One-time Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr not only plays the guitar on this track, but also the harmonica. Marr and Neil Tennant (for a short while) were both members of the super group Electronic who had an international hit in 1989 with "Getting Away With It."
Final Fantasy's Owen Pallett contributed the orchestral arrangement to this track, which features the London Metropolitan Orchestra.
The song was originally written for a television series called Beautiful People. This version sounded more "folky," but producers Xenomania subsequently put a 60s beat on it. Tennant recalled to The Big Issue: "Our friend, playwright Jonathan Harvey, said he was doing a new TV series, a comedy series called Beautiful People, and would we consider writing a song for it. So we started writing a song with that title and it came together very quickly."
The song features backing vocals by upcoming Xenomania talents Alex Gardner and Jessie Malakouti.
This song was released on September 25, 2009 as the second single from the Pet Shop Boys tenth studio album Yes in Germany, peaking at #65 in the singles chart there. In November it was released in the USA as a download.
Until December 5, 1998, a song had to be issued as a single to make the Hot 100. Aaliyah's "Try Again" was the first tune to top the chart based on airplay alone, without any sales figures being included.
Originally a chart-topper for Steve Lawrence in 1962 chart-topper, "Go Away Little Girl," became the first song of the rock era to be taken to #1 by two different artists when Donny Osmond's cover version also reached the summit in 1971.