- Left to My Own Devices
Name = Left to My Own Devices
Pet Shop Boys
from Album = Introspective
November 14, 1988
Format = 7", 12", cassette,
Recorded = 1987/88
Genre = Dance
Length = 3:56 (7")
8:16 (album version)
Parlophone- R 6198
Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe
Trevor Horn, Stephen Lipson, Pet Shop Boys
Last single = "
This single = "Left to My Own Devices"
Next single = "It's Alright"
"Left to My Own Devices" is a song recorded by
Pet Shop Boys, released as the second single from their third studio album, "Introspective". It was also the first track of the album.
The single fared much better than the album's lead single, "
Domino Dancing", managing to gain three positions higher in the UK Singles Chart. It became the first track that Pet Shop Boys recorded with an orchestra, arranged by Richard Niles. Since its release, it has become a staple of Pet Shop Boys live performances and is often used to begin their concerts. Left to my own devices peaked at #84 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, and Pet Shop Boys have failed to regain their popularity there since. Neil Tennant(who wrote the lyrics, as with most other Pet Shop Boys songs) explained the meaning of the track:
"This person goes through life always doing what he wanted to do. I liked the idea of writing a really up pop song about being left alone. This song is a day in the life of someone, so it starts off with getting out of bed and being on the phone and drinking tea and all the rest of it, and it ends up with coming home. By this time I was making the words very exaggerated and camp, though writing a book and going on stage were both things I had wanted to do when I was young."
As with the other tracks on "Introspective", it has a longer 12" version on the album and was edited down to become more radio-friendly when released as a single. This is mainly due to the Pet Shop Boys wanting to be different from every other artist at the time. This is confirmed in the 2001 re-release of "Introspective", where both Tennant and Lowe state:-
"We had been so disciplined at making four-minute pop singles, with the exception of "
It's a Sin", which is five minutes. The idea was to have an album where every track was a single."Fact|date=June 2007
music video, directed by long time Pet Shop Boys director, Eric Watson, primarily consists of Tennant and Lowe dancing on an invisible glass floor, with the camera angle facing upwards. Tennant and Lowe are joined by several acrobats who are also seen from the same camera angle. At one point, balloons are also visible. MTVdeclined to show the video due to its dimly-lit nature (the only light sources are dull red and blue ceilings).
7": Parlophone / R 6198 (UK)
:A. Left to My Own Devices (4:43):B. The Sound of the Atom Splitting (Extended Version) (5:13)
12": Parlophone / 12R 6198 (UK)
:A. Left to My Own Devices (Disco Mix) (11:28):B1. Left to My Own Devices (4:43):B2. The Sound of the Atom Splitting (3:37)
CD: Parlophone / CDR 6198 (UK)
# Left to My Own Devices (4:43)
# Left to My Own Devices (Disco Mix) (11:28)
# The Sound of the Atom Splitting (3:37)
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