The first book to place the Pet Shop Boys in their social, political and cultural context.
One of the most important bands of the 80s & 90s, who have continued to innovate, achieved both mainstream pop success and critical acclaim, and sold over 70 million records.
Author is a reporter on the Evening Standard.
Ramzy Alwakeel is available for interview, comment and events.
A creative analysis of the band's fifth album Very, it examines topics as diverse as technological paradise, sexual paranoia and representations of class in British pop music. As well as a keen critical edge, it is equipped with an undisguised mad love for the source material, a sense of passionate abandon induced by the tragic/ecstatic synth-pop that pours out of the speakers. In an attempt to uncover the heart of this technicolour record, Smile If You Dare rummages frantically through an impossible orange room, an aeroplane, a gaming arcade, an East End council flat and the beaches in California. It is also a partial history of AIDS, the recording industry, homelessness in London and the doomed but rapturous search for the gay utopia.