What's New? – Recent Updates & Additions

February 28, 2024

Updates/Corrections

Thanks to Raymond Merkh for catching a couple of careless errors (a typo and a missing word), now corrected, on my page devoted to "All the Young Dudes." Yeah, I'm getting sloppy in my old age.

February 27, 2024

Real People Mentioned by Name or Title in PSB Songs

Thanks to Andrew Shaw for pointing out that I had overlooked adding the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Freddie Burretti to my list of real people mentioned in Pet Shop Boys songs by virtue of their being name-dropped in "All the Young Dudes." As I state in a note at the end of the list, several other names mentioned in that song also apparently refer to real people, but since I've so far been unable to identify them by anything other than their first names, I don't include them in the "list proper."

February 26, 2024

Song Annotations

Thanks to Jeff Durst for sharing his observations concerning the use of the word "boogaloo" in "All the Young Dudes," particularly with regard to its recent appropriation by the U.S. Far Right. This motivated me to create a new annotation regarding "boogaloo" for that song, which in turn inspired me to add notes for a great many of its other somewhat unusual turns of phrase. Thus my annotations for "All the Young Dudes" have greatly expanded.

February 25, 2024

PSB Lists

Thanks to Andrew Shaw for reminding me that I should add Ringo Starr's name to my list of real people mentioned by name in Pet Shop Boys songs by virtue of his being name-dropped in "Loneliness." And earlier today I added new entries related to "All the Young Dudes" both to that same tally and to my list PSB songs with distinct "Beatles connections."

Song Annotations

Andrew Shaw was also kind enough to inform me that Pete Gleadall was apparently behind the scenes at the Boys' recent BBC Radio Two performance with a Mac running Logic Pro, which could well have produced the synth sounds (as well as percussion) heard in all of the songs they performed. I've noted this in an expanded annotation on the subject of the synth in "All the Young Dudes." Thanks again, Andrew! I've alluded in that same annotation to a recent comment shared by another regular site visitor, Nigel Brand, regarding the "early 'seventies" timbre of that synth. Thanks, Nigel!

Personal Observations

José Cruz, long-time fan and "unofficial" remixer, has just posted the latest in his remarkable series of PSB remixes, "Loneliness" (JCRZ Remix). I think it's fantastic—an absolutely superb dance mix. I especially like the way he clevery incorporates Neil's "I was a lonely boy" line from "Left to My Own Devices." If you're interested, I invite you to check it out on YouTube.

February 24, 2024

Song Annotations

Thanks to Nigel Brand for suggesting that I make use of an interesting fact that Chris revealed about the original recording of "Left to My Own Devices" during yesterday's Piano Room show. I've done precisely that in a new second bullet-point annotation to my commentary on that song.

Thanks as well to Alan O. for pointing out that a peach emoji has long been used as internet "code" for "ass," a fact that I cite in an expansion on my pre-existing annotation concerning the "peach-perfect piece of ass" line in "Give Stupidity a Chance."

Updates/Corrections

Thanks to Regis P. for noticing a typo, now corrected, right here on this page. As it so happens, I had mistyped the year of yesterday's entry!

Finally, thanks to Jeff Schapira, who also caught a typo, and also corrected, in my new "Left to My Own Devices" update noted above.

February 23, 2024

Cover Songs That the Boys Have Performed Live But Haven't Yet Released in Studio Versions

This morning our musical heroes appeared on BBC Radio Two's Piano Room, during which they performed "Left to My Own Devices," their latest single "Loneliness," and a new rendition of David Bowie's "All the Young Dudes." If you like, you can listen to these performances online. As you can tell from the preceding hyperlink, I've created a new page for "Dudes," and I've also made appropriate updates to my list of PSB cover songs and to my entry for Bowie on my "In Memoriam" page.

February 22, 2024

Updates/Corrections

Thanks to Des for catching and reporting a typo, now corrected, in my annotations for the song "Party in the Blitz."

February 21, 2024

PSB Concert Tours

The Pet Shop Boys' official website has announced that on July 13 they will be headlining the Cruïlla Barcelona Festival. I've updated my PSB concert tours page accordingly.

