Please (Pet Shop Boys album)

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Please
Original CD cover
Studio album by
Released24 March 1986
RecordedAugust 1985 (West End Girls);
November 1985 - January 1986 at Advision Studios, London[1]
Genre
Length40:23
Label
ProducerStephen Hague
Pet Shop Boys chronology
Please
(1986)
Disco
(1986)
Singles from Please
  1. "West End Girls"
    Released: 28 October 1985
  2. "Love Comes Quickly"
    Released: 24 February 1986
  3. "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)"
    Released: 19 May 1986
  4. "Suburbia"
    Released: 22 September 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Record GuideA−[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[5]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[6]
Uncut8/10[7]

Please is the debut album by English electronic music duo Pet Shop Boys, released on 24 March 1986 by Parlophone Records in the United Kingdom and by EMI America Records in the United States. According to the duo, the album's title was chosen so that people had to go into a record shop and say "Can I have the Pet Shop Boys album, 'Please'?"[citation needed]. Please spawned four singles: "West End Girls", "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)", "Suburbia", and "Love Comes Quickly"; "West End Girls" reached number one in both the UK and the US.

Background and composition[edit]

Please is musically simpler than, but lyrically just as rich, as Pet Shop Boys' later work[according to whom?]. The instrumentals are comparable to other techno pop of this period. As with many early PSB albums, the lyrics were considered androgynous. The stories they contain being equally applicable to gay and heterosexual relationships. Tennant, in particular, enjoyed this ambiguity[citation needed]and refused to comment on his own sexuality until he came out shortly prior to the 1993 release of Very.

The tiny cover photograph enclosed by a sea of white has been seen by some design observers[who?] as a reaction to the traditional album cover. With the new CD cases of the time being necessarily smaller than designs seen on 12" albums, the passport-sized photograph is far removed from standard cover artwork. The actual size of the image is the same size as a 35mm photographic negative. Although some commentators have remarked[who?] that "Two Divided by Zero" samples a Texas Instruments Speak & Spell toy from the 1980s, this is a myth. Neil Tennant stated in an interview in the BBC Radio documentary About Pet Shop Boys that the sample used on "Two Divided by Zero" was in fact a talking calculator he had bought for his father. The calculator was a Sharp Elsi Mate model EL-640.[citation needed].

Please was re-released on 4 June 2001 (as were most of the group's albums up to that point) as Please/Further Listening 1984–1986. The re-released version was not only digitally remastered but came with a second disc of B-sides and previously unreleased material from around the time of the album's original release. Yet another re-release followed on 9 February 2009, under the title of Please: Remastered. This version contains only the 11 tracks on the original. With the 2009 re-release, the 2001 2CD re-release was discontinued. On 2 March 2018 a new remastered edition of Further listening was released, with 2001 edition content.

"Suburbia" was dramatically remixed for the single release.

"Violence" was later re-recorded by the Pet Shop Boys for a charity concert at The Haçienda nightclub in the early 1990s. This version, known as the 'Haçienda version', was released as one of the B-sides to "I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing" and was then made available on the B-sides album Alternative and the 2001 2-disc re-release of the Very album.

The Pet Shop Boys later sampled the Please version of "Love Comes Quickly" for their song "Somebody Else's Business", which appeared on the Disco 3 album.

"Tonight Is Forever" was later covered by Liza Minnelli on the Pet Shop Boys-produced album Results.

Track listing[edit]

All the songs were written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe except "Two Divided by Zero" written by Neil Tennant and Bobby Orlando and "Love Comes Quickly" written by Tennant/Lowe & Stephen Hague

  1. "Two Divided by Zero" – 3:32
  2. "West End Girls" – 4:41
  3. "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" – 3:43
  4. "Love Comes Quickly" – 4:18
  5. "Suburbia" – 5:07
  6. "Opportunities (reprise)" – 0:34
  7. "Tonight Is Forever" – 4:30
  8. "Violence" – 4:27
  9. "I Want a Lover" – 4:04
  10. "Later Tonight" – 2:44
  11. "Why Don't We Live Together?" – 4:44

Further Listening 1984–1986[edit]

  1. "A Man Could Get Arrested" (Twelve-inch B-side) – 4:11
  2. "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" (Full-length Original Seven-inch) - 4:36 *
  3. "In the Night" – 4:51
  4. "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" (Original Twelve-inch mix) – 7:00 *
  5. "Why Don't We Live Together?" (Original New York mix) - 5:14 *
  6. "West End Girls" (Dance mix) – 6:39
  7. "A Man Could Get Arrested" (Seven-inch B-side) – 4:51
  8. "Love Comes Quickly" (Dance mix) – 6:50
  9. "That's My Impression" (Disco mix) – 5:19
  10. "Was That What It Was?" – 5:17
  11. "Suburbia" (The full horror) – 8:58
  12. "Jack the Lad" – 4:32
  13. "Paninaro" (Italian Remix) – 8:38
  • Track #4 is a previously unreleased mix - different from the actual 12″ version released in 1985 (Dance Mix) and which reappeared again in 1986 (Original Dance Mix).

(*) Previously unreleased.

Singles[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Pet Shop Boys

  • Neil Tennant – lead vocals and backing vocals, guitars
  • Chris Lowe – synthesizers, programming, sequencers, samplers, computer-generated effects, electric piano, trombone and backing vocals

Guest musicians

  • Andy Mackay – saxophone on track 4
  • Helena Springs – additional vocals on tracks 2 & 6

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Brazil 75,000[26]
Canada (Music Canada)[27] Platinum 100,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[28] Gold 10,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[29] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[30] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[31] Platinum 1,000,000^
Summaries
Worldwide 3,000,000[32]

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

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1990). "Pet Shop Boys: Please". Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s. Pantheon Books. ISBN 0-679-73015-X. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
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  5. ^ Hull, Tom (2004). "Pet Shop Boys". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 630–31. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  6. ^ Sheffield, Rob (1995). "Pet Shop Boys". In Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig (eds.). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. pp. 294–95. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  7. ^ Dalton, Stephen (March 2018). "Pet Shop Boys: Please / Actually / Introspective". Uncut. No. 250. p. 43.
  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. p. 232. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  9. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 0678". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  10. ^ "European Hot 100 Albums" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 3 no. 21. 31 May 1986. p. 17. OCLC 29800226. Retrieved 20 April 2020 – via American Radio History.
  11. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin – levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava. p. 233. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5.
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  15. ^ Salaverrie, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Madrid: Fundación Autor/SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
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  20. ^ "ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – 1986". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  21. ^ "Top 100 Albums of '86". RPM. Vol. 45 no. 14. 27 December 1986. p. 9. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved 7 May 2020 – via Library and Archives Canada.
  22. ^ "Hot 100 of the Year 1986 – European Hot 100 Albums" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 3 no. 51/52. 27 December 1986. p. 35. OCLC 29800226. Retrieved 7 May 2020 – via American Radio History.
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  26. ^ "Discografia marcada pela 'Dance music'". Jornal do Brasil (in Portuguese). 9 December 1994. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  27. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Pet Shop boys – Please". Music Canada.
  28. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1988". IFPI Hong Kong.
  29. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Pet Shop Boys – Please". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  30. ^ "British album certifications – Pet Shop Boys – Please". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 12 April 2012.Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Please in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  31. ^ "American album certifications – Pet Shop Boys – Please". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 12 April 2012. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
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