Discography: The Complete Singles Collection

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Discography: The Complete Singles Collection
Pet Shop Boys - Discography.png
Greatest hits album by
Released4 November 1991 (1991-11-04)
Recorded1985–1991
GenreSynth-pop
Length76:24
LabelParlophone
Producer
Pet Shop Boys chronology
Behaviour
(1990)
Discography: The Complete Singles Collection
(1991)
Very
(1993)
Singles from Discography: The Complete Singles Collection
  1. "DJ Culture"
    Released: 14 October 1991
  2. "Was It Worth It?"
    Released: 9 December 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyA+[3]
Q5/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide5/5 stars[5]
The Village VoiceA[6]

Discography: The Complete Singles Collection is the first greatest hits album by English synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys. It was released on 4 November 1991 by Parlophone.

Composition[edit]

Discography is a collection of all of the singles by Pet Shop Boys up to 1991. It is an 18-track compilation, 16 of which are singles released to that date, while the last two ("DJ Culture" and "Was It Worth It?" are new songs recorded exclusively for this album. The album contains the duo's cover version of U2's song "Where the Streets Have No Name", which later in the song breaks into the chorus of Frankie Valli's "Can't Take My Eyes Off You". Although the album's songs were released in some other form, this compilation only features seven-inch versions.

Around the time of the release of Discography, Pet Shop Boys also released the video compilation Videography, consisting of the music videos for each of the songs on this album in a slightly different order and with the song "Was It Worth It?" being replaced with "How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?", which itself was not on the audio versions of the album, despite being part of a double A-side with "Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)" (the exclusion being due to the constrictions of the CD's running time).

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."West End Girls" (1985 7″ version) Stephen Hague3:59
2."Love Comes Quickly"
  • Tennant
  • Lowe
  • Hague
Hague4:17
3."Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" (1986 7″ version) 
3:36
4."Suburbia" (7″ version) Julian Mendelsohn4:03
5."It's a Sin" 
  • Mendelsohn
  • Hague[c]
4:59
6."What Have I Done to Deserve This?"
Hague4:19
7."Rent" (7″ version) Mendelsohn3:32
8."Always on My Mind" (7″ version)
  • Mendelsohn
  • Pet Shop Boys
  • David Jacob[a]
3:53
9."Heart" (7″ version) 
4:16
10."Domino Dancing" (7″ version) 4:17
11."Left to My Own Devices" (7″ version) 4:46
12."It's Alright" (7″ version)Sterling VoidHorn4:19
13."So Hard" 
3:58
14."Being Boring" (7″ version) Faltermeyer4:50
15."Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)" (7″ version)
  • Pet Shop Boys
  • Mendelsohn
4:30
16."Jealousy" (7″ version) 
  • Pet Shop Boys
  • Faltermeyer
4:15
17."DJ Culture" 
4:13
18."Was It Worth It?" 
  • Pet Shop Boys
  • Brothers in Rhythm
4:22
Total length:76:24

Notes[edit]

  • ^[a] signifies an original producer
  • ^[b] signifies a remixer
  • ^[c] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[d] signifies an associate producer
  • Tracks 1–4 are taken from Please (1986).
  • Tracks 5–7 and 9 are taken from Actually (1987).
  • Tracks 8 and 10–12 are taken from Introspective (1988).
  • Tracks 13, 14 and 16 are taken from Behaviour (1990).
  • Track 15 is a non-album single.
  • Tracks 17 and 18 are previously unreleased.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Discography: The Complete Singles Collection.[7]

Pet Shop Boys[edit]

Technical[edit]

  • Stephen Hague – production (tracks 1, 2, 6); remix (track 3); additional production (tracks 3, 5, 17); mixing (tracks 5, 7, 17)
  • David Jacob – engineering (tracks 1, 2, 6); original track production (track 8)
  • J. J. Jeczalik – original recording production (track 3)
  • Nicholas Froome – original recording production (track 3)
  • Ron Dean Miller – New York overdubs (track 3)
  • Julian Mendelsohn – production (tracks 4, 5, 7, 8, 15); engineering (tracks 4, 5, 7); mixing (tracks 6, 13, 14)
  • Pet Shop Boys – production (tracks 8, 9, 13–18); original track production (track 8); associate production (track 10)
  • Andy Richards – production (track 9)
  • Tony Phillips – engineering (track 9)
  • Lewis A. Martineé – production, engineering (track 10)
  • Mike Couzzi – engineering (track 10)
  • Trevor Horn – production (tracks 11, 12)
  • Stephen Lipson – production, engineering (track 11)
  • Pete Schwier – engineering (track 12)
  • Harold Faltermeyer – production (tracks 13, 14, 16)
  • Brian Reeves – engineering (tracks 13, 14, 16)
  • Bob Kraushaar – engineering (track 14)
  • Ren Swan – engineering (track 15)
  • Brothers in Rhythm – production (tracks 17, 18)
  • Paul Wright – engineering (tracks 17, 18); mixing (track 18)
  • Nick Webb – mastering

Artwork[edit]

  • Mark Farrow – design
  • Rob Petrie – design
  • 3a – design
  • PSB – design
  • Eric Watson – main photographs, other photographs
  • Peter Andreas – other photographs
  • Michael Roberts – other photographs
  • Douglas Brothers – other photographs
  • Lawrence Watson – other photographs

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[29] Gold 30,000^
Australia (ARIA)[30] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[31] Platinum 250,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[32] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[33] Gold 30,845[33]
France (SNEP)[34] Gold 200,000*
Germany (BVMI)[35] Gold 250,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[36] Gold 7,500^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[37] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[39] Platinum 555,701[38]
United States (RIAA)[41] Gold 719,000[40]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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