What's New? – Recent Updates & Additions

May 25, 2024

Song Annotations
Real Places Mentioned by Name in PSB Songs

Thanks to C.M. for alerting me to some outdated information and a spelling error related to "The Resurrectionist." He informed me that the King of Denmark pub closed in 2011 (which also affected what I had said about it in my list of real places mentioned by name in PSB songs) and that I had (embarrassingly) misspelled the song's title on my special page showing places mentioned in the song on a simplified map of that part of London—all now corrected.

May 23, 2024

"Documented" Officially Unreleased Songs Written by the Pet Shop Boys

Thanks to Marko Rost for sharing some additional information about the unreleased song "Putin's Underpants" that Neil and Chris revealed in a recent interview with the German magazine Musikexpress. I've accordingly updated its brief entry in my list of documented officially unreleased songs written by the Pet Shop Boys.

May 21, 2024

Updates / Corrections

Having received my copy of Annually 2024 in the mail today, I've made lots of updates. Here's a summary of what I've done so far:

There may be a few other updates that I've neglected to mention, but that's the bulk of them. And I'm confident there will be more to come.

Meanwhile, thanks to Nigel Brand for pointing out several outdated statements, now appropriately revised, on my page for Nonetheless. And thanks as well to both porkchopkid and Jeff Schapira for tellling me about a delightful new Quietus interview with Neil and Chris.

May 19, 2024

Song Annotations

Thanks to Richard Firth for sharing some of his observations about "This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave." He went into somewhat more detail than I'm willing to delve into here, but I've summarized a his most salient points in a new fourth bullet-point annotation to my commentary on that song.

May 18, 2024

Celebrity Fans of the Pet Shop Boys Outside the Field of Music

Thanks to Raúl Suay for letting me know (along with the necessary evidence) that Spanish film director Isabel Coixet is a long-time Pet Shop Boys fan. I've therefore added her name to my list of celebrity PSB fans outside of the field of music.

Updates/Corrections

Two items related to yesterday's updates:

  1. Thanks to Matteo for pointing out aspects of the video mix of "Flamboyant" that strongly suggest it had the same mixers as the single version, not the album version as I had previously suspected. I've made the appropriate adjustment.
  2. Having received his permission to do so, I've added John Topley's name to my Thank You page in recognition of his input regarding "A New Bohemia."

Song Annotations

Thanks to Nigel Brand for informing me that Neil has conceded a "factual error" in the lyrics of "Dancing Star," which I've noted in an update to the existing fourth bullet-point annotation to my commentary on that song. I still maintain, however, that it was a totally understandable error given the sometimes conflicting information on the subject of precisely where Nureyev's defection took place.

May 17, 2024

Mixes/Versions

Thanks to Ben Brady (whose name I've just added to my Thank You page) for clueing me in on something I had never noticed before: that the video mix of "Flamboyant" is different from the album and single versions, starting with a longer pre-percussion "synth loop" (or whatever you'd call it) than in those other mixes. I've updated my list of the mixes/versions for that song to include the video mix.

Song Annotations

Several days ago one of my site visitors wrote to suggest that U.K. artist Tracey Enim's 1998 art installation "My Bed" may have inspired the line about an "unmade bed" in "A New Bohemia." I somewhat dismissed this suggestion since I didn't think it added anything to our understanding of the song. But today a second site visitor wrote to suggest the same thing, which he backed up with information about the Boys stating in recent interviews that they are personally acquainted with her. While I still don't think it actually informs the song in any significant way, I figured I should no longer ignore it. So I've expanded upon the existing annotation about that line of the song to include this information. Thanks to both porkchopkid and John Topley for bringing this matter to my attention.

May 15, 2024

Updates/Corrections

Thanks so much to José Díaz for alerting me to an extremely careless error on my part, now corrected, in which I had neglected to include the contents of the first Further Listening disc for the reissue of Release. (I had listed only the tracks for the second bonus disc.) José also shared a great deal of detailed information about the flowers depicted on that album's packaging and in its accompanying booklet, but I'm not sure yet what if any use I'll make of that material. Regardless, thanks again, José!

Song Annotations

Even though the question in "A New Bohemia" is rhetorical, the answer to where Les Petites Bon-Bons actually went can be found in an online article posted by the Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project. I've noted this in an expansion on my existing annotation about them for that song. And thanks so much to porkchopkid for telling me about this fascinating article!

