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A red letter day

17 March 1997

On March 17, 1997, 'A Red Letter Day' was released as a single. It was a song which began when the Pet Shop Boys were experimenting with taking the chord changes from famous pieces of classical music (in this case Beethoven's Song Of Joy) and putting them to a 4/4 beat, and it features the choir of the Choral Academy of Moscow. "It's about waiting for someone to tell you they love you", says Neil. The seven-inch version is a new mix, using elements from a Motiv 8 remix of the song, and the Pet Shop Boys are also particularly taken with the hypnotic 'Trouser Enthusiasts Autoerotic Decapitation mix'.

Tracks

A red letter day

The boy who couldn't keep his clothes on

A red letter day

The boy who couldn't keep his clothes on

Delusions of grandeur

A red letter day (Moscow mix)

A red letter day (Trouser autoerotic decapitation mix)

A red letter day (Motiv 8 12" master mix)

A red letter day (Basement Jaxx vocal mix)

A red letter day (PSB extended edit)

A red letter day (Trouser Enthusiasts congo dongo dubstramental)

 

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On this day

1996: David Bowie and the Pet Shop Boys videotape a performance of 'Hallo Spaceboy' to be shown the following day on Top of the Pops.

1998: In Moscow, the Pet Shop Boys kick off a brief four-date Russian tour.

2005: Chris and Neil fly to Naples.

2006: Madonna's 'Sorry' featuring the PSB 'Maxi-Mix' is released as a single in the U.S.

2009: Neil attends the 'Convention on Modern Liberty' in London this afternoon, where he listens to lectures and discussions on how civil liberties are currently under threat from government, corporations, and technology.

2011: The Boys write the song 'Inside.'

2012: Sonos add vocals to 'Hold On' and 'The Way Through the Woods.'

Pet Texts

19 February 2015
Radio One mixmasters

In 1991 when we presented the Simon Bates Show on BBC Radio One for a week, we featured each day a special mix of current dance music. We commissioned the mixes from 808 State, Kenny Ken, Sasha, Frankie Knuckles and Carl Cox. At the time, it was amazing to hear dance music at 10.30 in the morning on Radio One and the mixes got a great reaction from the listening public. Someone has just uploaded all of the five mixes to Soundcloud (we have no idea how they got hold of them...). Check them out at the link below. Neil x (Thanks to Wayne Studer for alerting us to this.)

Facts courtesy of geowayne.com