Pet Shop Boys / I Don’t Wanna

Pet Shop Boys / new single I don't wanna

Fourth single from Hotspot • On vinyl and CD

The Pet Shop Boys will release a fourth single from their Hotspot album next month. ‘I Don’t Wanna’ will be available on CD single and 12-inch vinyl and extra tracks include a new ‘B-side’ and remixes.

The CD single features ‘New boy’, originally written by Pet Shop Boys in 1984 and recently finished and recorded. You can see it on the same demo tape as ‘Rent’ below in a recent tweet by the band.

The CD of ‘I Don’t Wanna’ is significantly better than the vinyl because not only is it cheaper, but the later doesn’t feature this new track and has the album version of the single, not the radio edit. The three remixes of ‘I Don’t Wanna’ are the same on both formats.

‘I Don’t Wanna’ will be issued on 24 April 2020 via X2 Recordings.

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I Don't Wanna - 5 track CD single


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I Don’t Wanna CD single

1  I don’t wanna (radio edit)
2 New boy
3 I don’t wanna (Mano Le Tough remix)
4 I don’t wanna (David Jackson remix one)
5 I don’t wanna (David Jackson remix two)

I Don’t Wanna 12-inch vinyl

Side A
1 I don’t wanna (album version)
2 I don’t wanna (Mano Le Tough remix)

Side B
1 I don’t wanna (David Jackson remix one)
2 I don’t wanna (David Jackson remix two)

101 responses to Pet Shop Boys / I Don’t Wanna

  1. Tracey says:

    A few of the amazon sites (USA, IT and CA) show a May release date for the CD single. Does anyone know if the single is being released separately in these countries (with a later release date)? I’ve had the CD single pre-ordered with amazon’s USA site since early April and haven’t received it yet. I’m expecting that the “delayed” release dates listed on these specific amazon sites is their way of compensating for the fact that they aren’t going to receive stock from which they can fulfill their orders. Being in the USA, I wasn’t able to place a pre-order from amazon’s European sites. I’d be interested in others’ experiences/thoughts on this.

    • Glenn says:

      See the CD single is sold out on PSB site as well as SDE shop (12″ still available on both sites). Amazon US now showing May 29 release date for the CD single.

  2. Mark Yon says:

    Thought it might be worth mentioning the CD with this year’s Annually, which has a CD attached of 7 tracks from the original stage production of My Beautiful Launderette. Am enjoying it so far. And Kudos to the PSB website. It was ordered and in my hands within 24 hours. Considering all that’s going on, I’m quite impressed.

  3. Guido says:

    A bit confusing: PSB website & Amazon show same tracklisting for all formats.
    Would be nice to have new b-side on vinyl!

  4. alan hansen says:

    linked-to from your site here, Paul; would not deliver the cd-version of this to my address in the states. secondarily, the German site jpc absolutely will deliver to my door. a little more work to order, but worth the time and effort. thanks.

  5. Ray says:

    PERFECT choice for a single, 2nd best song of the album behind Dreamland.

    It is, unvoluntary, the Soundtrack for Corona and probably quarantaine times: stay home, not going out, not going dancing. A new mix is needed :)

  6. Romchik says:

    Two words: HAPPY PEOPLE.

  7. daveid76 says:

    I believe in praise and criticism where each is due. I find I don’t wanna to be perhaps the dullest song on the album. It reminds me of a cross between a forgettable b side and the Barfly version of It’s a sin. Why would they release this when they have Happy people crying out for release? I’ll be buying it for the new/old b side though I wish we could go back to two or three b sides per single especially given the price of them these days…

  8. Shane says:

    Sorry for the multiple posts but as I usually post on the road on my hated cellphone I try to keep it simple buy I just wanna say some nice things:

