[A Pleasing Debut] -- 35 years ago this week, the electronic music duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, better known as Pet Shop Boys, released their debut album. Please hit the record buying public on 3/24/1986. This record featured four singles: "West End Girls," "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)," "Suburbia," and "Love Comes Quickly." "West End Girls" peaked at #1 in both the UK and the US. The other three charted pretty well, too. This was particularly true for "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" which had been released as a single in 1985 and then reissued in May 1986. In this second go-round, "Opportunities" was the third single off Please and it peaked at #11 on the UK Singles Chart and #10 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
My favorite song on the album is the opening track, "Two Divided by Zero," which was not released as a single (so here is video of a live performance). According to the Pet Shop Boys Wiki, the version on Please is fuller than the original arrangement which Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe had recorded in 1983.
Once again, I'm embedding the full album playlist for this week's flashback rather than selecting a few tracks. This album really does deserve a complete listen, so enjoy!
Flashback: Please (1986)
That's all till next week. Dedicated 80s-philes can find more flashbacks in the Prophet or Madman archives or via Bookended's 80s Flashback tag. As always, your comments are welcome on today's, or any other, flashback post. And if you like what I'm doing here, please share the link with your friends. If, however, you don't like the flashback, feel free to share it with your enemies.
I'll see you in seven!