No Excuse

Writers - Tennant/Lowe
First released - 2017
Original album - Release 2017 reissue Further Listening 2001-2004 bonus disc
Producer - Pet Shop boys
Subsequent albums - (none)
Other releases - (none)

A major portion of this song written by Chris and Neil in 2003 was later repurposed for the later b-side "Up and Down." Nevertheless, the Boys felt that the original song was, as Neil once put it, "actually quite good," so they clearly considered it worth releasing—which they ultimately did as one of the bonus tracks accompanying the 2017 reissue of Release.

The song offers what Neil has described as a "very controversial lyric" that includes a reference to the infamous 1960s London gangster Ronnie Kray's homosexuality. The gist of the song, however, is much broader than that, concerning (in the Boys' own words) "abusive behaviour." The lyrics simply outline in a very succinct fashion several situations in which people too often indulge in behavior that insults, offends, and/or harms other people—ranging from art to internet postings, from road rage to getting drunk—and assert in no uncertain terms "that's no excuse."

By no means does this song boast one of the most artful or subtle of PSB lyrics. But, at least in the opinion of this writer, it's an incredibly timely statement in the age of President Trump, despite having been written more than a decade before.


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