Snobbery and Decay

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"Snobbery and Decay"
UK 7" sleeve with pictures of Quentin Crisp and Liberace.
Single by Act
from the album Laughter, Tears and Rage
B-side "Poison"
"I'd Be Surprisingly Good for You"
Released 5 May 1987 (1987-05-05)
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, Cassette, CD
Recorded Sarm West Studios, London
February/March 1987[1]
Genre Synthpop
Length 4:07
Label ZTT
Writer(s) Act
Producer(s) Stephen Lipson[1]
Act singles chronology
"Snobbery and Decay"
(1987)
"Absolutely Immune"
(1987)

"Snobbery and Decay" is the first single by Act. It was released by ZTT Records in a number of formats on 5 May 1987 (1987-05-05) and reached #60 in the UK Singles Chart.[2]

According to Claudia Brücken, "The whole idea was based on a programme called Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. That was when we discovered how much we wanted to write about that idea and what a great introduction it would be for Thomas and me to have a duet as a first single. Two characters talking about that whole thing."[3]

The orchestral arrangement for "Snobbery and Decay" was made by David Bedford.[1] A number of remixes were done by Mastermind Herbie for a promotional 12". These mixes have not yet been released commercially.

The single also features a cover of "I'd Be Surprisingly Good for You" from the musical Evita, chosen according to Thomas Leer, because "we both dislike Andrew Lloyd Webber intensely. We wanted to do something from a musical, something that was crap and that we could make great. It also fitted the idea of the package."[4] An additional instrumental mix of the track entitled "I'd be Surprisingly Instrumental for You" surfaced on the band's box set in 2004.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Thomas Leer and Claudia Brücken, except where noted.

7" vinyl[edit]

  • UK: ZTT / ZTAS 28
  • Europe: Island / 109 105
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Snobbery and Decay" (Single version) 4:07
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Poison" (Single remix) 3:56

Cassette[edit]

  • UK: ZTT / CTIS 28 (titled "Cabaret Cassette!")
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Snobbery and Decay" (That's Entertainment!)   9:47
2. "I'd Be Surprisingly Good for You"   Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice 4:07
3. "Poison" (Single Remix)   3:52
4. "(Theme From) Snobbery and Decay" (Edit)   1:40

12" vinyl[edit]

  • UK: ZTT / 12 ZACT 28 (limited edition in gatefold sleeve)
  • UK: ZTT / 12 ZTAS 28
  • Europe: Island / 609 105
  • Spain: Island / 3A 609105
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Snobbery and Decay" (That's Entertainment!) 9:46
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Poison" (Single Remix)   3:53
2. "I'd Be Surprisingly Good for You"   Lloyd Webber, Rice 4:08
  • UK: ZTT / 12 XACT 28 (initial copies came with an Act poster)
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "(The Naked Civil) Snobbery and Decay"   8:54
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Strong Poison"   6:02
2. "(Theme From) Snobbery and Decay"   3:22
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Snobbery and Decay" (Moonlighting Mix) 6:06
2. "Snobbery and Decay" (Moonlighting Mix 2) 5:58
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Snobbery and Decay" (Instant) 5:31
2. "Snobbery and Decay" (Instant 2) 4:19

CD[edit]

  • UK: ZTT / CID 28 (titled "Emotional Highlights from Snobbery & Decay")
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Snobbery and Decay" (Extended, For Stephanie Beacham)   8:36
2. "I'd Be Surprisingly Good for You"   Lloyd Webber, Rice 4:07
3. "Poison" (LP Version)   3:55
4. "(Theme From) Snobbery and Decay"     3:22

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Images for Act - Snobbery & Decay". Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "Chart Stats - Act - Snobbery And Decay". Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  3. ^ Morton, Roger (1987). "Lifestyles of the rich and famous". Record Mirror. Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Aizlewood, John (1987). "It’s all an act". Number One. Retrieved 19 July 2009. 

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