Archive | Apr 23, 2019

Certain Songs #1517: Pet Shop Boys – “West End Girls”

Single, 1984

Here’s how little I know about this song: there are apparently a whole bunch of different versions of it, and the one I have on my iTunes doesn’t fit any of the lengths of the song that are listed on its Wikipedia page. And in fact, the version of “West End Girls” soundtracking the video is substantially different from the one I listened to while writing this post.

Which, I guess, is why “West End Girls” was so inescapable in the mid-1980s: they just kept re-releasing it until it wore down all resistance. Including my reflexive resistance to songs that sounded like “West End Girls.”

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