    1) Thank you Peter for posting about singles in your blog, and posting about Pet Shop Boys singles! They are in my top three favorite bands I think (Eurythmics and Saint Etienne being the others)
    2) We have a post about the FOURTH (!!!) Pet Shop Boys single ranking up 75 posts over two days! That’s fantastic for a band in their third making-music decade! That’s even considering the fan-base on this blog is clearly not the youngest. Still means a lot
    3) I actually don’t mind “I don’t wanna”. Were there better single choices on the album? Probably, but in the end I hope that the decision-making process is thought out and there is a reason behind it, after all they would not record a track if they didn’t like it and would not release it as a single if there wasn’t a good reason. Maybe they even want that the best tracks are left on the album. I personally think “Hoping For A Miracle” is one of the best tracks they ever recorded, just a tad more brilliant(ly melancholic) than my other favorite “Burning The Heather”.
    4) This is my favorite PSB album in a while. Maybe because the tracks are not overly long, maybe because they are quite varied in style, maybe because I just like them more. Not to say there are some I don’t like a lot, but I honestly don’t regard any Hotspot tracks as duds. I did not like Wedding In Berlin at all but warmed up to it, even though I think that it is definitely a b-side track for a give-away free single material….

    Question: is it just me or is the radio edit of Burning The Heather different than the album version? It sounds poppier to my ears.

  9. Shane says:

    Guys, spotify is not an option if you like to be able to listeb to your music whenever and forever. You will notice stuff gets taken off all the time. after all you didnt buy it you basically RENTED IT. Good luck with that!

  10. MusicFan says:

    I think it is a little unfair for anyone to be speculating about the business relationship between Tom Watkins and PSB.

    However I will say this. Tom was a force to be reckoned with! He was certainly someone to have on your side. Band members revered him and [some] record executives feared him.

    One thing for sure is that he was a very talented and creative manager. He fused together great design with pop music! His strength was delivering the overall pop package!

    I will always remember Tom as someone with a mighty and colourful personality. Navigating the choppy cutthroat waters of the music industry is hard and this made Tom tough even though he was a sweet guy. He made a valuable contribution to the world of pop music that will be remembered for a very long time [I hope].


  11. Ern says:

    I was hoping that they would release this through the medium of sonic inversion. Disappointed!!
    CD single for me then.

  12. Stephen says:

    My favourite a side is Burning the Heather and my favourite b side is Decide so I shall buy the 7’ single, for everything else there is Spotify

  13. bob says:

    Now isn’t the time but there are horrible stories about Tom Watkins past that will surely surface soon….

    • Craig Hedges says:

      I saw one of the videos on the allegations about Tom and then saw the ones of Brian Harvey. If he has genuine health problems I sympathise but it appears that the years of drug taking have done severe damage to his grasp on reality. There is no substance to the stories that Brian has been spreading other than he is very angry that his career didn’t turn out the way he wanted. Tom did make outrageously claims In the 80s and 90s but they were done tongue in cheek. As for Tom being friends with a certain other music impresario who made records in the seventies, the Pets sued him after he claimed Its a sin sounded like Wild world. If they had been friends that’s hardly likely to have happened. As for the Pets dumping Tom down the dumper, Neil did remain friends with Tom initially after him management contract ended but unfortunately Tom was bitter and made several bitchy comments throughout the 90’s which soured their relationship. This was further compounded by Tom books which really upset Neil and Chris. Read Literally which gives a fair picture of Tom.

  14. Dean says:

    That cover is pretty much in line with a couple others recently – terrible. I mean, come on. I know streaming is the thing these days, and as such cover art etc takes a back seat – but does it really cost much more to do it right? They’re basically sticking this in a plain white sleeve. It comes across as slapdash, and gives it the look of something done very, very, quickly. The cover art alone won’t dictate a buy or not, but it does move it down a long Wish List.

  15. HS says:

    So glad that PSB still release physical singles (with B-sides, no less).

    I ordered both formats, even though the Dreamland 12″ was such a bad pressing I could not listen to it. Still haven´s dared putting on the Monkey Business 12″. But I mostly buy the 12″ singles just for the collection anyways and listen the CD singles.

  16. Horia says:

    Album production is great, but the songs are dull and weak.
    The worst PSB album in years.

  17. MüllerMüller says:

    Great new single – i like the track very much!
    Great cover of the cd & vinyl!
    Hoping of good mixes
    (The Prins Thomas Mix was absolutely brilliant)

  18. Stevie B says:

    Interesting that they announce it the day of ex-manager Tom Watkins funeral, they announced the New Order / Pet Shop Boys ‘Unity’ tour the day of his death. Sent flowers but didn’t attend whilst throwing shade on their website.

    He steered them during their ‘Imperial Phase’ (1984 -1989), he deserved more than to be pushed ‘down the dumper’.

    • martin farnworth says:

      Didn’t know about this. Have I been living on the moon?

