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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'.


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


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On this day

1986: The Pet Shop Boys' first video collection, Television, is released on VHS.

1988: The Boys perform 'Left to My Own Devices' on Top of the Pops. On the same day, their second video collection, Showbusiness, is released on VHS.

1989: The PSB film It Couldn't Happen Here is released on VHS and laserdisc.

1993: BPI awards a U.K. platinum album award to Very. Also, the Projections collection of short Derek Jarman films created for the MCMLXXXIX tour is released on VHS.

1999: They appear in concert in Munich, Germany.

2009: They perform in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Pet Texts

30 November 2015
Hong Kong

We had a brilliant time last night in Hong Kong watching New Order (and before them Chic) at a festival overlooking the harbour. Fantastic gig. Neil x

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