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Pet Shop Boys
Pet Shop Boys live in Boston, 2006.
Pet Shop Boys live in Boston, 2006.
Background information
Origin London, United Kingdom
Genre(s) Pop
Synthpop
House
Electropop
Years active 1981–present
Label(s) Parlophone (UK, 1985–present)
EMI (US, 1985–1995)
Atlantic (US, 1996–1998)
Sire (US, 1999–2001)
Sanctuary (US, 2002–2003)
Rhino (US, 2004–present)
Associated acts Electronic
Website Official Site
Members
Neil Tennant
Chris Lowe

Pet Shop Boys are an English dance music duo, consisting of Neil Tennant who provides main vocals, keyboards and occasionally guitar, and Chris Lowe on keyboards and occasionally on vocals. The duo achieved their most success near the end of the popularity of the new wave dance music era, receiving their initial sound and presentation from other acts of the period (especially the new romantics) such as Roxy Music, Midge Ure, Visage, Thompson Twins, New Order, and Ultravox, mixing in a bit of R & B as well. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 600 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 1024 pixel, file size: 488 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Pet Shop Boys live in concert on October 13, 2006. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... Synthpop is a subgenre of New Wave in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument. ... House music is a style of electronic dance music that was developed by dance club DJs in Chicago in the early to mid-1980s. ... Electropop (also called Technopop) is a form of synth pop music that is made with synthesizers, and which first flourished from 1978 to 1981. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Parlophone is a record label, founded in Germany in 1896 by the Carl Lindström Company. ... EMI America Records was started in 1978 by EMI as a second US label next to Capitol Records. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... Sire Records Company is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group and distributed through Warner Bros. ... Sanctuary Records is a record label based in the United Kingdom and a subsidiary of Universal Records. ... Rhino Entertainment Company is an American specialty record label. ... Electronic was an alternative rock/dance group formed by New Order singer and guitarist Bernard Sumner and ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. ... Neil Tennant (right) with collaborator Chris Lowe (left) Neil Francis Tennant (born July 10, 1954 in North Shields, Tyne and Wear, England) is an English musician, who, with his colleague Chris Lowe, makes up the successful pop duo, Pet Shop Boys. ... Chris Lowe (left) with collaborator Neil Tennant (right) Christopher Sean Lowe (born on October 4, 1959 in Blackpool, Lancashire, England) is an English musician, who, with his colleague Neil Tennant, makes up the successful pop duo, the Pet Shop Boys. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Neil Tennant (right) with collaborator Chris Lowe (left) Neil Francis Tennant (born July 10, 1954 in North Shields, Tyne and Wear, England) is an English musician, who, with his colleague Chris Lowe, makes up the successful pop duo, Pet Shop Boys. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Chris Lowe (left) with collaborator Neil Tennant (right) Christopher Sean Lowe (born on October 4, 1959 in Blackpool, Lancashire, England) is an English musician, who, with his colleague Neil Tennant, makes up the successful pop duo, the Pet Shop Boys. ... The term New Wave has been used to describe several movements in art. ... New Romantic was a New Wave music subgenre and fashion movement that occurred primarily in the United Kingdom during the early 1980s. ... Roxy Music are an English art rock group founded in the early 1970s by art school graduate Bryan Ferry (vocals and keyboards). ... Midge Ure OBE (born James Ure, 10 October 1953, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, Scotland) is a rock and roll guitarist, singer, keyboard player, and songwriter. ... Visage was a New Romantic band that began life in 1978, mainly to provide some danceable music to be played on Steve Stranges and Rusty Egans Billys London nightclub. ... The Thompson Twins were an English New Wave/pop band normally associated with the 1980s. ... This article is about the alternative rock/electronic band New Order. ... Ultravox (formerly Ultravox!) was one of the primary exponents of the British electronic pop music movement of the early 1980s. ...


Pet Shop Boys have sold more than 100 million records worldwide.[citation needed] Since 1986, they have had thirty-nine Top 30 singles and twenty-two Top 10 hits in the UK, including four number ones: "West End Girls", "It's a Sin", "Always on My Mind" and "Heart". West End girls is a song by pop group the Pet Shop Boys. ... Its a Sin is a song recorded by the Pet Shop Boys which reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in June 1987. ... Always on My Mind is a song originally recorded by Brenda Lee and released on June 12, 1972, with music and lyrics by Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson Thompson. ... Heart was a song recorded by The Pet Shop Boys which reached #1 on the UK singles chart for three weeks in April 1988. ...

Contents

Influence

Pet Shop Boys were successful in the United States in the mid-1980s, with "West End Girls" reaching number one. Their last Top 40 single, "Domino Dancing", reached number 18 on the US pop chart in 1988. Since then, they have continued to enjoy cult and club success in the US and are the fourth-most successful dance artists ever in the US Billboard dance charts, behind Madonna, Donna Summer and Janet Jackson with eight Billboard Dance number ones. Pet Shop Boys have undertaken four world tours in 1991, 1999-2000, 2002 and 2006-2007. During each tour, they performed a lengthy series of concerts in the USA. West End girls is a song by pop group the Pet Shop Boys. ... Domino Dancing is a song recorded by UK synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys which reached #7 on the UK Singles Chart and released as the lead single from their 1988 album Introspective. ... Billboard can refer to: Billboard magazine Billboard (advertising) Billboard antenna In 3D computer graphics, to billboard is to rotate an object so that it faces the viewer. ... This article is about the American entertainer. ... Donna Summer (born LaDonna Adrian Gaines on December 31, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter, and artist, best known for a string of dance hits in the late 1970s that earned her the title Queen Of Disco and as one of the few disco-based artists to have longevity on... This article is about the singer. ...


Pet Shop Boys' most recent studio album, Fundamental, was released on the Parlophone label on 22 May 2006. The album peaked at number five in the UK and in the rest of Europe at number two, marking a strong return to the charts. The album's first single, "I'm with Stupid" was released in the UK on 8 May 2006, reaching number eight in the UK Singles Chart. In December 2006, the duo was nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best Dance Recording ("I'm with Stupid") and Best Electronic/Dance Album (Fundamental). Fundamental is the sixteenth album, the ninth of entirely new music, by the British band Pet Shop Boys. ... Parlophone is a record label, founded in Germany in 1896 by the Carl Lindström Company. ... is the 142nd day of the year (143rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Im with Stupid is a song by British synthpop band Pet Shop Boys and is featured on their 2006 album, Fundamental. ... is the 128th day of the year (129th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music...


In July 2007, Pet Shop Boys signed a new deal with Parlophone Records. They originally signed to the label in 1985, followed by a renegotiation in 1990. Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe commented: “It’s over 20 years since we originally signed to EMI and we’re very happy to be continuing our relationship with them”.[citation needed] Miles Leonard, Parlophone’s MD says: “What Pet Shop Boys are doing is unique. They continue to be at the vanguard of pop culture, constantly surprising and thrilling us with their every move. We are extremely pleased to have them on the label.”[citation needed] Parlophone is a record label, founded in Germany in 1896 by the Carl Lindström Company. ... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ...


In October 2007, a new compilation album of remixes titled Disco Four was released. Tennant recently announced on The Pet Shop Boys' website that the duo are now about to embark on writing fresh material for a new album, probably due to be released some time in early 2009. Disco Four is the eighteenth album by the UK electronic music duo Pet Shop Boys and the fourth in the bands Disco series. ...


Band dynamic

The dynamic of Pet Shop Boys' image lies in the duo's public personalities — Tennant is perceived as an erudite intellectual, articulate, and verbose in speech; while Lowe, now almost always seen in his trademark attire of hat and sunglasses (since as early as 1985),[1] appears as guarded and terse but nevertheless behaves as casual, flippant and fun-loving. They have even cultivated a pattern for interviews, in which Tennant is the primary speaker, answering questions at length, while occasionally being interrupted by brief, generally humorous interjections from Lowe[2][3] (comparable to the concept of a comedic double act). This article is about the comedy duo. ...


They have also been seen as willfully contrary, defying expectations of record labels and the music industry in terms of commercial image, self-promotion, and the nature of their music. In their early years, Pet Shop Boys seemed to be defined by the things they refused to do. A 1986 quotation by Lowe, taken from an Entertainment Tonight clip and subsequently sampled in their song "Paninaro," is often cited as the prime example of this: Entertainment Tonight is a daily television entertainment news show that is syndicated by CBS Paramount Domestic Television throughout the United States, Canada, on the Nine Network in Australia and on UBC Inside in Thailand. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

I don't like country and western. I don't like rock music, I don't like rockabilly or rock and roll particularly. I don't like much, really, do I? But what I do like, I love passionately.

This also formed the foundation of the band's early reputation as being anti-rock music, and more properly aligned with disco and dance music culture. (See their appropriately titled 1997 B-side, "How I learned to hate rock and roll.") Eventually, however, these differences were reconciled — a process that symbolically culminated with Pet Shop Boys' performance at the 2000 Glastonbury Festival, which was the surprise highlight of the three day event. Tennant expressed his gratitude to the crowd by thanking them for "being kind to us" and that they were "Glastonbury virgins". Country music, once known as Country and Western music, is a popular musical form developed in the southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, spirituals, and the blues. ... This article is about the genre. ... Rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music, and emerged in the early-1950s. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, commonly abbreviated to Glastonbury or Glasto, is the largest[1] greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. ...


Image

This band dynamic has played a role in their public image as well. Early in their career, the duo were frequently accused of lacking stage presence, said to be a deliberate reaction to the hyper-cheerful music of the time demonstrated by bands such as Wham!. A typical early performance featured Lowe in the background hitting the occasional note on a Fairlight synthesiser keyboard and Tennant singing, but otherwise passive, in the foreground. Wham! (often written WHAM!) was a pop band formed in 1981 by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. ... The Fairlight CMI (Computer Musical Instrument) was the first digital sampling synthesizer. ... The term synthesiser is also used to mean frequency synthesiser, an electronic system found in communications. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ...