    • John McCann says:

      He also steered bros thru their’ imperial’ phase,which suspiciously left them with only the ripped jeans they where standing in,no grand design houses for luke and matt,

  19. Dan says:

    Paul, I honestly can’t believe the negativity that I’ve seen on the comments section recently, this album has been getting dragged even though the general consensus is it’s a good album. They are delivering physical formats with B-Sides, which, in 2020 they have absolutely no obligation to do so. Does it really matter what the single choice is when the album itself is pretty solid?

    Also, Depeche Mode get so much backlash on here now, I daren’t even scroll down to the comments on those pages anymore.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Exactly. They could just be putting digital-only singles, no B-sides, no remixes (hello, Duran Duran) so I think a little appreciation is due. And I think this song is much better than Dreamland, for example.

      • Urs says:

        Hey Paul, did I get blocked from commenting? I wrote a (rather positive) comment on this yesterday and I can’t see it. And that’s not the first time this has happened. :-(

        Maybe it’s some technical glitch, but it’s somehow frustrating if comments disappear and you don’t know why. :-( (I’m always trying to be courteous and friendly in my comments, even when I disagree.)

      • Tyler says:

        It’s a real shame that Hotspot seems to be getting a real hiding, especially on the PSB forums. Personally I think its a fantastic album, but as a newer fan of the duo I don’t tend to rank their albums against each other, and the so-called “imperial phase” doesn’t mean much to me. And the fact they still put out B-sides, remixes and physical product in these times is a rare and highly welcomed treat.

        As for Depeche Mode, from what I’ve seen among many commenters is that the general consensus is if it didn’t involve Alan Wilder and/or isn’t on par with Violator, it is automatically slagged and deemed rubbish.

  20. David Carter says:

    Not a great single and a terrible cover, its a no from me

  21. bertielego says:

    Very happy about this track being released as single (and I like the cover)…

    Just ordered the CD version on the boys’ web store, together with the “Annually 2020” yearly book and its exclusive 7-track CD “My Beautiful Laundrette”!

  22. Shane says:

    I dont understand if those (well, he who) wont buy because the BSide is only on the cd and not the vinyl are just taking the piss out of those who complain about tracks being vinyl exclusive.
    Also are they saying implicitly that they only play vinyl, hence only music at home? That would be very archaic

  23. Mark Jensen says:

    I think this is a great choice for a single. I also really love both remixes of “Monkey Business” on the last cd single, especially the Prins Thomas diskomiks, so I am excited to hear these new remixes.

  24. Charles says:

    Great song and personally I find the whole album to be a masterpiece. I’ve probably listened to it 20+ times mind you however, I’ve enjoyed this one as much as their classic albums according to the masses. Gonna’ buy this as there is no guarantee of a Further Listening version someday.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I really like the new album as well, although would stop short of calling it a masterpiece. But it is really good and can’t really understand why everyone is being so hard on this release. It’s a PSB CD single with a radio edit, new mixes and a new track (which was written in the classic era). I mean, what’s not to like?

      • Charles says:

        Agreed, don’t understand the reaction either. And I thought Yes and Elysium were MP’s as well so my opinion can be suspect to most at times for sure! :)

  25. Brian says:

    Plus the CD of 7 new tracks when you order their Annually book. PSB are very generous! <3

  26. Eamonn says:

    I Want To Wake Up but I Don’t Wanna….Chris was awfully indecisive in the mid 80s.

    • Deanery says:

      From Hotspot I would have chosen for singles and in this order:
      1 – Will-O-the-Wisp (I can’t believe this great tune was not chosen as a single…)
      2 – I Don’t Wanna
      3 – Burning the Heather
      4 – Wedding in Berlin

      I don’t know if anyone else notices but I can’t help but say that the sound seems almost unclear/muffled on this album (I bought it on cd). Love the album though.

      • Tyler says:

        I’ve noticed this as well (on a digital copy and on CD). Luckily a bit of tinkering in Audacity helped with this digitally, but can’t do much for the CD.

  27. Michael says:

    Dreadful song. As childish and dull as Monkey Business. So many better tracks to choose from. Maybe they just wanna be club kids for this era…

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I’m surprised lots of people are saying they don’t like this track. I think it’s great.

