PSB songs that they themselves apparently dislike
It should come as no surprise that artists themselves sometimes come to dislike certain works of their own creation. The Pet Shop Boys are no exception. Here I list several PSB songs I know of that Chris and/or Neil have said (or have reportedly said) at one time or another that they really don't care for. These songs are listed in alphabetical order.
- A Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi"
- A Different Point of View
In the booklet accompanying the 2001 reissue of Very, Neil said that "Chris never liked this song." Chris agreed, adding (though perhaps somewhat facetiously), "I did my best to mess it up." Nevertheless, it found its way onto the album.
Chris apparently isn't very fond of this song. As a result, he vetoed its inclusion on Elysium.
- Hit and Miss
Chris reportedly dislikes this song, thereby ensuring its relegation to b-side status (at least until the release of the Format compilation).
- The Loving Kind
The fact that Chris didn't care for this song after they had written it inspired them to hand it over to Girls Aloud.
Neil once referred to this as his "least favorite lyric of the Pet Shop Boys' catalogue." He's even said that it "embarrasses" him now to hear it: "It makes me cringe."
When asked in the letters section of their Annually 2017 publication whether he was ever going to perform this song live again, Chris adamantly asserted that, no, he wouldn't: "It's embarrassing. I don't like the track.… And the lyrics are rubbish. The first line's good, and then the rest of it is rubbish.… It's just not going to happen. It was from a different time."
- A Red Letter Day
A perhaps questionable addition to this list seeing as how Chris doesn't actually dislike the song, although he does outspokenly dislike how it was arranged and produced. As he once elaborated when talking about it, "I don't like the style…. The production lets this song down. I think the song's better than the record. It's a bit clippety-cloppity."
- So Hard
Amazingly, in the booklet accompanying the 2001 reissue of Behaviour, Chris asserts, "I don't like 'So Hard.' It's a blot on this album."
- The View from Your Balcony
Neil once pointed out that Chris doesn't much like this song, again likely leading to its consignment as a b-side. (It's clearly a fate to which such products are often destined.)
- Was That What It Was?
Neil regards this as one of his least favorite PSB songs.
- What Keeps Mankind Alive?
An instance where the Boys seem to be in full agreement on their dislike of a track: they've stated collectively that they're "not that keen" on their recording of this Brecht/Weill tune.
Neil thought this song about dictators enduring eternal punishment with each other was funny, but Chris didn't, so it became another song thereby excluded from Elysium.
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