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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A Pet Shop Boys Cover I Never Knew About: Inga Humpe, "Do I Have To"

We have Moogaboo to thank for digging this one up. If you've ever heard Pet Shop Boys' "Always On My Mind" b-side "Do I Have To"—aka the greatest ballad they ever recorded—then you'll understand my need to go all fanboy over this 1991 cover by German songstress Inga Humpe that I have never heard before. (And if you've not heard "Do I Have To," then pick up Alternative and educate thyself.)

Andy Richards, who did some programming on the Boys' second album Actually produced Inga's version. As I mentioned to Moogaboo, she kind of looks like comedienne Julie Brown trapped in the Tom Petty "Don't Come Around Here No More" video in this clip.

How the original was relegated to a B-side is beyond comprehension. I think the best part of Inga's cover is the video itself.

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