PSB DESIGNING par Alex Camarillo
Alex Camarillo explore en détail la créativité faite autour des albums et singles des Pet Shop Boys au cours de leur longue carrière ,la personnalisation des différents formats et la participation d'artistes très talentueux , photographes, créateurs de costumes et graphistes tels que Mark Farrow ,Eric Watson ,David Fielding et Jeffrey Bryant parmi ceux qui ont contribué au design des Pet Shop Boys comme une icône visuelle de la culture pop.
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Single Bilingual / Discoteca” was launched in 1996 as the third single of “Bilingual”, the sixth studio album of the band. In the album, the song has simply being called “Single”, but by the time it was released as a single, another song from the band ‘Everything But The Girl’ was released with the same name, so Pet Shop Boys decided to add the word ‘Bilingual’ to the title, playing with the words and meaning ‘bisexual’, according to Chris. The artwork was designed by Mark Farrow and PSB and it was the first time in ten years that a single didn’t include an image of Neil and Chris, since the release of Opportunities in 1985.
The artwork, purely typographic, was inspired in the “Bilingual” album cover overlapping words and using green and yellow colours for the different releases. For the CD Singles, Farrow used tracing paper so the characters ‘ING’ included in both words -sINGle & bilINGual- could overlap when read through the plastic jewel case. For the 12” Singles, the overlapping effect was done using 2 different colours in the typography and playing with english and spanish languages on a phrase of the song “Discoteca”. In every release using a plastic box, the format used was added to the title in the artwork: PROMO, CD ONE, CD TWO & CASSETTE.
For the launch of this Double-A Side Single, a new version of “Discoteca” were recorded and the promo CD Single, in a clear grey colour sleeve, also in tracing paper, included this ‘New Version’ and the 7” version of “Single Bilingual”. The same track listing were used on the Cassette and the European CD Single but the sleeve was printed in a green cardboard. The CD Single Part One, issued in a slim jewel case with a yellow tracing paper insert, included both 7” versions, the B-Side “The Calm Before The Storm” and a remix of “Discoteca” by Trouser Enthusiasts.
The CD Single Part Two, also issued in a slim jewel case but with a green tracing paper insert, included another B-Side called “Confidential (1992 Demo for Tina Turner)”, two remixes of “Discoteca”, one by the Pet Shop Boys and one by Baby Doc and also one remix of “Single Bilingual” by Baby Doc. Two 12” Promo Singles were released with all the remixes included in the CD Singles and just adding an additional version of “Single Bilingual” by Baby Doc. The only international release of the single was launched in Italy with a 12” single issued in a generic die-cut sleeve and included just remixes of “Discoteca”.