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|Single by Pet Shop Boys|
|B-side||"Girls & Boys" (live in Rio)|
|Released||24 July 1995|
|Format||12", CD, Cassette Single|
4:40 (original 1986 version)|
4:07 (1995 remix)
|Label||Parlophone / EMI|
|Songwriter(s)||Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe|
|Producer(s)||Pet Shop Boys|
|Pet Shop Boys singles chronology|
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In 1995, a re-recording titled "Paninaro '95" was released to a wider market, to promote the B-side compilation Alternative (though only the original version was included on the compilation).
The song is about the 1980s Italian youth subculture known as the paninari; derived from the word panino, Italian for sandwich, they were known for congregating in restaurants serving sandwiches and in the first US-style fast food restaurants, as well as their preference for designer clothing and 1980s pop music such as the New Romantic music of Italo disco. Neil Tennant has said that they were drawn to the concept due to having shared those preferences.
"Paninaro" is one of the few Pet Shop Boys songs in which Chris Lowe provides the majority of the vocals. Tennant, meanwhile, only sings the title repeatedly in intervals.
The main lyrical motif consists of eight words:
These words are repeated at the end of the song in a soliloquy to the singer's "lover".
In reference to the fashion of the paninari, references to prestigious Italian fashion designers are repeated throughout the song:
(Although Versace was removed from the 7-inch B-side and from the 1995 version.)
I don't like country and western. I don't like rock music, I don't like rockabilly or rock and roll particularly. I don't like much, really, do I? But what I do like, I love passionately.
The song was included on the 1998 compilation album Essential. A remixed version was included on the 1986 remix album Disco, and on the companion disc to the 2001 remastered re-release of their 1986 debut album Please, called Further Listening 1984–1986.
The new recording included a rap in the middle of the song, newly written by Lowe; it laments the loss of the "lover" referred to in the pre-existing lyrics. The written lyrics in the final are also changed to "were" rather than "are" in referring to the lost love.
1995 release track listing
CD 1 (UK)
- "Paninaro '95" (Extended Mix) – 7:30
- "Paninaro '95" (Tin Tin Out Mix) – 7:47
- "Paninaro '95" (Tracy's 12' Mix) – 8:30
- "Paninaro '95" (Sharon's Sexy Boyz Dub) – 5:47
- "Paninaro '95" (Angel Moraes' Deep Dance Mix) – 10:39
CD 2 (UK)
- "Paninaro '95" – 4:10
- "In the Night" – 4:24 (Arthur Baker Remix)
- "Girls & Boys" (Pet Shop Boys live in Rio) – 5:04
- A1. "Paninaro '95" (Tracy's 12" Mix) – 8:28
- A2. "Paninaro '95" (Sharon's Sexy Boyz Dub) – 5:47
- B1. "Paninaro '95" (Tin Tin Out Mix) – 7:47
- B2. "Paninaro '95" (Pet Shop Boys Extended Mix) – 7:30
12" #2 (UK)
- A. "Paninaro '95" (Angel Moraes' Deep Dance Mix) – 10:39
- B1. "Paninaro '95" (Angel Moraes' Girls Boys in Dub) – 11:57
- B2. "Paninaro '95" (Angel Moraes' The Hot N Spycy Dub) – 9:35
|Canadian Dance/Urban Singles Chart||19|
A self-produced music video, filmed in Italy, was used for the original release; it consisted of footage of the duo singing the song alongside locals.
The "Paninaro '95" video was directed by long-time Pet Shop Boys director Howard Greenhalgh. The Top of the Pops performance of "Paninaro '95" replicated the imagery of the music video, with the same costumes, lighting, and male dancers involved.
The song was reprised as a chiptune on the Commodore 64 by Dutch musician Edwin van Santen of the 20th Century Composers (20CC), for a Public Domain demo on the machine, namely So-Phisticated III by demo group Black Mail. It is featured in the High Voltage SID Collection (HVSC) archive of C64 chip tunes.