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Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant’s worldwide Number One single evolved from Lowe watching a Jimmy Cagney gangster film and, as Lowe recalled, “Just as I was dropping off to sleep, into my head popped the song’s opening line, ‘Sometimes you’re better off dead/There’s gun in your hand and it’s pointed at your head.’ I thought, ‘That’s quite good.'” The Pet Shop Boys loved Grandmaster Flash’s hip-hop track “The Message” and decided to take a stab at rapping themselves. “So I wrote a rap fallen on from those lines ‘Sometimes you’re better off dead,'” Lowe said, which he debuted in the song’s intro.


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