A-Z OF PSB

On this page you will find almost everything related to the Pet Shop Boys listed in alphabetical order (I haven't listed any singles or albums). If you think there's anything missing that you'd like to see here or if you spot any mistakes then please Contact Me with your suggestions or comments.

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z


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About - 'About' was a two hour radio documentary first broadcast on BBC Radio One and later released as a double CD through the Pet Shop Boys Club.

Alcazar - The Pet Shop Boys wrote 'Love Life' for Alcazar's album, 'Alcazarized'.

Architecture - Chris studied theorectical architecture at Liverpool University for three years from 1978-1981, before spending a year in between 1981-1982 getting practical experience working at an architects practice in London. His single biggest architectural achievement was the design of a staircase in Milton Keynes, which Chris first visited in 1988.

Atomizer - The Pet Shop Boys remixed Atomizer's track 'Hooked On Radiation'.

August - August was the month when Neil and Chris first met by chance in an electronics shop on the Kings Road, London in 1981.

Arsenal - Arsenal are Chris' favourite football team.

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Back To Mine - The Pet Shop Boys released an album in 2005 of their favourite tracks for "after-hours grooving". 'Back To Mine: Pet Shop Boys' is the 20th release in the 'Back To Mine'. series.

Battleship Potemkin - The Pet Shop Boys wrote a soundtrack to a 1925 Russian film called 'Battleship Potemkin'. They performed the premiere of the soundtrack at a free concert in London's Trafalgar Square in 2002 with the Dresdner Sinfoniker orchestra. They went on tour to Germany in 2005 to perform the soundtrack with the Dresdner Sinfoniker orchestra. The soundtrack was also recorded in studios in London and Berlin for an album release.

Berolina Awards - The Pet Shop Boys won the Group Of The Year Award in 1988. The award was presented by Miss Venezuela.

The Bloodhound Gang - The Pet Shop Boys remixed The Bloodhound Gang's track 'Mope'. The remixes were featured on the CD single of 'The Ballad of Chasey Lain'.

Blur - The Pet Shop Boys remixed Blur's track 'Girls And Boys'. The remixes were featured on the CD single of 'To The End'.

Bobby Orlando - Bobby 'O' is the New York disco producer who the Pet Shop Boys recorded early versions of 'West End Girls' and 'One More Chance' with.

Brit Awards - The Pet Shop Boys won the Best Single Award in 1987 for 'West End Girls', won the Best Group Award in 1988 and won the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award in 2009.

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Catalogue - 'Pet Shop Boys Catalogue' is a book which compiles the Pet Shop Boys' entire visual and design output from 1984-2004, edited by Chris Heath and Philip Hoare. It also includes, contributions from long-term Pet Shop Boys designer, Mark Farrow, as well as comments and an interview from Neil and Chris.

Cerys Matthews - Cerys of the group Catatonia sang Dusty Springfield's lines in 'What Have I Done To Deserve This?' at the Glastonbury Festival in 2000.

Chris Lowe - Christopher Sean Lowe born on 4th October 1959 in Blackpool, Lancashire.

Christmas number 1 - The cover of the Elvis Presley hit 'Always On My Mind' was a Christmas number 1 for the Pet Shop Boys in the UK in 1987.

Cicero - The Scottish singer, synthesizer player and songwriter was first to be signed to the Pet Shop Boys' first own Record Label, Spaghetti. The Pet Shop Boys first met Cicero when he went back stage at their concert in Glasgow in 1989.

Closer To Heaven - 'Closer To Heaven' is the Pet Shop Boys musical set against the backdrop of London's clubland, which opened in 2001 at the Arts Theatre in England and in 2005 at the Brisbane Powerhouse in Australia.

Closer To Heaven Promos - There was a voucher printed in 'The Daily Telegraph' newspaper and you had take it to a participating HMV store in the UK within a week to claim a copy of a free 4-track promo-only CD which was limited to 50,000 copies. There was also a 5-track promo-only reference CD-R acetate which was given away to journalists, only 160 copies are thought to exist.

The Clothes Show - 'In The Night' the b-side of the first release of 'Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)' was the theme tune to a UK TV show called 'The Clothes Show'.

Comic Relief - All proceeds of the single 'Absolutely Fabulous' which included words and extracts by Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley from the UK TV show of the same name went to the charity 'Comic Relief' in 1994.

Compiled - 'Compiled' is a CD-R of five tracks given away as prizes on Radio 1's Pet Shop Boys day in 1993. It is the rarest Pet Shop Boys CD in the world only 20 copies exist.

