40 Favorite Pet Shop Boys Songs

Here’s the list of my 40 favorite Pet Shop Boys songs. 40 seemed like a nice round number and when I tried to keep it to 30 I really felt I was missing some key tracks.  As you can see, this spans the group’s entire career with very few gaps - though does skew towards their early material.

Some stats:

  • Lots of singles, obviously, but also lots of remixes. So average song length is just over 5 minutes
  • 13 of 40 tracks are from singles releases (26 of 40 were singles in some form or another)
  • 7 of 40 tracks are B-sides or bonus tracks
  • 7 of 40 tracks are straight album tracks with no singles release
Opportunities
(Let’s Make Lots of Money) (Shep Pettibone Mastermix)
Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)
(US 12″) single
7:20
1986
Was That What It Was? Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money) single
5:15
1995
I Want A Lover Please
4:07
1986
Love Comes Quickly Please
4:20
1986
Tonight Is Forever Please
4:33
1986
Paninaro (Italian Remix) Disco
8:36
1986
Suburbia (The Full Horror) Suburbia single
8:59
1986
Jack The Lad Suburbia single
4:32
1995
It’s A Sin (Disco Mix) It’s a Sin single
7:41
1988
You Know Where You Went Wrong It’s a Sin single
5:52
1995
What Have I Done To Deserve This? Actually
4:23
1987
Rent Actually
5:08
1987
Always On My Mind Always On My Mind single
3:56
1987
Heart Heart single
4:18
1988
Domino Dancing Introspective
7:45
1988
It’s Alright It’s Alright single
4:20
1989
Don’t Drop Bombs Results (Liza Minelli)
3:39
1989
So Hard (Dub) So Hard single
7:37
1990
Was It Worth It? (12″) Was It Worth It? single
7:13
1991
Theatre Very
5:11
1993
KDX 125 Relentless
6:25
1993
Can You Forgive Her? (Swing Version) Yesterday, when I Was Mad single
4:55
1994
Absolutely Fabulous (Rollo Our Tribe
Tongue In Cheek Mix)
Disco 2
6:02
1994
Decadence Disco 2
3:56
1994
Paninaro ‘95 Paninaro ‘95 single
4:11
1995
Single Bilingual
3:48
1996
Metamorphosis Bilingual
4:04
1996
Up Against It Bilingual
4:17
1996
For Your Own Good Nightlife
5:14
1999
Radiophonic Nightlife
3:31
1999
Home and Dry Release
4:21
2002
Sexy Northerner Release (Bonus Disc)
3:43
2002
Break 4 Love (US Radio Edit) Release (Bonus Disc)
3:30
2002
Miracles Pop Art
3:55
2003
Love Etc. Yes
3:32
2009
Did You See Me Coming? Yes
3:41
2009
Leaving Elysium
3:50
2012
Axis Electric
5:33
2013
Thursday (featuring Example) Electric
5:03
2013
Vocal Electric
6:35
2013

Favorite Song Right Now: “Leaving” by Pet Shop Boys

I’m started to get excited to see Pet Shop Boys on April 8 at the Fox Theater in Oakland. This was the same venue where they played last year, though in this case this is the kickoff show for their 2014 tour (which means I won’t be able to hear about the songs in the play list). Last year we saw a bunch of folks dressed up for the show, so I’m sure we’ll be seeing many festive outfits at the show in April. The Electric Tour in 2013 was great and while I don’t expect many changes I’m sure some of the songs will be swapped out.

In reviewing the track list from last year’s tour, one of the songs from the group’s 2012 album Elysium seemed to stand out. “Leaving” was the second single from the album, and I may have to revisit my previously negative comments about the album (the first from the group that I didn’t buy). This is a mid-tempo number but does seem to stick in your head after a couple listens. The video for the song is well done and with the black and white cinematography seems to set the tone perfectly.

Fearless Oscar Predictions 2014

Are are my picks for 2014. Most years, I get around 18/24 picks correct, though last year I got 20/24. Am pretty confident in most of these except for Best Picture (where I almost picked 12 Years a Slave) and Best Supporting Actress (where if support for 12 Years is a soft I’d see Jennifer Lawrence winning). By picking Gravity for Best Picture and Nyong’o for Supporting Actress I’m sort of splitting the difference; gotta get at least one of these correct.

