Pet Shop Boys: “Postscript (I Believe in Ecstasy)” from Very

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About “Postscript (I Believe in Ecstasy)”

“Postscript (I Believe in Ecstasy)” is a hidden song by Pet Shop Boys from their album Very.

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.

About Very

Very is the fifth studio album by English electronic music duo Pet Shop Boys, released in 1993. It represents a departure from their previous albums, exploring a more upbeat and dance-oriented sound, while still maintaining the duo’s signature synth-pop style.

The album features the iconic hit single “Go West,” a cover of the Village People’s song that became a massive success for Pet Shop Boys. Other notable tracks include “Can You Forgive Her?,” “I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Kind of Thing,” and “Liberation,” all of which showcase the duo’s knack for crafting catchy melodies and introspective lyrics.

Very is often regarded as one of Pet Shop Boys’ most commercially successful and critically acclaimed albums. It reached the top of the charts in the UK and spawned several successful singles. The album’s production is polished and sophisticated, incorporating a mix of electronic elements, orchestral arrangements, and infectious pop hooks.

With its combination of infectious dance-pop tracks and introspective lyrical themes, Very solidified Pet Shop Boys’ status as one of the most influential and enduring acts in the electronic music scene.

How to find “Postscript (I Believe in Ecstasy)”

On CD: Play through the last track (“Go West”)

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