However, when they began touring in 1989, they were heavily influenced by opera and theatre staging. Derek Jarman staged their first tour, making a series of films to be projected behind the costumed singers and dancers. In 1991 they brought in David Alden and David Fielding from the English National Opera to create the staging and costume design for a show which made no attempt to involve or even acknowledge the audience, and pushed the choreography and staging centre stage. Subsequent tours have used artist Sam Taylor-Wood and architect Zaha Hadid for stage design. Their latest tour, ongoing in 2006 and 2007, was conceived and designed by theatre designer Es Devlin with choreography by Hakeem Onibudo. For other uses, see Opera (disambiguation). ... Derek Jarman Derek Jarman (January 31, 1942 – February 19, 1994) was an English film director, stage designer, artist, and writer. ... The London Coliseum, home of English National Opera English National Opera (ENO), located at the London Coliseum in St. ... Sam Taylor-Wood (born London 1967) is a contemporary artist working mostly in video and photography. ... Interior of Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg, Germany Bergisel Ski Jump, Innsbruck BMW Central Building, Leipzig Vitra fire station, Weil am Rhein, Germany Maggies Centre, Kirkcaldy Zaha Hadid (Arabic: زها حديد) CBE (born October 31, 1950, Baghdad, Iraq) is a notable Iraqi-British deconstructivist architect. ...


Traditionally, Pet Shop Boys have always favoured avant-garde tailored fashions. Tennant has referenced the designers of his suits in certain interviews, and Lowe has often sported outfits and glasses made by Issey Miyake, Stüssy and Yohji Yamamoto's Y-3 for Adidas. Presentation has always been a major theme for the Pet Shop Boys, and the duo have dramatically "reinvented" their image twice in their career. In 1993, when promoting their Very album, they wore brightly coloured costumes and used state-of-the-art computer technology to place themselves in a modern computer graphic world. This concept of reinvention was revisited for the promotion of the Nightlife album, in which they transformed their look wearing wigs and glasses with very futuristic urban wardrobes. In 2006 both Tennant and Lowe were seen on stage and in photographs wearing clothes designed by Hedi Slimane/Dior Homme. This is a Japanese name; the family name is Miyake ISSEY MIYAKE , b. ... Stüssy (or Stussy) is an American streetwear clothing company started by Shawn Stussy in Laguna Beach, California in 1980. ... Yōji Yamamoto(山本 耀司、Yamamoto Yōji, born 3 October 1943) is an internationally known Japanese fashion designer based out of Paris, Japan, and New York. ... This article is about the company. ... Very is the seventh album, the fifth of previously-unreleased music, by the UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. ... Nightlife is the eleventh album, the seventh of entirely new music, by the UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. ... Hedi Slimane (born July 5, 1968 in Paris) is a French fashion designer. ... Dior Homme is the menswear division of Chirstian Dior SA, the French clothing retailer. ...


Live shows

The duo employ a programmer, Pete Gleadall to oversee the computers (which are all actually running live) and play keyboards, as well as backing singers, which include long time singer Sylvia Mason-James. The boys have used Katie Kissoon in the past for vocal duties, and have used other musicians, Danny Cummings, Jodie Linscott, and Dawne Adams (percussion), Scott Davidson, Dominic Clarke, Mark Refoy and Bic Hayes (guitarists), as well as the late J.J. Belle (guitars and percussion). For the 1999 - 2000 Nightlife Tour, the boys employed New York City based Peter Schwartz (keyboards / programming) as their musical director, programmer, and keyboardist. As with previous tours, backing tracks were sequenced on a computer playing sounds from a rig of synthesizers. Sylvia Mason-James with Pet Shop Boys Chris Lowe Sylvia Mason-James is a British singer who has worked extensively as a backing vocalist and solo artist. ... Mac and Katie Kissoon as they appeared on their album, Love Will Keep Us Together. ... Danny Cummings is a percussionist and drummer from Sheffield. ... Percussion redirects here. ... Scott Davidson is a lacrosse player for the Colorado Mammoth in the National Lacrosse League. ... Slipstream were formed in 1994 after Mark Refoy left Spiritualized. ... Christian Hayes (Born June 10, 1964 in London, England), also known as Bic Hayes is an English rock guitarist, singer and songwriter having previously played in a number of bands, most notably Ring, Cardiacs, Levitation and fronted the band Dark Star. ... The classical guitar typically has nylon strings. ...


On using computers and playing live shows, Neil Tennant commented in 1991 that

There is nothing actually on tape, Several synthesiser-based groups use tapes extensively but we don't. The reason we don't use musicians to play it all is that we are a computer based group, That's how we make our music. That is the kind of music we like: electronic music.That's how we make records; we program computers. There's no sneaky secrecy about anything. Everything is done in an entirely logical way.

[citation needed] Look up Tape in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The term synthesiser is also used to mean frequency synthesiser, an electronic system found in communications. ... This article is about the machine. ... For other uses, see Electronic music (disambiguation). ... Logic (from ancient Greek λόγος (logos), meaning reason) is the study of arguments. ...


Chris Lowe also commented in the same interview, (by Chris Heath for the Performance DVD sleeve notes), that Chris Heath is a British writer who was a regular contributer to the popular English music magazine Smash Hits in the eighties and early nineties. ...

Apart from the guitar and extra keyboards it's all sequenced using MIDI. You set it up and it just plays. The machines are rack mounted and each one plays a different part.

[citation needed] Musical Instrument Digital Interface, or MIDI, is a system designed to transmit information between electronic musical instruments. ...

Aesthetics

The duo have always been interested in the artwork, design, and photography for their releases. Photographer Eric Watson helped create the original image of Pet Shop Boys, creating many of their photographs and videos from 1984 to 1991. In design they have primarily worked with Mark Farrow, who designed the cover of their first Parlophone album release in 1986. The collaboration between Mark Farrow and Pet Shop Boys is comparable to the designer-band relationship of Peter Saville and New Order, Anton Corbijn and Depeche Mode, or the epic-length collaboration of Simon Halfon and Paul Weller. Their record sleeves are quite often very minimal, and the attention to detail is obvious, down to the font type and style. In October 2006, they released a 336-page hardcover book entitled Catalogue, showcasing their accomplishments in artwork, design, and of course, music. This retrospective of work is certainly one of the most comprehensive anthologies any music artist could have. Eric Watson was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1956 and moved to London in 1974 to study fine art at Hornsey Art College, where his contemporaries included Adam Ant. ... Mark Farrow is a graphic designer, notable for his designs for the Pet Shop Boys, Liza Minnelli, and others. ... Parlophone is a record label, founded in Germany in 1896 by the Carl Lindström Company. ... Peter Saville (born 1955 in Manchester[1]) is an English graphic designer based in London. ... This article is about the alternative rock/electronic band New Order. ... Anton Corbijn (pronounced ) (born May 20, 1955) is a photographer from Strijen, the Netherlands. ... Depeche Mode (pronounced ) are an electronic music band formed in 1980, in Basildon, Essex, England. ... Graphic designer. ... Paul Weller (born John William Weller May 25, 1958, in Sheerwater, near Woking, Surrey) is an English singer-songwriter. ... A font can mean: A member of a typeface family; or digital font - file format that encapsulates a typeface family in a database. ...


Biography

A chance meeting (August 19, 1981)

Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe met in an electronics shop on Kings Road in Chelsea. Realizing they had a common interest in dance music, they began to work on material together in Tennant's flat in Chelsea and from 1982 in a small studio in Camden Town. It was during these early years that several songs that would later appear on future albums were created, including "It's a Sin," "West End girls," "Rent" and "Jealousy". Neil Tennant (right) with collaborator Chris Lowe (left) Neil Francis Tennant (born July 10, 1954 in North Shields, Tyne and Wear, England) is an English musician, who, with his colleague Chris Lowe, makes up the successful pop duo, Pet Shop Boys. ... Chris Lowe (left) with collaborator Neil Tennant (right) Christopher Sean Lowe (born on October 4, 1959 in Blackpool, Lancashire, England) is an English musician, who, with his colleague Neil Tennant, makes up the successful pop duo, the Pet Shop Boys. ... Kings Road is a major east-west street in Londons Chelsea. ... Statue of Thomas More on Cheyne Walk. ...


The Bobby 'O' Years (1981–1984)

Starting out, the two called themselves West End, because of their love of London's West End, but later they came up with the name Pet Shop Boys, a name derived from some friends who worked in a pet shop in Ealing. They said that Pet Shop Boys "sounded like an English rap group". The interior of Covent Garden Market in the West End The West End of London is an area of Central London, England, containing many of the citys major tourist attractions, businesses, and administrative headquarters. ... A typical pet store in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. ... , Ealing is a town in the London Borough of Ealing. ... British Hip Hop is a genre of music, and a culture that covers a variety of styles of rap music made in the United Kingdom. ...


Their big break came in August 1983, when Tennant was assigned by Smash Hits to interview The Police in New York. The duo were obsessed with a stream of Hi-NRG records made by New York producer Bobby Orlando, known as Bobby 'O'. According to Tennant: "I thought well, if I've got to go and see The Police play then I'm also going to have lunch with Bobby 'O'." They shared a cheeseburger and carrot cake at a restaurant called the Apple Jack on August 19 (two years to the day since Tennant and Lowe had met) and Orlando suggested making a record with Pet Shop Boys after hearing a demo tape that Tennant had taken with him.[4] In April 1984, the Orlando-produced "West End girls" was released, becoming a club hit in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Though the track did not do well in the UK, it was a minor hit in France and Belgium. This article is about the rock band. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Hi-NRG (High Energy) is a type of electronic dance music which emerged and then became popular in nightclubs in the early 1980s. ... Bobby Orlando, also known as Bobby O, is a disco dance music artist and record producer who was most successful in the early-mid 1980s. ... For other uses, see demo. ... 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ...


Signing with Parlophone (1984–1986)

In March 1985, after long negotiations, Pet Shop Boys cut their contractual ties with Bobby O with a settlement giving Bobby 'O' significant royalties for future sales. Hiring manager Tom Watkins, they signed with the London-based Parlophone label. In April, Tennant left Smash Hits (where he had progressed to the position of deputy editor), and in July a new single, "Opportunities (Let's make lots of money)", was released, reaching number 116 in the UK. The B-side to this single, "In the night," was used as the theme for the UK television series The Clothes Show. 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Parlophone is a record label, founded in Germany in 1896 by the Carl Lindström Company. ... With a growing interest in fahion amongst the british public in the 1980s, the BBc decided to create a modern and stylish fashion show to cater for this. ...


