Official Megamixes and Medleys

Please note that I'm not listing here medleys or megamixes of just two or three songs. Those are dealt with on a scattershot basis throughout this website. At least four songs need to be combined to appear here. Also, I'm focusing only on medleys and megamixes that have been officially sanctioned and released by the Pet Shop Boys and/or their record companies.

Please see the linked individual song entries for composing credits other than Tennant/Lowe.

We're the Pet Shop BoysThe Retrospective Mix

Released: 1989

It's extaordinarily rare and inhabits a gray area between being "official" and not—I wonder whether Neil and Chris actually knew about it in advance—but seeing as how it appeared on a genuine EMI release, I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt. "The Retrospective Mix" is a 1989 megamix medley of PSB tracks exclusive to an EMI Brazil promo of "Left to My Own Devices." Appearing in two forms—a 4:53 "Radio Version" and a 7:39 "Club Mix"—it was created by Brazilian DJ Marcello Mansur, known professionally as DJ Meme.

The following songs compose the two versions:

Radio Version

Club Mix

Mega Mix (aka "Swedish Megamix")

Released: 1991

One of the rarest of all official releases, this megamix—apparently simply titled "Mega Mix"—was released in 1991 on a Swedish promo. It's believed that only 600 copies were ever produced. Released to promote the release of Discography in Scandanavia, it was created by Swedish DJ/mixer/producer Emil Hellman. As with the earlier Brazilian exclusive, this "Mega Mix" appeared in two forms: a "Radio Edit" (5:37) and a "Club Mix" (10:38). The "Radio Edit" is particularly interesting in that a recurring "explosion" lifted from "It's a Sin" serves as a transitional teaser between each pair of tracks until "Sin" in its entirety finally plays at the end.

The medleys consist of the following tracks:

Radio Edit

Club Mix

PSB Hits Medley (aka Pet Shop Boys Brits Medley)

Released: 2009

On February 18, 2009, the Pet Shop Boys received the coveted "Outstanding Contribution to Music" award from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). After accepting this award at the 2009 Brits Awards TV broadcast, the Boys performed onstage a special 9½-minute hits medley produced by Stuart Price, with guest support vocals by Lady GaGa and the Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers.

To ensure the preservation of this special medley, a studio version was released as part of an exclusive digital package with the album Yes offered by iTunes and then subsequently as a bonus track in the "Did You See Me Coming?" single's digital bundle. The studio version is essentially identical to the live rendition, minus the participation of Lady GaGa and Brandon Flowers. It's worth noting that it sounds as though Neil re-recorded most of his lead vocals anew for the medley.

The medley consisted of excerpts from the following songs, in some cases appearing in "mashup" form:

Yes Megamix

Released: 2009

To promote the 2009 release of Yes, both EMI in the U.K. and Astralwerks in the U.S. released this special 10:06 megamix of most of the album's tracks both on a promo disc and as a digital download. "King of Rome," "The Way It Used to Be," and "Legacy" are excluded, probably because it was felt that they didn't fit in well with the medley format. Also, to facilitate the smooth flow from one segment to another, the order of the songs in the medley is different from that of the album itself. It's "framed," so to speak, by the "Nutcracker Fanfare" from "All Over the World"—although, intriguingly, its opening rendition doesn't sound like it's from the actual PSB recording, and its closing occurrence has very noticeably been remixed, with Chris's distorted utterance of the title brought prominently to the foreground.