Friday, October 11, 2013

Pet Shop Boys - "The Last To Die"



Last month, I was needlessly whiny about the lack of diversity in Springsteen covers, opining for musicians to look deeper into the Boss's song catalog for inspiration.  Well, there I was, listening to the latest Pet Shop Boys album (which is the wonderful Electric), and I came across a song titled "The Last To Die".  I surely thought that the similarities between this song and Bruce's song would end at just the title; I mean, "Last To Die" isn't nearly as iconic as "I'm On Fire" or "Born To Run".  But, lo and behold, after an 80s synth opening that exemplifies the Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant begins to sing "We took the highway 'til the road went black..."  Gadzooks!  The song ends up playing out similar to a New Order song, with heavy-bass drops and catchy beats that will have you dancing along to melancholy story.  Going back to my point last month, it is interesting to see that an older band is the one more comfortable with taking on Springsteen's newer songs, while the younger bands usually stick to Springsteen's classics.  It's their experience in the industry that allows them to be more comfortable taking risks, and produces a fun interpretation of a nearly forgotten song.