Love Comes Quickly

"Love Comes Quickly" is a song by UK synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys, released as the second single from their 1986 album Please, and the last of its singles to be released before the album itself. Although a Top 20 hit in the UK, and cited as one of the band's own favourite songs, its chart performance was disappointing given that it followed the worldwide number one "West End Girls". It peaked at number 19 in the UK in March 1986.[1]

"Love Comes Quickly"
PSB Love Comes Quickly.jpg
7" single cover
Single by Pet Shop Boys
from the album Please
B-side"That's My Impression"
Released24 February 1986
Format7", 12"
LabelParlophone / EMI
Songwriter(s)Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe, Stephen Hague
Producer(s)Stephen Hague
Pet Shop Boys singles chronology
"West End Girls"
"Love Comes Quickly"
"Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)"
The capitalisation of song titles in this article may be disputed. Please see the centralized discussion on this subject before making changes.

The song is about the inevitability of falling in love, even for those who deliberately shun the idea.


Producer Stephen Hague receives a co-writing credit for writing the first two chords of the middle section of the song.[2] Andy Mackay of Roxy Music plays the saxophone parts towards the end of the song.


As with "Opportunities", the 12-version of the single contains remixes by 1980s producer Shep Pettibone. The remixes of "Love Comes Quickly" and "That's My Impression" reached the top ten on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in October 1986.[3] Later, in 2003, new remixes by Blank & Jones were produced for the promotion of the singles collection PopArt.


The cover, featuring Chris Lowe in a baseball cap emblazoned with "BOY" in block letters, has become an iconic Pet Shop Boys image. Neil Tennant of the duo later recollected that he had expected the image of the cap to be the group's coming out moment, calling it "incredibly gay".[4]

Music videoEdit

Directed by Andy Morahan and Eric Watson,[5] the video to the song is very simple, utilising facial shots of Tennant singing, interposed with blurry montages of the faces of various other people; at points, shots of Lowe, lying on top of a construction of a square grid, are superimposed over these shots. Watson would later call it a "complete disaster".[6]

Track listingEdit

7": Parlophone / R 6116 (UK)Edit

  • A. "Love Comes Quickly" – 4:18
  • B. "That's My Impression" – 4:45

12": Parlophone / 12 R 6116 (UK)Edit

  • A. "Love Comes Quickly" (Dance Mix) – 6:50
  • B. "That's My Impression" (Disco Mix) – 5:18
    • also released on 10" (10 R 6116)

12": EMI America / V-19218 (US)Edit

  • A1. "Love Comes Quickly" (Shep Pettibone Mastermix) – 7:34
  • A2. "Love Comes Quickly" (Dub Mix) – 6:55
  • B1. "Love Comes Quickly" (Dance Mix) – 6:50
  • B2. "That's My Impression" (Disco Mix) – 5:18

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (1986) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[7] 54
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[citation needed] 35
Canadian Singles Chart[8] 74
Finnish Singles Chart[9] 12
German Singles Chart[10] 17
Irish Singles Chart[11] 13
Italian Singles Chart[12] 27
New Zealand Singles Chart[13] 8
Polish Singles Chart[citation needed] 22
Spain (AFYVE)[14] 6
Swiss Singles Chart[15] 24
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 19
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 62
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[18] 10
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales Chart[17] 37

Cover versionsEdit

As early as 1986, a Japanese-language cover version of the song was recorded by pop singer Hidemi Ishikawa.[19]

Singer/songwriter Kevin Caffrey covered the song acoustically in 2008.[citation needed]


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  2. ^ Heath, Chris (2001). "Love Comes Quickly Archived 13 April 2005 at the Wayback Machine". In Please / Further Listening 1984–1986 [CD liner notes]. London: Pet Shop Boys Partnership.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco 1974–2003, (Record Research Inc.), page 201.
  4. ^ Silcott, Mireille (1999). "The Pet Shop Boys, obsessively". Montreal Mirror. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2006.
  5. ^ Garcia, Alex S. " - Pet Shop Boys - "Love comes quickly"". Music Video DataBase. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Interview with Eric Watson". Literally (Pet Shop Boys fanclub magazine). May 1992. Retrieved 21 June 2006.
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  8. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  9. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5.
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  11. ^ Jaclyn Ward. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  12. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: P". Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  13. ^ Steffen Hung. "Pet Shop Boys - Love Comes Quickly". Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  14. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  15. ^ Steffen Hung. "Pet Shop Boys - Love Comes Quickly". Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  16. ^ "Pet Shop Boys: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  17. ^ a b "Pet Shop Boys Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Pet Shop Boys Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard.
  19. ^ (in Japanese) Hidemi Ishikawa discography page

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