Personal Observations

I've been asked whether I'll be running a "Rating Project" survey for Nonetheless. The answer is yes, I definitely plan on doing so, but not quite yet. I'm holding off on it for two reasons: (1) I want to make sure we all (myself included) have been able to arrive at "mature" assessments of its songs—more than mere early impressions—and (2) I want to include in the survey its singles' bonus songs, and we know that there's at least one more single forthcoming, "A New Bohemia," which will undoubtedly provide more. So the poll is coming, though I can't say precisely when. Stay tuned!

May 14, 2024

Song Annotations

Thanks to Martijn for pointing out that some lyrics from the Pet Shop Boys' recent "Through You" echo a couple of lines—intentionally, unconsciously, or coincidentally—from the 2013 Manic Street Preachers song "This Sullen Welsh Heart." I've noted this fact in a new second bullet-point annotation to the PSB song.

May 13, 2024

Song Annotations

Thanks to Steve N. for sharing his interesting observations about two Nonetheless songs, "A New Bohemia" and "The Secret of Happiness." For the first he has pointed out a possible echo of a John Betjeman poem about Oscar Wilde, and for the second he offers a theory about the butterfly references that harken back to the earlier Pet Shop Boys song "Metamorphosis." I've mentioned these ideas in new annotations to my commentaries on these songs.

May 10, 2024

Chart Performance

Using information from Warners Music, I've made a few additions for Nonetheless on my pages for the Pet Shop Boys' UK/US chart performance and their international chart performance.

Updates/Corrections

Having received their permission to do so, I've added Jörg Achim Zoll and Eugenio Cannistra' to my Thank You page in recognition of their assistance yesterday (see just below).

May 9, 2024

Films That Have Featured PSB Songs

Thanks to Jörg Achim Zoll for pointing out that I had neglected to mention the 2019 Canadian film Matthias & Maxime in my list of films that have featured songs by the Pet Shop Boys. I had already noted that film's inclusion of "Always on My Mind" in my "inverse" list of PSB songs used in non-musical films and TV shows, but hadn't thought to add it to that other list. Oversight now corrected!

Updates / Corrections

Thanks to Eugenio Cannistra' for sharing an excellent observation about the word "Butterflies!" that Neil utters in "The Secret of Happiness"—that it could refer to so-called butterflies in the stomach—which I've added to my commentary on that song.

Thanks also to Raymond Merkh for reporting a typo, now corrected, on my "I've Been Cited!" page.

May 8, 2024

Updates/Corrections

Thanks to David Gauntlett, whose name I've just added to my Thank You page, for (1) clarifying a matter about a line that Neil recently cited from David Bowie's "The Buddha of Suburbia," which I cover in a new footnote to the entry for the song "New London Boy" in my list of Pet Shop Boys songs for which they've acknowledged the influence of specific tracks by other pop artists, and (2) sharing his somewhat more positive spin to "A New Bohemia," which I've drawn upon to make a few adjustments to what I've written about that song.

Personal Observations

Because I live in the States, it will take somewhat longer for my copy of Annually 2024 to reach me than it will many of you. (I probably won't get it for at least another week or two.) I therefore humbly ask that you not send me suggestions for updates based on material you've obtained from it. You see, when people jump the gun, so to speak, and send me information that would already have—and almost certainly have already used—if I, too, lived in the United Kingdom, it takes some of the fun out of it for me. And fun is one of my motivations for maintaining this website. I enjoy doing it. So please don't take some of that enjoyment from me. Once I've received Annually 2024 and have made my updates from it, I'll let you all know. And then, if I've missed anything significant, I will greatly appreciate your letting me know. Thanks so much!

May 6, 2024

Updates/Corrections

Thanks to Frank Talboom for offering and verifying several corrections to peak chart positions in Belgium for several releases, I've now made these updates in my tables for the Pet Shop Boys' International (non-U.K./U.S.) Pop Chart History.

May 5, 2024

Updates/Corrections

Thanks to Jens Boldt for catching an error, now corrected, in the release date of Nonetheless—the result of careless cutting and pasting on my part—on my page devoted to Pet Shop Boys' U.K. and U.S. Pop Chart History.

And thanks so much to Robbie Daw for telling me about an excellent new interview with Neil and Chris in Rolling Stone in which the former clears up the mystery about Oscar Wilde and "Love Is the Law." I've therefore made the appropriate additions and adjustments to my commentary about that song. And I've added it to my alphabetical list of PSB songs with literary references.

