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 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.

I'm Not Scared (Introspective Mix) appears on Introspective, the Pet Shop Boys 3rd studio album first released in 1988 - In the United Kingdom, Introspective was also released as a limited edition pressing of 3 x 12" singles. Cat. No. PCSX7325.

Track listing for the limited edition pressing of 3 x 12" singles of Introspective first released in the U.K. in 1988 on EMI Records:

Disc 1 - Side A

1. Left To My Own Devices /

Written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe.
Produced by Trevor Horn and Stephen Lipson.
Engineered by Stephen Lipson.
Orchestra Arranged and Conducted by Richard Niles.
Additional Vocal by Sally Bradshaw.
(P) & (C) 1988 EMI Records Ltd.

Disc 1 - Side B

1. I Want A Dog /

Written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe.
Produced by Pet Shop Boys.
Engineered by David Jacob and Mike Nielson.
Mix and Additional Production by Frankie Knuckles for Def Mix Productions.
Mix Engineer: John Poppo.
Piano Solo by Josh Milan.
(P) & (C) 1988 EMI Records Ltd.

Disc 2 - Side C

1. Domino Dancing /

Written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe.
Produced by Lewis A. Martinee for Pantera Productions.
Associate Producers: Pet Shop Boys.
Engineered by Mike Couzzi and Lewis A. Martinee.
Mixed by Lewis A. Martinee, Rick "Billy Bob" Alonzo and Mike Couzzi.
(P) & (C) 1988 EMI Records Ltd.

Disc 2 - Side D

1. I'm Not Scared /

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.

Disc 3 - Side E

1. Always On My Mind / In My House /

Written by Wayne Carson Thompson, Mark James and Johnny Christopher.
Produced by Julian Mendelsohn and Pet Shop Boys with Thanks to David Jacob, Phil Harding and Ian Curnow.
Engineered by Julian Mendelsohn.
Fairlight Programming: Andy Richards and Gary Maugham.
(P) & (C) 1987 EMI Records Ltd.

Disc 3 - Side F

1. It's Alright /

Written by Sterling Void.
Produced by Trevor Horn and Stephen Lipson.
Engineered by Stephen Lipson.
Additional Vocals: Judy Bennett, Sharon Blackwell, H. Robert Carr, Mario Friendo, Derek Green, Michael Hoyte, Herbie Joseph, Paul Lee, Gee Morris, Dee Ricketts, Iris Sutherland and Yvonne White.
(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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