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Actually by Pet Shop Boys
Released: Sep 1987
Label: Parlophone UK
Let's start with the cover -- it pretty much defines the PSB's entire outlook. When most other '80s pop acts were to be found inanely grinning forth, the Boys stood apart, looking elegantly bored and exquisitely attired. This second release proved they were no passing fad, with intricate songs about male prostitution ("Rent"), consumerism ("Shopping") and sex ("It's A Sin"). Their sharp pop sensibilities and sharper lyrics still stand the test of time.
Nicholas Baker