I'm Not Scared (Introspective Mix) - Pet Shop Boys

I'm Not Scared (Introspective Mix) (1988) (7'25) - Pet Shop Boys.
Written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe.
Produced by Pet Shop Boys and David Jacob.
Engineered by David Jacob.
Fairlight Programming: Blue Weaver.
Newsreel Soundtrack (Paris 1968) Supplied by Independent Televison News (ITN).
(P) & (C) 1988 EMI Records Ltd.

I'm Not Scared appears on the 1988 album Introspective.

I'm Not Scared was demoed in 1985, and was a wordless track originally called A Roma. In 1987, Patsy Kensit approached the duo several times to write something for her band Eighth Wonder, and they eventually decided to complete this for her. They composed it to make it accessible to Europe, and France in particular, so they did a French language version with her as well ('J'ai Pas Peur'). The English lyrics were meant to sound as though they had been translated from French. The lyric 'Take these dogs away from me' is based on a quote from a John Betejman poem called Senex.

"In the song," Neil says, "the idea is that she's got this horrible gangster boyfriend who's pushing her around but she's going to stand up to him because she's not scared. The dogs are the hooligans and criminal elements around them. So when I sing [our version] I'm doing one of my 'singing from the point of view of a woman' songs. I'm singing it as a woman."

For their own version, they wanted the song to be more filmic and wanted to make the track seem as though it were set in 1968 in France. The news footage at the beginning of the song is from a French news broadcast of that year. Source: Wikia.

Track listing for the U.S. vinyl pressing of Introspective released in 1988 on EMI-Manhattan Records. Cat. No. E1-90868:

Side 1

1. Left To My Own Devices.
2. I Want A Dog.
3. Domino Dancing.
Side 2

1. I'm Not Scared.
2. Always On My Mind / In My House.
3. It's Alright.

(P) & (C) 1988 EMI Records Ltd.

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Record label for Side D of UK 12" vinyl pressing
"I'm Not Scared" from the limited edition
pressing of 3 x 12" singles. EMI Records. Cat.
No. PCSX7325. Image courtesy of Discogs.com

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