pet shop boys 1991

COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’

The song, “Where The Streets Have No Name”, was originally recorded by U2 in 1987

“Where The Streets Have No Name”, like “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, was recorded by Irish band U2 for their 1987 album, “The Joshua Tree”. It was released as the third single in August 1987 and peaked at No.4 in the UK and No.13 in America. It went to No.1 in New Zealand and their home country.

The song was covered and mixed with Frankie Valli’s 1967 hit, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, by the Pet Shop Boys in 1991 and released as a double A sider with “How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously?”, from their album, “Behaviour”. Despite the song not being liked by U2 (they commented upon its release “what have WE done to deserve this?”!), it did prove to be a big hit, reaching No.4 in the UK and No.72 in America and becoming a top ten hit from Austria to Australia and everywhere else in between.

But which version is the best? U2’s original or the PET SHOP BOYS’ cover?

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