Now this is amusing. Here are Neil and Chris dressed as each other in a Top of the Pops performance on BBC1 of their first hit single, West End Girls. Its massive success propelled the Pet Shop Boys' 1986 debut LP Please into the Top Ten of the album charts in the UK.
This video features a photo slideshow with West End - Sunglasses, a medley of a cover version of Corey Hart's "Sunglasses At Night" with a remix of the 1984 Bobby Orlando production of "West End Girls". It was first released in 1984, and was reissued in 1988 on CD. I remember listening to this track on a CD remix import I bought in the late 80s (not sure if it was legit or not?), although I'm not sure what I ever did with it! I'm pretty sure it's still somewhere amongst my collection somewhere!
Released on 5th August 1989, the lead single from Liza Minnelli's album Results reached #6 in the UK. The song was produced by Pet Shop Boys and Julian Mendelsohn, and the boys released their own version (with Neil as the vocalist) on the B-side of their 1991 single Jealousy.
Losing My Mind was actually written by the American composer Stephen Sondheim for the 1971 musical Follies. Although the song has been covered by numerous artists including Shirley Bassey, Elaine Page and Cleo Laine, the Liza Minnelli version remains the most commercially successful.
Anthea Turner introduces us to Neil and Chris on an 80s Christmas edition of Top Of The Pops. Heart reached No.1 in the UK and was taken from the 1987 album Actually. Other hit singles from the album were; What Have I Done to Deserve This Ft. Dusty Springfield (#2 UK), Rent (#8 UK) and It's a Sin (#1 UK).
This video features the original dance version of Heart by Pet Shop Boys, which was included on the B-side of the original 7 inch single and on the CD single, too. The uploader has, at least, attempted to create a half-decent video with moving imagery, and it's certainly more interesting than many of the other videos around which only have a boring still image.
Heart was Pet Shop Boys fourth and final chart-topping single and stayed at the top of the charts in the UK for three weeks during April 1988. It was the last single to be released from the synthpop duo's biggest-selling album Actually (3x Platinum in the UK and described as the "perfect" pop album by some critics) and their tenth single release overall.
I still have the CD single which is gathering dust somewhere, but I must dig it out again to listen to the b-side, which is a little gem entitled I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too), which is so good that I think it should have been released as an A-side at some point
Below: The cover of the Domino Dancing single
Pet Shop Boys - Discography - The Complete Singles Collection (MP3 Album)
The latest Pet Shop Boys album is released on July 15th 2013, and is the boys first album not to be released on the Parlophone label, instead, being released on their own label x2.
Elysium was the 2012 album by Pet Shop Boys, and you can hear a free snippet of each track by clicking the album sleeve image above. It seems to be dividing opinion amongst the customer reviews at Amazon, with some describing it as "dull" or "boring", mainly because it's not quite as upbeat as their Yes album. I guess you can't please all of the people all of the time, but the majority of people are giving the album very good reviews, with some claiming it's their best work yet, although those reviews are likely to come from hardcore fans of Tennant and Lowe.