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"Paninaro"
Pan
Single by Pet Shop Boys
Released 1986
Formats 12"
Label EMI

Along with 'Jack The Lad', 'Paninaro' was one of the B-sides to 'Suburbia'. It was also released as a single on its own in Italy and the UK.

BackgroundEdit

This song was written entirely by Chris, and was originally based on an idea brought forth by Tom Watkins , who later removed himself from the project. The Paninari is the name of an Italian youth cult, and the band decided to use this word as their main hook. "I liked the fact that all the trendies in Milan loathed the Paninari," Said Neil, "because 'they all like Wham! and Duran Duran and Madonna'. We thought, 'How fabulous - so do we'. I like fashion cults, and theirs were the kind of clothes we liked."

ProductionEdit

Paninaro was produced by the band themselves, and is the first track which features Chris on lead vocals, although he speaks the lyrics, rather than sings them.

'Paninaro' was remixed and released a second time in 1995 as 'Paninaro 95' in conjunction with the b-sides compilation 'Alternative'.

ReleasesEdit

While all 7" and 12" releases of 'Suburbia' contained only the 7" version of 'Paninaro', the 12" version was featured on 'Disco: The Remix Album'.

Remixes by Ian Levine were done, One of which appears as the b-side track from the Italian/UK 12" single (pictured above). A second stripped down remix by Levine exists only on a digital studio cassette and remains unreleased.

LyricsEdit

Passion and love and sex and money
Violence, religion, injustice and death

Paninaro, Paninaro, oh, oh, oh

Girls, boys, art, pleasure
Girls, boys, art, pleasure

Paninaro, Paninaro, oh, oh, oh

Food, cars, travel
Food, cars, travel, travel
New York, New York, New York
New York

Paninaro, Paninaro, oh, oh, oh

Armani, Armani, ah-ah-Armani
Versace, cinque

Paninaro, Paninaro, oh, oh, oh
Paninaro, Paninaro, oh, oh, oh

Armani, Armani, ah-ah-Armani
Versace, cinque 

Paninaro, Paninaro, oh, oh, oh
Paninaro, Paninaro, oh, oh, oh

I don't like country-and-western
I don't like rock music
I don't like, I don't like rockabilly or rock 'n' roll particularly
Don't like much really, do I?
But what I do like I love passionately

Paninaro, Paninaro, oh, oh, oh
Paninaro, Paninaro, oh, oh, oh
Paninaro, Paninaro, oh, oh, oh

You, you're my lover, you're my hope, you're my dreams
my life, my passion, my love, my sex, my money
violence, religion, injustice and death

Paninaro, Paninaro, oh, oh, oh
Don't like much really, do I?
Paninaro, Paninaro, oh, oh, oh
But what I do like I love passionately
Paninaro, Paninaro, oh, oh, oh

References And InfoEdit

  • The band wanted to remove Versace from the lyrics because Vercase was not really a designer favoured by the Paninari, but it was edited out of every version except the 12".

VideosEdit

There was in fact a video shot for 'Paninaro', even though it wasn't a bonafide single. It featured shots taken around Milan and fed through a digital imaging processor to give it a pixelated feel. It was released originally on the 'Television' video compilation and again on the 'Pop Art' DVD.

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