May 2008

On May 2 the Pet Shop Boys appear at Heaven nightclub in London, playing a four song set as part of Can You Bear It?, a benefit for Dainton Connell’s family. For the final song they are joined by Suggs and Carl from Madness, in rambunctious high spirits, to perform a dance version of Madness’s “My Girl”: “It was a very emotional night”.

October 2008

On October 27 a Pet Shop Boys-produced single by the British artist Sam Taylor-Wood, “I’m in love with a German film star”, is released on the cult German dance label Kompakt. It is the Pet Shop Boys’ third collaboration with Sam Taylor-Wood though the previous one was released under the pseudonym Kiki Kokova. The song is an electronic reinterpretation of the 1981 single by the Passions, a suggestion of Neil’s.

December 2008

This year’s annual Christmas single from the Killers — “Joseph (Better You Than Me)” — is originally planned as a collaboration between The Killers and Elton John. Neil gets involved after Brandon Flowers asks for help with the lyric; in the end Neil’s short section of guide vocal for the lyric he contributes will remain in the final song when it is made available for download.

On This Day

1991

The Pet Shop Boys complete their first U.S. concert tour with a performance in Boston.

2002

They perform at the Grunspan Club in Hamburg, Germany, an appearance videotaped for subsequent airing on German and French television.

2011

The Boys donate a unique 'cube jacket' worn by Chris during their Pandemonium Tour to be auctioned off to benefit Red Cross relief efforts in the wake of the recent devastating earthquake in Japan. Meanwhile, they decide they prefer Chris's mix of 'The Colour of a Man' to one that had been done later by Pete Gleadall.

2013

They spend a second day in the studio working on the song 'Get It Online' and also begin work on another new track, 'Fluorescent' (at that time still bearing its original title, 'Fluorescence').

2014

The Boys perform in Ventura, California.

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