New Live CDs/DVD – Electro Pop Icons PET SHOP BOYS Released ‘DISCOVERY- LIVE IN RIO 1994’

17 May 2021

Band: PET SHOP BOYS (London)
Active: Since 1981 – 14 studio albums (so far)

A classic concert from their classic 1994 tour
on 1 DVD and 2 CDs
Released: 30 April 2021

Info: On their massive 1994 ‘Discovery’ tour across Singapore, Australia and
South America Pet Shop Boys decided to focus on a two-hour set largely with
uplifting songs with a party vibe, taking inspiration from visits to the New York underground house club, the Sound Factory Bar. All info about the tour here.

Neil Tennant: “We wanted to define a way Pet Shop Boys could perform live,
without turning into a rock band. Other groups who make their music using
synthesisers and sequencers in the studio always tend to turn into rock bands
when they play live, and it never sounds as good.”

Pitchfork says: “Originally released as a concert film but now reissued as
a live album, this cult-favorite reimagines the Pet Shop Boys’ own canon and
other pop hits, curating a century of pop music history in one jukebox.”
Full review here. Score: 8/10.

Turn Up The Volume: Live euphoria at its electro-pop best.

Here’s why…

Go on, Boys…

Full Party here…


Order info here

PET SHOP BOYS Scored Their First No 1 UK Single 40 Years Ago Today…

11 January 2021

The first version of the song was released on
Columbia Records’ Bobcat imprint in April 1984,
becoming a club hit in the United States and some
European countries. The single was re-released
in October 1985.

Score: The duo’s first No 1 single in the UK topping the charts
on 11 January 1986 – 40 years ago today. Also #1 in the USA.

A critic’s poll by The Guardian selected West End Girls as #1
of the 100 greatest UK number one singles in 2020.

C’mon, girls, turn it up…


PET SHOP BOYS – Fourth Album ‘BEHAVIOUR’ Came Out 30 Years Ago Today

22 October 2020

Band: PET SHOP BOYS (London)
Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe
Active: since 1981

Album: BEHAVIOUR – fourth LP
Released: 22 October 1990 – 30 years ago today

Pitchfork wrote: “Like the Cure’s ‘Disintegration’ or Depeche Mode’s ‘Violator’,
the Pet Shop Boys’ fourth album transitioned their creators into the ’90s by both
refining and breaking from the past… Embracing disposable pop, they’ve created
lasting queer culture just as it was in danger of disappearing. They celebrate the
melancholia of being gay.”
– Full review here. Score: 8.5/10.

Neil Tennant: “We shouldn’t feel restricted by our sexuality,
and our sexuality doesn’t have to be a cultural choice.”

Chris Lowe: “We’d be nowhere without our looks.”

Turn Up The Volume: Actually, a Very Introspective Hotspot Nightlife album.

Key singles/clips: So Hard / Being Boring



Full album…


PET SHOP BOYS Topped The UK Singles Chart 32 Years Ago With Their Cover Of ‘ALWAYS ON MY MIND’…

Knockouts from the past

19 December 2019

Dance-pop duo PET SHOP BOYS topped the UK singles chart 32 years ago, on 19 December 1987 with ‘ALWAYS ON MIND‘. The song has a long history. It was written
by a trio of professional songwriters: Johnny Christopher, Mark James, and Wayne Carson.
and was first recorded by B.J. Thomas in 1970. Over the years countless artists covered
the song resulting in a total of 300 registered versions. The most famous interpretation was the one by The King, by Elvis Presley in 1972.

It was in 1987 that Pet Shop Boys picked ‘Always On My Mind‘ to perform on a TV special commemorating the tenth anniversary of Elvis‘s death. Their version had such an impact that the duo decided to record and issue it. And the rest is number one history.

Here’s the original clip…


PET SHOP BOYS Released Their Feel Good Dance Pop Album ‘VERY’ 25 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

26 September 2018


Album: VERY – the duo’s fifth LP

Released: 27 September 1993 – 25 years ago

ALL MUSIC review: “Because they work in a field that isn’t usually taken seriously, the Pet
Shop Boys are often ignored in the rock world. But make no mistake, they are one of the most talented pop outfits working today, witty and melodic with a fine sense of flair. Very is one of their very best records, expertly weaving between the tongue-in-cheek humor of “I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Kind of Thing,” the quietly shocking “Can You Forgive Her?,” and the bizarrely moving cover of the Village People’s “Go West.” Alternately happy and melancholy, Very is the Pet Shop Boys at their finest.”
– Score: 4.5/5

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: Pet Shop Boys were/are experts in feel-good dance
pop humdingers as proven cleary, once more, on this very joyful longplayer.

VERY in full…

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