Disco (Pet Shop Boys album)

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Disco
PetShopBoysDisco.jpg
Remix album by
Released17 November 1986 (1986-11-17)
Recorded1985–1986
Genre
Length46:19
LabelParlophone
Producer
Pet Shop Boys chronology
Please
(1986)
Disco
(1986)
Actually
(1987)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB[2]

Disco is the first remix album by English synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, released on 17 November 1986 by Parlophone in the United Kingdom and by EMI America Records in the United States. Disco consists of remixes of tracks from the band's debut album Please and its respective B-sides. The album includes remixes by Arthur Baker, Shep Pettibone and the Pet Shop Boys themselves.

Background[edit]

According to interviews[citation needed], the album was released to showcase music the duo deemed non-radio friendly. With the exception of "Suburbia", all the mixes on Disco were either rare import remixes or previously unreleased.

In The Night - possibly[citation needed] originally intended for the b-side of the original 12" 1985 release of Opportunities (the sleeve of which lists 'In The Night (Extended)' but in fact played the 7" version; previously unreleased

Suburbia - aka The Full Horror (standard 12" version)

Opportunities - aka 'Version Latina' from the remix 12" of the original 1985 release of Opportunities which at the time of the release of Disco was changing hands for up to £100

Paninaro - aka The Italian Remix aka The Pet Shop Boys Mix, previously available only on a very limited edition 12" in Italy

Love Comes Quickly - aka the Shep Pettibone Mastermix, previously available only on 12" in the USA; an edit of which also appeared on the 7" double-pack of Suburbia

West End Girls - different from the version released on the remix 12"; previously unreleased

In addition, Pet Shop Boys would later release the remix albums Disco 2, Disco 3 and Disco 4, although the concepts of these compilations differ greatly from the original Disco album: Disco 2 is a continuous mega-mix of dance remixes, Disco 3 is a mixture of remixes and new songs and Disco 4 consists exclusively of tracks remixed by the Pet Shop Boys, mainly by other artists.

The sleeve cover is a still of Chris Lowe from the promo video of "Paninaro", which was directed by Pet Shop Boys themselves.

The Disco mix of "Suburbia" can also be found on the "Suburbia" 12" and the 2001 two-disc re-release of Please.

The original version of "In the Night" was the B-side to the original release of "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)". Arthur Baker's Extended Mix of "In the Night" was used as the theme for the BBC's The Clothes Show.

Stuart Price, producer of the Pet Shop Boys albums Electric and Super, cites Disco as a major influence on his musical taste as a teenager.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "In the Night" (Arthur Baker's Extended mix) – 6:28
  2. "Suburbia" (Julian Mendelssohn's Full Horror mix) – 8:56
  3. "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" (Ron Dean Miller and Latin Rascals' Version Latina) – 5:34
  4. "Paninaro" (Pet Shop Boys and David Jacob's Italian mix) – 8:35
  5. "Love Comes Quickly" (Shep Pettibone's Mastermix) – 7:38
  6. "West End Girls" (Shep Pettibone's Disco mix) – 9:03

Personnel[edit]

Guest musicians[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Brazil 110,000[17]
Germany (BVMI)[18] Gold 250,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[19] Platinum 300,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Pet Shop Boys". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
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  6. ^ "European Hot 100 Albums" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 4 no. 4. 31 January 1987. p. 23. OCLC 29800226 – via World Radio History.
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  12. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  13. ^ "Pet Shop Boys Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  14. ^ "Pet Shop Boys Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  15. ^ "Pet Shop Boys Chart History (Dance Singles Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  16. ^ "European Charts of the Year 1987 – Albums" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 4 no. 51/52. 26 December 1987. p. 35. OCLC 29800226 – via World Radio History.
  17. ^ Paladino, Patricia (9 December 1994). "Discografia marcada pela 'dance music'". Jornal do Brasil (in Portuguese) (245). p. 38. Retrieved 26 April 2020 – via Hemeroteca Digital Brasileira.
  18. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Pet Shop Boys; 'Disco')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  19. ^ "British album certifications – Pet Shop Boys – Disco". British Phonographic Industry. 15 January 1988. Retrieved 26 April 2020. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Disco in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.