Unperturbed by the low chart position, the band returned to the studio in August to re-record "West End girls" with producer Stephen Hague. Released in October 1985, this new version initially entered the charts at a similarly low position, but began a slow rise so that by January 1986 it achieved number one. It was subsequently number one in the USA, Canada, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Lebanon, Israel, New Zealand and Norway, and sold an estimated 1.5 million copies worldwide. It remains the most-heard Pet Shop Boys song to date. Stephen Hague is an American music producer most active with various British acts in the 1980s. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ...


After the success of "West End girls", Pet Shop Boys released a follow-up single, "Love comes quickly", on February 24, 1986. The single reached number 19 in the UK singles chart and was followed by their debut album, Please on March 24. In June 1986, the band announced a European tour; however, their plans for a theatrical extravaganza proved to be too expensive and the tour was cancelled. is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Please is the first album by the UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. ... is the 83rd day of the year (84th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Please started Pet Shop Boys' penchant for choosing one-word album titles.


New versions of "Opportunities (Let's make lot's of money)" and album track "Suburbia" were also released in 1986, followed by a remix album, Disco, in November. A remix album is an album consisting mostly of remixes or re-recorded versions of a music artists earlier released material. ... Disco is the second album by the UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. ...


"Imperial phase" (1987–1988)

1987 started with Pet Shop Boys receiving both BRIT Awards and Ivor Novello Awards for "West End girls". Later, on June 15, they released what became their second number one single, "It's a sin". The single caused some controversy: Neil's school, St. Cuthbert's Grammar School in Newcastle upon Tyne, chastised him in the press, while Jonathan King accused them of plagiarising the Cat Stevens song Wild World. Pet Shop Boys later sued King and won damages which were donated to charity. The video to "It's a sin" also saw their first collaboration with director Derek Jarman. The Brit Awards are the annual United Kingdom pop music awards founded by the British Phonographic Industry. ... The Ivor Novello Awards, named after the entertainer Ivor Novello, are awards awarded for songwriting and composing. ... is the 166th day of the year (167th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... A grammar school is a school that may, depending on regional usage as exemplified below, provide either secondary education or, a much less common usage, primary education (also known as elementary). Grammar schools trace their origins back to medieval Europe, as schools in which university preparatory subjects, such as Latin... Jonathan King (born Kenneth George King, 6 December 1944, London, England) is a British singer, songwriter, TV personality, and pop music producer. ... Yusuf Islam[2] (born Steven Demetre Georgiou on 21 July 1948 in London), who was known as Cat Stevens from 1966 to 1978, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, educator, philanthropist and prominent convert to Islam. ... Wild World is a song written and recorded by Cat Stevens. ... Derek Jarman Derek Jarman (January 31, 1942 – February 19, 1994) was an English film director, stage designer, artist, and writer. ...


The continued success of "It's a sin" was followed by the release of "What have I done to deserve this?" on August 10. Co-written with Allee Willis and also featuring Dusty Springfield on vocals, the single reached number two on the UK Singles Chart, and the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Although the duo had wanted to release this track on their debut album, they had been unable to track down Springfield and were reluctant to record it with any other female singer, despite their record company's suggestions. Springfield's manager finally contacted them in 1986, following the release of Please and towards the end of that year she travelled to London to record "What have I done to deserve this?" with them. It was the first track to be recorded for the duo's second album. Pet Shop Boys had been told that Springfield was "difficult" to work with and even that she could no longer sing; however her performance on the track put any such concerns to rest and they began a collaboration with her which lasted until the end of the decade. Included on their album Actually, the song became a massive worldwide hit and resurrected Springfield's career, leading to her 1990 album "Reputation", on which Pet Shops Boys were major contributing producers. This duet was also the start of a series of collaborations with high profile musicians throughout the band's career. is the 222nd day of the year (223rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Allee Willis is an American songwriter, artist, set designer, multimedia artist, writer and director. ... Dusty Springfield OBE (16 April 1939–2 March 1999) was a popular English singer whose career spanned four decades. ... Please is the first album by the UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. ... Actually is the third album, the second of entirely new music, by the UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. ...


Also in August 1987, Pet Shop Boys appeared on Love Me Tender, a UK television programme on ITV commemorating the tenth anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. They were asked to perform one of their favourite Elvis tracks, and they narrowed it down to two options, "Baby Let's Play House" and "Always on My Mind", eventually settling on the latter. September 7, 1987 saw the release of the duo's second studio album, Actually, followed by the single "Rent" in October, which reached number 8 in the UK. The final song on the album, "King's Cross", was revealed to have a strange prescience when there was a fatal fire at the London underground section of the station in November of that year (part of the lyrics read: "Dead and wounded on either side/You know it's only a matter of time"). The Sun newspaper in the UK subsequently tried to get the track released as a charity single but Pet Shop Boys would not allow this. For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... Elvis redirects here. ... Always on My Mind is a song originally recorded by Brenda Lee and released on June 12, 1972, with music and lyrics by Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson Thompson. ... is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Actually is the third album, the second of entirely new music, by the UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. ... This article is about a British tabloid. ...


Towards the end of 1987, Pet Shop Boys started work on an hour-long film that would incorporate the songs from Actually. Working with director Jack Bond, the short film grew into a full-scale movie, It Couldn't Happen Here, starring Barbara Windsor, Joss Ackland and Gareth Hunt. The film was eventually released in 1988 to mixed reviews. Footage from the film was also used for the music video to "Always on my mind", now released as a single on November 30; it became both the duo's third number one single in the UK and the Christmas number one single for 1987, infamously beating out "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues. It Couldnt Happen Here is a Pet Shop Boys movie released in 1988. ... Barbara Ann Deeks MBE (born 6 August 1937), better known as Barbara Windsor, sometimes known as Babs Windsor, is an English actress. ... Joss Ackland CBE (born Sidney Edmond Jocelyn Ackland on February 29, 1928 in North Kensington, London) is an English actor who has appeared in more than 130 films in his career. ... Alan Leonard Hunt (7 February 1943 – 13 March 2007) was an English actor, known as Gareth Hunt, who is best remembered for playing the footman Frederick Norton in Upstairs, Downstairs and Mike Gambit in The New Avengers. ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... Each year, record companies compete for the Christmas number one single spot on the British charts. ... This article is about the song. ... The Pogues are a band of mixed Irish and English background, playing traditional Irish folk with influences from the English punk rock movement. ...


1988 started with another collaboration. Patsy Kensit's band, Eighth Wonder, had the song "I'm not scared" written and produced for them by Pet Shop Boys. The song became her biggest hit single and Pet Shop Boys included their own version of the track on their Introspective later that year. March 1988 saw the duo achieve their fourth UK number one single (and their last to date) with a remixed edit of "Heart", different from the album version (NB: The single version is included in their Discography collection, whereas the album version is used in their "Pop Art" retrospective). The video to the single, directed by Jack Bond, was a retelling of the Dracula story, starring Ian McKellen as the vampire who steals Neil Tennant's wife. It was seen to be ironic since McKellen was a well-known gay figure at the time (he came out in the 1970s). Patricia Jude Frances Kensit (born 4 March 1968 in Hounslow, Middlesex) is an English actress and singer, and is also well-known for her three celebrity marriages. ... Eighth Wonder was a British pop band in the 1980s. ... Introspective is the fourth album, the third of entirely new music, by the UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. ... Heart was a song recorded by The Pet Shop Boys which reached #1 on the UK singles chart for three weeks in April 1988. ... This article is about the novel. ... Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CBE (born May 25, 1939) is an English stage and screen actor, the recipient of a Tony Award and two Oscar nominations. ... For other uses, see Coming out (disambiguation). ...


In the 1996 BBC Radio 1 documentary About Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant noted that their "Imperial Phase" ended in 1988. On September 12, 1988, Pet Shop Boys released a brand new single, "Domino dancing", and in the documentary Neil recounts his depression when hearing the news that the single had reached number 7 in the UK single chart. He felt that their major success was now over and that it was going to be a challenge to remain successful going forward. BBC Radio 1 (commonly referred to as just Radio 1) is a British national radio station operated by the BBC, specialising in popular music and speech and is aimed primarily at the 14-29[1] age group. ... is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ...


Introspective, Behaviour and the Performance tour (1988–1992)

The duo's third studio album, Introspective, was released on October 10, 1988 and was followed by the Trevor Horn-produced single "Left to my own devices", and a cover version of the Sterling Void single "It's alright" in 1989. 1989 also saw the start of Pet Shop Boys' first tour, in which they performed in Hong Kong, Japan and Britain. The tour followed the ideas of the extravaganza that could not have been afforded earlier in their career. Derek Jarman returned to direct the performance, and he provided several films that were projected during the shows. Introspective is the fourth album, the third of entirely new music, by the UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. ... is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Trevor Charles Horn, born July 15, 1949 in Durham, England, is a British pop music record producer, songwriter and musician. ...


On September 24, 1990, a new single, "So hard", was released, and Pet Shop Boys' fourth studio album followed on October 22, 1990. Behaviour was recorded in Munich with producer Harold Faltermeyer. The album was never intended to be a dramatic change in mood to their earlier albums, but it is noticeably subdued. It included the fan-favourite "Being Boring," the second single from the album, which only reached number 20 in the UK singles chart, their lowest placing at the time. The song was inspired by a quote by Zelda Fitzgerald: "...she refused to be bored chiefly because she wasn’t boring" and was widely thought to be a commentary on the AIDS epidemic. The music video was directed by film-maker Bruce Weber. By this time, the duo had also parted ways with manager Tom Watkins, replacing him with Jill Carrington.[5] is the 267th day of the year (268th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Behaviour is the fifth album, the fourth of entirely new music, by the UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. ... Harold Faltermeyer (born October 5, 1952 in Munich) is a German musician and moreover composer. ... Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (July 24, 1900 - March 10, 1948), born Zelda Sayre in Montgomery, Alabama, was a novelist and the wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, whom she married in 1920. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Jill Carrington (born 1956 in Virginia Water, UK) is a successful businesswoman, working in the music industry during the 80s and 90s. ...


