The Pet Shop Boys' appearances on Top of the Pops

A weekly broadcast of the latest big hits performed by the artists themselves, Top of the Pops was a U.K. television institution for more than 40 years up until its cancellation in mid-2006. (The closest U.S. equivalent was the long-running but also defunct American Bandstand, but that show boasted far fewer live performances each week.) With 58 appearances, the Pet Shop Boys proved a regular TOTP fixture since "West End Girls" struck gold. The following table lists the dates of PSB appearances on TOTP, the songs performed, and the type of performance. (I am indebted to the BBC Top of the Pops website, the source of this information.)

Date Song(s) Type of Performance
December 5, 1985 West End Girls Live performance
December 19, 1985 West End Girls Live performance
January 9, 1986 West End Girls Live performance
January 16, 1986 West End Girls Music video
March 20, 1986 Love Comes Quickly Live performance
June 5, 1986 Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money) Live performance
October 2, 1986 Suburbia Live performance
October 16, 1986 Suburbia Live performance
December 25, 1986 West End Girls Live performance
June 25, 1987 It's a Sin Live performance
July 2, 1987 It's a Sin Live performance
July 9, 1987 It's a Sin Rerun of live performance
July 16, 1987 It's a Sin Rerun of live performance
August 27, 1987 What Have I Done to Deserve This? Music video with Dusty Springfield
October 22, 1987 Rent Live performance
December 10, 1987 Always on My Mind Live performance
December 17, 1987 Always on My Mind Rerun of live performance
December 25, 1987 Always on My Mind
It's a Sin
Live performance
December 31, 1987 Always on My Mind Music video
January 7, 1988 Always on My Mind Rerun of live performance
March 31, 1988 Heart Music video
April 7, 1988 Heart Live performance
April 14, 1988 Heart Rerun of live performance
April 21, 1988 Heart Music video
September 22, 1988 Domino Dancing Live performance
December 1, 1988 Left to My Own Devices Live performance
December 25, 1988 Always on My Mind
Heart
Live performance
July 6, 1989 It's Alright Music video
August 10, 1989 Losing My Mind Live performance with Liza Minnelli
December 28, 1989 West End Girls Rerun of live performance
October 4, 1990 So Hard Live performance
November 29, 1990 Being Boring Live performance
December 25, 1990 Always on My Mind Rerun of live performance
March 21, 1991 Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes Off You) Music video
June 6, 1991 Jealousy Music video
December 25, 1991 Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes Off You) Music video
June 10, 1993 Can You Forgive Her? Live performance
September 16, 1993 Go West Music video
January 4, 1994 West End Girls Rerun of live performance
April 7, 1994 Liberation Live performance
April 14, 1994 Liberation Music video
May 26, 1994 Absolutely Fabulous Music video with Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley
September 8, 1994 Yesterday, When I Was Mad Music video
August 3, 1995 Paninaro '95 Live performance
February 29, 1996 Hallo Spaceboy Live performance with David Bowie
May 2, 1996 Before Music video
August 23, 1996 Se A Vida E (That's the Way Life Is) Music video
March 28, 1997 A Red Letter Day Live performance
July 4, 1997 Somewhere Live performance
July 30, 1999 I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More Live performance
October 8, 1999 New York City Boy Live performance
January 14, 2000 You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk Live performance
January 21, 2000 You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk Rerun of live performance
March 29, 2002 Home and Dry Live performance
July 26, 2002 I Get Along Live performance
November 14, 2003 Miracles Live performance
March 19, 2004 Flamboyant Live performance
April 23, 2006 I'm with Stupid Live performance

Also, we shouldn't let this pass without mentioning two TOTP appearances that Neil made singing with Electronic, performing "Getting Away with It" on December 14, 1989, and "Disappointed" on July 2, 1992.


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