Absolutely Fabulous (song)

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"Absolutely Fabulous"
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Single by Pet Shop Boys
Released31 May 1994 (1994-05-31)[1]
Producer(s)Pet Shop Boys
Pet Shop Boys singles chronology
"Absolutely Fabulous"
"Yesterday, When I Was Mad"

"Absolutely Fabulous" is a song by English synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, released as a single for 1994's Comic Relief under the artist name "Absolutely Fabulous"; it is based on the BBC sitcom of the same name and features sound bites taken from the first series of the show. The single peaked at number six on the UK Singles Chart and number seven on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. It was more successful in Oceania, debuting and peaking at number two in both Australia and New Zealand; in the former country, it is the band's highest-charting single, and in both, it was their last top-10 entry.

Critical reception[]

Pan-European magazine Music & Media described the song as "a Pet Shop electro popper".[2] Alan Jones from Music Week gave it five out of five, writing, "The Pet Shop Boys have done a splendid job assembling some memorable snippets from the TV series' Patsy and Edina over a relentless disco beat. All profits from the single — which are likely to be considerable — go to Comic Relief. A potential number one."[3]

Music video[]

The accompanying music video features the Pet Shop Boys performing while Absolutely Fabulous characters Edina and Patsy (Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) dance around them. Clips from the first two original TV series are interspersed throughout the video.


Apart from its release as a single, the song "Absolutely Fabulous" also appears on the "Further Listening" disc that came with the 2001 re-issue of the Pet Shop Boys album Very. The music video clip of the song features on Pet Shop Boys' video compilation Various, available on VHS, as well as on the AbFab DVD collection of series one through three. The Our Tribe Tongue-In-Cheek Mix version of the song features on the band's Disco 2 album.

Track listings[]

  • UK 4-track CD single: Parlophone CDR 6382
  1. "Absolutely Fabulous" (7″ mix)
  2. "Absolutely Fabulous" (Our Tribe Tongue-in-Cheek Mix)
  3. "Absolutely Dubulous"
  4. "Absolutely Fabulous" (Dull Soulless Dance Music Mix)
  • UK CD single/CDRS 6382
  1. "Absolutely Fabulous" (7″ mix)
  2. "Absolutely Fabulous" (Our Tribe Tongue-in-Cheek Mix)
  3. "Absolutely Dubulous"
  4. "This Wheel's on Fire"
This CD was withdrawn due to copyright legalities for the song "This Wheel's on Fire"[4]
  • UK cassette single TC-R 6382
  1. "Absolutely Fabulous" (7″ mix)
  2. "Absolutely Fabulous" (Dull Soulless Dance Music Mix)

Charts and certifications[]


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  3. ^ Jones, Alan (28 May 1994). "Market Preview: Mainstream - Singles - Pick of the Week" (PDF). Music Week. p. 16. Retrieved 17 April 2021.
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  6. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 11 no. 26. 25 June 1994. p. 23. OCLC 29800226 – via World Radio History.
  7. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3.
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  11. ^ "Charts.nz – Absolutely Fabulous – Absolutely Fabulous". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  12. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Absolutely Fabulous – Absolutely Fabulous". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Pet Shop Boys: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
  15. ^ "Dance Singles" (PDF). Music Week. 11 June 1994. p. 26. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  16. ^ "Pet Shop Boys Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  17. ^ Jump up to: a b "Australian Top 100 Singles 1994". The ARIA Report. Archived from the original on 25 October 2015 – via Imgur.
  18. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Pet Shop Boys – Absolutely Fabulous". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
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