You Only Tell Me You Love Me
When You're Drunk
The third and final single from Nightlife and yet another in the Boys' tradition of exceptionally lengthy song titles. Much has been made of the fact that this is the closest our heroes have come so far to releasing a country-and-western track, what with its steel guitar (played by studio musician B.J. Cole), prominent acoustic guitar (the latter played by Neil in live performances), and essentially stereotypical "country" subject matter and mood. You might say this is the sort of song that a country artist might perform if he wanted to dip his toes into a bit of techno. In fact, more than one artist has covered it in an even more pronounced country style.
All C&W stuff aside, this is actually one of the more moving songs on the album, with a genuinely touching lyric that Neil has stated was "based on personal experience." It fairly drips with pathos, so much so that it skirts precipitously along the edge of descending into comedy. There can, after all, be a fine line between the comic and the tragic. Although it might have proven a very, very dark comedy indeed, the Boys avoid it with their guileless delivery, devoid of even a trace of irony. This somber, almost tragicomic quality is underscored by the single's superb music video, which features Neil and Chris lying amidst a crowd of bodies that suddenly rise and dance, only to collapse again, marionette-like, near the song's conclusion.
This song was at one time planned for the musical Closer to Heaven, to be sung by the gay club-owner to his "rough trade" boyfrienda character who was dropped from the plot, resulting in the deletion of this song as well. An intriguing sidenote is that, much to nearly everyone's surprise, "Drunk" made it into the UK Top 10 despite the fact that the album's two preceding singles failed to do so. It's possible that the sheer novelty of hearing the Pet Shop Boys in this "semi-country mode"—plus the sheer excellence of the song itself—gave the single that little extra boost it needed.
- "… Instead of dissing him like a punk" – In recent years it's become such a familiar word in pop culture that I probably don't need to explain it here. But just in case– "Dissing" is the present-participle form of the slang verb "to dis" (often spelled "diss"), which originated in African-American rap/hiphop subculture. It simply means to speak ill of someone or to otherwise treat them with disrespect—which, after all, is what "dis" is short for. It dates back at least to 1980.
- Mixer: Goetz Botzenhardt
- Album/single version (3:11)
- Live in Houston (2:33)
- Mixer: Attaboy
- Attaboy Still Love You When You're Sober Mix (7:59)
- Attaboy Still Love You When You're Sober Mix - Edit (4:57)
- Mixer: Brother Brown
- Brother Brown's Newt Mix (10:00)
- Brother Brown's Newt Mix Radio Edit (4:06)
- Brother Brown's Newt Mix Dub (7:39)
- Mixer: T-Total
- The T-Total Mix (8:09)
- The T-Total Mix - Edit (5:00)
- Mixer: Hitmakers
- Hitmakers' Brasil Extended Mix (5:06)
- Hitmakers' Brasil Radio Edit (3:03)
- Mixer: Tim Weidner
- Live Concrete rendition (3:08)
Official but unreleased
- Mixer: Unknown
- Demo (3:15)
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