Haven’t seen one of these for a while! Neil x
The latest issue of “Musik Express” magazine in Germany has a 12-page PSB feature and a cover-mounted 7-inch single. It’s on sale now. More details at the link below.
“Tennant and Lowe still chime with the times.” Excellent review of “Hotspot” in the latest issue of ‘Q’ magazine.
Spotted on the tube today. “Musik” with Frances Barber opens in London on February 5th.
We’re signing the Hotspot limited edition prints and there’s a lot of them! x
The new PSB single “Monkey Business” has gone straight onto the A List at BBC Radio 2 in the UK. (Full list at the link below.) Meanwhile in the USA “Dreamland” is at number 6 in the Billboard Dance Chart.
A new BBC TV series, “The Trial of Christine Keeler”, is giving a fresh perspective on an infamous 1963 political scandal. Neil and Chris summed it all up 30 years ago with Dusty Springfield. Link to the “Nothing has been proved” video below.
Just received an advance copy of our new album and I think it looks very chic! Out in three weeks… Neil x
Pet Shop Boys will be kicking off the New Year with a special interview on the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show this Thursday. Tune in from 8:30 am tomorrow morning at the link below.
Very sad to hear that the songwriter Allee Willis has passed away. Our then manager, Tom Watkins, introduced us to her in 1985 and we were very impressed that she had co-written Earth Wind & Fire’s classic “Boogie Wonderland”. Not long after we went into a studio with her and wrote “What have I done to deserve this?”. Allee was also a talented visual artist and so much fun to be around. She will be much missed. Neil x
The London district of King's Cross has been transformed since the PSB song about it was released over 30 years ago. Check out this New York Times guide to it at the link below.
The 2020 issue of Annually, the once-a-year PSB publication, is being prepared now. As ever it will include answers to your letters. If you have a question, send it in an email by Monday, December 16th, to firstname.lastname@example.org (Alternatively, you could leave a question on Facebook or Twitter.) Details of how to pre-order your copy of Annually will be on this site early next year.
An interview with Chris and Neil by Matt Everitt was broadcast on BBC 6 Music today during which they talked about the making of their forthcoming album, Hotspot, and also about next year’s greatest hits tour. You can hear it at the link below (first part at approx 44 minutes and the second part at approx 1 hour, 44 minutes).
Neil will be singing a couple of songs at Rufus and Martha Wainwright’s Christmas show at the Royal Festival Hall in London on December 6th. Other guests include Chrissie Hynde and Guy Garvey. Full details at the link below.
The lyrics of “Up against it” from the 1996 PSB album, Bilingual, have been handwritten by Neil for an auction in support of the Joe Orton Statue Appeal. Full details at the first link below. The title “Up against it” was borrowed from Joe Orton’s never-produced film script for The Beatles.
The PSB performance in Hyde Park for BBC Radio 2 reached a record TV audience. Full story at the link below.
“Dreamland” has entered the UK physical singles chart at number one after being released on CD and 12-inch vinyl. Link to the complete chart below.
Someone has reminded us that the complete 2002 PSB session recorded for The John Peel Show on BBC Radio One can be heard (including remarks from John Peel) at the You Tube link below. Guitarists Mark Refoy and Bic Hayes joined Chris and Neil at the BBC Studios in Maida Vale, London, to record four songs in just four hours.