"I loved the whole idea of the pressure of living in a modern city…A lot of people assumed the song was about prostitutes and of course, typically, it didn’t even enter my head. It was meant to be about class, about rough boys getting a bit of posh. It’s opposites — west/east, lower class/upper class, rich/poor, work/play.'' - Neil Tennant
"What I like about it (TS Eliot's poem ''The Wasteland''), it's the different voices, almost a sort of collage. All the different voices and languages coming in and I've always found that very powerful. So on West End Girls it's different voices. The line 'Just you wait till I get you home' is a direct quotation." - Neil Tennant
''In terms of the lyrics, the inspiration for West End Girls came from The Message by Grandmaster Flash. I remember once staying at my cousin's house in Nottingham and we were watching some kind of gangster film with James Cagney, and just as I was dropping off to sleep, the lines 'sometimes you're better off dead, there's a gun in your hand and it's pointing to your head' came into my head and I thought 'that's quite good' so I went off to find a pen." - Neil Tennant
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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