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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

1999: The Pet Shop Boys perform at Wembley Arena in London, their final show before a four-week break in the Nightlife tour.

2009: Continuing the U.K. leg of their Pandemonium Tour, the Boys perform in Manchester. This same evening, BBC6 radio broadcasts a program that Neil and Chris had recorded several days earlier focusing on dance music that has especially influenced them.

2012: 'Neil Tennant's Smash Hits Christmas,' a special program that focuses on Neil's time as an assistant editor with the magazine, airs on BBC Radio 4.

Pet Texts

17 December 2014
Durban

Sunset over the Indian Ocean. Neil x

Facts courtesy of geowayne.com