In March 1991, a cover of U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name" as a medley with "Can't Take My Eyes Off You", the 1960s pop song by Frankie Valli/The Four Seasons, was released as a non-album single, followed by the duo's first world tour. Named "Performance", the tour kicked off in Tokyo on March 11, 1990. The tour also visited: the United States, Canada, France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The shows were designed by David Alden and David Fielding, who had designed several sets for the London Opera. This article is about the Irish rock band. ... The Joshua Tree track listing N/A Where the Streets Have No Name (1) I Still Havent Found What Im Looking For (2) The Best of 1980-1990 track listing Bad (6) Where the Streets Have No Name (7) I Will Follow (8) U218 Singles track listing Stuck... Cant Take My Eyes Off You, written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio, was a 1967 single by Frankie Valli. ... Frankie Valli (born May 3, 1934 or 1937[2]) is best known as the falsetto-voiced lead singer of The Four Seasons, a music act of the 1960s, which continues to perform. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ... is the 70th day of the year (71st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Yugoslavia (Jugoslavija in the Latin alphabet, Југославија in Cyrillic; English: South Slavia, or literary The Land of South Slavs) describes three political entities that existed one at a time on the Balkan Peninsula in Europe, during most of the 20th century. ...


Before taking a break in 1992, Pet Shop Boys released an 18 track compilation, Discography in 1991, which included two new singles: "DJ Culture" and "Was It Worth It?". Discography: The complete singles collection is the sixth album by the UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. ...


However, during this period, Pet Shop Boys continued to collaborate with many high-profile musicians. They worked again with Dusty Springfield on the singles "Nothing Has Been Proved" (which was a song written for their soundtrack for the film Scandal about the Profumo political scandal in Britain), and "In Private". The duo later went on to produce half of the tracks on her 1990 solo Reputation album. Pet Shop Boys were also asked to write and produce an album for Liza Minnelli in 1989. The album, Results, included the hit single "Losing My Mind", a cover version of the Stephen Sondheim song. The duo's own version of this appeared on the "Jealousy" single as a B-side. Neil Tennant also worked with Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr on their first album as Electronic, whose first single, "Getting Away With It", co-written and co-produced by Neil Tennant, was released on December 4, 1989. Later, in 1991, Lowe also contributed to the Electronic project by working on the track "The Patience of a Saint" for their 1991 album; finally, in 1992, Tennant sang lead vocals on their non-album single "Disappointed", which was featured on the soundtrack to the movie Cool World. In addition, a remix of "So Hard" by notorious electronic music duo The KLF, released as a separate single, led to Tennant re-recording his vocals for the song entirely. Scandal (1989) is a [[[United Kingdom|British]] drama film, a fictionalised account of the Profumo affair. ... The Profumo Affair was a political scandal from 1963 in the United Kingdom that is named after the then-Secretary of State for War, John Profumo. ... Liza Minnelli (born March 12, 1946 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress and singer. ... Results is the 1989 Liza Minnelli album produced by Pet Shop Boys. ... Stephen Joshua Sondheim (b. ... Bernard Sumner (born 4 January 1956 in Broughton, Salford, Lancashire, England, and also known as Bernard Dickin, Bernard Dicken, Bernard Albrecht and Bernard Albrecht-Dicken) is a British singer, guitarist and keyboardist, originally with Joy Division and a former member of New Order. ... Johnny Marr (born John Martin Maher on 31 October 1963 in Ardwick, Manchester) is a prolific English guitarist, keyboardist, harmonica player and singer. ... Electronic was an alternative rock/dance group formed by New Order singer and guitarist Bernard Sumner and ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. ... is the 338th day of the year (339th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the 1992 Ralph Bakshi film. ... KLF redirects here. ...


Pet Shop Boys set up the Spaghetti Records label in 1991. Their most successful release was the soundtrack to the 1992 film The Crying Game which featured Boy George performing the title song The Crying Game. The song was produced by Pet Shop Boys and featured Tennant on backing vocals. Other artists on the label included Scottish singer David Cicero, The Ignorants, and Masterboy. Spaghetti Records is a record label launched in September 1991 by Pet Shop Boys. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... For the song of the same name by Geoff Stephens, see The Crying Game (song). ... George Alan ODowd, better known as Boy George (born June 14, 1961 in Eltham, London) is a rock singer-songwriter and club DJ. He grew up in a large, working-class Irish family in Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland. ... The Crying Game is a song written by Geoff Stephens, and first released by Dave Berry in July 1964. ... David Cicero is the name of two artits. ... Masterboy is a German eurodance group formed in early 1990s with notable success in Europe, Asia, Oceania and South America in the mid-1990s. ...


The Very era (1993–1995)

In June 1993, Pet Shop Boys made a strong return to the UK Singles Chart with "Can you forgive her?". Taking its title from the Anthony Trollope novel of the same name, the single reached number 7 in the UK Singles Chart, and the iconic music video features the duo in orange body suits and tall dunce caps in a world of computer-generated imagery. The theme was continued with the follow-up single, a cover of the Village People single "Go West", which reached number 2 in the UK, with another computer-generated music video, this time inspired by the Soviet Union. The duo's fifth studio album, Very followed on September 27 and is the only Pet Shop Boys album to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart. It was produced by Pet Shop Boys and mixed with additional production by Stephen Hague who had produced their first album and subsequently produced records by New Order and Erasure. The other singles from Very, "I wouldn't normally do this kind of thing", "Liberation", and "Yesterday, when I was mad", continued the theme of computer-generated videos, peaking with the "Liberation" video, which contained almost no real-life elements at all. All these videos were directed by Howard Greenhalgh who continued to work with Pet Shop Boys well into the next decade. Anthony Trollope (April 24, 1815 – December 6, 1882) became one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. ... Can You Forgive Her? is a novel by Anthony Trollope, first published in serial form in 1864 and 1865. ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... For the topological space, see dunce hat (topology). ... Computer-generated imagery[1] (also known as CGI) is the application of the field of computer graphics or, more specifically, 3D computer graphics to special effects in films, television programs, commercials, simulators and simulation generally, and printed media. ... Village People were a concept disco group formed in the late 1970s. ... Go West is a song by the 1970s disco group Village People. ... Very is the seventh album, the fifth of previously-unreleased music, by the UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. ... is the 270th day of the year (271st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The UK Albums Chart is a chart of the sales positions of albums in the United Kingdom. ...


Very was also released in a limited edition to include an entirely new album "Relentless." It was comprised of six all new dance heavy tracks with a darker tone to the perky Very. Very is the seventh album, the fifth of previously-unreleased music, by the UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. ...


In 1994, Pet Shop Boys offered to remix fellow Parlophone artist Blur's single "Girls & Boys"; it was a club hit throughout Europe and started a sporadic trend for Pet Shop Boys to remix other artists' music. Blur were an English rock band that formed in Colchester in 1989. ... Girls & Boys (or Girls and Boys) is a song by British rock band Blur and is the lead track on their third album, Parklife. ...


In 1994, Pet Shop Boys released the 1994 Comic Relief single, "Absolutely Fabulous". The song started when Tennant and Lowe were playing around with samples from the BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous in the studio. They wanted to release a single, so approached lead actors Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, and suggested releasing it as a charity single. The single was released under the artist name of "Absolutely Fabulous". Tennant and Lowe do not consider it a Pet Shop Boys' single release and it was not included on their last compilation CD of singles, "PopArt". The video to the single featured clips from the sitcom along with newly recorded footage of Tennant and Lowe with the characters of Edina (Saunders) and Patsy (Lumley). For the origin of the term, see comic relief. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... A British sitcom is a situation comedy (sitcom) produced in the United Kingdom. ... This article is about the television series. ... Jennifer Jane Saunders (born July 6, 1958[1] in Sleaford, Lincolnshire) is a BAFTA- and Emmy Award-winning English comedian, writer and actress. ... Joanna Lamond Lumley, OBE (born 1 May 1946) is an English actress and former model who is best known for her roles in The New Avengers, Absolutely Fabulous, Sapphire and Steel and Sensitive Skin. ... A charity record (also known as a charity single) is a release of a song for a specific charitable cause. ...


On September 12, Pet Shop Boys released the follow-up to their 1986 remix album Disco in the form of Disco 2. The album featured club remixes of the singles released from Very in a continuous megamix by Danny Rampling. Then, in October, Pet Shop Boys began their "Discovery" tour which would see them visit countries that they had never performed in before: Singapore, Australia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. The following year, a new version of the 1986 B-side to "Suburbia", "Paninaro", was released to promoted a B-side collection album, Alternative. The single, called "Paninaro '95", is based on the live version from the "Discovery" tour. Disco 2 is the eighth album by UK electronic music duo Pet Shop Boys. ... For other uses, see Megamix (disambiguation). ... Danny Rampling is a British based House Music DJ and is widley credited as one of the orginal founders of the UK`s rave/club scene. ... Alternative is the ninth album by UK electronic music duo Pet Shop Boys. ...


Bilingual, Nightlife, and the musical (1996–2001)

In November 1995, Neil Tennant saw David Bowie live at Wembley Stadium and met him backstage. Whilst discussing Bowie's recent album Outside, Tennant mentioned that his favourite track was "Hallo Spaceboy". Jokingly, Bowie said that Pet Shop Boys should remix the track, and, a week later, phoned Tennant asking for this to happen. The new version was completely re-recorded and featured Tennant on backing vocals, using additional lyrics from Bowie's first hit song, "Space Oddity". The single was released on February 19, 1996 with Pet Shop Boys joining Bowie to perform the song on the BRIT Awards and Top of the Pops. David Bowie (pronounced ) (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, producer, arranger, and audio engineer. ... For the new stadium, see Wembley Stadium. ... Outside is an album first released September 26, 1995 by David Bowie on Virgin Records. ... Hallo Spaceboy is a song by David Bowie and Brian Eno from his 1995 album Outside, and was issued as a single. ... Space Oddity is a song written and performed by David Bowie and released as a single in 1969. ... [[Media:Italic text]]{| style=float:right; |- | |- | |} is the 50th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The Brit Awards are the annual United Kingdom pop music awards founded by the British Phonographic Industry. ... Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ...


