1. It’s a sin
Released in 1987, this synth-pop song provided Pet Shop Boys their second number-one single on the UK singles chart.
The music video, a dark tale of guilty and punishment featuring the seven deadly sins, was directed by Derek Jarman, who worked with The Sex Pistols, The Smiths and Bryan Ferry.
Produced by Julian Mendelsohn (Paul McCartney, Bob Marley, Elton John), “Rent” comes from iconic album “Actually”. It’s a ballad about a relationship sung from the perspective of a kept woman.
It was covered by many artists like Liza Minelli, Australian band The Triffids and Field Music.
3. West End girls
Recorded in one take, the track was initially released in spring 1984. This first version became a minor hit in the US and some European countries.
“West End girls” met worldwide success only when it was re-released for the duo’s first studio album “Please”.
In 1987 it won a Brit Award as Best Single of the year.
4. Always on my mind
Originally recorded by B.J Thomas in 1970, the song was a worldwide success thanks to legendary Elvis Presley.
Pet Shop Boys released their version after performing it on a BBC television program called Love Me Tender, a tribute to the King of Rock and Roll.
Tennant and Lowe’s rendition was voted the top cover version of all time in a 2014 BBC Music vote.
“Suburbia” is the fourth and final single from Pet Shop Boys’ debut album “Please”. It was a top ten hit in several European countries like UK, Netherlands, Austria, Spain, Sweden.
The music video, directed by British photographer Eric Watson, was shot in Los Angeles.