The Pet Shop Boys, Actually (1987)
It’s a funny thing, right place/right time and I quite like a song like It’s A Sin, but get it wrong and I can’t take the bombast, it sounds like Fashion Week in one four-minute pop-slice. Ew. But I’m always happy to hear What Have I Done To Deserve This? – it’s a great song and a lovely way for Dusty Springfield to be introduced to a new generation/bow out. There were some cool videos and all the singles on this album were huge. Heart is a good song too. But again, get it wrong, play it at the wrong time and it’s a disaster. I was never that much of a fan of The Pet Shop Boys but the big songs from this album were inescapable – especially for me at the age and stage when the singles hit the charts. I bought a vinyl copy of Actually for a few bucks ($5 I think?) quite some time ago. And every now and then I give it a spin and I like it. Smart pop music. I never followed them from here – but I have heard a couple of the recent albums. They’re okay I guess. But they seemed to have massive pop-chart success in the UK across the 1990s. I was completely uninterested in them then. Uninterested save for hearing the greatest hits compilation. The only songs I really liked were the ones from Actually. I mean, there’s one or two others – sure. But this is the one for me. And the song Rent is my favourite. So many of the other songs feel like the big production number. That fact always disappointed me with this band. Rent has a subtlety.
Sample Track: Rent
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