Paninaro '95

Writers - Tennant/Lowe
First released - 1995
Original album - Bilingual 2001 reissue Further Listening 1995-1997 bonus disc
Producer - Pet Shop Boys
Subsequent albums - PopArt, Smash
Other releases - single (UK #15, US Dance #4)

In 1995, just before the Boys released their b-sides collection Alternative, the Boys released a new version (more than a mere remix) of their old classic "Paninaro" as a single, retitled "Paninaro '95" and featuring a new "rap" by Chris. In the added lyrics Chris describes his sense of loss and his need to find someone else "to dance with" him, which is widely interpreted as a reference to the recent death of his roommate (and more?) Peter Andreas. Highly pertinent to this particular interpretation is the fact that the line "You're my lover" from the original song has now been shifted to the past tense, "You were my lover," in this version.

Despite the release of this newly recorded single to coincide with that of Alternative, the original 7" version of "Paninaro" from 1986 appears on the Alternative album itself.



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