Pazzo!

Writers - Tennant/Lowe
First released - 2016
Original album - Super
Producer - Stuart Price
Subsequent albums - (none)
Other releases - (none)

This is one of three tracks on Super that the Boys describe as "almost instrumental," the others being "Happiness" and "Inner Sanctum." As Neil told interviewer Nicola Meighan of BBC Radio Scotland, Chris has some Italian friends in London who sometimes call him "Pazzo," which means "crazy" in Italian. They created the track as an "aside" while working on another, still unreleased number titled "Monkey Business," assembling it from "leftover" pieces from other songs they had been working on. The result was an admitted "throwaway thing" that they nevertheless ended up liking well enough to include in the final track lineup. In fact, they had originally envisioned it as the album's opening track, only changing their minds about it quite late in the process.

What we end up with is a strange, rather experimental dance track—at root an instrumental with scattered, often distorted vocal interjections: “Do you want to?” “You’re crazy!” “That’s insane!” All of the voices, by the way, are Neil's, though often electronically processed beyond recognition. An especially experimental aspect of the track is the fact that it very deliberately employs a single chord throughout—E major, with no chord changes—something that Chris in particular had long sought. As Neil has said, "I think it's very difficult to do and keep it interesting, and I think we've done that."

Aside from those experimental aspects, there doesn't seem to be anything terribly deep going on here—just an instance of the Boys having some fun and sharing their fun with the rest of us.

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