Pet Shop Boys – Live At Wembley – 1991 – Past Daily Soundbooth
Pet Shop Boys – Live at Wembley – June 9, 1991 – Live and Loud.com –
Ending up yet another insane week with Pet Shop Boys, live at Wembley and recorded on June 9, 1991. Fiddled with and fine-tuned by Flip Martian for Live and Loud.com
Pet Shop Boys formed in London in 1981 and consist of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe.
They have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, and are listed as the most successful duo in UK music history by The Guinness Book of Records. Three-time Brit Award winners and six-time Grammy nominees, since 1985 they have achieved 42 Top 30 singles, 22 of them Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart, including four UK number ones: “West End Girls” (also number one on the US Billboard Hot 100), “It’s a Sin”, a synthpop version of “Always on My Mind”, and “Heart”. Other hit songs include a cover of “Go West”, “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)” and “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” in a duet with Dusty Springfield. With five US top ten singles in the 1980s, they are associated with the Second British Invasion.
On 24 September 1990, a new single, “So Hard”, was released, reaching No.4 in the UK and Pet Shop Boys’ fourth studio album followed, on 22 October 1990. Titled Behaviour, it was recorded in Munich, with producer Harold Faltermeyer. The album was not intended to reflect a dramatic change in mood from their earlier albums; however, it is noticeably subdued. It included the fan-favourite “Being Boring”, the second single from the album, which only reached No.20 in the UK Singles Chart, their lowest placing at the time. The song was inspired by a quote by Zelda Fitzgerald: “…she refused to be bored chiefly because she wasn’t boring”, and was widely thought to be a commentary on the AIDS epidemic. The music video was directed by filmmaker Bruce Weber. By this time, the duo had also parted ways with manager Tom Watkins, replacing him with Jill Carrington, who had previously been marketing director at Polydor.
In March 1991, a cover of U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name” as a medley with “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, the 1960s pop song by Frankie Valli/The Four Seasons, was released as a double A-sided single with a remix of the album track “How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?” by Brothers in Rhythm. This was followed by the duo’s first world tour. Named Performance, the tour kicked off in Tokyo, on 11 March 1991. The tour also visited the United States, Canada, France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. The shows were designed by David Alden and David Fielding, who had designed several sets for the Royal Opera House.
Before taking a break in 1992, in 1991 the Pet Shop Boys released an 18-track compilation called Discography, which included all of their single releases up until then, two new singles—”DJ Culture” and “Was It Worth It?”—and only omitted “How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?” (although it did appear on the video companion Videography). While “DJ Culture” had some success, “Was It Worth It?” became the duo’s very first single to miss the UK Top 20 since their two Bobby O debut singles.
As a reminder of that first World Tour, here is their performance at Wembley from June 9, 1991.