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On March 23 the album Yes is released. Unlike their previous album, when the Pet Shop Boys first started writing songs for what would become Yes they had no fixed scheme either sonically or in terms of subject matter. “We ended up writing a group of really poppy songs,” says Neil, “and therefore we decided we would approach the producers Xenomania because they seemed to us like the most interesting and imaginative pop producers at the moment.” Three of the eleven songs on the final album would also be written with Xenomania: “It’s an interesting process. It stretches you and brings new things into your vocabulary.” Johnny Marr — “he famously years ago described himself as the Carlos Alomar of the Pet Shop Boys” — returns to play guitar and also the harmonica, the instrument's first appearance on a Pet Shop Boys record. “We can’t seem to remember how we came up with the title Yes,” says Neil. “Our official story is that we may have taken it from the famous Yoko Ono exhibition in 1967 where you had to climb up a step ladder — as John Lennon famously did — pick up a magnifying glass, look at a tiny word written on the ceiling, and the word was ‘yes’. I think it partly came from that.” (Chris adds: “We thought No was a bit negative.”)
On March 16 the single "Love etc." is released. It is written with, and produced by, Xenomania, and was planned as the first single from early on in the sessions for the new Pet Shop Boys album: "I think it somehow manages to sound like typical Pet Shop Boys without sounding like any record we've ever made before. It's a post-lifestyle anthem. I think it's quite appropriate for the time. What the credit crunch seems to reveal is: if you take the shopping out of society then precisely what is left? The song is saying life isn't just about wealth and shopping."
1997: Chris and Neil are interviewed in Chris's London home by Chris Heath. (The interview ultimately appears in the Somewhere show souvenir booklet.)
2009: A promotional CD titled Pet Shop Boys Story, consisting of eleven tracks (mostly singles) taken from various phases of their career, is given away with copies of the U.K. Mail on Sunday newspaper.
2012: Unhappy with some of the vocals he has recently re-recorded for 'Give It a Go,' Neil has Andrew Dawson reinstate some of the demo's original vocal tracks.
A second Spanish festival tour date.
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PSB announced for the Spanish festival.
Tickets for the USA tour on sale.
PSB perform at the ultimate electronic event along with Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder and Chic.