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

1990

'Being Boring' is released as a single. On the same day, the book Pet Shop Boys, Literally, written by Chris Heath, is published.

2001

The Montage concert video is released.

2006

Having completed the U.S. leg of their Fundamental tour, the Boys fly to Guadalajara for the first of three shows in Mexico.

2009

'Did You See Me Coming?' hits #1 on the Billboard Dance Club/Play chart. On the same day, Neil and Chris record a two-hour show for Dave Pearce's BBC Radio 6 Sunday evening dance-music program, although it's not scheduled to air until December 20.

2012

As they had several days before, they once again spend the whole day working on 'Bolshy.'

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