Pet Shop Boys: Discovery (Live in Rio 1994)

The album opens with a brief and tender Tonight Is Forever before Ab Fab’s Edina Monsoon cries: “Lights! Models! Guest list! Just do your best, darling!” and they launch into I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Kind of Thing. The album then trawls through the hits, Domino Dancing early on, and Rent, Suburbia and King’s Cross all in a run, followed on CD2 by Left To My Own Devices, West End Girls and It’s A Sin later, the latter morphing into I Will Survive.

The music is from a 1994 film previously only available on VHS, shot by Brazilian director Roberto Berliner with a local television crew in front of a Rio audience.

PSB are a funny (peculiar but also witty) band live; the music could all be pre-recorded so only the vocals need to be live and the show – we saw them live once at Manchester Apollo – a mix of arty earnestness and dance music. This show leans more towards the dance but still, perhaps one for fans only, because if you want the tunes, you’re better off with a studio album.

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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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