Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)

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"Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)"
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Single by Pet Shop Boys
A-side"How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?"
B-side"Bet She's Not Your Girlfriend"
Released11 March 1991
Format7", 12", cassette, CD
GenreSynthpop
Length4:31 (7" version)
LabelParlophone / EMI
Songwriter(s)Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen, Adam Clayton; Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio
Pet Shop Boys singles chronology
"Being Boring"
(1990)
"Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)"
(1991)
"Jealousy"
(1991)

"Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)" is a song by English synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys. The song is a medley of covers of U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You", the 1960s single by Frankie Valli, though in an arrangement informed by the 1982 disco version of the song by Boystown Gang rather than the original.[1] The song accompanied "How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?", the third single from their 1990 album, Behaviour, as a double A-side in the UK (both singles were released separately in the US). Released in March 1991, this song was the band's fifteenth consecutive Top 20 hit in the UK, peaking at No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart. The band have said that they thought the guitars in the original sounded similar to a sequencer.[2]

Background and inspiration[edit]

In the liner notes for the album Discography: The Complete Singles Collection, the Pet Shop Boys stated that they wanted to turn "a mythic rock song into a stomping disco record."[1]

Content[edit]

The Pet Shop Boys version differed significantly from the original version in its musical arrangement. In contrast to the U2 version's instrumental build-up, the Pet Shop Boys version opens abruptly with synthesized and sampled noises and a drum machine. The musical climax of the song is also changed in other elements; a background vocal sample of "burning down love" is played right at the start, and synthesized horns erupt with even higher notes immediately following each chorus. Singer Neil Tennant performs the lyrics with no vocal exertion or stresses, in contrast to Bono's performance. In addition, at the transition between "Where the Streets Have No Name" and "Can't Take My Eyes off You", Tennant sings the two lines one after the other, with no change in pitch — pointing out the similarities in the two songs.[3] Following the release of the single, U2 issued a statement saying "What have we done to deserve this?".[4] Tennant mentioned to The People in 2002 that he had "managed at long last to patch things up with Bono" after meeting him at one of Elton John's homes in the south of France.[5]

This version has been paired with "How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?", a song criticizing the insincere humanitarian messages of a number of pop stars during the 1980s and the institutionalization of rock and roll.[3][6]

Live Performances & Recordings[edit]

To date, the Pet Shop Boys have performed the song live on five of their tours. The song was included in the main set list for 1991's Performance Tour and a recording of this from the Birmingham NEC in June 1991 was released on the VHS (and later DVD) Performance. The VHS performance of the song omits the Frankie Valli section due to a publishing issue, although the complete soundtrack was later restored to the DVD version in 2004. The song was also later performed sometimes on the 1994 Discovery tour, the 2002 Release tour, the 2004 Summer/Fall shows and the 2006 Cubism tour, of which a performance filmed in Mexico City on November 14 of the same year was included on the 2007 DVD Cubism.

Track listing[edit]

7": Parlophone / R 6285 (UK)

  1. "Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)" (7" edit) – 4:31
  2. "How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?" (single version) – 4:10

MC: EMI USA / 4KM-50351 (US)

  1. "Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)" (original 7" mix) – 4:31
  2. "Bet She's Not Your Girlfriend" – 4:28

12": Parlophone / 12 R 6285 (UK)

  1. "Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)" (extended mix) – 6:44
  2. "How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?" (extended mix) – 6:03
  3. "Bet She's Not Your Girlfriend" – 4:28

12": Parlophone / 12 RX 6285 (UK)

  1. "Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)" (David Morales Remix) – 6:24
  2. "How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?" (Mo Mo Remix) – 6:51
  3. "How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?" (Ragga Zone Remix) – 6:27
  • All tracks remixed by David Morales
  • Also released on CD in the Netherlands (560-20 4266 2)

12": EMI USA / V-56217 (US)

  1. "Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)" (12" Dance Mix) – 7:35
  2. "Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)" (Sound Factory Mix) – 4:37
  3. "Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)" (Red Zone Mix) – 6:18
  4. "Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)" (Eclipse Mix) – 1:38
  5. "Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)" (Ska reprise) – 2:59
  6. "Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)" (7" version) – 4:33
  • Tracks 1–5 remixed by David Morales

CD: Parlophone / CD R 6285 (UK)

  1. "Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)" – 5:35
  2. "How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?" (extended mix) – 6:03
  3. "Bet She's Not Your Girlfriend" – 4:28
  4. "How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?" (Classical reprise) – 3:05

CD: EMI USA / E2-56217 (US)

  1. "Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)" (original 7" mix) – 4:31
  2. "Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)" (12" Dance Mix) – 7:36
  3. "Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)" (Red Zone Mix) – 6:20
  4. "Bet She's Not Your Girlfriend" – 4:28
  5. "I Want a Dog" (Techno Funk Mix) – 4:08
  • Tracks 2–3 remixed by David Morales

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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