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by scienceguy
Sat 24 Aug 2019, 8:35 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: Breakups
Replies: 28
Views: 3077

Breakups

FADE IN: ["Break 4 Love" has a storied history, beginning with its composition by Vaughan Mason of the house music group Raze. The song was covered by Peter Rauhofer and the Pet Shop Boys with this singles chronology: "You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk" (2000), "Break 4 Love" (2001), a...
by scienceguy
Sat 01 Jun 2019, 8:34 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: Point of No Return
Replies: 12
Views: 2036

Point of No Return

FADE IN: ("Flight", 2012, USA, Denzel Washington, as Captain Whip Whitaker, is in command of SouthJet 227 which takes off in bad weather from Orlando on a short flight to Atlanta.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnVNNR6CEOE In air safety parlance, the "point of no return is the point beyond which ...
by scienceguy
Thu 23 May 2019, 8:59 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: "Dancing in the Dark"
Replies: 9
Views: 3343

"Dancing in the Dark"

FADE IN: (PSB, "Love Comes Quickly", Please, 1986; Live @ Wembley 1989 or Live in London (Royal Opera House; use Chrome/IE, HD): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjFe0fFD5rs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV5eKEMG1ZI Once I Pass’d Through a Populous City "ONCE I pass’d through a populous city, impr...
by scienceguy
Thu 16 May 2019, 9:36 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: These Magic Moments, Part II
Replies: 6
Views: 2253

These Magic Moments, Part II

FADE IN: "Spitting Fire" (The Boxer Rebellion, Nathan Nicholson (vocals, guitar, keyboards); songwriters, Nicholson and Howe; Union, 2009, Live session with acoustical blitz and an instrumental finale that could be the sound of twinkling stars ["You're recruited/Head diluted through a glass eye/Dre...
by scienceguy
Thu 09 May 2019, 7:03 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: These Magic Moments, Part I
Replies: 17
Views: 4593

These Magic Moments, Part I

FADE IN: "This Magic Moment" (Jay and the Americans, 1969) [skip ad]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpePWo56zm4 This is a stop sign, of sorts, so it's written in red. From my personal perspective, I tell the whole truth here because to do otherwise would reduce the power of song and thus the prem...
by scienceguy
Thu 02 May 2019, 7:00 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: "Always on My Mind" Through Time
Replies: 2
Views: 2074

"Always on My Mind" Through Time

I believe that the song "Always on My Mind", while written by others, occupies a special place in the PSB repertoire and that it religiously follows in the musical footsteps of its ancestors. This post explains why. The song was conceived by the late Wayne Carson, and in a Parade article, Vi-An Ngu...
by scienceguy
Fri 26 Apr 2019, 6:43 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: "Suburbia Revisited", Part III, Descendants
Replies: 6
Views: 2223

"Suburbia Revisited", Part III, Descendants

If the songwriters were influenced by the ideas of their antecedents, then they took those ideas, put their unique signature to them, gave them consequence, and pushed them forward through time into the cultural bloodstream, inspiring other artists and writers along that timeline who would become t...
by scienceguy
Tue 23 Apr 2019, 3:08 am
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: The ingenuity of cubes
Replies: 2
Views: 2243

Re: The ingenuity of cubes

This is an addendum to my post. At the close of the show, Neil introduces my "Yellow Hoodie #2" properly as Mr. Nathan Holiday (not Halliday), and his name appears, as it should, prominently, as the credits roll.
by scienceguy
Sun 21 Apr 2019, 6:44 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: "Suburbia" Revisited, Part II, Antecedents
Replies: 1
Views: 1594

"Suburbia" Revisited, Part II, Antecedents

Yates' work could easily be a thematic antecedent of "Suburbia", but let's look more closely for some common threads in these selected lines from the song that might point more clearly toward its ideational forebearers. "Suburbia where the suburbs met utopia where the suburbs met utopia Lost in the...
by scienceguy
Thu 18 Apr 2019, 3:29 am
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: Superb PSB 2018 Remix
Replies: 2
Views: 1423

Re: Superb PSB 2018 Remix

Thanks james23_uk for the comment. I'm listening to it as I write this. Looks like the hits have soared on this. That makes me very happy.
by scienceguy
Mon 15 Apr 2019, 8:59 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: "Suburbia" Revisited, Part I
Replies: 1
Views: 1932

"Suburbia" Revisited, Part I

I've divided this long post into three parts. This is Part I, the Introduction. So, let's begin. Giddy for having nabbed the top cop in Porter County, my mother married my dad in 1939; shortly thereafter, worldwide war would break out. I came along in '43. No one then, including them, could have im...
by scienceguy
Wed 10 Apr 2019, 9:43 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: Superb PSB 2018 Remix
Replies: 2
Views: 1423

Superb PSB 2018 Remix

Perfect for planespotters and trainspotters, two sound clips will help explain my experience with this exquisite Pet Shop Boys remix. First [skip ad], you will see and hear a KLM cargo jet about to take off from MIA in heavy rain. Tune in about 6:30 to see the behemoth move into position on runway ...
by scienceguy
Fri 05 Apr 2019, 8:42 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: The ingenuity of cubes
Replies: 2
Views: 2243

The ingenuity of cubes

This post explains why I love the PSB Mexico City production of "Cubism" (2007). First, the camera captures the electricity of the audience right out of the gate and keeps it up throughout the show. The close-ups are particularly affecting, and when the audience knows the words...well... sing they ...
by scienceguy
Sun 31 Mar 2019, 7:05 pm
Forum: Pet Shop Boys Discussion
Topic: Comparisons Redux: Chris, Neil, and Frank
Replies: 0
Views: 1247

Comparisons Redux: Chris, Neil, and Frank

This post is about storytellers, or, more specifically, modes of storytelling, from a historical perspective. In the '40s, Francis Albert Sinatra becomes the quintessential storyteller of pop music. He spins a tale of time and place, mood, character and introspection. Forty years later, Chris Sean ...
by scienceguy
Wed 27 Mar 2019, 2:59 am
Forum: Welcome to the Community / FAQs
Topic: PSB Newbie
Replies: 7
Views: 1564

Re: PSB Newbie

Thanks again to those who posted. Spooky seems to know LA. I lived in Hollywood, and when Soft Cell came to town, I attended their concert. Trying to move to the discussion thread and if my first Comparison post is accepted, look for it.