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on 6 July 2005
A nostalgic listen to 'Actually' from 1987 (one of the first cassette tapes I ever owned), led me to purchase 'Discography', the shorter 'best of' of the Pet Shop Boys, and more importantly, the one without 'Go West'.
Most of the material here is from the 80's, which is great, that's when, in my opinion, the Pet Shop Boys really shone. They are one of the few bands with a distinct 80's sound that manage to send me straight back to my childhood, and feel happy and nostalgic about it without thinking what a dreadful synthesizer sound.
The biggest surprise here for me is 'It's A Sin', which as a child just sounded catchy, but now paying attention to the lyrics, really moves me. I can't help but wonder how come it doesn't have a huge gay status ­- being such a heart felt, honest, and powerful gay person's account of guilty feelings in the face of society's expectations, that also rides on a classic over the top Euro Dance riff -­ can you really ask for more for the ultimate gay anthem? Well, maybe I'm just wrong, and maybe it's the Pet Shop Boys fault for being too self-conscious.
It doesn't matter though, in many ways that's exactly why The Pet Shop Boys are responsible for some of the best 80's hits, and probably some of the best lyrics in dance music.
The ideal collection for someone who isn't a big PSB fan but wants one album with all their biggest hits (not including 'Go West').
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