Suburbia (song)

"Suburbia" is a song by English synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys. It was remixed and released as the fourth single from the duo's debut studio album, Please (1986), and became the band's second UK top-10 entry, peaking at number 8.[1]

"Suburbia"
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Single by Pet Shop Boys
from the album Please
B-side
Released22 September 1986
GenreSynth-pop
Length4:02
5:11 (video mix)
5:06 (album version)
LabelParlophone
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Julian Mendelsohn
Pet Shop Boys singles chronology
"Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)"
(1986)
"Suburbia"
(1986)
"It's a Sin"
(1987)

Background and music videoEdit

The song's primary inspiration is the 1984 Penelope Spheeris film Suburbia, and its depiction of violence and squalor in the suburbs of Los Angeles; in addition, the tension of the Brixton riots of 1981 and of 1985 hanging in recent memory led Neil Tennant of the duo to thinking about the boredom of suburbia and the underlying tension among disaffected youth that sparked off the riots at the least provocation.

The various versions of the song are punctuated by sounds of suburban violence, riots and smashing glass, as well as snarling dogs on the re-recorded single version (extended even further on the music video), which were derived from typical scenes in suburbia. The Please version of the song sounds very sparse in comparison. The version used for the video was the song that appeared on the PopArt compilation in 2003.

The video was directed by Eric Watson, and features footage of the duo in a Los Angeles suburb, as they happened to be there for that year's MTV Video Music Awards.

The B-sides to the single were "Jack the Lad" and "Paninaro". "The Full Horror mix" of Suburbia and the Italian Mix of Paninaro, which appeared on the Suburbia 12", both also appeared on the Pet Shop Boys' album Disco, and were later collected on the 2001 2-disc re-release of "Please".

Track listingsEdit

7": Parlophone / R 6140 (UK)Edit

  1. "Suburbia" – 4:06
  2. "Paninaro" – 4:37

2×7": Parlophone / RD 6140 (UK)Edit

  1. "Suburbia" – 4:05
  2. "Paninaro" – 4:37
  3. "Love Comes Quickly" [Shep Pettibone Mastermix] (Early Fade) – 06'12"
  4. "Jack the Lad" – 4:30
  5. "Suburbia Pt. Two" – 2:20

MC: Parlophone / TC R 6140 (UK)Edit

  1. "Suburbia" – 4:06
  2. "Paninaro" – 4:37
  3. "Jack the Lad" – 4:30
  4. "Love Comes Quickly" [Shep Pettibone Mastermix] – 7'34"

MC: Parlophone / TR 6140 (UK)Edit

  1. "Suburbia" (The Full Horror) – 8:55
  2. "Paninaro" – 4:37
  3. "Jack the Lad" – 4:30
  4. "Love Comes Quickly" [Shep Pettibone Mastermix] (Even Earlier Fade) – 05'31"

12": Parlophone / 12 R 6140 (UK)Edit

  1. "Suburbia" (The Full Horror) – 8:55
  2. "Paninaro" – 4:37
  3. "Jack the Lad" – 4:30

12": EMI America / V-19226 (US)Edit

  1. "Suburbia" (The full horror) – 8:55
  2. "Suburbia" (7" version) – 4:06
  3. "Jack the Lad" – 4:30

12": EMI America / SPRO-9925/9926 (US)Edit

  1. "Suburbia" [Arthur Baker Club Vocal Mix] – 7'02"
  2. "Suburbia" [Arthur Baker Dub/Version] – 7'57"

ChartsEdit

In Australia, "Suburbia" missed the Kent Music Report Top 100 Singles chart, but was listed as one of the singles receiving significant sales reports beyond the top 100 for one week in November 1986, being ranked tenth on this list.[21]

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ "European Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 3 no. 48. 6 December 1986. p. 12. OCLC 29800226 – via World Radio History.
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  9. ^ "Charts.nz – Pet Shop Boys – Suburbia". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Lista Przebojów Programu Trzeciego — ABC druhów zastępowych i kaziów" (in Polish).
  11. ^ Salaverrie, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Madrid: Fundación Autor/SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  12. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Pet Shop Boys – Suburbia". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  13. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Pet Shop Boys – Suburbia". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  14. ^ "Pet Shop Boys Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Pet Shop Boys Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Pet Shop Boys Chart History (Dance Singles Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  17. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 Singles – Week ending January 17, 1987". Cash Box. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  18. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Pet Shop Boys – Suburbia". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  19. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 1987 – Singles" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  20. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts – 1987" (in German). Offizielle Deutsche Charts. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  21. ^ "Singles receiving significant sales reports beyond the Top 100". Kent Music Report (645). 24 November 1986 – via Imgur.

Further readingEdit