The Crying Game - The soundtrack to the film 'The Crying Game' was released on the Pet Shop Boys first own Record Label, Spaghetti.

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Dame Shirley Bassey - The Pet Shop Boys wrote 'The Performance Of My Life' for Shirley's album, 'The Performance'.

David Bowie - The Pet Shop Boys produced a new version of the track 'Hallo Spaceboy' from David's album 'Outside'. Neil also sang on the track.

Discovery Tour - The Pet Shop Boys third world tour visited, Singapore, Australia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Columbia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil in 1994.

DJ Fresh - Neil sang with DJ/drum & bass producer DJ Fresh on the track 'Throw'. It features chorus vocals by Neil.

Dust - Neil played in a group called Dust from 1970-1971. Their most popular track was called 'Can You Hear The Dawn Break'.

Dusty Springfield - Dusty dueted on the number 2 hit 'What Have I Done To Deserve This?' in 1987. The Pet Shop Boys later wrote four of tracks, 'In Private', 'Daydreaming', 'Nothing Has Been Proved' and 'Occupy Your Mind' for Dusty's album, Reputation.

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Eighth Wonder - The Pet Shop Boys wrote 'I'm Not Scared' for Eighth Wonder's album, 'Fearless'.

Electronic - Neil co-wrote and sang on three tracks for a super group called Electronic, 'The Patience Of A Saint', 'Getting Away With It' (which featured on their self-titled album) and 'Disappointed'.

Elton John - Elton asked the Pet Shop Boys to appear on his TV show in the UK called 'An Audience With Elton John'. They sang with Elton on 'Believe' which was intermingled with 'A Song For Guy'.

Elvis Presley - The Pet Shop Boys appeared on a Granada TV special in the UK in 1987 called 'Love Me Tender' which commemorated the tenth anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. They performed 'Always On My Mind'. At the time there were on plans to release it.

Eric Watson - The Pet Shop Boys' photographer and videomaker. Eric had his photographic portraits and album covers of the Pet Shop Boys displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

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Fat Les 2000 - The Pet Shop Boys remixed Fat Les 200O's hit 'Jerusalem' which was the Official Football Association England song for Euro 2000.

Fridge Nightclub - The first ever stage appearance was at the Fridge Nightclub, Brixton in October 1984. They sang and played over tapes.

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Gill Carrington - Gill was the Pet Shop Boys manager from 1989-1998. Gill relaced Tom Watkins.

Glastonbury - The Pet Shop Boys performed for the first time at the Glastonbury festival in 2000.

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Ian Wright - Chris co-wrote and produced 'Do The Right Thing' with Ian (the former Arsenal and England footballer). It was released as a single in 1994.

ITV Books - Neil worked for ITV Books from 1980-1982, which involved editing books.

It Couldn't Happen Here - 'It Couldnt Happen Here' is the Pet Shop Boys film which starred themselves and co-starred Barbara Windsor, Joss Ackland and Gareth Hunt. It was released in 1988 to "mixed" reviews.

Ivor Novello Awards - The Pet Shop Boys won the Best International Hit Award for 'West End Girls' in 1987 and won it again for 'It's A Sin' in 1988. They also won the Outstanding Contribution To British Music Award in 2000.

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Jealousy - 'Jealousy' was the first track the Pet Shop Boys wrote. It was eventually released on the Pet Shop Boys' fifth album, 'Behaviour' and as a single in 1991.

Johnny Marr - Johnny, once of The Smiths and Electronic, featured on eight of the ten tracks on the 'Release' album.

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Kobalt Label Services - Kobalt Label Services is the Pet Shop Boys UK record label through which they release records on x2 (Times two), which they signed to in March 2013 after 28 years with Parlophone Records.

Kevin - Kevin is Neil's dog a Lakeland Terrier.

Kiki Kokova - The Pet Shop Boys produced a new version of the Donna Summer disco track 'Love To Love You, Baby' for Sam Taylor-Wood, who went under the alias of Kiki Kokova.

The Killers - The Pet Shop Boys remixed The Killers' track 'Read My Mind', Neil and (briefly) Chris added some additional vocals to the remix.

Kylie Minogue - Kylie, dueted on 'In Denial' on the Pet Shop Boys' 'Nightlife' album. The Pet Shop Boys had previously written 'Falling' for Kylie's self titled-album.

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Liberation Ride - The Liberation Ride was a virtual reality ride which was made to accompany the video of 'Liberation'.

