Rent – Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine

Rent was the third single from the Pet Shop Boys second album Actually, released in1987. UK indie punk duo Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine always recorded cover songs for the B-sides of their single releases (a selection of which are collected together on the album This is the Sound of an Eclectic Guitar). Their cover of Rent backed their third single Rubbish in 1990 and is probably the only song ever recorded to feature a reading of the application for Housing Benefit. Many of the soundbites used on their version are taken from the Monkees film Head, with the duo later covering the Monkees track Randy Scouse Git (released by the Monkees in the UK as Alternate Title) on the B-side to their fourth single Anytime Anyplace Anywhere.

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