Pet Shop Boys Go Disco Dancing on Nostalgic ‘Super’ Lead Single, ‘The Pop Kids’
The Pet Shop Boys, one of the most prolific acts in electronic pop, return yet again with their Start Price-helmed 13th studio album Super, due out in April. (Fun fact: The duo's very first record, Please, came out in March of 1986 — almost exactly 30 years ago.)
The new album, according to PSB, is meant to evoke the "London club scene of the early '90s," which makes lead single "The Pop Kids" a suitably nostalgic way to formally kick off the campaign.
"Remember those days, the early '90s?" Neil declares above a dreamy throwback '90s club pulsations while wistfully reminiscing about those halcyon days at university.
"They called us the pop kids 'cause we loved the pop hits / And quoted the best bits, so we were the pop kids / I loved you..."
PSB have always championed an unapologetic love of disco music and pop hits, and this thumping tune is no exception: "We were young, but imagined we were so sophisticated / Telling everyone we knew that rock was overrated," Neil sings. It's like a lyrical nod to "Paninaro" ("I don't like rockabilly or rock 'n' roll particularly") and "Can You Forgive Her?" ("She's made you some kind of laughing stock / Because you dance to disco and you don't like rock.")
Hey, some themes are forever.
"The Pop Kids" will be released on March 18 along with two B-sides: "One-hit Wonder" (which comes from an instrumental originally crafted in 1981) and "In bits," as well as a deep dub remix and the "Full Story" remix, which features an extra verse "which brings the story of 'The Pop Kids' up to the present," according to a press release.
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