Updates/Corrections

Thanks to Jens Boldt for suggesting some better translations of the title of the film Montag Kommen die Fenster, which I've noted where I mention it in my lists of PSB songs used in films and TV shows and films in which PSB songs can be heard (related to the song "To Speak Is a Sin").

February 20, 2024

Films That Have Featured PSB Songs

Thanks to Philippe de la Croix for alerting me to the fact that, although I had already noted that "I Want a Dog" can be heard in the recent film All of Us Strangers in the entry for that song in my list of Pet Shop Boys songs in non-musical films and TV shows, I had neglected to mention it in the entry for that movie in my "inverse" chronological list of films that have featured PSB songs. I've now rectified that oversight.

February 19, 2024

Song Annotations

Thanks to Dave F for sharing his views (with which I fully agree) about the two new PSB b-sides, "Through You" and "Party in the Blitz." I especially liked his observation that the comparatively vulgar language used in latter song is a reflection of its wartime setting and the narrator's fatalism. So I've expanded on my existing annotation about one of those crude expressions, "getting off your tits," to spell out this likely fact.

February 16, 2024

Technical Issues

I don't know why, but the Flag Counter routine toward the bottom of my home page wasn't working for most of the day. It was beyond my control, firmly in the lap of the external vendor. But now, fortunately, it's working again.

February 15, 2024

Updates/Corrections

Thanks so much to longtime site visitor Thomas Hoheisel for catching and reporting a couple of typos, now corrected, first on my new page devoted to the upcoming album Nonetheless and then on my much, much older page delineating all of my lists. (That typo must've gone unnoticed for years!)

February 14, 2024

Happy Valentine's Day!

PSB Concert Tours

The Pet Shop Boys' official website has just announced that they will be bringing their Dreamworld Tour show to Finland this year at the Pori Jazz Festival on July 18. I've updated my PSB Concert Tours page accordingly.

February 13, 2024

Song Annotations

Thanks to Andrew Shaw for pointing out a bit of a "connection" between the new song "Party in the Blitz" and the 1941 Noël Coward song "London Pride," which I've described in a new bullet-point annotation to my entry for the PSB track.

Updates/Corrections

Thanks as well to Nigel Brand for alerting me to a typo, now corrected, here on this very page.

And thanks so much to Chris Payne for suggesting a slightly different approach to the lyrics of "Loneliness" than I originally took—one that, after mulling it over, I've come to believe has a great deal of merit. I describe this more "therapeutic" angle in a new paragraph that I've added to my commentary on that song.

February 12, 2024

Mixes/Versions

Thanks to an anonymous correspondent whose identity I'm hoping soon to verify for providing me with evidence of some official Capitol Mastering and Abbey Road Studios reference CDs produced for EMI that contain some apparently authorized but unreleased alternate mixes of a number of PSB songs: "Suburbia," "Left to My Own Devices," "I'm Not Scared," "Being Boring," "This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave," "How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?" "Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes Off You)," "DJ Culture," "Before," "A Red Letter Day," and "To Step Aside." I've added these previously unlisted mixes to the "Official but unreleased" sections of my "Mixes/Version" tally for each of those songs along with explanatory notes.

Incidentally, "reference CDs" are produced by a studio or mastering facility to enable a client (the artist, producer, mixer, and/or record company executives) to review a prospective "final" recording before they authorize its inclusion on a pending release. Most of the tracks described above were apparently considered for potential release on the 2001 reissues Further Listening discs but were ultimately rejected. A couple of them, however, appear to have been provided for a possible release in the 2005-2006 timeframe that never materialized.

February 10, 2024

Updates/Corrections

Thanks to Dave F for finding and reporting a couple of outdated statements, now deleted, in my commentaires on the songs "Legacy" and "Hell." He also nudged me toward making an update to a footnote I already had regarding the entry for the fragmentary and officially unreleased "Stick It On" in my list of the early tracks that the Pet Shop Boys recorded with Ray Roberts and Bobby 'O' Orlando.

