Vocal (song)

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Single by Pet Shop Boys
from the album Electric
Released2 June 2013 (digital download)[1]
29 July 2013 (CD single)
GenreTechno, dance-pop, EDM
Length6:34 (album/single version)
3:32 (video version)
Songwriter(s)Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe
Producer(s)Stuart Price
Pet Shop Boys singles chronology
"Love Is a Bourgeois Construct"
Music video
"Vocal" (audio) on YouTube

"Vocal" is the second single from the Pet Shop Boys album Electric, released on 2 June 2013[1].


"Vocal" was written during the writing process for the 2012 album Elysium, and was one of the earliest tracks written for the album.[2] The track, however, was not included on the record as it did not fit the rest of the "somber" and "reflective" material. It was instead recorded for Electric and was released as the album's second single. A demo version of "Vocal" was included as bonus track on the 2017 re-issue of Elysium.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Joost Vandebrug. It is a tribute to rave culture and electronic music. It consists of a compilation of various amateur videos recorded circa the Summer of Rave in 1989.[3]

Live performances[edit]

It was performed as the final encore on the Electric Tour.[4]

Other performances[edit]

In the 2015 revival of Pet Shop Boys stage musical Closer to Heaven at the Union Theatre, "Vocal" replaced the original closing number "Positive Role Model".

Release formats[edit]

The single was released in both digital and physical formats, with the latter containing the original album version along with 8 original remixes. The 12-inch vinyl single was released in December.

Digital download / CD single[5]
1."Vocal" (Album mix)6:34
2."Vocal" (Rektchordz Dub)6:37
3."Vocal" (Armageddon Turk Teargas Mix)6:44
4."Vocal" (The Cucarachas Mix)8:06
5."Vocal" (JRMX Club Mix)7:59
6."Vocal" (Ivan Gomez & Nacho Chapado Mix)7:49
7."Vocal" (Rektchordz Mix)6:40
8."Vocal" (Wawa Extended Mix)6:57
9."Vocal" (The Cucarachas Dub)7:53



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  2. ^ "Pet Shop Boys Discuss 'Electric', Their Euphoric Summer Album: Idolator Interview | Idolator". idolator.com. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Pet Shop Boys' "Vocal" Video Is A Trippy Rave Culture Flashback". Idolator. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Vocal Single". Pet Shop Boys Partnership. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Pet Shop Boys - Vocal at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Pet Shop Boys – Vocal" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  7. ^ "Lescharts.com – Pet Shop Boys – Vocal" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  8. ^ "Pet Shop Boys Chart History (Japan Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  9. ^ "Pet Shop Boys Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  10. ^ "Pet Shop Boys Chart History (Hot Dance/Electronic Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  11. ^ "Hot Dance/Electronic Songs – Year-End 2013". Billboard. Retrieved 6 November 2019.

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