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January 2005

Results, the album the Pet Shop Boys produced for Liza Minnelli in 1989, is re-released in a deluxe CD and DVD package, including remixes and videos.

February 2005

On February 17 the Pet Shop Boys present New Order with the Godlike Genius Award at the NME Awards. (Neil’s part of the speech was 163 words long, Chris’s was two: “…New Order”.) In an earlier speech, Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos thanks “the great groups” who have inspired them, “some of whom are here today — Oasis, New Order, the Pet Shop Boys…”

April 2005

On April 25 a double CD is released in the Back To Mine series with one CD of music chosen and sequenced by Chris, the other by Neil. Chris declares that his choices (mostly a mixture of eighties and contemporary songs, ranging from rare hi energy obscurities to Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”) are “for everybody who has been discriminated or dispossessed by society” and Neil explains his selections (from Elgar to Etienne Daho) as “a sequence of music that would be very, very late night and primary instrumental, and that tried to mix together electronic music, classic music and pop music in a sort of seamless way…it’d be quite good to seduce someone to”. (The only artist to appear on both discs is Dusty Springfield, with “I’d Rather Leave While I’m In Love” and “Goin’ Back” respectively).

May 2005

Kylie Minogue’s latest tour, Showgirl, includes the duet which first appeared on Nightlife, “In denial”; during the shows she uses the original Pet Shop Boys arrangement and duetted with Neil’s previously-recorded voice.

At the Ivor Novello awards “West End girls” wins a vote of radio listeners as best song of the decade from 1985 to 1995, beating a shortlist of U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, Radiohead’s “Creep”, Massive Attack’s Unfinished Sympathy” and Robert Palmer’s “Addicted To Love”.

June 2005

On June 17 they appear onstage for the finale of Yoko Ono’s performance at the Royal Festival Hall (part of the Patti Smith-curated Meltdown), performing with her their remix of “Walking On Thin Ice”. 

July 2005

On July 2 they headline a concert in Red Square, Moscow, one of eight simultaneous Live 8 concerts around the world intended to put pressure on world leaders to provide debt relief and other measures for Africa at the following week’s G8 summit. The Pet Shop Boys are only approached the previous week at a party by Emma Freud. They perform after one day’s rehearsal with Mark Refoy, Dawne Adams, Pete Gleadall and, for the first time in five years, Sylvia Mason-James. One song from their performance, “Go West”, will subsequently appear on the Live 8 DVD in September. 

September 2005

On September 5 their new score to Battleship Potemkin is released on CD on EMI Classics — as is usual with classical releases, on the sleeve the record is primarily credited to the composers: Tennant/ Lowe. Earlier in the month they have performed the score as in Trafalgar Square last year four times in Germany: in Frankfurt, Bonn, Berlin and Hamburg.

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December 2005

On December 19 they appear onstage at the nightclub Two Too Much, performing two songs at the London stag night for Elton John and David Furnish: “It’s a sin” and “I will survive” — joined on the latter by Scissor Sisters’ singer Jake Shears. Later in the week they attend the couple’s wedding celebration.

On this day

1987

‘It’s a Sin’ is released as a single.

1994

The Boys perform on an Italian TV show, images from which later appear on the Disco 2 cover.

2002

They perform in Zurich, Switzerland.

2005

Chris and Neil are in London’s Angel Studios with Trevor Horn supervising the recording of orchestral parts for several songs on their next album: ‘Integral,’ ‘Luna Park,’ and ‘Casanova in Hell.’

2006

The Boys kick off their summer European tour with a concert in Skien, Norway.

2009

The Pandemonium Tour comes to Zurich.

2011

Still in Cardiff for the second of their two shows there with Take That, Neil and Chris post on their official website that they’ve been taking time during the tour to write songs in their hotel rooms on a ‘portable studio…. using Pete Gleadall’s iPad to control the mix.’

2012

They work on two portions of A Man from the Future: ‘Other Ranks’ and ‘The Memory and the Control.’ In the evening they watch the England vs. Sweden ‘Euro 12’ soccer match, which England wins (and which Neil describes as ‘pretty amazing’).

2013

The Pet Shop Boys perform at the Sónar Festival in Barcelona.

2014

They bring their Electric Tour show to the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, U.K.

2020

The Boys’ 1988 film It Couldn’t Happen Here, directed by Jack Bond, is re-released today in the U.K. by the British Film Institute in a Region 2 dual-format (DVD and Blu-ray) package, including assorted special features. On this same day, Neil re-records vocals for ‘Love Is the Law’ at a lower key.

2022

The Dreamworld Tour comes to Stockholm, Sweden.

2023

The Boys perform at L’Olympia in Paris.