      • Mathmandan says:

        I’m with Paul on this one. I think it’s one of the most fun songs on the album. And for the record, I like Monkey Business as well. The album didn’t grab me on first listen but now I’m quite enjoying it.

      • Edu says:

        I agree with you, Paul. One of the best tracks on the album.

      • Richard Fenick says:

        I love this track & glad it is now a single…in my top three on the album

  28. Craig Hedges says:

    Only just announced that Tom Watkins has died. Very sad news, I’d read that his health hadn’t improved in the last few years. He really did mould the Pet Shop Boys in the first stage of their career, albeit unintentionally, a lot of their image came from doing the opposite of what Tom wanted. As well he managed Bros, East 17, 2 3hirds, Deuce and several other acts. He also ran XL design who produced the majority of the early ZTT/Frankie record sleeves in the 1980’s.
    A real larger than life character, he was approached to appear on a TV show called Pop idol (remember that) but turned it down and they had to make do with someone called Simon Cowell. RIP Tom

  29. Stephen says:

    So “New Boy” will only be available physically on CD and “Decide” is only available physically on 7” vinyl. It’s a bit messy

  30. Eric says:

    Crap! I’ll buy the book ( Literally ) but I won’t buy the new album cos everything I’ve heard from it is shite but I know with Chris Heath & the new book I am guaranteed a good read. It’s not supposed to be like that is it?

  31. Luke says:

    Again, No mention of a physical release for Decide and Decide (CYA Remix). This was an opportunity that’s lost now.

    • Jakob says:

      I think when it comes to putting Decide on CD, they don’t wanna.

    • Michael59 says:

      I agree, it would be nice to have that on CD but you can download it in CD quality on many websites. And additionally, I like the concept that some tracks are a bit obscure or hard to find, I remember that the PSB have always had such.

  32. Tony O says:

    Am I the only one who waited 10 seconds for the picture to load? :-)

  33. Guido says:

    Hard to understand why the new b-side is not on the 12“.
    So I will pass. Don‘t need several remixes of one song.

    • daveid76 says:

      They hadn’t put b sides on vinyl since the 90s until this album so we’ve been lucky for what we’ve got.

  34. mattNYC says:

    here’s to keeping the CD single alive. also, why have they been sitting on those “Bobby O tracks” all this time? it’s porn to me.

    • Carl Stanley says:

      That’s really made me smile, mattNYC. Roll on the day when Bobby O’s entire back catalogue gets the proper reissue treatment……

      • Chris says:

        That’s an interesting idea – getting the Bobby O material a reissue treatment. It’s like Neil and Chris treat that stuff like some unwanted stepchild. Granted it’s not the best, but it is still part of the PSB legacy and should be afforded a revisit.

  35. martin farnworth says:

    This is a decent track but whoever has picked the singles has done a good job of avoiding the best songs from the album.

    • bob says:

      Absolutely! It’s honestly baffling. This is one of my least favourite album cuts, so of course, its got to be a single. Why not focus on a ballad for a change? There are so many good ones this time around. Either way, I was sorely disappointed in the remixes for Monkey Business, so this is a hard pass for me.

  36. Fredpstman says:

    Thanks Boys for remembering us oldies [who collect physical releases]

  37. Shane says:

    I find the cover hilarious, but pretty ugly. I wonder if it wull be smudged like a blownup screenshot.
    Better song to make singles but i guess one fantastically miserable single per album is enough?
    Instabuy for me both formats as always.

  38. Ken says:

    Why do bands deliberately deny some of their fans access to brand new material they might like? i.e why deny vinyl purchasers the New Boy tune? It is really easy and uncostly to add New Boy as a third track on side B of the vinyl.The vinyl is costing enough to buy so why deliberately NOT let the vinyl only purchaser have the new tune? It really annoys me when bands deliberately and cynically do this!

    • mike says:

      They have done multi variate vinyl / CD versions since 1987! I think us CD fans have missed out far more on PSB rarities, over vinyl over 33 years.

    • Richard Fenick says:

      they are not denying you the new B side…it is right there on the CD single any time you want.

  39. Daryl says:

    I like the artwork. It’s reminiscent of early 90s single artwork like Right Said Fred.
    That’s meant as a positive thing, but I realise some may not take it as that.

  40. mike says:

    Wish they just released the cassette!

