Second Spin: Why “Fundamental” Deserves Another Chance


First, the Scissor Sisters, now the Pet Shop Boys; you don’t have to tell us that the site’s reading a little, well, British today. Yet we shan’t–shan’t–apologize for dropping a few tracks from Fundamental, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe’s first album in four years. Its release this summer was all but ignored in the U.S. (though they will be touring here in the fall), meaning that few people got to hears its finest moments: The overseas-hit “I’m With Stupid” and the absurdly over-the-top “The Sodom And Gomorrah Show,” which has the kind of punch-every-button-in-the-studio sheen that only producer Trevor Horn can get away with.

Oh, and yes: We know the Sisters are from New York. No need to fill the comments board with reminders.

The Pet Shop Boys – The Sodom And Gomorrah Show [MP3, link expired]The Pet Shop Boys – I’m With Stupid [MP3, link expired]