One of the most influential and successful synth-pop duos of all time, Pet Shop Boys, released their debut album \"Please\" in 1986. The album introduced their distinctive style of catchy melodies, witty lyrics, and danceable beats, and spawned four hit singles: \"West End Girls\", \"Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)\", \"Love Comes Quickly\", and \"Suburbia\".
\"Please\" was a critical and commercial success, reaching the top ten in several countries and selling over three million copies worldwide. The album also established Pet Shop Boys as one of the most innovative and creative acts in pop music, blending influences from disco, hip hop, new wave, and Broadway musicals. The album's title was chosen as a cheeky way to make people ask for it in record shops.
The album has been reissued several times, with different bonus tracks and remixes. The most recent edition was released in 2001 as part of the duo's remastered catalogue, featuring a second disc of rare and unreleased material. The album is also available as a digital download in various formats, including a zip file containing the full album and artwork.
\"Please\" is a classic album that showcases Pet Shop Boys' talent and vision, and remains a landmark in synth-pop history. If you are a fan of the duo or the genre, you should definitely check it out.
The album consists of 11 tracks, each one showcasing a different facet of Pet Shop Boys' musical and lyrical range. The opening track, \"Two Divided by Zero\", is a synth-pop anthem about escaping from a dull suburban life, inspired by a digital calculator that Neil Tennant found in a New York hotel room. The second track, \"West End Girls\", is their signature song and their first number one hit in the UK and the US, a sophisticated and cinematic ode to London's nightlife and class divisions. The third track, \"Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)\", is a sarcastic and ironic commentary on the greed and materialism of the 80s, featuring a rap by Chris Lowe and a sample of J.J. Jeczalik's orchestral stab from Art of Noise's \"Close (to the Edit)\".
The fourth track, \"Love Comes Quickly\", is a melancholic and romantic ballad about the unpredictability and fragility of love, co-written and co-produced by Stephen Hague, who would become a frequent collaborator of Pet Shop Boys. The fifth track, \"Suburbia\", is a dramatic and epic song about urban violence and social unrest, inspired by Penelope Spheeris' film of the same name. The sixth track, \"Opportunities (Reprise)\", is a short instrumental version of the previous song, featuring a spoken sample of an American businessman saying \"I've got the brains, you've got the looks / Let's make lots of money\".
The seventh track, \"Tonight Is Forever\", is a tender and optimistic song about living in the moment and enjoying love while it lasts. The eighth track, \"Violence\", is a dark and minimalist song about domestic abuse and political oppression, featuring a distorted vocal sample of Tennant saying \"Harm\". The ninth track, \"I Want a Lover\", is a playful and upbeat song about sexual desire and frustration, featuring a guitar solo by J.J. Belle. The tenth track, \"Later Tonight\", is a sparse and elegant song about longing and loneliness, written by Tennant when he was still working as an editor for Smash Hits magazine. The eleventh and final track, \"Why Don't We Live Together\", is a catchy and cheerful song about moving in with a lover, featuring a saxophone solo by Andy Mackay of Roxy Music. 248dff8e21