February 8, 2024

Updates/Corrections

Thanks to Kevin Crossman for catching a careless error on my part—stating that "Through You" is a b-side for "Say It to Me" rather than for "Loneliness," the result of quickly cutting and pasting from one page to another in an attempt to save myself some work—which I've now corrected.

Other Songs in Which Chris's Voice Can Be Heard

Thanks to Matteo for suggesting that the distorted voice that pops up a few times toward the end of the Pet Shop Boys Extended Mix of "Purple Zone" may be Chris. So I've now included it as a possibility at the end of my list of other songs in which Chris's voice can be heard (other than those in which he sings lead, that is).

Books About the Pet Shop Boys

I'm delighted for my website and me to be cited in the new book The Pet Shop Boys and the Political, edited by Bodie A. Ashton. There he states in his "Acknowledgements":

A special thank you must go to Wayne Studer. Many Pet Shop Boys fans will know Wayne from his website, Commentary, which contains an absolutely prodigious amount of information about every Pet Shop Boys song and album. Wayne was also extremely kind in making himself available to answer impromptu and sometimes arcane questions, and I know that it is not just me who has benefitted from his knowledge while putting this book together.

Thanks so much to Bodie, and the check is in the mail—figuratively, that is, since I've already placed an order for my own copy. I've also added it to my section devoted to books about the Boys.

February 7, 2024

Updates/Corrections

One of my site visitors (whom, under the circumstances, I'll leave nameless if that's OK with him) took me to task for seeming to suggest in my first annotation for "Loneliness" that Neil doesn't reveal much personal information about himself in his lyrics, and he offered a few songs to make his point. But, as I replied in my defense, I didn't say that Neil never reveals personal information in his lyrics; I simply said that he "rarely" does so. But to help prevent anyone else from similarly misunderstanding what I was trying to say, I've now added a couple of key past examples of such personal lyrical revelations as well as a further qualifier about him not being "obvious" about it in possible other cases. I hope this rectifies the situation. And thanks to the site visitor who "nudged" me toward this improvement.

Speaking of "Loneliness," thanks to Steve N. for pointing out that the actual script of A Hard Day's Night refers to a "canal" rather than the River Thames that Ringo is walking along, which further excuses Neil—as if any "excuse" were needed—for referring to a canal in the lyrics. (See my February 4 entry below.) I've made the appropriate revision to my entry for that song.

February 6, 2024

Song Annotations

Thanks to Dave F. for calling out a possible pun involving rock music in the title of the Pet Shop Boys' song "At Rock Bottom." I've noted this possibility in a new annotation to my commentary on that song. Doing so further inspired me to add another new first annotation concerning the etymology of the phrase "rock bottom" itself.

Miscellany

Thanks also to Danny Edmunds for letting me know about an excellent new article in The Guardian about music journalist Tom Hibbert, a former colleague of Neil's at Smash Hits. Neil is quoted several times in this article, which unsurprisingly mentions the Pet Shop Boys from time to time as well. Check it out!

Personal Observations

I'm pleased to say that the most recent issue of Billboard magazine has named "Loneliness" one of its five "best new dance tracks of the week." Let's hope this translates before long to them making it once again onto the Billboard dance charts.

February 5, 2024

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

Thanks to Marc B. for informing me, with the appopriate evidence, that Irish actor Andrew Scott—currently starring in the film All of Us Strangers (which includes both the PSB rendition of "Always on My Mind" and their "I Want a Dog" on its soundtrack, as already noted here in two of my lists) but also known for his prominent roles in the Sherlock and Fleabag TV series, among other roles—is a documented Pet Shop Boys fan. I've therefore added him to my list of celebrity PSB fans outside of music.

February 4, 2024

Song Annotations

Two of my site visitors (thanks so much to DonJuanSW and Nigel Brand!) have independently shared their observations that the new track "Through You" offers an interesting contrast to the earlier Pet Shop Boys song "Transparent." I've made note of this in new bullet-point annotations to both songs.

Thanks also to Paul Clements for pointing out that the opening and concluding strings (plus the chimes at the end) of "Loneliness" are clearly inspired by if not actually sampled from (that remains to be seen) the 1977 composition Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. I've noted this in a new annoation to that song as well. This also earns the song a spot in the second "connections" portion of my list of PSB songs based on classical compositions.

