After a tour through South America the Pet Shop Boys were influenced by the beats and rhythms associated with Latin American music. In August 1996, the Pet Shop Boys released a follow-up single, "Se a vida é (That's the way life is)", a Latin American music-inspired track featuring a drum sample from a track called "Estrada Da Paixão" by Brazilian act Olodum. This preceded the sixth Pet Shop Boys album Bilingual which was released in September.
The peaked at number eight in the UK charts in late August 1996, having gained a great deal of radio airplay, and secured the band their first appearance on UK music show 'Top of the Pops' since 1993. The song soon became the summer party anthem of the year for those people who were not advocates of the UK's ever-growing club culture of the late 1980s and the 1990s, helped by its Portuguese/Brazilian feel, Latino influences and a popular video shot by Bruce Weber set mainly in a water park located in south Florida. "Se A Vida E" would spend eight weeks in the Top 40 before eventually dropping out in early November. Numerous dance remixes were also made which helped the track become one of the biggest club hits of the second half of the 1990s.
*The right translation of the Portuguese song title "Se a vida é" would be "If life is."
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