Update: 18/24 this year (winners in bold)

Best Picture: Gravity

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)

Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)

Best Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)

Best Original Screenplay: David O. Russell and Eric Singer (American Hustle)

Best Foreign Film: Italy, The Great Beauty

Best Documentary Feature: 20 Feet from Stardom

Best Animated Feature: Frozen

Film Editing: Captain Phillips

Best Song: “Let It Go” (Frozen)

Best Original Score: Steven Price (Gravity)

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)

Costume Design: American Hustle

Makeup and Hairstyling: Dallas Buyers Club

Production Design: The Great Gatsby

Sound Editing: Gravity

Sound Mixing: Gravity

Visual Effects: Gravity

Short Film, Live Action: The Voorman Problem

Short Film, Animated: Get a Horse!

Documentary Short Subject: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life

Maya Explores Union City

I took Maya over to the park behind the BART station in Union City, then to the Dog Park. A fun time on a warm January day.

Most Played Songs of 2013

Here is the list of my 30 most played songs of 2013, according to iTunes play data. You can see that “Axis” was my most played song, including a total of 91 plays across all versions and remixes.  The placement of Pet Shop Boys, Men without Hats, Franz Ferdinand, and Ixtahuele shouldn’t be a surprise since I blogged about all of them.

I listened to a total of 1836 songs at least once. That’s the largest total since I started tracking this statistic, and is quite a bit higher than past years 2009 (1431), 2010 (1539), 2011 (1337), and 2012 (1479).

Song Name Artist Plays
Axis (Video Version) Pet Shop Boys 45
Vocal Pet Shop Boys 40
Antarctica Men Without Hats 39
Inside a Dream Pet Shop Boys 38
Axis Pet Shop Boys 33
Thursday (featuring Example) Pet Shop Boys 29
Heaven Depeche Mode 28
Right Action Franz Ferdinand 26
The Last to Die Pet Shop Boys 26
Flourescent Pet Shop Boys 24
Love Illumination Franz Ferdinand 23
Never Let Me Go (Aeroplane Remix) The Human League 23
Bolshy Pet Shop Boys 23
Lights (Single Version) Ellie Goulding 21
I Like Men Without Hats 20
The Great Ones Remember Men Without Hats 19
I Got the Message Men Without Hats 19
Leaving Pet Shop Boys 16
Secret To The End Depeche Mode 15
Stone Gods of Bimini Ixtahuele 15
The Safety Dance (Video Version) Men Without Hats 15
Welcome To My World Depeche Mode 14
Angel Depeche Mode 14
Stand On the Horizon Franz Ferdinand 14
Memory of the Future Pet Shop Boys 14
Evil Eye (Todd Terje Extended Mix) Franz Ferdinand 13
Fresh Strawberries Franz Ferdinand 13
Black Sand Ixtahuele 13
Living In China Men Without Hats 13
Ban the Game (Full Version) Men Without Hats 13

This is obviously very skewed to the Synthesizer music that came via the new albums from Pet Shop Boys and Depeche Mode, and my concert attendance where Men without Hats played.  I resolve to listen to more rock music in 2014, but some of that’s dependent on what new music gets released.

The Best Thing on the Internet This Week

As has been previously chronicled, I’m a big fan of attraction posters from Disney theme parks. So, it was with wonder that I saw this week’s blog post from the Disney Parks Blog detailing some tidbits from the upcoming holiday overlay for the Jungle Cruise. There was a preview of some of the decorations for “The Jingle Cruise” but the attraction poster that was released truly got me excited to experience the attraction with the new elements.

jingle-cruise

You can compare this poster with the original from back in the 1950’s (the original Jungle Cruise attraction poster was #3 on my list of all-time attraction posters). I love how this new poster riffs on elements from the original, like the kid with a candy cane instead of a 1950’s cap pistol.

The Jingle Cruise is coming to both the Magic Kingdom in Florida as well as Disneyland in California. We’re heading down just before Thanksgiving and this is already the top of my “must do” list.

junglecruise

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