Opportunities (reprise)

Writers - Tennant/Lowe
First released - 1986
Original album - Please
Producer - Stephen Hague, J.J. Jeczalik, Nicholas Froome
Subsequent albums - (none)
Other releases - (none)

Reportedly almost released under the title "The Track That Wasn't," this extremely brief (0:32), somewhat cacophonous segment of music was edited out from an instrumental break of an earlier, longer version of "Opportunities." Not much to say about it, really, except to speculate as to why Chris and Neil felt the need to put this on the album in the first place. Just being a bit avant-garde, perhaps?

As for the origins of this anomalous track, Neil has noted that it emerged from an alternate take of "Opportunities": "It originally had a bit in the middle which we edited out weeks later, and would eventually use as track six on Please, as 'Opportunities (reprise)'.… It was like: and the beat goes on. The original idea was that there was a party scene in the middle of the song." As one of my site visitors has observed, its placement on Please—the first track on Side 2 (the vinyl edition, of course)—makes it something of an entr'acte or intermission for the album while also suggesting a party that continues the "'Opportunities' story." Maybe the characters of that song succeeded in making lots of money after all.

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