  41. Richard Neal says:

    It’s good that the Boys know what the best technology is; 80s Vs 70s ;-)
    Any “new” tracks are welcome as they have a history of producing good quality “B-Sides”.

  42. Don says:

    No vinyl sales from me, this sucks.

  43. Themis says:

    *that* cover could be the worst thing i’ve ever seen

  44. Iain Johnson says:

    2nd best track on ‘Hotspot’ after ‘Will o the wisp’ ( why on earth hasn’t that been a single ?! ) …

    There have been some strange single releases … ‘Dreamland’ to middle of the road and ‘Burning the Heather’ very drab …

    The 4 singles should have been …

    1st Will o the wisp
    2nd Happy People
    3rd I don’t wanna
    4th Monkey Business

  45. MelodicMusicIsTheBestMusic says:

    Absolutely YES !!! It IS and it seems very fitting in a bizarre if somewhat realistic way for these times ahead of us.

  46. TommyH says:

    You know when it is the quiet part of the year when Paul has to announce that a CD single and 12″ will be released.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I always announce Pet Shop Boys singles.

      • JT says:

        Paul, please keep doing so, thank you

      • RJS says:

        How come Luke Haines’ latest album didn’t get a mention?

        • Guy says:

          RJS: Because this site is not about listing every release, look at Paul’s ‘Out this week’ posts which often list fewer than ten of the hundreds of releases for any particular week. Luke Haines may be talented but isn’t, for want of a better phrase, a big name.

          • Paul Sinclair says:

            Thanks Guy, although to be fair I can understand why RJS enquired, because I am a big fan of Luke and have covered his stuff in the past. The short answer is that I just haven’t got around to it…

        • Derek Langsford says:

          Also wonder why the Ulrich Schnauss 7 CD boxed set was not featured which got hard to get soon after it was released on 24 Jan. Glad I had checked the Tangerine Dream website last year to see it was in preparation and pre-ordered it when I could.

          Also keep checking the TD website to see if a follow up to In Search of Hades covering the remainder of the Virgin albums is in the pipeline.

          • dominic says:

            Aaaargh! I bloody love Ulrich Schnauss, how did i miss this!

            Oh yeah, i retired from social media, D’oh!

          • Derek Langsford says:

            The Schnauss set is still available on eBay from one seller but that seems to be about it – nothing on the Amazons (com, UK, DE) or Discogs.

  47. Mark Vick says:

    boring artwork. worst track off the album. and we miss Happy People remix opportunity. WHO is making these decisions? Christ, it was bad enough missing Closer To Heaven and Fugitive as singles……

    • Jason Kline says:

      Mark Vick: Worst track off the album.
      Wedding In Berlin: Am I a joke to you?

    • Darren says:

      Wow that’s a strong statement.
      I find I don’t wanna highlights depression, which is a good thing, and it’s clearly not the worst, it’s probably the best in my opinion.

  48. memoryboy says:

    I LOVE this song, great choice for the next single! ‘I Don’t Wanna” is one of the best tracks on the album. Its a FUN song! Classic Pet Shop Boys!

  49. Jason says:

    I really love the cover. Simple and effective

  50. -SG- says:

    Ha Ha, You beat me to that one. The album Hotspot… ( place of a viral outbreak) Released at the end of January…hmm seems that PSB had a crystal ball, come to think of it they sang about the the Kings Cross tragedy before it happened too, right?
    Regardless, I still think on the intro they are saying Marijuana.

  51. Urs says:

    I get that artists put different tracks on different formats to make them more interesting for buyers, but putting an album version on a 12″ is weird. And if you skip putting the b-side on the 12″, then at least give the buyers something else that’s not available on the other formats (e. g. a special/additional remix).

    On the other hand: let’s be happy that PSB are still issuing physical singles! :-)

    • Richard Fenick says:

      They have to put an album version on the 12″…it is a single release so they need tp put the single on there for those who did not buy the album & only bought the single…like it used to be many years ago.

      • Urs says:

        Sometimes artists put a single edit AND the album version on a 12″ or CD single. Which, in my eyes, makes more sense than just putting only the album version on there. Especially if there is a single edit to start with.

        People who buy the album get the album version. People who buy the (physically release) single usually get a single edit/single mix/single version plus b-side(s) and/or remix(es).


    Is this the first ‘Coronavirus’ single?… “I don’t wanna go out… etc etc etc”

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