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Pet Shop Boys - Actually RIAA Certified Gold! Click here to see this CD at!

By Elisabeth Vincentelli

When they released Actually, their second proper album, in 1987, the Pet Shop Boys proved they were no flash-in-the-pan pop sensation. Neil Tennant wrote about disaffected consumerism ("Rent," "Shopping") with the wry insight only the former editor of a teen pop magazine could have. Often accused of being emotionally bankrupt by their critics, Tennant and his partner, keyboardist Chris Lowe, effortlessly proved them wrong, camouflaging clever commentary ("It's a Sin") behind deadpan attitude and catchy dance music. The jewel in Actually's crown is probably "What Have I Done to Deserve This?," a classic hit for which Lowe and Tennant coaxed '60s pop icon Dusty Springfield out of semiretirement. Actually has aged better than anybody--including perhaps the Pet Shop Boys themselves--could have expected.

1. One More Chance6. It Couldn't Happen Here
2. What Have I Done To Deserve This?7. It's A Sin
3. Shopping8. I Want To Wake Up
4. Rent9. Heart
5. Hit Music10. King's Cross


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Artist: Pet Shop Boys

Released: September 15, 1987

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Gold

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