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Pet Shop Boys Rate. Part 1: 1985-1991. #7

Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by Ray, Sep 4, 2017.

  1. Ray

    Ray

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    'The Pet Shop Boys,' announces Ricky Fueng, head of EMI Records in Hong Kong, 'are one of the biggest artists to emerge, after Madonna, in Hong Kong.'

    Welcome to the rate of one of the biggest artists to emerge, after Madonna, in Hong Kong. The rules are simple, and similar to each rate you have previously witnessed (or not) on this forum.

    1. Give each song from the list below a score between 0 and 10. You are allowed to use half points (but not 10.5). You may give the sacred score of 11 only to one song from the entire list.
    2. Feel free to provide commentary. While not compulsory, it's always fun.
    3. I am fully aware of the fact that many of the songs have been released in multiple versions. Pick your favourite. The only exception being "Always On My Mind/In My House" (which is effectively a medley of two songs as opposed to its single version) and "Violence" (Hacienda version will be included in part 2 of the rate as it came out after 1991). This also means you can decide whether you feel like scoring the Bobby 'O' Orlando version of "West End Girls", or the extended version as found on the Disco album. Spoil yourself. Note: where available, links below point to official videos rather than album versions of the songs.
    4. We are not rating unreleased tracks and demoes, even if they are to be found on the Further Listening CDs.
    5. When you are done scoring, commenting etc., send me a PM with the Results.

    Songs. Spotify playlist

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    Two Divided by Zero
    West End Girls
    Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)
    Love Comes Quickly
    Suburbia
    "Opportunities (Reprise)" – 0:32
    Tonight Is Forever
    Violence
    I Want a Lover
    Later Tonight
    Why Don't We Live Together?

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    One More Chance
    What Have I Done To Deserve This? (with Dusty Springfield)
    Shopping
    Rent (no, I don't know why the video is not on YouTube)
    Hit Music
    It Couldn't Happen Here
    It's A Sin
    I Want To Wake Up
    Heart
    King's Cross

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    Left To My Own Devices
    I Want A Dog included in the Alternative section
    Domino Dancing
    I'm Not Scared
    Always On My Mind/In My House
    It's Alright

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    Being Boring
    This Must Be The Place I Waited Years To Leave
    To Face The Truth
    How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously?
    Only The Wind
    My October Symphony
    So Hard
    Nervously
    The End Of The World
    Jealousy

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    Always On My Mind
    Where The Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes Off You)
    DJ Culture
    Was It Worth It?

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    In The Night
    A Man Could Get Arrested
    That's My Impression
    Was That What It Was?
    Paninaro
    Jack The Lad
    You Know Where You Went Wrong
    A New Life
    I Want A Dog
    Do I Have To?
    I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too)
    Don Juan
    The Sound Of The Atom Splitting
    One Of The Crowd
    Your Funny Uncle
    It Must Be Obvious
    We All Feel Better In The Dark
    Bet She's Not Your Girlfriend
    Losing My Mind
    Music For Boys
    Miserablism

    Two Divided by Zero
    West End Girls
    Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)
    Love Comes Quickly
    Suburbia
    Tonight Is Forever
    Violence
    I Want a Lover
    Later Tonight
    Why Don't We Live Together?

    One More Chance
    What Have I Done To Deserve This? (with Dusty Springfield)
    Shopping
    Rent
    Hit Music
    It Couldn't Happen Here
    It's A Sin
    I Want To Wake Up
    Heart
    King's Cross

    Left To My Own Devices
    Domino Dancing
    I'm Not Scared
    Always On My Mind/In My House
    It's Alright

    Being Boring
    This Must Be The Place I Waited Years To Leave
    To Face The Truth
    How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously?
    Only The Wind
    My October Symphony
    So Hard
    Nervously
    The End Of The World
    Jealousy

    Always On My Mind
    Where The Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes Off You)
    DJ Culture
    Was It Worth It?

    In The Night
    A Man Could Get Arrested
    That's My Impression
    Was That What It Was?
    Paninaro
    Jack The Lad
    You Know Where You Went Wrong
    A New Life
    I Want A Dog
    Do I Have To?
    I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too)
    Don Juan
    The Sound Of The Atom Splitting
    One Of The Crowd
    Your Funny Uncle
    It Must Be Obvious
    We All Feel Better In The Dark
    Bet She's Not Your Girlfriend
    Losing My Mind
    Music For Boys
    Miserablism

    Deadline for inevitable complaints: September 10 (Sunday), 23:59 CET
    Deadline for votes: October 22 (Sunday), 23:59 CET
     
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2017
  2. Ray

    Ray

    Results.

