by Mark Nobes, chief editor

Ah, yes! It's the one with the barking hounds in the intro and the dramatic build-up. Released on 22nd September 1986, "Suburbia" was the synthpop lads' fourth and last single to be released from their debut album Please. The song reached #8 in the UK, but was also a top ten hit in many European countries. In the U.S. it stalled at #70.

The song's lyrics were inspired by the movie of the same name, which depicted the violence and tension of life in LA for suburban punks who squat in abandoned homes. Inspiration also came from the Brixton riots of the early eighties in England.

Pet Shop Boys Suburbia - Double Pack 1986 UK 7
The B-side to the 7" single was "Paninaro", whilst the 12" included The Full Horror version of "Suburbia", "Paninaro", and "Jack The Lad". The cassette single (remember them?) only had the 7" version of the A-side and the two extra tracks featured on the 12" vinyl, plus, the Shep Pettibone mix of the previous hit single "Love Comes Quickly"
Pet Shop Boys Suburbia 7

Photo: Double pack 1986 UK 7" vinyl sleeve. This featured five tracks including a shorter "early fade" version of the "Love Comes Quickly" remix that featured on the cassette single "Suburbia Part Two".

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