I've Been Cited!

Thanks to Mark Müller for letting me know that the new special edition of Classic Pop magazine, Pet Shop Boys Volume 2 (because they put out another special edition devoted to PSB some years ago) mentions and quotes this website in reference to "Monkey Business." I've now noted this citation on my "I've Been Cited!" page.

May 4, 2024

Chart Performance

Thank to Michael Fick for letting me know that Nonetheless has hit #5 and #2 on the official album charts for Belgium and Switzerland respectively. I've therefore updated my page dedicated to the Pet Shop Boys' International (non-U.K./U.S.) Pop Chart History.

May 3, 2024

Chart Performance

I don't believe Nonetheless has appeared on the Billboard U.S. album chart yet, but it has made a marvelous debut on the U.K. chart at #2—the highest position on that chart for a Pet Shop Boys album since Very more than 30 years ago! Nonetheless has also made it only several other international charts. I've updated my pages for Pet Shop Boys' U.K. and U.S. Pop Chart History and Pet Shop Boys' International (non-U.K./U.S.) Pop Chart History accordingly.

Celebrity Fans of the Pet Shop Boys Outside the Field of Music

Thanks to Nigel Brand for letting me know (and for providing the requisite evidence) that English author Olivia Laing is a Pet Shop Boys fan. I've therefore added her name to my list of celebrity PSB fans outside the field of music. Nigel also reminded me that "The Schlager Hit Parade" should be added to my list of PSB songs that contain literary references. I've now taken care of this oversight by creating a new entry for that song at #50 in that list. Thanks again, Nigel!

Updates/Corrections

Thanks to Vartan Kazarov for reporting some typos on my page about "The Secret of Happiness," and to Yves Normandin (whose name I've just added to my Thank You page) for reporting one in my entry for "A New Bohemia." I've now corrected those typos.

May 2, 2024

Updates/Corrections

Thanks to Andrew Shaw for noticing a couple of clumsy oversights—a missing cross-reference and a faulty edit from an earlier version of the text—now corrected on my page devoted to "Love Is the Law."

Personal Observations

If I seem somewhat less responsive to emails lately, it's on account of (1) all the work I've been doing here in response to the release of Nonetheless and (2) another big project that I'm currently working on that I really can't discuss at this point but hope to do so soon. That other project is demanding a good deal of my time, so my ability to focus on updates to this website is somewhat limited right now. I do apologize, but there's not much I can do about it for the time being. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

May 1, 2024

Updates/Corrections

Thanks to Thomas Hoheisel both for catching a typo, now corrected, in my commentary on "The Schlager Hit Parade" and for suggesting a far better explanation for that song's reference to sangria than I had previously postulated. For this reason I've completely revised my bullet-point annotation for that particular alcoholic beverage.

Thanks as well to Mark B for also catching a typo, also now corrected, on my page for "Bullet for Narcissus."

And thanks to Raymond Merkh for reporting a typo right here on this page as well as one in my "Love Is the Law" commentary along with a broken link, all now fixed.

Song Annotations

Speaking of "The Schlager Hit Parade," thanks to Matthias from Munich for telling me about a likely inspiration for that song's opening lines and their underlying implications. I discuss them in a new first bullet-point annotation to my commentary on that deceptively rich song.

Early Titles for PSB Songs and Albums

Thanks to C.M. for letting me know that "The Struggle Against Loneliness" was the original title of the song "Loneliness," revealed in an interview that appears in the most recent issue of the French publication Le Matin Dimanche. I've therefore added "Loneliness" to my list of early titles for Pet Shop Boys songs and albums.

PSB Titles and Lyrics That Are (or May Be) Sly Innuendos

Thanks to Rob Bingham for reminding me that "Love Is the Law" is jam-packed full of sexual innuendos, which I've now noted in new Item #26 in my list of PSB titles and lyrics that are (or may be) sly innuendos. Rob has also described to me the many ways in which it sounds as though that song is about prostitution, and I agree (as I had already suggested) that that's at least part of what it's about. I've discussed this subject in revisions to my commentary on that song. Thanks again, Rob!

