“Rent” is a single culled from the Pet Shop Boys second album, Actually, a less successful (but still top 10) follow-up to the massive hits It’s A Sin, and the Dusty Springfield duet, What Have I Done To Deserve This?
Rent is a mid-tempo, melancholic song that focuses on a financially one-sided relationship, where a kept man is in hock to another. Commonly perceived as depicting the lot of a rent boy, Neil Tennant has been quoted as saying that it was originally conceived as being about a kept woman.
It’s a simple and straightforward song, spoken word for the first half of the first verse, and generally veering towards the understated. Enjoy!