PopArt: Pet Shop Boys – The Hits

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PopArt: Pet Shop Boys – The Hits
Greatest hits album by Pet Shop Boys
Released 24 November 2003 (UK)
10 October 2006 (US)
Recorded 1984–2003
Genre Synthpop, electropop, house
Length 73:40 (CD 1)
73:39 (CD 2)
Label Parlophone
Capitol (US)
Producer Pet Shop Boys
Pet Shop Boys chronology
Disco 3
(2003)
PopArt: Pet Shop Boys – The Hits
(2003)
Back to Mine: Pet Shop Boys
(2005)
Singles from PopArt: Pet Shop Boys – The Hits
  1. "Miracles"
    Released: 17 November 2003 (2003-11-17)
  2. "Flamboyant"
    Released: 24 March 2004 (2004-03-24)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Release Magazine 9/10 stars)[2]
New Musical Express (10/10)[citation needed]
Pitchfork Media (8.1/10)[3]

PopArt: Pet Shop Boys – The Hits is the fourteenth album by the UK electronic music duo Pet Shop Boys. It was released in 2003. PopArt is a compilation of Pet Shop Boys' top 20 UK singles along with two new tracks, "Miracles" and "Flamboyant" which have subsequently also been singles.

History[edit]

The most notable exclusion was "Was It Worth It?" (which was included as a brand new song on Discography: The Complete Singles Collection) because it only peaked at No. 24, while "How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?" (part of a double A-side with the U2 cover) was also omitted.

The album reached number 30 in the UK Albums Chart on original release and re-entered the UK charts in 2009 at No. 18. It kept on selling steadily, and proved a strong seller in other countries (With its best chart position in Norway, peaking at #2). Pet Shop Boys stated on their website they were happy with sales. The weekend after the Pet Shop Boys received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Popular Music in February 2009, PopArt re-entered the UK Albums Chart at number 19, advancing to number 18 the week after.

Unlike some "best of" compilations (including the earlier Discography: The Complete Singles Collection), the tracks on the discs are not arranged chronologically, but split into two categories. Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe split the tracks into ones they thought were pure pop music ("Pop") and the ones that they thought were more creative/experimental ("Art").

A special limited edition was released with a third Compact Disc (CD), "Mix", appropriately featuring Tennant and Lowe's favourite remixes from their career.

The album edit of "Heart" was used on PopArt instead of the single edit. A previously unreleased version of "I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing", using the structure of the seven-inch mix but with some elements of the album version, was also used instead of the version that had appeared on the 1993 single release. Several of the other tracks on the album appear in slightly different edits from their original single versions, such as "Suburbia", which for the first time appears in its music video edit on a Pet Shop Boys compilation album, instead of the seven-inch single remix of that song. A similar incident occurred with the Brazilian compilation Party in 2009. The US version of PopArt included the single versions of these tracks, but still omits the same tracks as the UK release.

After three years of its release in the rest of the world, PopArt was finally released in the United States in October 2006. The delay was due to legal problems caused by the fact that since Pet Shop Boys began, they have been with four different record labels in the US: EMI (1985–1995), Atlantic (1996–1998), Sire Records (1999–2001) and Sanctuary Records (2002–2003). The album didn't chart in the US but has sold almost 100,000 copies since its release.

The album was re-issued on 26 November 2007 in the UK as a box set with the corresponding DVD included.

Track listing[edit]

