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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)

 

Other Singles

Headlines

29 June 2015
The last two Electric shows

The never-ending tour is ending.

10 June 2015
The next two shows

Italy and Slovenia.

2 June 2015
Spain

The Electric tour sparks back into action.

15 April 2015
Tres Sesenta Festival

Pet Shop Boys add a third Spanish date to their 2015 tour.

27 March 2015
Way Out West

The Electric 2015 tour will come to Sweden this summer.

On this day

1997: The Boys perform at an outdoor festival in Turku, Finland.

2006: They perform their Battleship Potemkin score in the gardens of the Royal Palace of La Granja, Segovia, Spain.

2008: Neil records his lead vocal for 'King of Rome.'

2010: The Pet Shop Boys make their first-ever Taiwan concert appearance, performing at the Twinkle Rock Festival in Taipei.

2011: Despite getting stuck in heavy traffic on their way to the show, Chris and Neil conclude their summer tour as the 'special guests' of Take That with a performance at Munich's Olympic Stadium. Earlier in the day they had begun work on a new song, 'A Face Like That.'

2013: 'Vocal,' with no fewer than eight remixes, is released today as both a CD single and a digital bundle.

Pet Texts

20 July 2015
Berlin

With Joel Gibb (of the Hidden Cameras) in Kreuzberg, Berlin, on Saturday afternoon. We'd just been record-shopping. Neil x

Facts courtesy of geowayne.com