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When Pet Shop Boys Collaborated With Liza

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In 1989, Liza Minnelli and Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys discovered they were mutual fans. PSB by that time were a synthpop duo (the second half being Chris Lowe) solidified in the annals of pop-chart history—with monster hits like “West End Girls” and “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” the latter a collab with legendary blue-eyed-soul singer Dusty Springfield that reignited her career by becoming her biggest hit.

Therefore it seemed and proved to be a wonderful idea for the music studio geniuses to produce Liza’s Results. The forces joined released four singles, including Stephen Sondheim’s “Losing My Mind” from the 1971 Broadway musical Follies. “Losing My Mind” reached number 6 on the UK Singles Charts, the album also reaching number 6 on the UK Albums Charts. The album achieved certified Gold status in Britain, though the impressive chart positions did not travel across the pond and Results remained obscure in the U.S.

Perhaps this will be corrected with Cherry Red Records’ September 25 reissue of Results in a sumptuously expanded edition. As “The Unmistakable Sound of Independence Since 1978,” Cherry Red—based in Britain—first enjoyed early successes of Matt Johnson (The The), Everything but the Girl and Hawkwind (from which the late Lemmy Kilmister emerged). The record label maintains relationships with such music dignitaries as Marc Almond and The Fall under the Cherry Red umbrella. Recently the company began acquiring new catalogues to bolster their substantial roster, from which they package high-quality Best Of anthologies. Their investment in Liza’s Results is a perfect blend.

If you have not yet ordered the box set of Results (four discs: three CDs, one DVD), please delight in the videos capturing Liza’s performances in her mother’s beloved England and at the 1990 Grammys. At age 43 during this run of success, she sounds and looks amazing.

 

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