April 30, 2024

Song Annotations

One of my regular site visitors and correspondents, Nigel Brand, shared with me a lengthy analysis of "The Schlager Hit Parade" that delved into matters many of which are well beyond my own realm of knowledge and expertise, so much so that I felt unqualified even to edit it down to a more "publishable" length. I asked him to summarize his thesis, so to speak, in such a way as to make it more suitable for inclusion here on my website. He was kind enough to do so. I've now created a new concluding annotation to my commentary on that song, where I quote Nigel's summation in its entirety. What he says sounds quite reasonable to me, although (again) I really don't feel capable of commenting on it further. Thanks so much, Nigel!

April 29, 2024

New Music

I've now updated my entry for the new song "Clean Air Hybrid Electric Bus" to provide a brief description. But I really don't have a lot to say about it since it's essentially an instrumental with very few words. And I bet you already have a pretty good idea what those few words are.

Song Annotations

Thanks so much to Stuart R for sharing the fact that, during this past Friday's Nonetheless playback and Q&A session in Manchester, Neil confirmed that a portion of Allegri's Miserere mei, Deus (see yesterday's note about this just below) is used at the end of "Love Is the Law," played by the Boys using the "Neilotron." Delightful!

Updates/Corrections

Thanks to Dave F. for letting me know that Janice Long, whom I mention in what is currently the final entry on my "Strange But True Incidents Involving the Pet Shop Boys" page, was not the first woman to have her own BBC Radio 1 show, as I had stated there, but rather the second. (Annie Nightingale was the first.) I've now made the requisite correction.

April 28, 2024

Song Annotations
PSB Songs Based on Classical Compositions (and Some Others with "Classical Connections")

Thanks to David B for sharing his observation that "Love Is the Law" may conclude with a segment borrowed from Gregorio Allegri's famed Miserere mei, Deus. I've noted this possibility in a new annotation to my commentary on that song. I've also noted it with a new entry for this song in the concluding classical "connections" section of my list of Pet Shop Boys songs based on classical compostions. (See an update about this just above.)

April 27, 2024

Song Annotations

Thanks to Nigel Brand for giving me a nudge about the phrase "a trick of the trade" at it appears in the new song "Love Is the Law." I had already noticed its pronounced double-entendre sexual connotations as it's being used there, but I had neglected to mention it. I've now done so in a new annotation to my entry for that song.

I'm sure this will be only one of many updates I'll be making regarding the Nonetheless tracks in the days ahead. I'm still in the process of "absorbing" it. It takes some time,, and often things have to "percolate" in my brain before I'm ready to write about them.

April 26, 2024

New Music

I've spent all morning listening to Nonetheless and have now completed my "first pass" (but only my first pass) at each of its songs. And I haven't had a chance yet to update my "overall page" for the album, which surely needs updating. Oh, and I haven't had time to go through my emails yet. Unfortunately, other unavoidable demands on my time force me to abandon all of this work and attend to other pressing concerns. I hope to get back to my website work later today. In the meantime, I have little doubt that, in my rush of work this morning, I've made typos and other such errors. I'm equally sure that I'll more to say about most if not all of the songs once I've been able to spend more time with them. Stay tuned, and thanks again for your patience and understanding!

I've Been Cited!

Thanks so much to Nigel Brand for sharing the delightful news that, right near the end of yesterday's edition of the Talk Art podcast, Neil credited my website with contributing its "On This Day in Pet Shop Boys History" feature with the official PSB website. I've now noted this fact on my "I've Been Cited!" page.

April 25, 2024

Personal Observations

Because of my time zone, I won't be hearing Nonetheless tomorrow until a number of hours after many if not most of you. And of course it will take me some time to "absorb" it and to write about its songs that I'll be hearing for the first time. On top of that, I have a longstanding medical appointment tomorrow (nothing serious, just previously scheduled) that will interrupt my website-related activities. So I humbly ask that you please hold off on writing to me about them—sharing your input, making suggestions for my lists, and the like—until I've had a chance to do all that and make my updates. I'll let you know here when I'm done with my "first pass," so to speak. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding!

PSB Songs for Which the Boys Have Acknowledged the Influence of Specific Tracks by Other Artists

Drawing upon comments made by Neil the other night during their Guardian "Evening with Pet Shop Boys," I've added "New London Boy" to my alphabetical list of songs for which they've acknowledged the influence of specific tracks by other artists. And thanks to Andrew Shaw for catching an error of mine in this very paragraph, which I've now corrected!

PSB Songs Used in Non-Musical Films and TV Shows

Thanks to Nigel Brand for letting me know that "Shopping" was used in a recent episode of the BBC show Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr. I've noted this in the entry for that song at #12 in my list of PSB songs used in non-musical films and TV shows.