In April, Pet Shop Boys released a new single, "Before", leading up to their forthcoming album; the single reached number 7 in the UK Singles Chart. That same month, Tina Turner also released her Wildest Dreams album, which featured Pet Shop Boys-produced track "Confidential". In August, 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. Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) November 26, 1939) is an 11 time Grammy Award-winning (sharing three), American Singer, Dancer, Record Producer, Executive Producer, Film Producer, Actress, Writer, Performer, Songwriter, Author and occasional Painter whose career has spanned from 1956 to present. ... Wildest Dreams is an album released by Tina Turner in 1996. ... Latin American music, sometimes simply called Latin music in The United States, includes the music of all countries in Latin America and comes in many varieties. ... This article needs copyediting (checking for proper English spelling, grammar, usage, etc. ... Bilingual is the tenth album, the sixth of entirely new music, by the UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. ...


In December 1996, Neil appeared live with Suede singing the Suede song "Saturday Night" as a duet with Brett Anderson, and Pet Shop Boys track "Rent". Both live tracks were released with the Suede single "Filmstar" in July 1997. Suede (or The London Suede in the U.S.) were a popular and influential English rock band of the 1990s that helped start the Britpop musical movement of the decade. ... Saturday Night is the third single off the album Coming Up by Suede, released on January 13, 1997 on Nude Records. ... This article is about the frontman of Suede and The Tears. ...


Pet Shop Boys kicked off Summer 1997 with a sold-out three-week residency at the Savoy Theatre in London in June. Entitled "Somewhere" and being promoted by a cover version of the song "Somewhere" from the musical West Side Story, the shows used projections filmed by the artist Sam Taylor-Wood. Pet Shop Boys would later work with Sam Taylor-Wood again: in 1998, they recorded a version of "Je t'aime... moi non plus", originally by Serge Gainsbourg, with her, and in 2003 they covered the Donna Summer track "Love to Love You Baby" and gave it a limited edition release credited to Kiki Kokova, a pseudonym used by Taylor-Wood for this project. Savoy Theatre London, December 2003 The Savoy Theatre, which opened on 10 October 1881, was built by Richard DOyly Carte (1844 - 1901) on the site of the old Savoy Palace in London as a showcase for the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, which became known as the Savoy Operas... For other uses, see West Side Story (disambiguation). ... Sam Taylor-Wood (born London 1967) is a contemporary artist working mostly in video and photography. ... For the film, see Je taime. ... Serge Gainsbourg (April 2, 1928 – March 2, 1991) was a French poet, singer-songwriter, actor and director. ... Donna Summer (born LaDonna Adrian Gaines on December 31, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter, and artist, best known for a string of dance hits in the late 1970s that earned her the title Queen Of Disco and as one of the few disco-based artists to have longevity on... Love to Love You Baby is the second album by Donna Summer, and her first to be released internationally. ...


The majority of 1998 was spent with a series of live dates and minor releases, including a charity album of Noel Coward songs called Twentieth Century Blues. The album included Pet Shop Boys' version of "Sail Away" along with songs performed by Elton John, Texas, Marianne Faithfull, The Divine Comedy, Suede, Damon Albarn, Vic Reeves and Robbie Williams. Tennant also co-produced the Williams track and provided backing vocals for Elton John. Tennant also provided backing vocals on Robbie Williams' "No Regrets" single along with Neil Hannon from The Divine Comedy. Meanwhile, the band switched managers again as Carrington resigned and was succeeded by Mitch Clark who had previously worked for EMI International as Head of Promotion.[6] Noël Peirce Coward (December 16, 1899 – March 26, 1973) was an Academy Award winning English actor, playwright, and composer of popular music. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... Texas are a pop music band from Glasgow, Scotland. ... Marianne Faithfull (born 29 December 1946) is an English singer and actress whose career spans over four decades. ... The Divine Comedy is a pop band from Northern Ireland fronted by Neil Hannon. ... Damon Albarn, (born March 23, 1968 in Leytonstone, London), is an English singer-songwriter who gained fame as the lead singer and keyboard player of rock band Blur. ... James Jim Roderick Moir, more commonly known by the pseudonym Vic Reeves, (born January 24, 1959) is an English comedian, best known for his double act with Bob Mortimer (see Vic and Bob). ... For other people with the same name, see Robbie Williams (disambiguation). ... No Regrets is a single by Robbie Williams from 1998. ... Neil Hannon (born 7 November 1970[1]) is a singer and songwriter, best known as the creator (in 1989) and frontman of the orchestral pop group, The Divine Comedy. ... Mitchell Clark (born October 19, 1987) is an Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League. ...


During this time, Pet Shop Boys also began to work with playwright Jonathan Harvey on a stage musical project. In 1999, many of the tracks recorded ended up on the duo's seventh studio album Nightlife which also included the singles "I don't know what you want but I can't give it any more", "New York City boy" and "You only tell me you love me when you're drunk" — as well a duet with Kylie Minogue, "In denial", about a father (Tennant) coming out to his daughter (Minogue). Minogue later performed the track live during her 2005 "Showgirl" tour, singing to a pre-recorded Neil Tennant. This is not the first time that Pet Shop Boys have worked with Minogue. In 1994, Pet Shop Boys wrote a song for inclusion on her Kylie Minogue album. "Falling" was based around an unreleased remix of "Go West" with new lyrics by Tennant. However, Minogue and her record company did not like the production sound of Pet Shop Boys' demo, and asked Farley & Heller to produce the track. 1999 ended with a world tour which continued into 2000, this time with the stage sets designed by architect Zaha Hadid. The tour took them to the USA and Canada, Japan, Europe and the UK. In the summer of 2000 they also played a series of festival dates in Europe, including a performance at the Glastonbury Festival where they performed on the main stage on Saturday night at 9.30 pm to a triumphant reception. In 2000 they won their third Ivor Novello Award honouring their "Outstanding Contribution" to music. Jonathan Harvey is a British playwright whose work has earned multiple awards. ... Nightlife is the eleventh album, the seventh of entirely new music, by the UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. ... Kylie Ann Minogue, OBE (pronounced ,[1]mɪnoÊŠg;[2] born 28 May 1968) is an Australian Grammy and BRIT award-winning pop singer, songwriter and actress. ... Kylie Minogue is the title of a 1994 album by Australian singer Kylie Minogue. ... Pete Heller is an electronic and house music producer from England. ... Interior of Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg, Germany Bergisel Ski Jump, Innsbruck BMW Central Building, Leipzig Vitra fire station, Weil am Rhein, Germany Maggies Centre, Kirkcaldy Zaha Hadid (Arabic: زها حديد) CBE (born October 31, 1950, Baghdad, Iraq) is a notable Iraqi-British deconstructivist architect. ... The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, commonly abbreviated to Glastonbury or Glasto, is the largest[1] greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. ... David Ivor Davies (January 15, 1893 – March 6, 1951), better known as Ivor Novello, was a Welsh composer, singer and actor who became one of the most popular British entertainers of the early 20th century. ...


Throughout 2000, they continued to work on their musical and in May they started workshopping the project and finalising the plot and songs to be used. The musical, Closer to Heaven, opened at the Arts Theatre in London in 2001 with financial backing from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group. Reviews were mixed and, although the run was initially extended, it closed earlier than expected, due to poor ticket sales, in October 2001. Around the time of the London closure, Tennant said that they were in talks to take the musical to various locations in Europe (particularly Germany which is a big market for Pet Shop Boys) and to take it to New York. Nothing further has been issued by Pet Shop Boys or Really Useful Group regarding these performances; in 2005, a series of performances were done in the Brisbane Powerhouse, Australia, though they were independent to Pet Shop Boys and Really Useful Group. Poster for London production of Closer to Heaven, 2001. ... The Arts Theatre was a small club theatre in London, England. ... Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born 22 March 1948) is a highly successful English composer of musical theatre, and also the elder brother of cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. ... The Really Useful Group (RUG) is a international company set up in 1977 by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... The powerhouse is located in a converted power station Brisbane Powerhouse is a performing arts and cultural venue located in the Brisbane suburb of New Farm, Queensland, Australia. ...


Variety: Release and Battleship Potemkin (2002–2005)

After the mixed fortunes of Closer to Heaven, Pet Shop Boys returned to the studio to start work on their eighth album. After toying with genres including hip-hop, they went for a stripped back acoustic sound as a complete change to the over-the-top dance music of the musical. In 2002, they released Release. Most of the tracks were produced by the duo themselves and many of the tracks featured Johnny Marr on guitar. The first single, "Home and dry" featured a video directed by Wolfgang Tillmans, mostly consisting of footage of mice filmed in the London Underground. The follow-up single, "I get along", had a video filmed by Bruce Weber and following this they embarked on another world tour, although this time it was a stripped back affair with no dancers, backing singers, costumes or lavish sets. They used two extra guitarists, (Bic Hayes and Mark Refoy), a percussionist (Dawne Adams) and regular programmer Pete Gleadall. It has been suggested that Unplugged be merged into this article or section. ... Release is the twelfth album, the eighth of entirely new music, by the UK electronic music duo Pet Shop Boys. ... Wolfgang Tillmans (born 1968) is a photographer. ... The London Underground is a rapid transit system that serves a large part of Greater London and some neighbouring areas of Essex, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


The Release tour took them first to several universities around the UK, not officially the Release tour but entitled "The University Tour", these dates saw them perform at Bristol University, Keele University, University Of East Anglia, (UEA) in Norwich, University Of Teeside, Middlesborough, and De Montford University, Leicester. The Release tour then took them to Germany, USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, then another series of dates in the UK again, Switzerland, and onto Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and then a first ever date in Thailand as the final show, at the large Bangkok Impact Arena, in front of 9,000 fans. The Bangkok concert was considered a "Triumphant success" Neil Tennant later commented on the official website. The University of Bristol was founded in 1876 as the University College, Bristol. ... Keele University is a research-intensive campus university located near Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire, England. ... UEA stands for: University of East Anglia, in Norwich, United Kingdom Universala Esperanto-Asocio (World Esperanto Association), of Rotterdam, Netherlands Utah Education Association Urban Exploration Alberta UEA break, when students in Utah get two days off of school for teachers to attend conferences. ... For other places with the same name, see Norwich (disambiguation). ... Middlesbrough is a town in North-East England, with a resident population in 2001 of 134,855. ... This article discusses Leicester in England. ... Location within in Thailand Coordinates: , Country Settled Ayutthaya Period Founded as capital 21 April 1782 Government  - Type Special administrative area  - Governor Apirak Kosayothin Area  - City 1,568. ... Impact Arena is an indoor sporting arena located in Bangkok, Thailand. ...


