Hit Music

Writers - Tennant/Lowe
First released - 1987
Original album - Actually
Producer - David Jacob
Subsequent albums - (none)
Other releases - (none)

Perhaps somewhat cryptically, Neil has noted that this number is about "what happens when you take the sex out of the disco." Another one of the Boys' early songs that seem superficial and trivial upon first hearing yet subsequently reveals deeper, richer layers of meaning, it's a frequently overlooked part of the PSB repertoire, despite the fact that Neil says it was among the first lyrics that he wrote in response to the AIDS epidemic. In retrospect, this fact becomes perfectly clear with such lines as these:

It's all about love and it's about forgetting
Choose a song when the night's too long
We all need love and we want protection

In short, we can take some solace in "hit music," which helps us get through the "long night." Note the punning reference to "protection," which became and remains a byword—not to mention a survival tactic—in the wake of AIDS.


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