Updates/Corrections

Based on that same source, I've added a comment by Neil ("You can find your own meaning in it") about their photo on the cover of the new album Nonetheless.

Thanks to Nigel Brand for sharing with me some information about Oscar Wilde and Nice, pertinent to "Love Is the Law." What I've very tentatively written about it is just that—tentative—and will no doubt be modified once I've had a chance to hear the song upon its release with the album tomorrow (knock on wood).

April 24, 2024

Updates/Corrections

Thanks to Tim G. for writing to point out some inconsistencies on precisely where one of background singer Colette Meury's brief contributions to "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" appears in the single versions of that song. I've therefore modified my text about it in the first annotation to my commentary about that song.

Thanks also to Mark Müller to catching a chronological error (probably just the result of a typo), now corrected, in the entry for "Hallo Spaceboy" in my list of PSB cover songs and who first recorded them.

April 23, 2024

PSB Lists

"Pre-release" information about Nonetheless songs continues to trickle out. Thanks to info drawn from a brand new article in NME—and thanks to Jeff Schapira for telling me about it—I've added new entries to my lists of early titles of Pet Shop Boys songs (for "A New Bohemia") and PSB titles and lyrics that are (or may be) sly innuendos (for "New London Boy").

April 21, 2024

PSB Music Videos

Thanks to Nigel Brand for letting me know that Chris directed the video for Cicero's song "That Loving Feeling." I've updated my Pet Shop Boys music videos page accordingly.

April 15, 2024

Updates/Corrections

Thanks so much to David B for letting me know that the Boys shared a bit of information about the origins of their upcoming Nonetheless track "Feel"—the fact that it dates all the way back to 2003 while they were working on prospective new singles for PopArt—during their recent BBC Radio 2 interview with Rylan Clark. I've updated my extremely fragmentary "placeholder" page for this song accordingly.

April 14, 2024

PSB U.S. and U.K. Gold and Platinum (and, in This Case, Silver) Records

Thanks to Michael Fick for telling me that the Pet Shop Boys' recording of "Go West" has, after all these years, finally earned silver certification from BPI (British Phonographic Industry, Ltd.). I've noted this fact in my "silver addendum" at the bottom of my page devoted to the Boys' U.S. and U.K. gold and platinum records.

April 13, 2024

PSB Songs That Have Been Used in Films and "Non-musical" TV Shows

Thanks to Chris Smyth for letting me know that the second part of the 1996 four-part New Zealand documentary Revolution features about 30 seconds of "Shopping" used, quite surprisingly, in a totally appropriate context involving the privitization of state assets. I've now noted this in a new entry for that song at #12 in my list of Pet Shop Boys songs used in films and non-musical TV shows.

Personal Observations

For several years now, we fans have been wondering about (and somewhat fearing) the prospect of Neil and Chris retiring, speculating as to whether each new PSB studio album will be their last. In the second part of his recent appearance on the podcast Word in Your Ear, Neil touches briefly on this subject, stating that retirement boils down to a matter of "interest" and "energy." If I may read between the lines, it sounds to me as if he's saying that he and Chris certainly still have the interest—he specifically points out that they're still writing "millions" of songs—but that the energy may be starting to flag: "I keep reminding people that I'm nearly 70." But he then immediately starts talking about touring, which suggests to me that any concern he has about energy involves touring more than songwriting and recording. This isn't surprising in the least. A number of other older artists, such as Elton John and Barry Manilow (among others), have indeed retired from touring although they still apparently plan on writing, recording, and/or performing occasional live shows. I suspect this might be what the Boys have in mind, which may help explain why they've been on an ongoing "greatest hits" tour for the past few years: a live career summation after which retirement from touring makes sense. But even if that does prove to be the case, there seems little reason at this point to believe that Nonetheless will be their final studio album—knock on wood.

April 12, 2024

PSB Concert Tours

The Pet Shop Boys' official website announced this morning that they will bringing a special "intimate" version of their Dreamworld show to London's KOKO on May 26. I've added this date to my page devoted to PSB concert tours.

April 11, 2024

Personal Observations

As I've already replied to the two site visitors who have already asked me about it, no, I have not yet heard the new album Nonetheless, nor—as much as I would love to say otherwise—do I expect to hear it until it's officially released on April 26. And whether I get to hear it even then depends on when I receive the copy I've ordered or if downloadable/streaming files are available in a timely manner. In anticipation of that, I humbly ask those of you who are fortunate enough to hear it before I do to please refrain from immediately sending me any comments, observations, or "spoilers" about it, such as items to add to my lists. It sort of takes the fun out of "unpacking" it for myself. Thanks so much for understanding!

