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Please
Please
Studio album by Pet Shop Boys
Released March 23, 1986
Label Parlophone
Producer(s) Stephen Hague
Pet Shop Boys chronology
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'Please' was the first studio album released by the band. It contained many of the songs originally recorded with Bobby Orlando, including 'West End Girls' and 'Two Divided By Zero'.

Production and RecordingEdit

According to Neil, they titled this album 'Please' so that people would walk into the record shop and ask the shopkeeper, "Could I have the new Pet Shop Boys album, Please?" The album tracks, either accidentally or intentionally, seemed to form a storyline. 'We had the idea for the album that it was sort of linked together... They run away in the first song, they arrive in the city, they want to make money, they fall in love, move to suburbia, go out clubbing, there's violence in the city, and casual sex, someone tries to pick up a boy...it does sort of work." Indeed, the lyrics and subject matter within the songs have been observed to relate to both hetero- and homosexual relationships, which was also Neil's intention.

Tracklisting Edit

Songs considered but not done for 'Please': 'It's A Sin', 'Rent', 'What Have I Done To Deserve This?', 'Jealousy', 'One More Chance' and 'In The Club Or In The Queue' (still unreleased).

Album Credits Edit

Writing and Composing Edit

All songs were written by Tennant and/or Lowe with the addition of Bobby Orlando as writer on Two Divided By Zero, a track originally worked on before signing with Parlophone Records. Stephen Hague gets a writing credit on Love Comes Quickly

Studios and Personnel Edit

The album was recorded between November 1985 and January 1986 at Advision Studios in London. Stephen Hague did final production work on most of the tracks with David Jacob as engineer. However, J. J. Jeczalic of the Art Of Noise appears as producer, as do Blue Weaver and Ron Dean Miller on some tracks which were cut before reaching Advision.

Musicians Edit

Helena Springs appears on Violence and West End Girls, her first (but not last) work with the band. Andy McKay plays a sax solo on Love Comes Quickly.

ReleasesEdit

Design and Packaging Edit

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French LP with altered artwork

The original packaging concept for the album was a complicated 'paper engineering' project that involved a kind of latticework weave for the sleeve. Ultimately, this idea was scrapped, and the final artwork was produced by Mark Farrow, beginning a long-standing relationship between them.

They hadn't intended to put the band and album name on the cover, but EMI insisted they do so, to increase customer recognition. The final sleeve artwork, featuring a small photo taken by Eric Watson, caused a stir as well. The French, in particular, objected to the small size of the photo and simply redesigned it to appear larger on their releases. Inside the package were more smaller photographs of the same caliber and motif as the cover, laid out in a grid format.

Singles Edit

Prior to the album release, three lead-up singles had already been released: Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money), West End Girls and Love Comes Quickly. Shortly after 'Please' hit the shelves, a second remixed version of the Opportunities single appeared, followed by a new production of Suburbia.

In Italy, an exclusive 12" single of Paninaro, the b-side to Suburbia, was released.

Videos Edit

In December 1986, a video compilation entitled Television was released, containing all the music videos from the album interspersed with promotional TV footage shot during their album marketing stage.

Reissues Edit

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Further Listening edition

As their first album, 'Please' was reissued many times throughout the world. In 1997, it was repackaged by Parlophone Records with 'Actually' and 'Behaviour in a special box set called 'The Originals'.

Then in 2001, it was remastered and specially repackaged as part of the 'Back Catalog' series, with a second disc entitled 'Further Listening 1984-1986', containing many tracks previously unavailable on CD as well as unreleased material. In 2009, the remaster was issued once again, also as a digital download, but without the Further Listening material.

ReceptionEdit

Chart Ranking Edit

  • UK: #3
  • USA: #7
  • Denmark: #3
  • Italy: #30

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