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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

1990: 'So Hard' debuts on the U.S. singles chart, where it will peak at #62.

1999: The Boys launch their Nightlife tour in Miami, Florida.

2009: They perform at the Jockey Club in Lima, Peru—the final date of the South American leg of the Pandemonium Tour, after which Chris and Neil have scheduled a month-long break from concert appearances.

2011: Chris and Neil go to the EMI offices to meet with their manager Angela Becker to play her their demos of songs planned for their next album and to discuss ideas for a producer.

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"What we used to call 'freedom' or 'liberty', we now call 'privacy'. And privacy is dead." Just been to a preview of this gripping documentary film and I highly recommend that you see it when it's released at the end of the month. Neil x

Facts courtesy of geowayne.com