A third single, "London", was only released in Germany, at the request of EMI Germany. It was never planned for release in the UK, although a promotional video was shot by the distinguished photographer Martin Parr and it was serviced to some UK radio stations. Following a live stint on the John Peel show on Radio 1, Pet Shop Boys released Disco 3 in February 2003. The album followed their previous Disco albums, but this one also included new songs as well as remixes. Martin Parr (born 1952) is a British documentary photographer and photojournalist. ... For other persons named John Peel, see John Peel (disambiguation). ... Disco 3 is the thirteenth album by the UK electronic music duo Pet Shop Boys. ...


In 2003, Pet Shop Boys launched two new labels, Olde English Vinyl and Lucky Kunst, their Spaghetti label being defunct. The first release on Olde English Vinyl was Atomizer's "Hooked on Radiation", followed by Pete Burns' "Jack and Jill Party" in 2004. The only Lucky Kunst release to date is Kiki Kokova's version of "Love to love you baby". They also remixed Yoko Ono's "Walking on Thin Ice" in 2003 and Rammstein's "Mein Teil" in 2004. Another new manager, David Dorrell, was brought on board to replace Clark.[7] For other uses, see Spaghetti (disambiguation). ... Atomizer is a synthpop duo featuring Nag Nag Nag founder and veteran musician and DJ Jonny Slut with fellow Nag Nag Nag DJ Fil OK. Their debut single was co-produced by the KLFs Jimmy Cauty. ... Peter Pete Burns (b. ... For the song by Die Ärzte, see Yoko Ono (song). ... Walking On Thin Ice is a New Wave/dance song by Yoko Ono, released in 1981. ... For other uses, see Ramstein. ... Mein Teil is a single by the German Industrial metal band Rammstein from the album Reise, Reise. ...


In November 2003, Pet Shop Boys released a second greatest hits album PopArt with two new singles "Miracles" and "Flamboyant". Pop Art: Pet Shop Boys - The Hits is the fourteenth album by the UK electronic music duo Pet Shop Boys. ...


In September 2004, Pet Shop Boys appeared at a free concert in Trafalgar Square in London where they performed with the Dresdner Sinfoniker orchestra a new soundtrack to accompany the seminal 1925 silent film Battleship Potemkin. There were four further live performances of the work with the Dresdner Sinfoniker in Germany in September 2005, and the Battleship Potemkin soundtrack was released on September 5, 2005. Trafalgar Square viewed from the northeast corner. ... A silent film is a film which has no accompanying soundtrack. ... For the battleship, see Russian battleship Potemkin article Броненосец Потемкин (1925) (variously Bronenosec Potemkin, Battleship Potemkin, Battleship Potyomkin and The Battleship Potemkin) is a 1925 silent film directed by Sergei Eisenstein. ... Battleship Potemkin is a 2005 album of electronic and orchestral music written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe from Pet Shop Boys. ... is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In November 2004, Pet Shop Boys played at the Prince's Trust concert called "Produced by Trevor Horn", a festival with artists who worked with famous British producer Trevor Horn. Other artists included Grace Jones, ABC, Seal and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. November 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December See also: November 2004 in sports November 2004 in science Events Deaths in November • 30 Pierre Berton • 29 John Drew Barrymore • 26 Bill Alley • 24 Arthur Hailey • 23 Rafael Eitan • 18 Bobby Frank Cherry • 16 John... Trevor Charles Horn, born July 15, 1949 in Durham, England, is a British pop music record producer, songwriter and musician. ... Grace Jones (born Grace Mendoza on May 19, 1948, in Spanish Town, Jamaica) is a model, singer and actress. ... ABC is an English New Romantic band that charted eleven Top 40 singles between 1981 and 1990. ... For other uses, see Seal. ... Frankie Goes to Hollywood (FGTH) was a UK New wave band that was popular in early 1980s. ...


In 2005, Pet Shop Boys was selected as the headline act for the Moscow Live 8 concert in Red Square. They were received extremely well by the crowd in Moscow. Also in 2005, Pet Shop Boys was asked to put together the twentieth release to the Back to Mine series, an ongoing anthology showcasing artists' favourite music selections, with an emphasis on afterhours chill out music. As a condition, Tennant and Lowe were given one disc each, whereas all previous and releases in the series consisted of only a single disc per group. (See Back to Mine: Pet Shop Boys.) MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY On 2 July 2005, a Live 8 concert was held in Red Square, Moscow, Russia. ... For other uses, see Red Square (disambiguation). ... Back to Mine is a series of mix albums, usually (though not always) mixed by renowned DJs or composers of electronic music. ... chill out redirects here. ...


Basically: Fundamental, touring and Disco 4 (2006 onwards)

Pet Shop Boys began 2006 remixing Madonna's single, "Sorry", for release in February. The single reached number one in the UK and Pet Shop Boys' remix included new back-up vocals performed by Tennant. Madonna subsequently used the Pet Shop Boys' remix, including Tennant's vocals, in her 2006 world tour production. This article is about the American entertainer. ... Sorry is a pop-dance song written and produced by Madonna and Stuart Price for Madonnas tenth album Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005). ...


In April, Pet Shop Boys released a new single, "I'm with Stupid", a commentary on the relationship between George W. Bush and Tony Blair. The promo video featured Matt Lucas and David Walliams, better known as the team behind Little Britain. Lucas and Walliams portray Tennant and Lowe, parodying two of the duo's previous videos, "Go West" and "Can you forgive her?". The ninth Pet Shop Boys studio album, Fundamental, followed in May. The album was produced by Trevor Horn, who Pet Shop Boys had previously worked with on "Left to my own devices" in 1988. The album was also released with a limited edition remix album called Fundamentalism, which included a version of "In private", a song originally written and produced by Pet Shop Boys for Dusty Springfield, as a duet with Elton John and "Fugitive", a new track produced by Richard X. Im with Stupid is a song by British synthpop band Pet Shop Boys and is featured on their 2006 album, Fundamental. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the forty-third and current President of the United States of America, originally inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... For other people of the same name, see Tony Blair (disambiguation) Anthony Charles Lynton Blair (born May 6, 1953)[1] is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, Leader of the Labour Party, and Member of Parliament for the constituency... Matthew Richard Lucas (born March 5, 1974) is an English comedy actor. ... For other persons named David Williams, see David Williams (disambiguation). ... This article is about the British TV show Little Britain. ... Fundamental is the sixteenth album, the ninth of entirely new music, by the British band Pet Shop Boys. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... Richard Philips is a record producer, best known by his stage name Richard X. In an early issue of the now defunct Popworld magazine, Phillips told of how he had simply sealed a postcard with a kiss which was misinterpreted as the letter X; from then on he has used...


The week that 'Fundamental' was a released, a documentary Pet Shop Boys - A Life In Pop was broadcast on Channel 4 and directed by George Scott and produced by Nick de Grunwald. The original broadcast was an hour long. In October 2006, a significantly expanded version lasting 140 minutes was released on DVD. The liner notes explain, 'From their trailblazing first single 'West End girls' to their current position as Britains foremost pop duo, A Life In Pop traces every ground-breaking step in the 20-year career of the Pet Shop Boys. Starting in the respective home towns in the north of England, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe retrace their remarkable journey in their own words. The film features some previously unseen live performances, rare television appearances (including their first ever from Belgium in 1984), and interviews with famous fans, collaborators and colleagues including Robbie Williams, Brandon Flowers, Tim Rice-Oxley, Jake Shears and Bruce Weber. A Life In Pop is a fascinating in-depth documentary film chronicling the Pet Shop Boys' enduring success.' George Scott can refer to: George Scott, governor of Grenada from 1762-1764 George Gilbert Scott, a Victorian architect George Gilbert Scott Junior, his son also an architect George Byng Scott, administrator of the Northern Territory of Australia from 1863-1876 George Scott, a 1960s baseball player George C. Scott... For other people with the same name, see Robbie Williams (disambiguation). ... Brandon Richard Flowers (born June 21, 1981) is the vocalist and keyboardist in the American band, The Killers. ... Timothy Tim James Rice-Oxley is the co-founder, pianist and composer of English piano rock and alternative rock band Keane. ... Jake Shears (born Jason Sellards on October 3, 1977 in Arizona) is the vocalist for the American music group the Scissor Sisters. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


The second single to be taken from the album was "Minimal". The duo filmed the video to the single in Paris with Dan Cameron. The single was the first of theirs to be playlisted by London's biggest radio station Capital Radio in a decade. Minimal is a song by British synthpop band Pet Shop Boys and is featured on their 2006 album Fundamental. ... This article is about the capital of France. ...


Pet Shop Boys began a world tour in June 2006 in Norway. The show was designed and directed by Es Devlin the award-winning British theatre designer and choreographed by Hakeem Onibudo. Between June 15 and September 10, 2006, Pet Shop Boys played a series of concert dates across Europe mainly at assorted festivals and outdoor venues. These included two dates at The Tower of London on 28 and 29 June and a single show at Thetford Forest, supported by Lorraine. These dates also included performances of Battleship Potemkin in Germany and Spain. On May 1, 2006, "Potemkin" was also performed at the Swan Hunter shipyard in Newcastle-upon-Tyne with Pet Shop Boys accompanied by the Northern Sinfonia orchestra. Thetford Forest is the largest lowland pine forest in Britain, located in a region straddling the north of Suffolk and the south of Norfolk in England. ... Lorraine are a 3-piece band from Bergen in Norway consisting of Ole Gunnar Gundersen (vocals), Anders Winsents (guitar) and Paal Myran Haaland (keyboards, programming). ... For the battleship, see Russian battleship Potemkin article Броненосец Потемкин (1925) (variously Bronenosec Potemkin, Battleship Potemkin, Battleship Potyomkin and The Battleship Potemkin) is a 1925 silent film directed by Sergei Eisenstein. ... Northern Sinfonia is a leading chamber orchestra based at The Sage Gateshead and was formed in 1958. ...


