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|1. Two Divided By Zero|
|2. West End Girls|
|3. Oppurtunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)|
|4. Love Comes Quickly|
|6. Opportunities (Reprise)|
|7. Tonight Is Forever|
|9. I Want A Lover|
|10. Later Tonight|
|11. Why Don't We Live Together?|
This duo worked hard before this debut album broke through in the mid-1980s. Formed in 1981 after a chance meeting in a record shop, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe (the former an ex-Smash Hits journalist) made endless demos before their first version of "West End Girls" flopped in 1984. It wasn't till November 1985 that the song hit No.1, and only then after an early release of "Opportunities" fell flat too. Which explains the maturity and sly, camp ennui that infuses this record, from the title to Chris Lowe's occasional sardonic voiceovers. Tennant possesses a voice that is affecting because of its imperfections, which, heard at the start of their career, sound even more touching in his faltering falsetto. The music underlying Tennant's sad words is fantastic--hard, sleek synthesisers that revel in their lack of human input. --Charlie Porter
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While I like other songs on this release, with the exception of "Later Tonight" and "Why Don't We Live Together," I am not giving this release a 5 as the remastered 2 CD set released in 2001 is pricey, and unlike the reissues "Very" or "Bilingual," the "Further Listening" CD does not make this a must have set. Maybe because it only covers songs from their early years and a very limited period (1984-1986), the CD does not really have as many gems as can be found on other 2001 rereleases by PSB. Also, while there are a few winners, my favorites the moody "Jack The Lad," "the catchy "Paninaro," the punchy "In The Night," "A Man Can Get Arrested," That's My Impression" can already be found in good form in "Alternative" or "Disco." The are a few surprises as exemplified by the muscular 'Was That What It Was?" (love those "drums," strings, and chorus). I wish that Neil would rerecord this song as the solo portions are not as good as all the other components.Read more ›
The music of the Pet Shop Boys defies easy explanation. The lyrics are witty and urbane, very much a product of the disco and consumer-big-money culture of the 1980s. Songs like Opportunities/Let's Make Lots of Money became a sort of capitalist anthem, spawning two different video versions and countless remixes for the disco environments.
Taking a cue from the popular television of the time, the song Suburbia has a piano overlay that sounds similar to the then massively-popular Eastenders, and the lyrics recount a East End-esque storyline which sparks familiarity with those immersed in the pop culture.
The song Love Comes Quickly highlights both synthesizer effects and masking as well as simple and elegant poetic lyric. No base or screaming lines in this disco, no banal or forced words simply to serve as fronting for a drum-machine-produced rhythm, this song perhaps shows the Pet Shop Boys at their early height in development of words to music (that was finally fully developed in the album Behaviour).
Two other songs of note on this introductory album include the first track, Two Divided By Zero, which has a simple introduction and simplistic development that ends up gradually increasing in sound complexity while the sense of 'what does this song mean?Read more ›
The music is very electronic and the lead singer Neil Tennant is probably not what you would think of as being a great singer. However, his voice works with the lyrics, and those lyrics really make you think. They stay with you.
My favorite songs on this album in addition to "West End Girls" would be "Love Comes Quickly" and "Suburbia". I also like the very simple "Later Tonight", which I learned to play on the piano (but I am not a good musician by any stretch). The Pet Shop Boys never really made it big in America past the mid-80s and it seems after their follow-up album ACTUALLY they practically disappeared from MTV and the radio waves. But fans like me still buy their albums.
But their musical story starts here, and it is a worthwhile album to have.
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Great Christmas gift - just as good as I remember it when I had it on tape.Published on Dec 30 2009 by M. Race
Please~ Pet Shop Boys is very good for being Pet Shop Boys. The music has nice loops and sound. The lyrics stink as usual but the nice tracks make up for this.Published on June 22 2004 by B. Viberg
HERE I AM..MANY YEARS AFTER THIS ALBUM WAS RELEASED AND I STILL YEARN FOR IT! THIS ALBUM IS ONE OF THE ALBUMS I CHERISHED MOST DURING HIGH SCHOOL! Read morePublished on June 1 2004 by Mr. Caraballo
EVERY song on this album is a classic-it easily transcends
the murky pot of mid-80's dance-pop. Read more
Hardly the most innovative or best example of 80's dance music, synth pop or new wave, this is still one great album that still sounds great today. Read morePublished on May 19 2003 by A. Andringa
I picked up Pet Shop Boys 'Please' with a simple great listen 'West End girls' and lo, I ended up with more fav choice like Subarbia, Tonight is forever, Luv comes quickly and... Read morePublished on April 22 2003 by Ilaxi S. Patel
Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money) has always been my favorite Pet Shop Boys song, so when I noticed that they had released a remastered edition of this album w/a bonus disc... Read morePublished on March 22 2003 by Michelle Wynne
"Please" is the debut album from Pet Shop Boys. When "West End Girls" was released in 1985, it quickly became an international hit with its memorable bassline... Read morePublished on May 17 2002 by The Groove