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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

1984: The first-ever live public performance by the Pet Shop Boys takes place in Ostende, Belgium.

1989: Suddenly inspired by an offhand comment made by their friend Janet Street-Porter, Chris and Neil decide on the title Results for the album they've just produced for Liza Minnelli.

1997: The Boys perform at London's Gay Pride Festival.

2002: The Release tour comes to Paris.

2009: In anticipation of their performance the following Sunday at the 'T in the Park' festival at Balado Airfield, a particularly delightful, light-hearted interview with the Boys by journalist Aiden Smith appears in the Scotland on Sunday newspaper. Neil and Chris subsequently take issue with a couple of apparent misquotes, but they're still pleased enough to link to it on their official website.

2011: After having recording equipment set up in Neil's London house, they work on 'Give It a Go,' with Neil supplying new vocals.

2013: The Pet Shop Boys perform in Tallinn, Estonia. (Earlier in the day, Chris had gotten a haircut at the city's popular 'FashionHair' salon.)

Pet Texts

27 June 2015

We're in Ljubljana and it's stopped raining! Looking forward to our first concert in Slovenia - tonight at 11.30. Neil x

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