Films That Have Featured PSB Songs

Thanks to Anthony M. (I'm waiting to hear back from him with regard to the use of his full name) for reminding me that "West End Girls" can be heard in the 2022 film Medusa Deluxe, a fact I had already noted in my list of PSB songs used in non-musical films and TV shows but had neglected to include in my "flipside" list of films that feature PSB songs. I've now rectified that oversight.

Updates/Corrections

Thanks to Jim Crownover for reporting a typo, now corrected, on my page for Nonetheless. And thanks as well to Matteo for reporting recurring errors, also now corrected, on most of the pages for the songs from that still-unreleased album, the result of cutting and pasting.

Also, thanks to Craig Hedges for pointing out that it's the River Thames, not a canal, that Ringo is walking along in the movie A Hard Day's Night, which makes the corresponding (and othewise terrific) line from "Loneliness" in error, albeit one for which I'm sure we can easily excuse him. I've now noted this fact in my discussion of that song. (But please note my February 7 update above on this subject.)

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

Thanks to Regis P. for letting me know (along with the necessary evidence) that U.S. radio host and "professional metal fan" Alan Cox merits a place in my list of celebrity PSB fans outside of music. "I like the Pet Shop Boys!" he has said in amused self-defense—in the process quoting Walt Whitman, "I contain multitudes!"—against an incredulous fellow metal-head commentator while stating why he's going to see the Dreamworld film.

February 3, 2024

Updates/Corrections

A marvelous article and interview with the Pet Shop Boys by journalist Laura Snapes in The Guardian this morning has enabled me to make a number of updates related to the upcoming album Nonetheless and more than half of its still-unreleased songs. (Actually, I'm rather surprised that so many details about these songs are being made public nearly three months before the album's release. Then again, perhaps the idea is to encourage advance orders as opposed to in-store sales.) Information gleaned from this article also graces my entry for the Drake track "All the Parties" (which interpolates "West End Girls"), and it has even inspired me to add a new item #16 to my list of my favorite one-line descriptions of the Boys.

Incidentally, it's well worth calling out that, in this article, Neil and Chris say that Naked, a new "stage show" (they don't say whether it's a musical or a ballet)—based, like their ballet The Most Incredible Thing, on a story by Hans Christian Andersen—is in the works, though it won't be ready anytime soon. Chris said, "I wouldn't hold your breath for that. That might be posthumous at the rate it's going." The article points out that one of the songs on Nonetheless, "Why Am I Dancing?" is a "rewrite" of a ballad from Naked.

Meanwhile, thanks to C.M. for reporting a typo, now corrected, in my commentary on "Party in the Blitz." And thanks as well to Danny Edmunds for pointing out that, based on the concluding credits to the "Loneliness" music video, these latest recordings still appear to be "owned" by the Boys' x2 label and merely "licensed" to Parlophone, a fact that I've now noted on my page devoted to Nonetheless.

Song Annotations

Thanks so much to Steve N. for sharing a fascinating alternate interpretation of "Through You." I don't happen to agree with his reading of the song myself, but I think it's intriguing enough to describe in a new annotation on my page for that track.

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

Thanks to John McFadden for tipping me off (with the requisite evidence) that American television host, journalist, author, and film expert Dave Karger deserves a spot in my list of celebrity PSB fans outside of music. I've just now added him there.

Personal Observations

In today's article in The Guardian, cited (and linked) above, Neil makes the startling claim that "Music has ceased to be ageist," and he actually makes a very strong argument in support of his contention. But here's the rub: while music itself may indeed have ceased to be ageist, music radio hasn't. In fact, music radio—at least here in the States where I live, and that's really all I'm qualified to talk about with anything akin to authoritativeness—is hopelessly divvied up into decade-based categories, and that translates into the age-ranges of their respective target audiences.

