Pet Shop Boys – Behaviour (1990)
exemplary artwork by Sarca @ caughtmegaming
Made in the UK Artist #1: Duran Duran
Made in the UK Artist #2: The Charlatans
Made in the UK Artist #3: Elton John
Made in the UK Artist #4: Pet Shop Boys
I remember being particularly offended by a 1998 review of The Tragically Hip (TTH)’s Phantom Power. Offended as only a 16-year old can be when his/her favourite band is not wholeheartedly & unreservedly praised.
I can’t recall the author/periodical/rest of the review, but one (paraphrased) line remains 18 years later:
“only Bobcaeygeon & Fireworks (tracks 4 & 7) provide the expected TTH magic here.”
Why I never!
Perhaps there are 16-year olds (or some still holding on to 16 as long as they can) reading today who will be equally offended decades from now.
That being said, for me, only How Can You Expect to be Taken Seriously & So Hard (tracks 4 & 7) provide the expected Pet Shop Boys (PSB) magic here.
There’s also the issue of under-utilized talent in the form of Johnny Marr, who guests on two tracks. Without reading the sleeve, you’d never know it was him. I gather that at the time, he was trying to distance himself from the sounds of the Smiths, evolve as an artist, and other such understandable, even admirable goals. Even still, Marr’s guest appearance here felt a bit like having Louis C.K. as the special guest at a banquet, only to have him deliver a completely serious pre-dinner grace. Sure, he’d probably perform admirably but to give him a microphone and not hear some jokes…
Behaviour likely works best as an appropriate segue, a connecting bridge between the PSB of the 80s into the 90s.
Some might say this bridge between the decades is the main attraction in the PSB catalogue, this journey between 80s & 90s PSB is its own reward.
With this particular bridge, I likely prefer the destinations on either side.