“Domino Dancing” is a song by the British synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys. It was released on September 12, 1988 with “Don Juan” on the B-side as the lead single from their album “Introspective.” The song is known for its energetic and danceable sound, as well as its exploration of themes related to love and relationships.
“Domino Dancing” is characterized by its upbeat and Latin-infused sound, featuring the distinctive vocals of Neil Tennant. The song blends synth-pop with Latin rhythms, creating a dancefloor-friendly track. It incorporates elements of flamenco music and features a catchy melody. The lyrics of “Domino Dancing” convey a sense of conflict and tension within a romantic relationship. The song’s narrator reflects on the ups and downs of love and the feeling of being trapped or controlled, akin to a game of dominoes. The chorus, with its repetitive refrain, adds to the song’s danceable and catchy quality.
The music video for “Domino Dancing” was directed by English photographer Eric Watson. It features David Boira, Adalberto Martinez Mojica and Donna Bottman.
“Domino Dancing” was a commercial success for Pet Shop Boys, reaching top ten on music charts in various countries, including #1 in Spain, #3 in Germany, and #5 on Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart in the United States. Its Latin-infused sound and danceable beat made it a popular hit in the late 1980s, and it remains a well-loved track in the Pet Shop Boys’ discography.