On October 3, 2006, the long-delayed U.S. release of their PopArt hits package was issued by Capitol Records. Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label owned by EMI and located in Hollywood, California. ...


During 2006, Pet Shop Boys worked with Robbie Williams on his new album Rudebox, producing two tracks: a cover version of "We're the Pet Shop Boys" written by My Robot Friend (which they have also recorded themselves, and released as a B-side to "Miracles" in 2003) and "She's Madonna", a duet with Tennant allegedly about Guy Ritchie's affair with Tania Strecker prior to his relationship with Madonna. Rudebox is the name of Robbie Williamss tenth solo album, and seventh studio album, released on October 23, 2006 in the UK. It was originally scheduled to be called 1974, the year Williams was born. ... My Robot Friend is a electronic dance music collective from New York. ... ‹ The template below (CurrentSingles) is being considered for deletion. ... Guy Stuart Ritchie (born 10 September 1968 in Hatfield, Hertfordshire[1]) is an English film director. ... Tania Strecker is a Danish model and TV presenter in the UK, daughter of Maren Enthoven and David Strecker. ...


On October 10, 2006, Pet Shop Boys embarked in Montreal on the North and Central American leg of their world tour which took them through Canada, the USA and Mexico concluding on November 16th. A DVD of the show in Mexico City was released on May 21st, 2007, entitled "Cubism". It was recorded on November 14th 2006 in the Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City and the film was directed by David Barnard (who has in the past directed similar films for Björk and Gorillaz). is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Motto: Concordia Salus (well-being through harmony) Coordinates: , Country Province Region Montréal Founded 1642 Established 1832 Government  - Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area [1][2][3]  - City 365. ...


On October 16, Catalogue from Thames & Hudson, a 336-page hardcover book written by Philip Hoare and Chris Heath, detailing their entire visual output (photography, as well as the design of record, video, tour, book and fan club magazine) from 1984 to 2004 was released. Neil Tennant comments in the book, "In the beginning we made a decision - and it was in our EMI contract - that that we would have control over how everything worked; that obviously the songs mattered hugely, but the way they were presented was going to matter hugely as well; and that we were never going to give up on that." Pet Shop Boys supported the publication of the book with signings in London, New York City and Berlin. is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Thames & Hudson (also Thames and Hudson and sometimes T&H for brevity) are a publisher, especially of art and illustrated books, founded in 1949 by Walter and Eva Neurath. ...


Also on October 16, the third single from Fundamental, "Numb", was released. It was written by Diane Warren, and is the only song on the album not written by Tennant and Lowe. Numb is a song recorded by Pet Shop Boys and is featured on their album Fundamental. ... Diane Warren (Born Diane Eve Warren on September 7, 1956 in Van Nuys, California) is an American songwriter. ...


On October 23, 2006, Concrete (originally titled "Concert" but changed at the last minute to the originally-planned title) was released. It is a double-CD of the complete Mermaid Theatre concert with the BBC Concert Orchestra, featuring guests Rufus Wainwright, Frances Barber and Robbie Williams. A 90 minute "director's cut" of the concert aired on BBC 6 Music on August 28, 2006. is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Concrete is the seventeenth album by the British band Pet Shop Boys. ... The Mermaid Theatre, opened in 1959 with a production of Lock Up Your Daughters, was the first theatre built in the City of London since the time of Shakespeare (later theatres were built in the so-called West End, outside the boundaries of the traditional City). ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright (born July 22, 1973) is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter. ... Frances Barber (born on 13 May 1958 in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England) is a British actress. ... For other people with the same name, see Robbie Williams (disambiguation). ... BBC 6 Music is one of the BBCs newest radio stations, launched on March 11, 2002 and originally codenamed Network Y. It is only available via digital media - DAB radio, the Internet and the various forms of digital television. ... is the 240th day of the year (241st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


A small exhibition of portraits of Pet Shop Boys opened in the Bookshop Gallery of London's National Portrait Gallery on October 30, 2006 and ran to February 28, 2007. is the 303rd day of the year (304th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


On December 7, 2006, Pet Shop Boys were nominated for two 2007 Grammy Awards. These were Best Dance Recording for "I'm with Stupid" and Best Electronic/Dance Album for Fundamental. Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music...


Pet Shop Boys were supposed to conclude 2006 and commence 2007 by performing at the Concert in the Gardens at Edinburgh's Hogmanay party but the event was cancelled at short notice due to bad weather conditions. Hogmanay (pronounced — with the main stress on the last syllable - hog-muh-NAY) is the Scots word for the last day of the year and is synonymous with the celebration of the New Year (Gregorian calendar) in the Scottish manner. ...


In February 2007, their 'Stars Are Blazing' remix of The Killers' "Read My Mind" was released. During this period, the Pet Shop Boys said that they were in the studio writing and recording new material. The Killers are an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, most famous for their hit singles Somebody Told Me, Mr. ... Sams Town track listing Read My Mind is a song by Las Vegas-based rock band The Killers and is the sixth track on their second album Sams Town, released in October 2006. ...


During the latter part of 2006 and early 2007, Neil Tennant served as executive producer on Rufus Wainwright's new album Release the Stars, recorded in Berlin. He also sang backing vocals on a number of tracks, most notably on "Do I Disappoint You" and "Tiergarten". Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright (born July 22, 1973) is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter. ... Release the Stars is Rufus Wainwrights fifth studio album released on May 15, 2007. ...


Pet Shop Boys continued their world tour, albeit with a slightly different production and set-list, on March 14th 2007 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and then played concerts in Argentina, Chile, New Zealand and Australia (as co-headliners of the V Festival 2007), Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Switzerland, France, Holland, Great Britain, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Belgium and Singapore.


Pet Shop Boys released a live DVD, Cubism, in May 2007 via Warner Vision. The DVD features a live show recorded at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City in November 2006.[8]. Pet Shop Boys "played" at a free festival in the online virtual world Second Life on June 30.[9] Nickname: Location of Mexico City Coordinates: , Country Federal entity Boroughs The 16 delegaciones Founded c. ... This article is about a virtual world. ... is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


On October 8th, 2007, Pet Shop Boys released Disco 4, the latest in their series of remix albums. Previous sets have focussed on remixes of recent tracks (or including new songs, in the case of "Disco 3"), but the fourth in the set differed in that it was largely made up of remixes completed by Pet Shop Boys of other artists' work, over the past decade. These include The Killers, David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Madonna, Atomizer and Rammstein. Only two tracks by the Boys, remixed versions of "Fundamental" tracks "Integral" and "I'm with Stupid", were included. The official Parlophone press release stated "Integral will have a limited service to club and selected radio DJ’s, whilst a politically-inspired video for the track will be made available through You Tube and the Pet Shop Boys’ website". Disco 4 is the eighteenth album by the UK electronic music duo Pet Shop Boys and the fourth in the bands Disco series. ... The Killers are an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, most famous for their hit singles Somebody Told Me, Mr. ... David Bowie (pronounced ) (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, producer, arranger, and audio engineer. ... For the song by Die Ärzte, see Yoko Ono (song). ... This article is about the American entertainer. ... For other uses, see Ramstein. ...


Although Pet Shop Boys' "Fundamental" tour was declared on their website to be officially ended, they have recently announced further concerts in Zaragoza, Barcelona, Valencia, Bucharest and Dublin. For other uses, see Zaragoza (disambiguation). ... Location Coordinates : Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Barcelona (Catalan) Spanish name Barcelona Nickname Ciutat Comtal (City of Counts) Postal code 08001–08080 Area code 34 (Spain) + 93 (Barcelona) Website http://www. ... Valencia is the name of several places: In Spain: Valencia, Spain, capital of the Valencia Autonomous Community Valencia (autonomous community) Valencia (province), in the Valencia Autonomous Community The Kingdom of Valencia, which existed from 1237 to 1707 Valencia de Alcántara, a town in the province of Cáceres In... Nickname: Motto: Patria si Dreptul Meu (My Country and My Right) Location of Bucharest within Romania (in red) Coordinates: , Country County Founded 1459 (first official record) Government  - Mayor Adriean Videanu Area  - City 228 km² (88 sq mi)  - Metro 238 km² (91. ... For other uses, see Dublin (disambiguation). ...


Discography

Pet Shop Boys have released nine "proper albums", twenty-two compilations and remix EPs, and fifty-five singles. This Pet Shop Boys discography describes the release history of the English electronic/pop music duo Pet Shop Boys, consisting of vocalist Neil Tennant and keyboard player Chris Lowe. ...


Sexuality

Neil Tennant had neither confirmed nor denied rumours about his sexuality during the 1980s. Tennant "came out," as it were, in a 1994 interview for Attitude, a UK gay lifestyle magazine. Lowe, meanwhile, has remained tight-lipped about his own preferences, although he has opined (in a 1996 BBC radio documentary) that there is, basically, but one sexuality, which suggests that he may consider the terms "gay" or "straight" to be constricting labels. The duo are sometimes incorrectly assumed to be a couple (in the 1990 biography Pet Shop Boys, Literally, Tennant recalls that even their ex-manager, Tom Watkins, was under this impression for a time, which inadvertently fueled up even more rumours about their preferences). Neil Tennant (right) with collaborator Chris Lowe (left) Neil Francis Tennant (born July 10, 1954 in North Shields, Tyne and Wear, England) is an English musician, who, with his colleague Chris Lowe, makes up the successful pop duo, Pet Shop Boys. ... attitude is an award winning British gay lifestyle magazine distributed worldwide. ...