Any radio station that plays songs by Taylor Swift, Drake, and Doja Cat isn't likely to play music by Phil Collins, Janet Jackson, and New Kids on the Block, and vice-versa; and neither of those stations is likely to play songs by the Supremes, Neil Diamond, and the Monkees, and vice-versa. (Yes, there are exceptions, but those are the exceptions that, as the cliché goes, prove the rule.) In short, while a great many contemporary teenagers will, thanks to the internet, check out and enjoy music by the artists favored by their parents and grandparents, thereby lending credence to Neil's statement, precious few radio stations follow suit. So that brings up a salient point: just how important are radio stations anymore to the success of popular music? Even more saliently: why doesn't new music by older artists still storm up toward the top of the pop singles charts? I suspect it's because the charts are every bit as ageist as radio stations, if not more so. So there it is again: just how important are pop charts anymore?

I suppose those are questions I'm far more qualified to ask than to answer. But I do love asking them!

February 2, 2024

Updates/Corrections
PSB Lists

I continue to make scattered updates related to the new single "Loneliness" and its b-sides ("Party in the Blitz" and "Through You") as well as the upcoming album Nonetheless. Not only have I made some additions and adjustments to my still-early commentary on those releases, but I've also added "Loneliness" to my lists of how PSB singles differ (if at all) from the album versions and their songs with distinct "Beatles connections," and entries for "Party in the Blitz" to my lists of PSB songs with literary references and those that mention specific real-life places by name. I've also added the two new b-sides to my list of tracks for a prospective third PSB b-sides album, and inserted "Through You" as an uncertain entry at the end of my list of tracks in which Chris sings (or "speaks") lead.

PSB Song Chronology

I've added all three new songs to my PSB Song Chronology.

February 1, 2024

Updates/Corrections

Thanks to leesmapman for pointing out that Neil has affirmed that the title and lyrics of the new song "Party in the Blitz" were inspired by a memoir by the Nobel Prize-winning author Elias Canetti, which I've now noted in an extensive revision to what I had previously written about that song on first hearing.

Thanks as well to Danny Edmunds for reporting a typo, now corrected, on that same page.

Fun with Grammar

I've added Nonetheless to my list titled "Fun with grammar: the parts of speech of PSB album titles."

Personal Observations

Last night, I attended the Pet Shop Boys' Dreamworld film with my husband George and several of our friends. We all agreed that it was fantastic! I've read comments by some fans that, at least at some screenings, the sound was of inferior quality, but that was hardly the case when we saw it. Well, to be honest, the sound was a little on the low side for the first two songs, but then somebody at the movie theater made the appropriate adjustments (accompanied by audience applause) to increase the volume significantly —though, thankfully, not to ear-splitting levels—and it was then absolutely superb from then on out! If it's playing in your area but you haven't yet booked your ticket(s) for the remaining showing(s), I highly recommend you do so!

January 31, 2024

Breaking News!

With an outpouring of a great deal of new information this morning about the upcoming new album Nonetheless and its superb first single "Loneliness," you can imagine that I'm swamped with work right now making appropriate website updates. While I've posted a few pertinent updates—including new pages for the single bonus tracks "Through You" and "Party in the Blitz"—I still have more to do, and everything that I have posted thus far is subject to change as I glean more from this information and these new/pending releases. Please bear with me during this transitional period, and I greatly appreciate your patience and understanding.

If you haven't yet heard "Loneliness" or seen its video, it's now available in YouTube. I've already added to my page providing capsule descriptions of their music videos.

And thanks so much to Londonnoise for reporting a broken link, now fixed, on my new page for Nonetheless.

January 30, 2024

Breaking News!

Neil and Chris will reportedly be debuting their new single (the title of which hasn't yet, as far I know, been announced) on Zoe Ball's BBC Two radio show tomorrow morning. It will be available for streaming online, although I know from past experience it may not play outside of the United Kingdom. More information can be found on the official PSB website.

Song Annotations

Thanks to David B for pointing out an interesting (though not necessarily intentional) "echo" of the classic "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" in the opening line of the Pet Shop Boys' "Tonight Is Forever." I've made note of it in a new annotation to my commentary on that song.

Updates/Corrections

Thanks as well to Dominic for reporting a typo, now corrected, in my entry for "Decide."

