Let's Get Lost
by The Pretenders featuring Neil Tennant

Writers - Ghost/Hynde/McCracken
First released - 2017
Original album - Alone (The Pretenders)
Subsequent albums - (none)
Other releases - (none)

On Halloween 2016, the Pet Shop Boys were in Austin, Texas in anticipation of their Super Tour show there the following night. They decided to attend a performance that evening at Austin's Moody Theater by Chrissie Hynde and her band The Pretenders. Following the show, the Boys met with Chrissie, a professed PSB fan who had previously worked with them back in July 2014 to perform "Four Songs in A Minor" at their famous BBC Proms concert (the same one at which they unveiled A Man from the Future). Neil suggested at that time that the song "Let's Get Lost" from the recently released Pretenders album Alone would make a great single. Chrissie agreed, but only on the condition that it be reconfigured, so to speak, as a duet with Neil. Hence, in mid-January 2017, Chrissie and Neil recorded their new vocals at London's Sarm Studios. Having received its world premiere on Graham Norton's BBC Radio 2 show on February 4, 2017, the single—a modest, somewhat countrified rock love ballad in which Chrissie and Neil trade lead vocals, often doubling each other—was released just a couple days later as a double a-side with the Pretenders' "Gotta Wait."

To these ears, it sounds as though the original Alone album version (minus Neil) of "Let's Get Lost" and the single (with Neil) employ the identical backing track, the only difference lying in the vocals. There's no definite word at this time whether there will be any single remixes, including whether there might be any by the Pet Shop Boys (with Chris's involvement). None other than Boy George, however, raved on Twitter about the "PSB remix." Perhaps, however, he was simply misunderstanding the credits for what he had heard on the radio and clearly enjoyed so much.

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