The global success of PSB's 1986 debut "Please," was well earned, but let's be honest-- it also put the boys' future in a vulnerable situation. A hugely successful debut album can sometimes spell instant death for a new act, and their landmark novelty single "West End Girls" had "One Hit Wonder" written all over it. Amazingly, they beat the sophomore jinx when they released their followup album the next year: "Actually." The results? More hits and more sales. But even more important, is that "Actually" represents a wise step forward for Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, who take some smart risks this time around. Themes of Catholic guilt ("It's a Sin), consumerism ("Shopping"), Thatcherism ("King's Cross"), and infatuation ("Heart") pop up throughout the album. However, "Actually" is also remembered as the album that revived the career of the late Dusty Springfield, who duets with the Boys on the still timeless "What Have I Done To Deserve This?" (That single began a working relationship with Springfield, who moved on to record other PSB originals such as the hits "In Private" and "Nothing Has Been Proved.") This album was greeted with little critical acclaim in America upon release (check out the original reviews in "Rolling Stone" and "People" if you don't believe me), but over the years it's been revisited by many fans who now consider it a favorite. You can certainly consider me among those people.