King's Cross (song)

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"King's Cross"
Song by Pet Shop Boys from the album Actually
Released 1987
Genre Synthpop
Length 5:10
Label Parlophone Records / EMI Records
Writer(s) Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe
Actually track listing
(Track B4, CD track 09)
"King's Cross"
(Track B5, CD track 10)

"King's Cross" is a Pet Shop Boys song, written by Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant[1] and is a track on their 1987 album Actually. It was covered and released as a single in 2007 by Tracey Thorn.

Original version and the King's Cross Fire[edit]

Although the lyrics appear to refer to the King's Cross fire of November 1987, the album that the song appeared on was released two months before it. The song is actually about desperation and unemployment.

It was suggested that Pet Shop Boys released it as a single to raise money for charity following the fire,[citation needed] but they never did. Music magazines at the time though (such as Smash Hits) carried adverts to call premium rate phone lines to hear the song, and the money from the phone call would then go to the charity for fire victims.

Tracey Thorn version[edit]

"King's Cross"
Single by Tracey Thorn
from the album Out of the Woods
Released December 2007 (Worldwide)
Format Digital single
Genre Pop/Dance
Label Virgin Records
Writer(s) Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe
Tracey Thorn singles chronology
"Grand Canyon"
"King's Cross"

On 9 December 2007, Tracey Thorn released "King's Cross" as the final single from her Out of the Woods album.

A cover of "King's Cross" first appeared as an iTunes exclusive bonus track to Thorn's album Out of the Woods. Recorded for inclusion on the main album, Thorn says on her Myspace page that there was not enough room to include it.

Neil Tennant from Pet Shop Boys was also thanked in the sleeve-notes to Out of the Woods as he gave her motivation to record and release a new solo album twenty-five years after her first solo album.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download

  1. "King's Cross" (Hot Chip remix) – 6:49