Pet Shop Boys

I'm not gonna go with "ruined legacy" just yet. More of a helping hand to a band they see as an early influence, and a little side-project before the tour. Considering the amount of remixes they've done recently, it could easily be a way to squeeze out a "Disco 5" too, with these new remixes, some of their old ones, and maybe an surprise new bonus track somewhere in the middle?
I thought I was posting in the Soft Cell-thread and my remark was aimed at the Cell.
 
Soooo I was just listening to the demo of Nothing Has Been Proved...



... and had to play it back because for the Dusty version I've always been singing "... and Christine's getting drunk" but it turns out the lyrics are actually "... and Christine's pale and drawn."



Wow.
 
I love Hotspot, and actually am glad this got bumped because I haven't played it in a year. The quality this late into their career... legends.
I’m terrible at keeping up w PSB but thank you so much for posting this because I just listened to Hotspot and it is SO great! xoxo
 




I don't think they've ever leaned into their own 80s heritage status as much as here. I don't dislike the track, but I find it a bit dated. The production also sounds like a very conscious nod to both "Always on my mind" and "A red letter day". Dominoes might be a reference to "Domino dancing", the melting ice cream a reference to "A red letter day" again?

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I’m definitely hearing shades of Always On My Mind and A Red Letter Day- but also Love Is A Bourgeois and Shameless. It’s definitely a grab-bag of past PSB references but that’s nothing to be sniffed at, especially with the upcoming Greatest Hits Tour.

Id sooner them celebrate their heritage and their soundscape that have them trying to copy whatever is popular today.
 
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I think some of you are forcing the Pet Shop Boys references on this. It’s a Soft Cell song that’s been around since last year that’s only recently had a few tweaks on it.

But still, the Pet Shop Boys influences on the this version of the track are undeniable.
 
I like the chorus, but that production, I dunno, I get it's meant to sound nostalgic, but that speed-up cymbal and the Always On My Mind horns just sound naff some how. Pet Shop Boys have always managed to sound fresh.
 
Song: subpar for either band, verging on German Schlager (something PSB are no stranger to, but Soft Cell?? NEVER!)

Production: Flat and lazy. 90´s handbag re-hash (Something that PSB has done to death, but Soft Cell??? They had the common sense to split before handbags were invented!)

Video: It would have been AMAZING if it was just the four of them sitting in the pub, getting wasted and bitching about the industry (poor Dave as the only hetero on the table). But what are these other people doing here? So desperate, cynical and LAZY!
 
According to Spotify, the production credits go to Soft Cell, which was a surprise in so far as it does sound like a demo PSB knocked out with Pete Gleadall on a Sunday afternoon in 2005.
The song is fine - I guess here I disagree with @TrendyMüller - but the arrangement and production really drag it down.
 

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