Please is the first album by English electronic music group Pet Shop Boys, released in 1986. According to the duo, the album's title was chosen so that people had to go into a record shop and say "Can I have the Pet Shop Boys album, 'Please'?" The debut album has sold to date in the region of 3 million copies worldwide.
Hits from Please include "West End Girls," "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)," "Suburbia," and "Love Comes Quickly". "West End Girls" was a hit in both the UK and the United States.
Please is musically simpler than, but lyrically just as rich as, Pet Shop Boys' later work. The instrumentals are comparable to other techno pop of this period. As with many early PSB albums, the lyrics were considered androgynous, the stories they contain being equally applicable to gay and heterosexual relationships. Tennant, in particular, enjoyed this ambiguity and refused to comment on his own sexuality until he came out before 1993's Very hit the charts.
The tiny cover photograph enclosed by a sea of white has been seen by some design observers as a reaction to the traditional album cover. With the new CD cases of the time being necessarily smaller than designs seen on 12" albums, the passport-sized photograph is far removed from standard cover artwork. The actual size of the image is the same size as a 35mm photographic negative.
Although some commentators have remarked that "Two Divided by Zero" samples a Texas Instruments Speak & Spell toy from the 1980s, this is a fallacy. Neil Tennant stated in an interview in the BBC Radio documentary "About Pet Shop Boys" that the sample used on Two Divided By Zero was in fact a talking calculator he had bought for his father.
Please was rereleased in 2001 (as were most of the group's albums up to that point) as Please/Further Listening 1984-1986. The rereleased version was not only digitally remastered but came with a second disc of B-sides and previously unreleased material from around the time of the album's original release. Yet another re-release followed on 9 February 2009, under the title of Please: Remastered. This version contains only the 11 tracks on the original
"Suburbia" was dramatically remixed for the single release.
"Violence" was later rerecorded by the Pet Shop Boys for a charity concert at the Hacienda nightclub in the early 1990s. This version, known as the 'Hacienda Version', was released as one of the b-sides to "I wouldn't normally do this kind of thing" and was then made available on the b-sides album Alternative and the 2001 2-disc rerelease of the Very album.
The Pet Shop Boys later sampled the Please version of "Love comes quickly" for their song "Somebody else's business", which appeared on the Disco 3 album.
"Tonight is forever" was later covered by Liza Minnelli on the Pet Shop Boys-produced album Results.