Writers - Tennant/Lowe
First released - 1996
Original album - Bilingual
Producer - Pet Shop Boys, Andrew Williams, Paul Roberts
Subsequent albums - (none)
Other releases - (none)

Neil had hinted at and obliquely alluded to his gayness throughout his musical career, but now the coyness was over. If 1991's "Was It Worth It?" was his "virtual" coming-out song, stating the case clearly enough for anyone willing to hear it, 1996's "Metamorphosis" was the "official" version, restating it in such a way that nobody, but nobody, could miss or deny it no matter how much they might want to. It's a fast, almost frenetic "gay rap" number, pure and simple, in which Neil describes how his true sexual orientation gradually dawned on him and, despite his resistance against it, he finally "gave in" so that he might achieve personal satisfaction and happiness. He likens this transformation to biological metamorphosis: "Once a caterpillar, now a butterfly."

The instrumental origins of this track lay in a piece that a couple of the Boys' former backup dancers and rappers had been working on with them but abandoned. Neil and Chris thoroughly reworked it with the help of the K-klass production team of Andy Williams and Paul Roberts.


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