That's My Impression

Writers - Tennant/Lowe
First released - 1986
Original album - Alternative
Producer - Pet Shop Boys
Subsequent albums - Please 2001 reissue Further Listening 1984-1986 bonus disc
Other releases - b-side of single "Love Comes Quickly" (and making the US Dance chart at #10 in its own right as one-half of a double-sided dance hit)

Neil adopts the role of someone who goes out on the town in search of his straying lover. Among the "impressions" that he gets during the course of the evening is just how much of a lying cheat his lover is and how their relationship is doomed. The "Serpentine" referred to in the lyrics is a famous man-made lake in London's Hyde Park, located apparently not too far from where Neil and Chris were staying when they wrote this song.

According to the Boys, this was their first self-produced recording. Although they had recorded it at least twice before—first as a rough demo at Ray Roberts's studio and then again with Bobby 'O' Orlando—the final, released version was one that they recorded on their own during the Please sessions while that album's producer, Stephen Hague, was otherwise preoccupied.

A curious feature of this track is that both its "7-inch" and "Disco Mix" versions include applause and crowd noise at the end. Since there's no indication whatsoever that it was recorded "live" before an audience, these sounds must have been dubbed in. But why? Is it to make its somewhat rough sound more palatable, as if it really were recorded live?

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