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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

1989: Liza Minnelli's 'Don't Drop Bombs,' written and produced by the Pet Shop Boys, is released as a single.

1997: Neil and Chris begin recording 'Sail Away' at Sarm West.

2009: The Boys are interviewed on Chilean radio. That evening they perform at Movistar Arena in Santiago.

2011: They continue working on 'Ego Music.'

2013: Having performed in the same venue two nights before, the Pet Shop Boys present a 'repeat' Electric Tour concert in Oakland, California.

Pet Texts

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Happy Birthday, Chris!

It's Chris's birthday tomorrow. If you'd like to send him your birthday greetings, a fan has set up a message board where you can do precisely that. Link below. Happy Birthday, Chris!

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