English synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys have released 13 studio albums , three live albums, eight compilation albums , four remix albums , three soundtrack albums , two extended plays and 55 singles. The duo's debut single, " West End Girls ", was first released in but failed to chart in most regions. However, the song was entirely re-recorded in late , and this newly recorded version became their first number-one single, topping the UK Singles Chart , Billboard Hot and Canadian Singles Chart. The single became another UK number one and also reached number nine in the US. This was followed by another UK number one, " Heart ", in spring
Neil has said of this track, "We tried to bring out the elegiac quality of a utopia that couldn't be realized. Neil was reluctant at first, but he soon warmed to the idea and later conceded that, as usual, Chris's idea for a remake—not to mention its conceptual underpinning, which was also apparently his idea—was right on target. When it came time to record it in the studio, they did so with the help of an all-male authentic Broadway chorus, described by arranger Richard Niles as "very butch, very camp.
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