April 8, 2024

Song Annotations

Thanks to Andrew Shaw for telling me about a notorious legend (denied by its principals) about Steve Strange and Mick Jagger that may be alluded to in the Superchumbo Mix of "Party in the Blitz." I talk about it in a new annotation to my commentary on that song.

Also, thanks to Mun-Hou Lo for suggesting that the COVID pandemic may be reflected in the sense of discomfort expressed in "Sense of Time," although, as I state in a new annotation on this matter, that would depend on when Neil actually finalized its lyrics.

Guest Appearances by Neil and/or Chris in Other Artists' Music Videos

Thanks as well to Neil of Delaware for pointing out a couple of additional times when Chris Catalyst's face briefly morphs into that of (possibly) Neil Tennant (see April 6 below) in his new video for his remake "Left to My Own Devices." So I've appropriately expanded on its tenative entry at #7 in my list of guest appearances by Neil and/or Chris on other artists' music videos. Not so incidentally, Neil of Delaware is also of the opinion that it is indeed our musical hero's face making such fleeting appearances, but I'm still, at least for the time being, retaining my stance of official uncertainty about it.

April 6, 2024

Updates/Corrections
Song Annotations

I've gleaned some facts about "Dancing Star" shared by Chris and Neil this morning on BBC Radio 2 to make some additions and adjustments to my commentary about that song. This same radio appearance has also inspired me to add a new annotation about the lines "Just crossing the street / Well, it's almost heroic" to my page for their older song "Flamboyant."

Thanks to Julián Villella for pointing out that the "orchestra hit" sound used to great effect in "Dancing Star" is quite possibly the same classic sample that was originally lifted from Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird, which is associated with Rudolf Nureyev. I describe this possible connection in a new annotation for that song.

Thanks also to Jeff Durst for observing that the comparatively vulgar language in "Party in the Blitz" may possibly indicate that its narrator belongs to the London working class or urban poor of the World War II era. To be sure, this isn't necessarily the case since the U.K. upper classes are perfectly capable of vulgarity (especially under such stressful circumstances), but I do think that, especially given the time period, it's perhaps somewhat more likely. I've mentioned this observation in an expansion on an existing annotation ("getting off your tits") about the vulgarity in that song.

Guest Appearances by Neil and/or Chris in Other Artists' Music Videos

A fellow PSB fan who calls himself Billy Billy in a Brazilian fan group has observed that the new music video by Chris Catalyst for his cover of "Left to My Own Devices"—which I mentioned here and added to the appropriate page on April 2 (see below)—features an extremely fleeting "transformation" that may involve Neil Tennant. I write about this in a new and quite tentative entry at #7 in my list of guest appearances by Neil and/or Chris in other artists' music videos. On account of this uncertainty, however, I'd love it if we could somehow receive actual confirmation one way or the other.

April 5, 2024

PSB Videos

The new video for "Dancing Star" has just been released on YouTube. I've therefore added the appropriate new entry for it to my page of capsule descriptions of the Pet Shop Boys' music videos.

Song Annotations

I'm indebted to Nigel Brand and Steve N. for independently sharing with me some information and observations—some of which overlapped with each other—that have inspired me to add several new annotations to my commentary on "Dancing Star": Amalfi, Siberia, Orly Airport (and "jumping"), "a fiery talent," and St. Petersburg. Thanks, guys!

Updates/Corrections

Thanks to Sam for pointing out a broken link, now eliminated, on my page devoted to Pet Shop Boys songs covered by other artists.

Thanks as well to Neil Kelly (whose name I've just added to my Thank You page) for alerting me to the fact that the Friburn & Urik Tribal Mix of "Break 4 Love" that appears on the Queer as Folk: Club Babylon release isn't actually referred to as an "Edit" as I had originally listed its title among that song's mixes and versions. But I do need some way to distinguish the shorter version there from the full-length version. So I've made a slight adjustment and added an explanatory note.

April 4, 2024

Breaking News!

Thanks to David B for informing me that the Japanese version of the special two-disc edition of Nonetheless will feature an extra track, "Clean Air Hybrid Electric Bus," on its bonus Furthermore disc.

