“Domino Dancing” is the third track from English duo Pet Shop Boys and their third studio album “Introspective”. “Domino Dancing” was written and produced by the Pet Shop Boys, with production credits also crediting Lewis A. Martinée.
“Domino Dancing” is a synth-pop song with an infusion of Latin pop, which according to Neil Tennant from the Pet Shop Boys, was inspired by a trip he had in the Carribean, on the island of St. Lucia. ““In the evening there was nothing to do except play dominoes; this friend of ours [their personal assistant and Chris’s roommate, the late Pete Andreas] always used to beat us, and he used to do this celebratory dance.” Despite this prosaic origin, “domino dancing” became Neil’s metaphor for a love relationship breaking down because of jealousy. As he once described it, he “created a scenario of, you know, a guy going out with a beautiful girl and all the guys are looking at her on the beach in her bikini or whatever and they’re all dropping dead before her because she’s so gorgeous and so consequently he gets jealous and the relationship collapses….”
The music video for “Domino Dancing” was released in 1998 and was directed by Eric Watson. Uploaded to YouTube in February 2007, the video shows two young men who are fighting over a beautiful woman in the island of Puerto Rico. However, the men are the sole sexual object in this video, rather than the woman – which was unheard of at the time. As of late July 2020, the video has 56.3 million views and almost a quarter of a million likes.
Release Date: 12th September 1988
Songwriter/s: Chris Lowe & Neil Tennant
Producer/s: Lewis A. Martinée & Pet Shop Boys
Music Video Release Date: 1998
Music Video Director: Eric Watson
Chart Rankings: The song performed extremely well in its year of release, charting at #36 in Australia, #19 in Austria, #6 in Belgium, #17 on the Canada Top Singles charts and #2 on the Canada Dance/Urban chart; #2 in Denmark, #1 in Finland, #40 in France, #4 in Ireland, 5 in Italy, #7 and #9 on various charts in the Netherlands, #9 in New Zealand, #5 in Norway, #1 in both Poland and Spain; #6 in Sweden, #5 in Switzerland, #7 in the UK, and #18, #22, #5 and #20 on various US Billboard charts.
The lyrics to “Domino Dancing can be accessed here: LINK