    7. Being Boring (9.0833333333)
    8. Heart (9.0458333333)
    9. King's Cross (9.0125)
    10. Love Comes Quickly (8.9611111111)
    11. Always On My Mind (8.925)
    12. So Hard (8.9041666667)
    13. Two Divided By Zero (8.6111111111)
    14. I'm Not Scared (8.5069444444)
    15. In The Night (8.4944444444)
    16. This Must Be The Place I Waited Years To Leave (8.4916666667)
    17. Jealousy (8.4902777778)
    18. Suburbia (8.4819444444)
    19. Tonight Is Forever (8.2847222222)
    20. Paninaro (8.1722222222)
    21. Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money) (8.1333333333)
    22. The End Of The World (8.0986111111)
    23. It's Alright (8.0819444444)
    24. How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously? (8.0666666667)
    25. Miserablism (8.0402777778)
    26. Why Don't We Live Together? (8.0263888889)
    27. I Want To Wake Up (8.0166666667)
    28. Always On My Mind/In My House (7.6986111111)
    29. It Couldn't Happen Here (7.7472222222)
    30. I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too) (7.7472222222)
    31. It Must Be Obvious (7.6833333333)
    32. Where The Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes Off You) (7.6402777778)
    33. One More Chance (7.6013888889)
    34. Do I Have To? (7.5875)
    35. Bet She's Not Your Girlfriend (7.5777777778)
    36. Your Funny Uncle (7.4875)
    37. My October Symphony (7.4111111111)
    38. I Want A Lover (7.4111111111)
    39. We All Feel Better In The Dark (7.3847222222)
    40. I Want A Dog (7.3013888889)
    41. Was It Worth It? (7.2472222222)
    42. Only The Wind (7.2444444444)
    43. Shopping (7.1305555556)
    44. To Face The Truth (7.0611111111)
    45. A Man Could Get Arrested (7.0291666667)
    46. Dj Culture (6.9972222222)
    47. Losing My Mind (
    6.9777777778)
    48. Was That What It Was? (6.8875)
    49. Later Tonight (6.8486111111)
    50. Violence (6.7986111111)
    51. Nervously (6.7680555556)
    52. That's My Impression (6.6652777778)
    53. A New Life (6.5902777778)
    54. Don Juan (6.4388888889)
    55. Jack The Lad (6.4083333333)
    56. Hit Music (6.3819444444)
    57. You Know Where You Went Wrong (6.2944444444)
    58. One Of The Crowd (6.1638888889)
    59. Music For Boys (5.7263888889)
    60. The Sound Of The Atom Splitting (3.6166666667)
     
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2017 at 12:59 PM
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    He reads out part of Chris’s approving comments on Kylie Minogue’s 'I Should Be So Lucky': 'I like the bit where she goes "I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I should be so lucky" and I just love the line "I should be so lucky, lucky lucky lucky". If that’s banal it’s a strength. It’s just a mark of pure genius.'

    'Are you being serious,' he asks Chris, 'or are you taking the mickey?' He is cockily confident it is the latter.

    'No, I’m being serious,' answers Chris truthfully. 'It’s like my favourite line in that other record is "uh-uh-oh".' That other record, after some discussion, is identified as Paula Abdul’s 'Straight Up'. 'That’s a classic line as well because it’s a no-nonsense… it’s just pure ecstasy.'

    (Reserved.)
     
  5. Hold my coat, I'm going in.
     
  6. So much goodness here. Will be sending my scores... soon-ish.
     
  7. Shit I didn't know that that was the Please tracklist (bought the FL and imported all tracks on iTunes a few years ago). Very strong album.
     
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    First set of votes received!!!
     
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  9. You appear to have forgotten to include the best PSB album, Results...
     
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    Part 4 might be collaborations... if we live that long. (I adore Results, by the way.)
     
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  11. Losing My Mind for the win!
     
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  12. There are so many potential 11s here!
     
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  13. Oh I'm so tempted to do this, I only know the singles so it'd be a perfect chance to discover lots of new music but I'll see how my scoring goes.
     
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  14. Tens will be flying!
    What about voting in DECIMALS? I think this rate demands it...
    (Decimals almost sounds like a PSB bonus album title or something.)

    Also: Screaming at the above line "...he used to have this enormous Wurlitzer."
     
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    Ray

    Feel free to vote in decimals.

    Will you be making Pet Shopomel? (Probably not called that.)
     
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  16. Well, I´m actually "curating" this half-assed tumblr called (Not) Pet Shop Boys (see signature), in which I´m posting pictures that could exist in the PSB universe, but are not PSB.
    It was actually discussed on the PSB forums some time ago (I´m not a member, though).
    It might be best to read it from the beginning, if you´re interested. I think the years 2011 and 2012 are quite hilarious.
    I´m still trying to find a way to integrate it into the rate, though.
     
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2017
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  17. This is very tempting and I will try my best to participate.
     
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  18. Hope you do!

    Apart from 84-92 Madonna, the Pet Shop Boys from 86-91 had the best imperial phase singles run ever.
     
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  19. True. Discography and The Immaculate Collection are unrivalled. I'm just afraid that voting will be very difficult because many album tracks are as stunning as the singles. And let's not start with the B-sides...

    Hell, I'm in!
     
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  20. I can do this. I already have my 11. I just have to do this.