Song Annotations

Thanks to Henrik S for nudging me toward pointing out previous musical speculations about Judas's motivations for betraying Jesus, a couple of which I've called out in a new second bullet-point annotation to my new commentary on "If Jesus Had a Sister." And thanks as well to Andrea Grasso for suggesting that I mention in an existing annotation to that same song Neil's previous collaboration with The Killers and Elton John on the 2008 Christmas song "Joseph, Better You Than Me."

Updates/Corrections

I'm also indebted to Andrea for catching a typo, now corrected, on my page for "Dancing Star." And thanks, too, to Zazou2 (Laura C.A. Moloney-Kenny) for reporting a typo, similarly corrected, on my aforementioned brand new page for "Clean Air Hybrid Electric Bus."

April 3, 2024

New Music
PSB Lists

The new single "Dancing Star" and its bonus tracks have been released digitally this morning. I've therefore posted updated pages for "Dancing Star," "Sense of Time," and "If Jesus Had a Sister." Of these, the one I'm still struggling most with is "Sense of Time." I believe I'll have more to say about it later on after I've listened to it a few more times and have mulled it over a bit. Unfortunately, other demands on my time today will prevent me from devoting as much attention to this as I would like. So that's yet to come. Meanwhile, I've also added several references from "Dancing Star" to my list of real places mentioned by name in Pet Shop Boys songs, one addition (Judas) from "If Jesus Had a Sister" to my list of real people mentioned by name or title in their songs, "Sense of Time" to my list of PSB songs that contain non-English words and phrases (although I do concede that it's a slight stretch), and "Dancing Star" as one of the more questionable entries toward the end of my list of other songs in which Chris's voice can be heard.

PSB Songs That Have Been Used in Films and "Non-musical" TV Shows

Thanks to Samantha for letting me know that "West End Girls" could be heard in the March 27, 2024 edition of the German cold-case reality show Aktenzeichen XY... ungelöst ("Case number XY... unsolved"). So I've added this appearance to my entry for that song at #1 in my list of PSB songs that have been used in films and "non-musical" TV shows.

Updates/Corrections

Thanks so much to Raymond Merkh for catching some typos, now corrected, on this very page as well as in my updates earlier today for the aforementioned "Sense of Time" and "If Jesus Had a Sister."

April 2, 2024

PSB Songs Performed by Other Artists

Thanks so much to JonP (whom I've added to my Thank You page) for telling me about a new remake of "Left to My Own Devices" by Chris Catalyst, guitarist/singer best known as a member of the Sisters of Mercy and, more recently, as a touring member of Ghost (which had previously covered "It's a Sin"). Upon its release, Catalyst described "Devices" as "One of my favourite songs from one of my favourite bands, the mighty Pet Shop Boys. An introspective anthem of understated genius. Much like most of their stuff." I find those extremely gratifying words coming from a man known for his work in the genres of punk and metal. At any rate, I've now added this new rendition to my page dedicated to PSB songs performed by other artists. If you would like to see it for yourself, it's available in YouTube.

April 1, 2024

Updates/Corrections

Thanks to Raymond Merkh for catching and reporting a typo, now corrected, on my page devoted to "This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave."

March 31, 2024

Updates/Corrections

Thanks to Jeff Durst for alerting me to the fact that I hadn't expressed myself as clearly as I should have in my new annotation yesterday (see just below) about the "Knuckle under!" line in "This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave." I've now modified that annotation to clarify my (and Steve's) point about the word-play involving the verb "rapped."

March 30, 2024

Song Annotations
PSB Songs That Contain Biblical Allusions

Thanks to Steve N. for suggesting a couple of new annotations (concerning the lines about "a litany of saints" and "a voice rapped 'Knuckle under!'") for the song "This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave." And because of the aforementioned "litany of saints," that song also earns a spot, also at Steve's suggestion, at #23 among what I consider the more "questionable" entries toward the end of my list of Pet Shop Boys songs that contain biblical allusions.

And since we're on a somewhat related subject, please allow me to take this opportunity to wish a very Happy Easter to all of you of who observe that holiday tomorrow!

March 26, 2024

Updates/Corrections

Thanks to a regular site visitor who prefers to remain anonymous for suggesting that I add the more idiomatic translations of "Viva la Vida" to my entry for that song at #21 in my list of Pet Shop Boys songs with lyrics that don't contain the title—advice that I've now followed.

 


 

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