Books reviewed

There's a review of "Pet Shop Boys, Literally" and "Pet Shop Boys versus America" in this week's issue of the Times Literary Supplement. Link below.

Hong Kong

Just wanted to say hello to all of our friends in Hong Kong (where we played our first full-length concert in 1989 – pic above). Love, Neil x

Peter's Pop Show

Four PSB live performances on Peter’s Pop Show from the 1980s have been released on YouTube and are available to watch at the link below. Pet Shop Boys appeared twice on the cult German TV chart show to perform “Suburbia” and “Opportunities (Let’s make lots of money)” on December 6th, 1986 and “It’s a sin” and “Rent” on December 5th, 1987. Peter's Pop Show was held at Dortmund’s Westfallenhalle from 1984 until 1993 and traditionally aired during Christmas time and on New Years Eve. The show’s eponymous host, Peter Illmann, is more widely known in Germany for his influential 1980s pop TV series “Formel 1”.

Cassettes

Old cassettes from various studio sessions… Neil x

Listener's digest

The Guardian has shared a new ‘Listener’s digest’ piece on the PSB back catalogue. Link below.

Number one

“West End girls” is number one in The Guardian’s countdown of The 100 Greatest UK Number 1 singles. Link below.

Pastoral playlist

Neil has chosen a selection of tracks for a “Pastoral” playlist in The Observer newspaper today. Link below.

Playlist

Someone has kindly done a Spotify Playlist of all my song choices in Literally/Annually from the very first issue to the current one. Some great stuff and some not so great! Chris x

The Ancient Mariner

The Ancient Mariner

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, is being read in daily instalments in a production by the University of Plymouth. Episode 21 today is read by Neil Tennant. Link below.

VE Day

My mother Sheila (second from the right) at the end of the war. She was in the Women’s Royal Air Force. Neil x

Number one

Pet Shop Boys’ new single “I don’t wanna” is number one in the UK physical singles chart this week. The “I don’t wanna” single package is available on CD, vinyl and digital platforms at the link below.

Answers from Isolation

Answers from Isolation

I was recently asked by Sadie Coles Gallery in London to share a few “Answers from Isolation”. The feature is now available on Instagram at the link below. Neil x

Earth Day

Today is Earth Day and the folk singer Sam Lee will be celebrating it by broadcasting live on You Tube at 10 pm this evening, taking listeners "on a journey into the woods of Sussex to hear the unforgettable song of the nightingale". He will also be linking up with special guest musicians in their own homes for "real-time improvised duets and poetic offerings". The music will include a piece by PSB from their “My Beautiful Laundrette” music. Link to the broadcast below. UPDATE: The entire broadcast can be heard at the You Tube link below. PSB are at approx 2:21.

Japan 1991

On tour in Japan in 1991. Polaroid from my diary of that year. Stay safe! Neil x

Berlin 1991

January, 1991, and we're in Berlin to perform "Being boring" on the former East German TV variety show, "Ein Kessel Buntes". Chris has bought a Soviet military hat at an impromptu market near the Brandenburg Gate.

1990

A Polaroid from the "Behaviour" photo-session with Eric Watson, London, July 23, 1990. Happy Easter! Neil x

Annually playlist

As the latest edition of “Annually” is shipping, Pet Shop Boys’ lists of their five favourite records from last year are now available to stream in a new playlist on Spotify. Link below.

Keep your distance

Keep your distance

We all need to practise “social distancing” these days. Link below.

Noodle

Noodling on the piano yesterday. Video links below. Chris x

Music

And these are anxious times! What are you listening to? Neil x

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