Pet Shop Boys: “Postscript” from Very

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This brief “hidden” song appears at the end of Very after more than a minute of silence following “Go West.” Nowhere is it mentioned in the original album notes, and even the name “Postscript” was conjectural until it was confirmed by the 2001 reissue. (The first words, “I Believe in Ecstasy,” had also been suggested by fans as a possible title.) It’s a highly atypical number in which a chorus of Chris Lowe’s heavily multi-tracked vocals sing about the conflicting senses of joy and sadness at remembering a close friend or lover who is now lost. (“It’s a reversal of roles,” says Neil, pointing out that he plays most of the keyboards on this track while Chris sings and plays piano.) The song ends with an unresolved chord and the words, “And I know we’ll meet again.” It’s been widely interpreted that this is Chris’s tribute to his close friend and roommate (and rumored lover) Peter Andreas, who was in the final stages of AIDS at the time this track was recorded. He died shortly after the album’s release. An alternate interpretation—one that Chris has strongly denied—is that this song is an ode to the drug Ecstasy. Although I don’t necessarily take songwriters at their word when they talk about their songs, in this case I wholeheartedly believe Chris.

How to find it: Play through the last track (“Go West”)

Submitted by: PSBFan

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