Please album cover

Pet Shop Boys


When the Pet Shop Boys’ fitful start of a career suddenly ramped up thanks to the smash success of “West End Girls,” it might have been easy to assume that the accompanying debut album couldn’t entirely match it. But Please stood out as an astonishing mid-80s bridge between synth pop, club trends and Neil Tennant’s coded but clear discussion of gay life in the shadow of AIDS and Thatcher, with other hits like the widely misunderstood “Opportunities” and the exquisite “Love Comes Quickly” demonstrating their remarkable depth.

Ned Raggett

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