Pop
  1. "Go West" – 5:03
  2. "Suburbia" (Video Mix) – 5:10
  3. "Se a vida é (That's the Way Life Is)" – 3:59
  4. "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" – 4:18
  5. "Always on My Mind" – 4:00
  6. "I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing" (Beatmasters mix) – 4:44 (4:28 on US release)
  7. "Home and Dry" – 3:58
  8. "Heart" (album version) – 3:57 (4:17 on US release)
  9. "Miracles" – 3:54
  10. "Love Comes Quickly" – 4:17
  11. "It's a Sin" – 4:59
  12. "Domino Dancing" – 4:17
  13. "Before" – 4:05
  14. "New York City Boy" (edit) – 3:20
  15. "It's Alright" (7" version) – 4:19
  16. "Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)" (7" version) – 4:29
  17. "A Red Letter Day" (Single version) – 4:32[4]
Art
  1. "Left to My Own Devices" (7" version) – 4:47
  2. "I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More" (Single version) – 4:23
  3. "Flamboyant" – 3:50 (3:40 on US release)
  4. "Being Boring" (7" version) – 4:50
  5. "Can You Forgive Her?" – 3:52
  6. "West End Girls" (1985 7" version) – 4:03
  7. "I Get Along" (Single version) – 4:10
  8. "So Hard" – 3:58
  9. "Rent" (7" version) – 3:33
  10. "Jealousy" (7" version) – 4:15
  11. "DJ Culture" – 4:20
  12. "You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk" – 3:12
  13. "Liberation" – 4:05
  14. "Paninaro '95" – 4:09
  15. "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" (1986 album version) – 3:44
  16. "Yesterday, When I Was Mad" (Single version) – 4:00
  17. "Single-Bilingual" – 3:29
  18. "Somewhere" – 4:42[4]
Mix (Disc 3 – Limited edition CD)
  1. "Can You Forgive Her?" (Rollo Remix) – 6:00
  2. "So Hard" (David Morales Red Zone Mix) – 7:42
  3. "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" (Shep Pettibone Mix) – 8:08
  4. "West End Girls" (Sasha Mix) – 7:45
  5. "Miserablism" (Moby Electro Mix) – 5:35
  6. "Before" (Danny Tenaglia Classic Paradise Mix) – 7:56
  7. "I Don't Know What You Want but I Can't Give It Any More" (Peter Rauhofer New York Mix) – 10:26
  8. "New York City Boy" (Stuart Langelaan Mix) – 7:04
  9. "Young Offender" (Jam & Spoon Trip-o-matic Fairy Tale Mix) – 7:18
  10. "Love Comes Quickly" (Blank & Jones Mix) – 5:00[4]

In France, both the CD and vinyl versions contain "Paris City Boy", a version of "New York City Boy" recorded by Tennant and Lowe in 2003, replacing the original version.

Different versions of some songs were included on the US release.

DVD[edit]

A DVD was released at the same time as the CD editions. The sleeve artwork is the same, but the track listing is chronological.

There are bonus videos including: both videos for "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)"; "Paninaro", which was released as a single in Italy; "Was It Worth It?", which doesn't appear on the CD; "London" which was only released as a single in Germany; and extended videos for "Domino Dancing", "So Hard" and "Go West". The only other video that is missing is the 1994 Comic Relief single "Absolutely Fabulous", which remains unavailable on DVD due to licensing hurdles.

The videos to "Miracles" and "Flamboyant" were not ready when the DVD went to press, so they were not included. They were released along with the videos for "I'm with Stupid", "Minimal" and "Numb" on the A Life in Pop documentary DVD.

The DVD also features a commentary by Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe and Chris Heath.

  1. "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" (original version)
  2. "West End Girls"
  3. "Love Comes Quickly"
  4. "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" (second version)
  5. "Suburbia"
  6. "Paninaro"
  7. "It's a Sin"
  8. "What Have I Done to Deserve This?"
  9. "Rent"
  10. "Always on My Mind"
  11. "Heart"
  12. "Domino Dancing"
  13. "Left to My Own Devices"
  14. "It's Alright"
  15. "So Hard"
  16. "Being Boring"
  17. "How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?"
  18. "Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes Off You)"
  19. "Jealousy"
  20. "DJ Culture"
  21. "Was It Worth It?"
  22. "Can You Forgive Her?"
  23. "Go West"
  24. "I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing"
  25. "Liberation"
  26. "Yesterday, When I Was Mad"
  27. "Paninaro '95"
  28. "Before"
  29. "Se a Vida É (That's the Way Life Is)"
  30. "Single-Bilingual"
  31. "A Red Letter Day"
  32. "Somewhere"
  33. "I Don't Know What You Want but I Can't Give It Any More"
  34. "New York City Boy"
  35. "You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk"
  36. "Home and Dry"
  37. "I Get Along/E-mail"
  38. "London"
  39. "Domino Dancing" (extended version)
  40. "So Hard" (extended version)
  41. "Go West" (extended version)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
position
German Albums Chart 24
Swedish Albums Chart 20
Swiss Albums Chart 99
UK Albums Chart 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jeffries, David. "Pet Shop Boys: PopArt > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  2. ^ Carlsson, Johan (8 December 2003). "Pet Shop Boys: PopArt". Release Magazine. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Abebe, Nitsuh (6 October 2006). "Pet Shop Boys: PopArt: The Hits". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Pet Shop Boys discography". Retrieved 1 October 2007.