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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

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.

27 March 2015
Flow Festival Helsinki

Pet Shop Boys return to Finland to appear at Flow Festival.

23 March 2015
Festival Jardins De Pedralbes

The Electric tour makes a second visit to Spain this year.

16 March 2015
Closer To Heaven returns

A brand new London production opens next month.

On this day

1999: After their American record company expresses doubts whether Nightlife has any tracks that would make a good single in the U.S., the Pet Shop Boys begin writing 'Happiness Is an Option'—which, as it turns out, is never released as a single anyway.

2007: The Boys perform in Bergen, Norway.

2014: Still in New York City, Neil and Chris enjoy an evening with Danny Tenaglia at Brooklyn's Output dance club. (The next day, Chris enthuses on their website that they 'just had the BEST time' there.)

2015: New in U.K. record stores today: 'Perfect Motion' - Jon Savage's Secret History of Second-Wave Psychedelia 1988-93, a vinyl-only various-artists compilation that includes the Extended Version of the PSB track 'The Sound of the Atom Splitting.'

Pet Texts

25 April 2015
Closer To Heaven

Good to see that PSB's co-writer enjoyed the new production of "Closer To Heaven".

Facts courtesy of geowayne.com