Pet Shop Boys: Behaviour / Very / Bilingual

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The PS Boys have been re-releasing their albums all year so they’re not out for Christmas but they’d make good pressies — the sleeve notes alone are worth the price, entertaining, indiscreet and informative as they are.

This final tranche is albums that came after their heyday but they’re all still good. We might have a PSB week and play nothing else, as they’re an important cultural thing and we feel we should know more about them.

There are no real classics on here, but the standard is illustrated by Being Boring: someone told PSB they were boring and they figured that if anyone could get away with a self-deprecating track like that, it was them. That idea would be enough for most people, but Tenant then roped in a 1920s party invitation from an F Scott Fitzgerald character and a friend who had recently died. This theme continues on Very’s Can You Forgive Her?, where a character is mocked for liking disco.

Very also includes covers of Go West and Girls And Boys. We also like Discoteca, the opener on Bilingual. As well as the sleeve notes, each CD comes with a bonus of remixes and 12-inchers.

About jerobear

Weekly newspaper editor in Cheshire, England. I blog my editorials and the CDs I write about. I play drums, drink coffee, play music, meditate. I hate filling in forms.

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