Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)

Album: Please (1985)
Charted: 11 10
  • This song was written during the Pet Shop Boys' formative years, in 1983. First released as a single in July 1985, it failed to chart on that occasion. A new version was mixed and the second release following the success of "West End Girls" resulted in a better performance becoming the only single from the band to chart higher in the US than the UK.
  • Neil Tennant's lyrics were written as a satire of Thatcherism and its embodiment in conspicuous consumption in the United Kingdom during the 1980s. The Pet Shop singer penned them after keyboardist Chris Lowe, asked him to make up a lyric based around the line "Let's make lots of money. Tennant commented to Mojo magazine August 2013: "It's a simple message isn't it? 'I've got the brains, you've got the looks, let's make lots of money.' A very insensitive thing that was meant to be a satire of Thatcherism. Actually, we'd written the Thatcherite anthem. But it's very difficult to think, now, that there was a period before money culture. That was the changing moment. It wasn't even an original thing to say because it was at the same time as Loadsamoney, Harry Enfield. It was that period where suddenly one's sensitive left-wing soul was shocked by everything being about money. Now, of course, generations have grown that haven't known anything else."
  • A snippet of the song is played during The Simpsons episode "Husbands and Knives," to demonstrate Marge's increasing profits from a women's fitness club.

Comments: 2

  • Luke from London, Ukomg, I played to song to death as a kid! I just love the industrial sounding beats on this tune. About the only PSB song I liked.
  • Chris from Germany This song was one of their first singles which were released and it was a huge flop.
    But it was rereleased in 1986 and became a hit in the US.

    The boys were asked by so many companies if they can lend the music but they always rejected.
    But it was used on one of those shows by Donald Trump. I think it was one of a short lived show of him. Plus it was used in an episode of The Simpsons where Marge Simpson becomes a business woman.
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