PET SHOP BOYS "SUBURBIA"
By Mark Nobes
Ah, yes. It's the one with the barking hounds in the intro, Neil's eerie spoken vocal and the dramatic build-up. Released on 22nd September 1986, "Suburbia" was Pet Shop Boys 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. although 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.
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".
UK 7 Inch Vinyl - Parlophone - R 6140
A. "Suburbia" - 3:59
B. "Paninaro" - 4:37
UK 12 Inch Vinyl - 12R 6140
A. "Suburbia" (The Full Horror) - 8:55
B1. "Paninaro" - 4:37
B2. "Jack The Lad" - 4:30
UK Cassette EP - TCR 6140
A1. "Suburbia" - 3:59
A2. "Paninaro" - 4:37
B1. "Jack The Lad" - 4:30
B2. "Love Comes Quickly" - (Shep Pettibone Remix) - 6:18
Neil and Chris gracing the front cover of Smash Hits in 1986