Limited Editions - The Pet Shop Boys always issue limited editions of their releases such as, remixes, double sleeves, special packaging and coloured vinyl.

Literally - Literally is the Pet Shop Boys Clubs magazine.

Live 8 - The Pet Shop Boys performed at the Live 8 concert in Moscow in 2005.

Liza Minnelli - The Pet Shop Boys wrote seven tracks, 'I Want You Now', 'If There Was Love', 'So Sorry, I Said', 'Don't Drop Bombs', 'Rent', 'Tonight Is Forever' and 'I Can't Say Goodnight' for Liza's, album, 'Results'.

Lucky Kunst - Lucky Kunst is the Pet Shop Boys' third own Record Label which was launched in May 2003.

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Macdonald Educational Publishing - Neil worked for Macdonald Educational Publishing from 1977-1980, which involved editing books.

Madonna - The Pet Shop Boys remixed Madonna's track 'Sorry' and Neil added some additional vocals to the remix.

Mark Farrow - Mark designs most of the Pet Shop Boys sleeves and packaging for singles, albums and videos.

Marvel Comics - Neil worked for Marvel Comics from 1975-1977, which involved putting in all the adverts, letters pages, trails and taking the successful American monthly colour Marvel Comics and converting them into British black and white ones. While Neil was there he interview comic fan Marc Bolan.

Melissa Etheridge - Melissa sang Dusty Springfield's lines in 'What Have I Done To Deserve This?' at the Equality Rocks concert in Washington DC in 2000.

Merry Pet Shop Boys - 'Merry Pet Shop Boys' was a two hour radio show broadcast on BBC Radio One on Christmas Eve in 1995. The Pet Shop Boys played their favourite records from that year. They began with Livin' Joy's 'Dreamer' and ended the show with Sleaze Sisters with Vicki's 'Let's Whip It Up'.

Mitch Clark - Mitch is the current Pet Shop Boys manager. Mitch replaced Jill Carrington in 1998.

Miu - Miu is a Japanese singer for whom the Pet Shop Boys wrote a track, 'All Or Nothing' for her debut album, 'M.I.U.'

Music Week Awards - The video for 'Being Boring' won the Best Video Of The Year Award in 1990 even though MTV in America, and several UK TV shows refused to show it because of the nudity included in the video.

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Neighbours - Chris appeared as himself in the Australian TV show 'Neighbours' in 1995. It involved Chris driving up Ramsay Street in a white Porsche. He asked where the recording studio was. It was recorded during the Australian leg of the Discovery Tour in 1994.

Neil Tennant - Neil Francis Tennant born on 10th July 1954 in North Shields, Northumberland.

Nightlife Tour - The Pet Shop Boys fourth world tour visited, America, Canada, Germany, the Czech Republic, the UK, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Belgium and France in 1999-2000. I saw the Pet Shop Boys in Manchester during the UK leg of the Nightlife Tour. This was the first time that I saw them play live.

The Noise - The Pet Shop Boys wrote and recorded the theme music to the UK TV show 'The Noise'.

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Olde English Vinyl - Olde English Vinyl is the Pet Shop Boys' second own Record Label which was launched in May 2003.

On Tour - The Pet Shop Boys first world tour tour visited, Hong Kong, Japan and the UK in 1989.

One Under The Eight - Chris played trombone in a seven-piece dance band from 1976-1978. They did cover versions of old favourites like 'Hello Dolly', 'La Bamba' and 'Moon River'.

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Parlophone Records - Parlophone Records was the Pet Shop Boys UK record label, which they signed to in March 1985 and left after 28 years in 2013.

Paul Gascoigne - The former England footballer's sister, Anna-Marie co-stared in the video for 'So Hard'.

Performance Tour - The Pet Shop Boys second world tour visited, Japan, America, Canada, France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Holland and the UK in 1991.

Pet Shop Boys - The name was derived from some of the Pet Shop Boys friends who worked in a pet shop in Ealing. The Pet Shop Boys thought it sounded like an English rap group.

Pet Shop Boys Club - You get three copies of the magazine Literally and a Christmas card or gift for a subscription fee.

Pete Burns - Pete Burns is the lead singer of the group Dead Or Alive. The Pet Shop Boys wrote a solo track, 'Jack And Jill Party' for him.

Peter Rauhofer - Neil sang on the track 'Break 4 Love' which was released under the name, The Collaboration Peter Rauhofer and Pet Shop Boys.

