Liberation (song)

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Single by Pet Shop Boys
from the album Very
B-side "Decadence"
Released 4 April 1994
Format 7" Single, 12" Single, CD single, cassette single
Recorded 1992
Genre Synthpop
Length 4:05
Label Parlophone/EMI
Songwriter(s) Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe
Producer(s) Pet Shop Boys
Pet Shop Boys singles chronology
"I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing"
"Absolutely Fabulous"
"I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing"
"Absolutely Fabulous"

"Liberation" is the fourth single released by UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys from their album Very. It peaked at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart, making it the lowest-charting single in the UK from Very.[1]

The single's B-side, "Decadence", was featured on the Further Listening: 1992–1994 re-release of Very, and the B-sides Compilation Alternative.

The music video for the song, directed by Howard Greenhalgh, is almost entirely CG, an early example of exclusively CG output. The only live-action footage the video features is Neil Tennant's face, seen singing on gold circles. Other features in the video are reminiscent of the duo, including several disembodied heads wearing tall pointy caps (like those seen in the video for "Can You Forgive Her?") and animated versions of the object on the cover, a 3D rendering of Neil and Chris's silhouettes.

The video was used as part of an early 3D cinema demonstration on IMAX screens across the UK in 2001.

Track listing[edit]

UK 2-part CD single set: Parlophone[edit]

  1. "Liberation"
  2. "Decadence"
  3. "Liberation" (E Smoove Mix)
  4. "Liberation" (E Smoove 7" Edit)
  5. "Liberation" (Murk Deepstrumental Mix)
  6. "Liberation" (Oscar G's Dopeassdub Mix)
  7. "Young Offender" (Jam & Spoon Trip-o-Matic Fairy Tale Mix)
  8. "Decadence" (Unplugged Mix)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2][3] 63
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[4] 8
Germany (Media Control Charts)[5] 51
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 22
UK Singles Chart[1] 14


  1. ^ a b "Official Charts > Pet Shop Boys". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  2. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 17 Jul 1994". ARIA. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  3. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  4. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5. 
  5. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Pet Shop Boys – Liberation (single)". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for 'Liberation'". Fireball Media. Retrieved 2016-03-09.