Thursday, September 30, 2010

King's Cross by The Pet Shop Boys

Going with one more before the day's over, here's "King's Cross" by The Pet Shop Boys. This wasn't ever a single; it was the final song from the Boys' 1987 CD Actually, which contained hits like "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" and "It's a Sin." It's always been one of my favorite tracks from the Boys, with a melancholy New Romantic sound, a soaring background synthline, and unintentional correspondance with current events. The lyrics appear to refer to the Kings Cross fire of 1987, and there's even a bizarre movie that the Boys put together that shows a guy walking around in a flaming asbestos suit. However, the song was released before the fire happened, so it was all just a coincidence.

Anyway, I'm a fan of a lot of PSB's songs. They've kept recording through much of the 90s and 2000s, but their sound has often taken on bizarre disco and lounge lizard qualities that I don't like; most of their best material was the "purer" synthpop from their three (four if you count the remix album Disco) 1980s CDs. 1990's Behaviour was the first one that was a significant departure for the boys, and while it features some great tracks (like "So Hard," which also comes with b-side "It Must Be Obvious" which might possibly be the best PSB song ever recorded) overall it frequently disappoints me. Please and even moreso Actually, on the other hand, are perfectly crafted synthpop goldmines, not a single major mis-step amongst them.

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