Suburbia (song)

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"Suburbia"
PSB Suburbia.jpg
Single by Pet Shop Boys
from the album Please
B-side"Paninaro", "Jack the Lad"
Released22 September 1986
Format7", 12", cassette
GenreSynthpop
Length5:05 (album version)
4:03 (7" mix)
5:11 (video mix)
8:55 (the full horror)
LabelParlophone / EMI
Songwriter(s)Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe
Producer(s)Julian Mendelsohn
Pet Shop Boys singles chronology
"Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)"
(1986)
"Suburbia"
(1986)
"It's a Sin"
(1987)

"Suburbia" is a song by UK synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys. It was remixed and released as the fourth single from the album Please in 1986 and became the band's second UK Top 10 hit, peaking at number 8.[1]

Overview[edit]

The song's primary inspiration is the 1984 Penelope Spheeris film Suburbia, and its depiction of violence and squalor in the suburbs of Los Angeles; in addition, the tension of the Brixton riots of 1981 and of 1985 hanging in recent memory led Neil Tennant of the duo to thinking about the boredom of suburbia and the underlying tension among disaffected youth that sparked off the riots at the least provocation.

The various versions of the song are punctuated by sounds of suburban violence, riots and smashing glass, as well as snarling dogs on the re-recorded single version (extended even further on the music video), which were derived from typical scenes in suburbia. The Please version of the song sounds very sparse in comparison. The version used for the video was the song that appeared on the PopArt compilation in 2003.

The video was directed by Eric Watson, and features footage of the duo in a Los Angeles suburb, as they happened to be there for that year's MTV Video Music Awards.

The B-sides to the single were "Jack the Lad" and "Paninaro". "The Full Horror mix" of Suburbia and the Italian Mix of Paninaro, which appeared on the Suburbia 12", both also appeared on the Pet Shop Boys' album Disco, and were later collected on the 2001 2-disc re-release of "Please".

Track listing[edit]

7": Parlophone / R 6140 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Suburbia" (New version) – 3:59
  2. "Paninaro" – 4:37

2×7": Parlophone / RD 6140 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Suburbia" (New version) – 3:59
  2. "Paninaro" – 4:37
  3. "Love Comes Quickly" [Shep Pettibone Mastermix] (Early Fade) – 06'12"
  4. "Jack the lad" – 4:30
  5. "Suburbia Pt. Two" – 2:20

MC: Parlophone / TC R 6140 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Suburbia" (New version) – 3:59
  2. "Paninaro" – 4:37
  3. "Jack the Lad" – 4:30
  4. "Love Comes Quickly" [Shep Pettibone Mastermix] – 7'34"

MC: Parlophone / TR 6140 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Suburbia" (The Full Horror) – 8:55
  2. "Paninaro" – 4:37
  3. "Jack the Lad" – 4:30
  4. "Love Comes Quickly" [Shep Pettibone Mastermix] (Even Earlier Fade) – 05'31"

12": Parlophone / 12 R 6140 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Suburbia" (The Full Horror) – 8:55
  2. "Paninaro" – 4:37
  3. "Jack the Lad" – 4:30

12": EMI America / V-19226 (US)[edit]

  1. "Suburbia" (The Full Horror) – 8:55
  2. "Suburbia" (New version) – 3:59
  3. "Jack the Lad" – 4:30

12": EMI America / SPRO-9925/9926 (US)[edit]

  1. "Suburbia" [Arthur Baker Club Vocal Mix] – 7'02"
  2. "Suburbia" [Arthur Baker Dub/Version] – 7'57"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986–87) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 9
Belgium (Ultratop Flanders)[3] 1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[4] 13
France (Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique)[citation needed] 64
Germany (Media Control Charts)[5] 2
Irish Singles Chart[6] 3
Italian Singles Chart[7] 18
Netherlands (MegaCharts)[8] 3
New Zealand (RIANZ)[9] 5
Polish Singles Chart[citation needed] 1
Spain (AFYVE)[10] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 6
Switzerland (Swiss Hitparade)[12] 3
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[1] 8
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 70
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[14] 36
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales Chart[15] 17

In Australia, "Suburbia" missed the Kent Music Report top 100 singles chart, but was listed as one of the singles receiving significant sales reports beyond the top 100 for one week in November 1986, being ranked tenth on this list.[16]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Pet Shop Boys: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 13, 2018.
  2. ^ "austriancharts.at > Pet Shop Boys - Suburbia" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Ultratop Vlaanderen > Pet Shop Boys – Suburbia" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  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 – Suburbia (single)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for 'Suburbia' (from irishcharts.ie)". Imgur.com (original source published by Fireball Media). Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: P". Hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  8. ^ "dutchcharts.nl > Pet Shop Boys - Suburbia" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  9. ^ "charts.org.nz > Pet Shop Boys - Suburbia (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  10. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  11. ^ "swedishcharts.com > Pet Shop Boys - Suburbia (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  12. ^ "hitparade.ch > Pet Shop Boys - Suburbia" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  13. ^ "Pet Shop Boysaccessdate=May 13, 2018 Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Pet Shop Boys Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 13, 2018.
  15. ^ Pet Shop Boys (21 December 2009). "Pet Shop Boys - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  16. ^ "Kent Music Report No 645 - 24 November 1986 > National Top 100 Singles (66–100) > Singles receiving significant sales reports beyond the top 100". Imgur.com (original document published by Kent Music Report). Retrieved 19 July 2016.

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