"Suburbia" was the fifth and final single from the Pet Shop Boys debut album, Please
. The group had released "West End Girls
" as a single in 1984, but it wasn't until they signed with EMI in 1985 and released a new version of the song that their career took off. In America, they had a steady stream of modest hits after "West End Girls," but in their native UK, they went gangbusters, landing four #1 by 1989.
Club play had a lot to do with their success; unlike rock bands that built of fanbases by touring, they synth-based Pet Shop Boys stayed off the road.