Liza Minnelli turned 70 this weekend and to celebrate we look back on her 1989 masterpiece Results.
Results sounds like Pet Shop Boys record. Written almost entirely by the duo, it’s unsurprisingly phenomenal. The record was recorded and released in 1989 and spawned four singles: “Losing My Mind,” “Don’t Drop Bombs,” “So Sorry I Said” and “Love Pains”. The record, a hit in the United Kingdom, was a world away from her sonic comfort zone of show tunes and schmaltz,
Recording had long since been a priority for Minnelli, she toured frequently but rarely updated her act so the release of Results was surprising not least because it was a dance record but also it was her first studio album in 12 years. For someone whose records had often been dismissed as lightweight – Results shows a remarkable amount of confidence. Results is a classic example of an artist trusting and giving in to their producers. It’s also evident that Pet Shop Boys had a huge amount of respect for Minnelli with the album’s track list tipping a hat to Broadway.
While the Pet Shop Boys were all over this record, seven tracks on the album were written by Tennant and Lowe including Minnelli’s heart-breaking cover of their hit “Rent”, the first single to be released was a cover of “Losing My Mind” from Follies. Written by Stephen Sondheim, the musical has become one of his most beloved. The musical was first performed in London in 1987 and went on to win Musical of the Year at the Oliver Awards.
Results proved to be a one off. Pet Shop Boys returned to recording their own music while Minnelli returned to cabaret – a world in which she was far more comfortable. Yet however disparate the musical worlds these two acts came from, the record worked because they were equals. Each bringing something very special to the sessions – Minnelli’s utterly unique voice and Pet Shop Boys production.
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