January 29, 2024

Films That Have Featured PSB Songs

Thanks to Eddie Xavier for reminding me that the Pet Shop Boys' new Dreamworld film—which will receive its worldwide debut in special screenings just two days from now—deserves a spot at the current end of my chronological list of films that have featured PSB songs.

January 28, 2024

Thank You!

Having received his permission to do so, I've added Dinosaur Kirby to my Thank You page in recognition of his contribution of information yesterday (see just below) about the updated credits for "All the Parties." Thanks again!

Updates/Corrections

Thanks to Matteo for catching an inconsistency in which, on two different pages, I had cited two different years—1987 and 1988—for the release of the original version of "It's Alright" by Sterling Void and Paris Brightledge. The correct year is 1987. I've therefore corrected it where it had been incorrectly stated in my entry for that song in my list of covers recorded by the Pet Shop Boys.

January 27, 2024

Merely to Clarify Matters…

A site visitor whom I'm waiting to hear back from with regard to proper credit and identity (in the meantime, thanks so much!) was kind enough to send me an update about the situation that notoriously emerged back in early October in which the popular Canadian rapper/singer Drake had interpolated a portion of "West End Girls" into his new track "All the Parties" without having credited the Pet Shop Boys or obtained their permission to do so. As it turns out, the credits for "All the Parties" have now been formally revised to include Tennant and Lowe among its many songwriters. This inspires me to add a new page for "All the Parties" to the section of my website titled "Merely to Clarify Matters…."

January 26, 2024

PSB Songs Performed by Other Artists

A new cover of "Being Boring" by Canadian electronic musician TR/ST and Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears has just been released. I've made note of this in the entry for that song on my page listing Pet Shop Boys songs covered by other artists. It's pretty darn good, in my humble opinion; if you like, you can give it a listen online.

January 25, 2024

Breaking News!

The Pet Shop Boys' official website reports that on February 23 they will be appearing on BBC Radio 2 with a special set at Maida Vale Studios. Advance word is that they will perform their new single as well as one of their old songs and a new cover of a song written by David Bowie.

January 24, 2024

Mixes/Versions

Thanks to Matteo for letting me know that there are two very slightly different versions of the "Main Vocal Mix" of "The Boy Who Couldn't Keep His Clothes On," differing in that one has what sounds like sleigh bells during the fadeout while the other does not. This has been confirmed elsewhere, such as in Discogs. So I've now made note of this fact in the "Mixes/Versions" section of my page devoted to that song.

January 23, 2024

Updates/Corrections

Thanks so much to Andrew Shaw for alerting me to a typo, now corrected, right here on this page.

January 19, 2024

Early Titles for Pet Shop Boys Songs and Albums

Thanks so much to Andrew Thomas for clueing me in (along with the necessary source for his information) on various early titles Neil and Chris had considered for their album Behaviour. This has enabled me to add that album and those prospects to my list of early titles for PSB albums.

January 17, 2024

Personal Observations

Great news on two fronts! First, the Boys have noted on their official website that they're having a busy day today shooting a new video—almost certainly for the first single from their upcoming new album, apparently slated for spring release. Second, if you'll recall, some weeks ago I expressed concern that local sales of tickets for the Dreamworld concert film were slow. But I'm now very pleased to say that situation has turned around dramatically. The two originally scheduled showings are both nearly sold out, which has resulted in the addition of a third local showing! I hope that's happening elsewhere as well.

January 15, 2024

Performances of PSB Songs by Other Artists

I'm grateful to Chris Smyth for sharing with me his observations about singer-pianist Michael Griffiths's cabaret-style performance of It's a Sin: Songs of Love and Shame this past Friday evening at this year's Sydney Festival. Chris thoroughly enjoyed this revue of Pet Shop Boys songs, used to illuminate Griffiths's own personal story, describing it as "ever so good." The songs that Griffith performed were:

Since these renditions haven't yet (as far as I know) been recorded, I won't cite them in my list of PSB songs performed by other artists. But if I discover that they somehow have become available for us to listen to, or if I learn that Griffiths has repeatedly performed these songs for the public, I'll be sure to add them there. In the meantime, thanks so much, Chris, for writing to me about this!

