Flamboyant

Writers - Tennant/Lowe
First released - 2003
Original album - PopArt
Producer - Pet Shop Boys, Felix J. Gauder, Tomcraft
Subsequent albums - (none)
Other releases - single (UK #12)

The second previously unreleased track on PopArt, "Flamboyant" was the follow-up single to "Miracles." Co-produced by the German producer/remixer Tomcraft (Thomas Brückner), who generally works in an "electro" style, it's an uptempo, techno-oriented dance track that wouldn't have been out of place on Disco 3. The single mix is noticeably different from the PopArt version, with additional vocal harmonies by Neil and new keyboard parts.

Like "How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?" the words address one or more unnamed celebrities, and the general "message" seems closely akin to that of "Shameless," though with a more positive spin. Neil has said that it's about no one in particular, but rather an "archetype." That archetype might be described (to put it bluntly) as an "attention whore":

You're so flamboyant, the way you live
You really care that they stare
And the press deployment is always there
It's what you do for enjoyment

He even suggests that this flamboyance may be an outgrowth of the decadence of the era in which that person lives: "You live in a time of decay when the worth of a man is how much he can play." But despite all this, he admires anyone who can sustain such a public display. As Neil told an interviewer, "It's about the importance of flamboyant people in our way of life.… people like Oscar Wilde and Quentin Crisp, Boy George and Marilyn, Elton John and David Beckham.… Anyone with a bit of sparkle."

Most curiously, despite its many remixes and the Boys' proven track record, "Flamboyant" apparently wasn't released even as a promo single to the U.S. dance market.

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