Paninaro (4:40)

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“Paninaro” is a song by English synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys. Originally a B-side to the 1986 single “Suburbia”, it was released as a limited-edition single in Italy during the same year; later, in 1995, a re-recording entitled “Paninaro ‘95” was released to a wider market, to promote the B-side compilation Alternative (though only the original version was included on the compilation).

The song is about the 1980s Italian youth subculture known as the paninari; derived from the word panino, Italian for sandwich, they were known for congregating in restaurants serving sandwiches, as well as their preference for designer clothing and 1980s pop music such as the New Wave of Duran Duran. Band singer Neil Tennant has said that they were drawn to the concept due to having shared those preferences.
“Paninaro” is one of the few Pet Shop Boys songs in which Chris Lowe provides the majority of the vocals. Tennant, meanwhile, only sings the title repeatedly in intervals.

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