What records by other people, you may have wondered,
do the Pet Shop Boys actually like?
Here's a guide to
their favourite ten records of the last year or so.
Please Remeber this was takem from in early 80s so it
might change now !
kylie Minogue: "I Should Be So
"A 'classy' dance track -they're all there,
like the two videos for this -the BBC one where she's
looking Out of the roof of a car is one of the best videos
of the year. The song reminds me of the one Stock, Aitken
& Waterman did for Samantha Fox, 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Me
Now'. I like the bit where it goes 'I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-
should be so lucky' and I just Jove the line 'I should be
so lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky'. If that's banal, it's
strength. It's just a mark of pure genius. How anyone
cannot see that that's fantastic beats me."
"I Heard A Rumour"
"I just loved this the first time I
heard it. It's very similar to an Italian disco record
called 'Give It Up' by Michael Fortunata. I loved it that
when Bananarama came back with this they also had a
choreographed dance routine they could do, a good song and
they looked like they were enjoying themselves. If you're
feeling down and depressed you can put a record like this
on and it all goes out of the window. I'm no longer
unhappy or sad.! Just cheer up."
Dayne: "Tell It To My Heart"
"I first heard this on a
compilation tape a friend made off the radio ages before
it was released - I think it must have been taped off a
pirate station. I've always liked those Sbannon records
(i.e. 'Give Me Tonight' and 'Let The Music Play) and this
is in that vein. It's a very passionate song and the words
- 'tell it to my heart/tell me I'm the only one' - are a
bit corny but she's got a very powerful voice and she
sings it like she genuinely means it."
The best dance record of the last year
or so The first time I heard it at a club called The
Jungle, I couldn't believe it Its got so much energy Its
quite influential -that Bananarama track 'I Can't Help It'
is virtually the same. Most of my favorite records are
dance records -you do enough moping around being bored and
listening to introspective stuff when you're a student.
Mind you, I still think 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway'
by Genesis has some amazing musical stuff on it.
"Absolutely fantastic The whole
area of Jam & Lewis records I like are things like this
and 'Diamonds (by Herb Alpeil; sung by Janet Jackson)
especially when they get those really great hooky backing
vocals like 'diamonds are a girl's best friend or 'don't
you cdticize'. This has a brilliant baseline as well. In
fact I just like everything about this record it's really,
Order: "True Faith"
What can you say9 It 5 lust a
perfect record They must be influenced by the same things
as we are Their records are so European sounding. I think
this is probably the best track they've ever done."
The Bass: "Beat Dis"
"I usually like records with very
strong melodies -passionate love songs with a big dance
production -whereas a lot of house music is very
unmusical, but I like this simply because the baseline is
so strong. Actually it's a bit like our baseline on 'Love
Comes Quickly'..." Whitney Houston: "So
"The title says it all - a very emotional
record. I didn't really like Whitney at first because she
looks very false and cold and she's singing these
tormented love songs with a smile on her face - all very
showbiz. But then I heard this in a club and it's
Various: "The House Sound Of
Chicago Vol Ill Acid Tracks"
"The first time I heard
Sterling Void's 'It's All Right' I couldn't believe how
good it was. It has the same effect on me as Marvin Gaye
singing 'What's Going On'; he's singing about world
matters and it just makes you think 'how sad the world is,
everything's going to end in disaster'."
Rick Astley: "Whenever You Need Somebody"
"One of the reasons I don generally buy albums is that
they're so inconsistent but, with this, if you like Never
Gonna Give You Up you re probably going to like the whole
album. It's brilliant if you're ready to go out, or having
a work out or just yibing up. My favorite track is 'Don't
Say Goodbye' - it's so uplifting."