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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In 1986, after the success of “Please”, Pet Shop Boys decided to release the first remix album compilation titled “DISCO” with mixes of their recent singles including “Paninaro” an italian-only release and “In the night”, the B Side of the first release of “Opportunities” in 1985. The cover artwork designed by Mark Farrow was taken from the video clip of “Paninaro” with Chris dancing on a club wearing the same strip t-shirt used on the cover of “Suburbia” and a yellow jacket; both images on the inner sleeve were taken from the same video showing Chris in the front and Neil in the back, both in Italy. Most of the remixes included in the album were available on the second ‘limited edition’ releases of their correspondent singles and the “West End girls” remix was an exclusive edit made from both, the Dub and the MAstermix by Shep Pettibone.
Eight year later, in 1994 was released the second part of “DISCO” series titled “DISCO 2” including a non-stop megamix of songs mostly from their album “Very” and a couple from “Behaviour”. The artwork was designed by Farrow also and used the same graphic style of “DISCO” with shots taken from video recordings; this time the images were taken from a live broadcasting of the band singing “Liberation” in an Italian TV Show with Neil & Chris wearing their clothes from “Absolutely Fabulous” and showing Neil on the front cover and Chris on the back; on the left side there was a strip with a still close up with the title on the front and the track list and credit on the back over black on the back.
In February 2003, a third compilation was launched with the title “DISCO 3” with a new variant: aside from remixes form their most recent album “Release”, 5 new dance tracks were included: “Time on my hands”, “Positive Role Model”, “Try it (I’m in love with a married man)”, “Somebody else’s business” and “If looks could kill”. The artwork was designed by Scott King who worked on the design of the “Release” single covers using a photo of Thames river in London by Wolfgang Tillmans. The CD was released in ‘digipack’ format and included the 5 new tracks, 2 remixes of “London”, and one remix of “Here”, “Home & Dry” and “Sexy Northerner”; the 2x12” vinyl promo with a typographic cover included 3 remixes of “London”, 2 of “here” and one from “Sexy Northerner”; the 3x12” vinyl commercial release, limited to 1,000 copies, included all 5 new tracks, all remixes plus am extended version of “Somebody else’s business”.
Finally for 2007 a fourth compilation was launched with the title “DISCO Four” with even a new variant: the remixes were made only by the Pet Shop Boys and not just for their own tracks but for other artists. Two from the eight tracks were PSB songs and the other six were remixes made for Madonna, David Bowie, The Killers, Yoko Onno, Atomizer and Rammstein. The artwork was designed by Mark Farrow using a photo by John Ross, who worked with the band for “Fundamental” using neon lights, but this time he created a number ‘4’ with the lights; the CD booklet photos and vinyl inner sleeves shown different shots from the same photo with some lights shouted down in sequential order. A Limited Edition CD was released with an outer sleeve showing another shot of the lights disordered and the 2x12” vinyl was released as a numbered ‘Limited Edition’ only in the UK.