1988 Pet Shop Boys – Domino Dancing
The Pet Shop Boys became international stars after the re-release in 1985 and 1986 of singles that had failed to even reach the top 100 in the UK during their first releases.
Their second album, Actually, came out in 1987 and brought them still more success with the singles It’s A Sin and What Have I Done to Deserve This?
Their third single from the album, Rent, reached #8 on the UK chart. In the US, the song became the b-side of What Have I Done To Deserve This instead.
In 1987, the ITV Network created a television special called Love Me Tender in the UK. The show celebrated the tenth anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. The show included covers of many of his hits, including the Pet Shop Boys singing Always On My Mind. Their performance inspired them to cut the song as a single, which reached #1 for Christmas that year. They also released the single in the US, where it reached #4.
Heart, the fourth single from Actually, reached the top of the UK chart in early 1988. They even created a Goth-themed mini-movie with echoes of Nosferatu as the video for the song, but their record company chose to not release the single in the US.
The band then finished their third album, Introspective, and released Domino Dancing as their next single. It reached #7 in the UK, but stalled at #18 on the US Hot 100.
The band had more hits in the UK, but did not reach the top forty again in the US until the release of a greatest hits album and some new singles in 2010 reignited their music on the US Dance chart.
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