January 13, 2024

Songs Performed Live Most Often by PSB

Thanks so much to long-time site visitor Alk for encouraging me to update my list of the songs performed live most often by the Pet Shop Boys, including his pointing out a valuable online resource (setlist.fm) to draw upon for those updates. I've now made some appropriate revisions.

January 12, 2024

PSB Music Videos - Capsule Descriptions

Thanks to George "Jammer" Dashevsky for calling my attention to something I'd never noticed before: that the Pet Shop Boys' music video for "Yesterday, When I Was Mad" includes an apparent allusion to the classic 1980 psychological horror film The Shining. I found this interesting enough to make note of it in the entry for that song on my page devoted to capsule descriptions of their music videos.

January 11, 2024

FAQ

Thanks to Jeff Schapira for catching a longstanding typo, now corrected, in my FAQ section, on the page devoted to the subject "Don't you know that the Pet Shop Boys aren't really gay? Neil "came out" in the 1990s only as a marketing ploy. And I've personally spoken to some of the many women Chris has bedded through the years."

January 10, 2024

Performances of PSB Songs by Other Artists

Thanks so much to Australian site visitor Chris Smyth for telling me about a particularly interesting performance—especially for us PSB fans—coming up just two days from now (January 12) at the 2024 Sydney Festival, that city's annual celebration of arts and entertainment. Titled It's a Sin: Songs of Love and Shame, it's cabaret singer-pianist Michael Griffiths's personal story, set back in the late 1980s, of (in the words of the show's promo materials) "trying to navigate his sexuality in a time when the AIDS epidemic was full blown, when the Grim Reaper was on TV every night and homophobia was everywhere," using the songs of the Pet Shop Boys to do so, "linking each song to some of the most important (and sometimes hilarious) episodes, incidents and people in his life." Among the songs included in his performance will be "Rent," "Love Comes Quickly," "Suburbia," "You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You’re Drunk," "Go West," and, of course, "It’s a Sin." If you would like to learn more and perhaps buy tickets, you may do so online.

January 8, 2024

Films That Have Featured PSB Songs

As it turns out, I owe at least a half-dozen of my site visitors an apology. As noted below, I've received a number of emails pointing out that "Rent" appears in the film Saltburn and that I should add it to the appropriate list here on my website. But in each case I replied that I had already noted that fact in my list of Pet Shop Boys songs used in non-musical films and TV shows. The trouble is that I had completely forgotten about its "companion list"—one that covers some of the same territory but from a different angle—namely "Films that have featured PSB songs." Stefano D, however, didn't take my response sitting down; he called me out on that oversight. So I've now gone ahead and added Saltburn to that second, previously neglected list. And I'll have to take some time to see whether I've overlooked any other films in the same way. Thanks, Stefano! And I do apologize to the rest of you—Albert, Mart, Terry, Robbie, Handerson, Mike, and anyone else I may be forgetting—for my negligence. The only lame excuse I might offer is that sometimes I fear I may have too many lists for my own good.

January 7, 2024

Updates/Corrections

Thanks to Regis P. for pointing out a typo, now corrected, on this very page.

Over the past two weeks no fewer than six of my site visitors have written to tell me that "Rent" appears in a karaoke scene in the new film Saltburn. But I first noted that fact a little over a month ago (see December 3 below) and recorded it at that time in the entry for that song at #40 in my list of Pet Shop Boys songs used in non-musical films and TV shows. Since I keep hearing about it, I figured it can't hurt to mention it here again.

January 6, 2024

Personal Observations

A couple of my regular site visitors have written to check up on me, making sure that everything is OK, because I've been so quiet for an unusually long time (two weeks now). As I explained to them, it's just that I've had a rather busy holiday season, whereas not much has been going on (at least to our knowledge) in the "PSB world"—although, as one of my visitors suggested, this may be "the calm before the storm" of new releases and activity in the new year. At any rate, I've had little if anything to say of late, so I simply haven't bothered to say anything. I'm sure it's only a temporary respite.

Incidentally, Happy New Year!