Love Comes Quickly (4:19)

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From Discography: The Complete Singles Collection and 19 other releases

“Love Comes Quickly” is a song by UK synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys, released as the third single from their 1986 album Please, and the last of its singles to be released before the album itself. Although a Top 20 hit in the UK, its chart performance was disappointing, given that it followed the worldwide number one, “West End Girls”.

The song is about the inevitability of falling in love, even for those who deliberately shun the idea.

Producer Stephen Hague receives a co-writing credit for writing the first two chords of the middle section of the song. Andy Mackay of Roxy Music plays the saxophone parts towards the end of the song.

As with “Opportunities”, the 12-version of the single contains remixes by 1980s producer Shep Pettibone. Later, in 2003, new remixes by Blank & Jones were produced for the promotion of the singles collection PopArt.

The cover, featuring Chris Lowe in a baseball cap emblazoned with “BOY” in block letters, has become an iconic Pet Shop Boys image. It has been incorporated into various parodies of the duo’s appearance, such as the music video for the 2006 Pet Shop Boys single “I’m with Stupid”, and a 2006 comic strip from webcomic Scary Go Round.

Neil Tennant of the duo later recollected that he had expected the image of the cap to be the group’s coming out moment, calling it “incredibly gay”.

Directed by Eric Watson, regular Pet Shop Boys photographer and music video director throughout the 1980s, the video to the song is very simple, utilizing facial shots of Tennant singing, interposed with blurry montages of the faces of various other people; at points, shots of Lowe, lying on top of a construction of a square grid, are superimposed over these shots.

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