PSB Riverside - PSB Riverside are a football team based in Cheshunt (just north of London) which the Pet Shop Boys sponsor.

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Rammstein - The Pet Shop Boys remixed Rammstein's track 'Mein Teil'.

Release Tour - The Pet Shop Boys fifth world tour will visit, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and the UK in 2002. I saw the Pet Shop Boys in Manchester during the UK leg of the Release Tour. This was the second time that I saw them play live.

Robbie Williams - Neil sang backing vocals on Robbie's number 4 hit 'No Regrets' which is on the album, 'I've Been Expecting You'. Robbie also did a version of 'I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind Of Thing' which is on the album 'Friends Again' which includes music from the Americian TV show 'Friends'.

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Smash Hits - Neil worked for the UK pop magazine 'Smash Hits' from 1982-1985 as a journalist. He interviewed many bands including The Police.

Somewhere - The Pet Shop Boys did a residency called 'Somewhere' between 5th and 21st June 1997 at London's Savoy Theatre.

Spaghetti - Spaghetti is the Pet Shop Boys' first own Record Label which was launched in September 1991.

Spitting Image - Puppets of the Pet Shop Boys appeared in the TV show 'Spitting Image'. They were dressed in the style of 'Go West' and were singing a track, also in the style of 'Go West' called 'How Do We Keep Getting Away With It'.

Suede - Neil sang with Suede at the Camden Roadhouse in 1996. He sang two songs with Suede, 'Rent' and 'Saturday Night' which were later released on the CD single 'Film Star'.

Superchumbo - Neil sang with DJ/producer Tom Stephan, aka Superchumbo on the track 'Tranquilizer'. It was co-written by Neil (lyrics and melody) and Tom Stephan (backing track) and features vocals by Neil.

Sylvia Mason-James - Sylvia was backing singer to the Pet Shop Boys for the 'Somewhere' concerts and the Nightlife Tour concerts.

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TFI Friday - The Pet Shop Boys appeared on the UK TV show TFI Friday many times, including the last ever show on 22nd December 2000, where they perfomed 'It Doesn't Often Snow At Christmas' live for the first time ever.

Tina Turner - The Pet Shop Boys wrote 'Confidential' for Tina's album, 'Wildest Dreams'.

Tom Watkins - Tom was the Pet Shop Boys manager from 1984 - 1989.

Total Eclipse - The Pet Shop Boys were contacted by BBC Radio One, who asked them to compose a piece of music to play on the radio during the total eclipse in 1999. They agreed and recorded the track 'Casting A Shadow' which was premiered in Cornwall on 11th August. 'Casting A Shadow' was later released on the CD single of 'New York City Boy'.

Tribute Album - 'Very Introspective, Actually' is a tribute album from America and has cover versions of 15 classic Pet Shop Boys tracks. Read my Review on the album.

Twentieth Century Blues - 'Twentieth Century Blues' is an album of Noel Coward cover versions which Neil was instrumental in putting together for the Red Hot Aids Trust. It includes tracks by Various Artists such as, Shola Ama with Craig Armstrong, Damon Albarn with Michael Nyman, The Divine Comedy, Marianne Faithfull, Bryan Ferry, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Vic Reeves, Space, Sting, Suede featuring Raissa, Texas and Robbie Williams as well as the Pet Shop Boys version of 'Sail Away'.

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West End - The Pet Shop Boys first called the group West End before coming up with the name Pet Shop Boys.

Wotapalava - Wotapalava was going to be a big music festival in America which was created by Neil. In addition to the Pet Shop Boys, other artists due to play included Sinead O' Connor, Soft Cell, The Magnetic Fields and Rufus Wainwright. There was also going be a dedicated dance stage featuring a rotating line-up of some of the world's biggest DJs, which was going to include Danny Tenaglia, Junior Vasquez and Paul Oakenfold. Unfortunately Wotapalava had to be postponed due to the last minute withdrawal of Sinead O'Connor and the difficulty of finding a suitable replacement with such short notice. It led the producers to believe that it would be unwise to proceed with the tour in the summer 2001.

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x2 - x2 (Times two) is the Pet Shop Boys UK record label through Kobalt Label Services, which they signed to in March 2013 after 28 years with Parlophone Records.

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Yoko Ono - The Pet Shop Boys remixed Yoko Ono's track 'Walking On Thin Ice'.

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Zaha Hadid - Zaha was responsible for the stage set and design during the Nightlife Tour.

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