Pet Shop Boys are seen as significant figures in gay culture for such songs as "Can you forgive her?", "It's a sin" (for which gay director Derek Jarman produced the video), "New York City Boy" and their cover of Village People's "Go West". They have written a song about a young male fan spending a night with a rapper, based on Eminem, called "The night I fell in love" and a song about coming out, "Metamorphosis". Their 1990s single "Being boring" dealt with the gay experience and the devastation wrought by the AIDS crisis; the song (and its supporting video, filmed by Bruce Weber), remains one of their most popular. However, Neil Tennant has stated many times that his lyrics are not specifically gay. Many of their songs are written from an ambiguous view point that can be taken any way the listener perceives it, and this goes some way to explain why a large segment of their die-hard fans are heterosexual. See labrys, black triangle. ... Can You Forgive Her? is a song by the Pet Shop Boys, recorded for their 1993 album Very. ... Derek Jarman Derek Jarman (January 31, 1942 – February 19, 1994) was an English film director, stage designer, artist, and writer. ... Village People were a concept disco group formed in the late 1970s. ... Go West is a song by the 1970s disco group Village People. ... Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), better known as Eminem or Slim Shady, is a Grammy and Academy Award-winning American rapper, record producer and actor from the Detroit, Michigan area. ... The night I fell in love is the penultimate song on the Pet Shop Boys 2002 album Release. ... For other uses, see Coming out (disambiguation). ... The capitalization of song titles in this article may be disputed. ... GAY can mean: Gay, a term referring to homosexual men or women The IATA code for Gaya Airport Category: ... For other uses, see AIDS (disambiguation). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Pet Shop Boys have performed and worked with many artists considered to be gay and bisexual icons such as David Bowie, Elton John, Liza Minnelli, Dusty Springfield, Boy George, Kylie Minogue and Madonna. Pet Shop Boys attempted to organise and perform in a planned 2001 tour of out gay musicians, entitled 'Wotapalava'. However, the plans were later put on hold and the idea seems to have been discarded. David Bowie (pronounced ) (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, producer, arranger, and audio engineer. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... Liza Minnelli (born March 12, 1946 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress and singer. ... Dusty Springfield OBE (16 April 1939–2 March 1999) was a popular English singer whose career spanned four decades. ... George Alan ODowd, better known as Boy George (born June 14, 1961 in Eltham, London) is a rock singer-songwriter and club DJ. He grew up in a large, working-class Irish family in Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland. ... Kylie Ann Minogue, OBE (pronounced ,[1]mɪnoʊg;[2] born 28 May 1968) is an Australian Grammy and BRIT award-winning pop singer, songwriter and actress. ... This article is about the American entertainer. ...


Influence

As of 2003, Pet Shop Boys were ranked by Billboard's Joel Whitburn (in his book Billboard's Hot Dance/Disco 1974-2003) as the fourth most successful act on the U.S. Dance/Club Play charts, behind only Madonna, Janet Jackson and Donna Summer. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... Joel Carver Whitburn (born November 29, 1939 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin) is an American author and music historian. ... Billboards Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart is a weekly national survey of what songs are most popular in U.S. dance clubs. ... This article is about the singer. ... Donna Summer (born LaDonna Adrian Gaines on December 31, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter, and artist, best known for a string of dance hits in the late 1970s that earned her the title Queen Of Disco and as one of the few disco-based artists to have longevity on...


In October 2005, a Swedish tribute band called West End Girls had a number-three hit single in their home country with a cover version of "Domino dancing". In January 2006 they released their version of "West End Girls", and an album was released in June. Pet Shop Boys also have several tribute bands in the form of Birmingham-based Pet Shop Noise who have been performing locally for many years, and Seattle-based West End Boys. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... West End Girls (left to right): Rosanna Jirebeck and Isabelle Erkendal. ... // In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Domino Dancing is a song recorded by UK synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys which reached #7 on the UK Singles Chart and released as the lead single from their 1988 album Introspective. ... This article is about the British city. ...


Madonna's album Confessions on a Dance Floor, released November 2005, includes a track called "Jump" which has close similarities to "West End Girls".[citation needed] An interview at Popjustice with Stuart Price, who produced Madonna's album, revealed the track "Jump" was a complete Chris Lowe inspiration. Apparently, while recording the album, Madonna blurted out at one point, "Pet Shop Boys! I fucking love them!" Pet Shop Boys remixed "Sorry", the second single from the album. Their mix has proven to be a favourite, as even Madonna has used their version in her 2006 Confessions tour. The history between Madonna and Pet Shop Boys goes back to 1988 with the song "Heart". In the liner notes to their greatest hits album Discography, the band states that, "When we wrote this song we wanted to submit it to Madonna but didn't dare risk disappointment." The Pet Shop Boys kept the song for themselves, and it ended up going to number one in the UK. Later, in 1991, Madonna was referenced in a tongue-in-cheek lyric in the song "DJ Culture," soon after Madonna and Sean Penn had divorced. Tennant writes, "Like Liz before Betty / She after Sean / suddenly you're missing / then you're reborn". Tennant refers to the 'reinvention' Madonna was going through at the time. Confessions on a Dance Floor is the tenth studio album by pop singer Madonna, released on 15 November 2005 by Warner Bros. ... Jump is the fourth and final single from Madonnas album, Confessions on a Dance Floor. ... Popjustice is a music website founded in 2000 and is the work of UK freelance music journalist Peter Robinson, who has worked for NME, The Guardian, Attitude and many others. ... Stuart David Price (born in Paris, 9 September 1977) is a British electronic musician, songwriter, and producer whose remixing and production skills are coveted by artists including Madonna, Missy Elliot and The Killers. ... Heart was a song recorded by The Pet Shop Boys which reached #1 on the UK singles chart for three weeks in April 1988. ... Discography: The complete singles collection is the sixth album by the UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. ... Sean Justin Penn (born August 17, 1960) // Penn was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Leo Penn, an actor and director, and Eileen Ryan (née Annucci), an actress. ...


Actor David Tennant, currently the star of Doctor Who, took his stage name from Neil Tennant.[10] The actor's real surname is MacDonald, but he needed a stage name for Equity as there was already an actor registered with the name David MacDonald. David Tennant is the stage name of David John McDonald (born 18 April 1971), a Scottish actor from Bathgate, West Lothian, best known for portraying the tenth incarnation of the Doctor in the television series Doctor Who. ... This article is about the television series. ... The British Actors Equity Association (now called Equity) is the British actors trade union. ...


Notes

  1. ^ Pop Perfection. The Guardian (1995). Retrieved on 2006-06-09.
  2. ^ Sawyer, Miranda (September 5, 2004). "I refuse to be restricted by background - or fear". The Observer. Retrieved on 2006-06-09.
  3. ^ Perera, Sasha (May 25, 2006). Pet Shop Politics. SX News. Retrieved on 2006-06-09.
  4. ^ Cowton, Michael (1991). Introspective (Bobby Orlando excerpt at Alen's Italo Disco Universe) (PDF), Pan Macmillan. ISBN 0-283-99825-3. 
  5. ^ Heath, Chris (2001). In Behaviour [CD liner notes]. London: Pet Shop Boys Partnership
  6. ^ Kenneth, Stephen. A-Z of PSB. So Pet Shop Boys. Retrieved on 2006-06-14.
  7. ^ Mosler, Tomas. Chronology. Pet Shop Boys at dead of night. Retrieved on 2006-06-14.
  8. ^ Pet Shop Boys release 'Cubism' live DVD
  9. ^ Pet Shop Boys to play live in Second Life
  10. ^ The Guardian

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References

  • Harrison, Andrew (April 2006), "The Pet Shop Boys talk for Britain", The Word (no. 38): 98-106

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Neil Tennant (right) with collaborator Chris Lowe (left) Neil Francis Tennant (born July 10, 1954 in North Shields, Tyne and Wear, England) is an English musician, who, with his colleague Chris Lowe, makes up the successful pop duo, Pet Shop Boys. ... Chris Lowe (left) with collaborator Neil Tennant (right) Christopher Sean Lowe (born on October 4, 1959 in Blackpool, Lancashire, England) is an English musician, who, with his colleague Neil Tennant, makes up the successful pop duo, the Pet Shop Boys. ... Please is the first album by the UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. ... Actually is the third album, the second of entirely new music, by the UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. ... Introspective is the fourth album, the third of entirely new music, by the UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. ... Behaviour is the fifth album, the fourth of entirely new music, by the UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. ... Very is the seventh album, the fifth of previously-unreleased music, by the UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. ... Bilingual is the tenth album, the sixth of entirely new music, by the UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. ... Nightlife is the eleventh album, the seventh of entirely new music, by the UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. ... Release is the twelfth album, the eighth of entirely new music, by the UK electronic music duo Pet Shop Boys. ... Fundamental is the sixteenth album, the ninth of entirely new music, by the British band Pet Shop Boys. ... Discography: The complete singles collection is the sixth album by the UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. ... Alternative is the ninth album by UK electronic music duo Pet Shop Boys. ... Pop Art: Pet Shop Boys - The Hits is the fourteenth album by the UK electronic music duo Pet Shop Boys. ... Disco is the second album by the UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. ... Disco 2 is the eighth album by UK electronic music duo Pet Shop Boys. ... Disco 3 is the thirteenth album by the UK electronic music duo Pet Shop Boys. ... Disco 4 is the eighteenth album by the UK electronic music duo Pet Shop Boys and the fourth in the bands Disco series. ... Concrete is the seventeenth album by the British band Pet Shop Boys. ... Closer to Heaven is an album of songs from the Pet Shop Boys 2001 stage musical Closer to Heaven. ... Battleship Potemkin is a 2005 album of electronic and orchestral music written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe from Pet Shop Boys. ... This Pet Shop Boys discography describes the release history of the English electronic/pop music duo Pet Shop Boys, consisting of vocalist Neil Tennant and keyboard player Chris Lowe. ... It Couldnt Happen Here is a Pet Shop Boys movie released in 1988. ... Reputation is an album by British singer Dusty Springfield, recorded in the UK and initially only released in the UK. An updated version, containing tracks recorded, but not used, for Reputation was released in both the US and UK in 1997 and retitled Reputation and Rarities. ... Results is the 1989 Liza Minnelli album produced by Pet Shop Boys. ... Spaghetti Records is a record label launched in September 1991 by Pet Shop Boys. ... Poster for London production of Closer to Heaven, 2001. ... Electronic was an alternative rock/dance group formed by New Order singer and guitarist Bernard Sumner and ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. ...

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