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Smile If You Dare by Ramzy Alwakeel

Smile If You Dare: Politics And Pointy Hats With The Pet Shop Boys by Ramzy Alwakeel

Published by Repeater Pbk 118 pp (2016)

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A creative analysis of the Pet Shop Boys output focused around their fifth album Very, Smile If You Dare 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.