Yesterday, When I Was Mad

Writers - Tennant/Lowe
First released - 1993
Original album - Very
Producer - Pet Shop Boys, Stephen Hague
Subsequent albums - Disco 2, PopArt
Other releases - single (UK #13, US Dance #4)

During and after their "Performance" tour, Neil and Chris were sometimes more than a little upset by the critical reaction to their elaborate stage show, including comments by personal acquaintances. The lyrics of this song consist of a virtual catalogue of bitchy statements, ranging from faint praise and backhanded compliments ("You have a certain quality which really is unique") to downright cruelty ("You've both made such a little go a very long way"). We can only hope that they got most of their anger out of their system with this bit of retaliation.

More than one commentator have suggested the stylistic influence of the British band Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine on this track. The Boys themselves, however, have said that its shifting time-signatures betray the influence of progressive rock—a surprising revelation, to say the least.

The single version was remixed by the Boys along with Julian Mendelsohn and Jam & Spoon. Among other things, it's truly remarkable for the sheer number of its official remixes, both released and (especially) unreleased.

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