilliant list. This is the best way to procrastinate on the internet.

1. Left To My Own Devices
2. Always On My Mind
3. Flamboyant
4. Love Is A Bourgeois Construct
5. The End of the World
6. Two Divided By Zero
7. Call Me Old-Fashioned
8. Being Boring
9. I Want A Dog
10. Forever In Love

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August 1st 2015
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