What's New? – Recent Updates & Additions

September 22, 2021

Links

Classic Pop magazine has posted a very nice online article by Andrew Dineley on the cover/sleeve art for various Pet Shop Boys releases. I don't agree 100% with the examples listed as the "best" (my own choices having been listed here and here), but there's no denying the quality of the selections made.

September 20, 2021

Corrections / Updates

Thanks to Bill Bahlman for catching and reporting a longstanding typo, now corrected, on my page for the album Format.

September 11, 2021

Annotations
Corrections / Updates

Thanks to C.M. for pointing out a discrepancy in the lyrics of "The Loving Kind" between the Girls Aloud rendition and the Pet Shop Boys' own version, which I discuss in a new third bullet-point annotation to my commentary on that song. He also kindly alerted me to a typo, now corrected, on my page devoted to "Paninaro."

September 9, 2021

Song Annotations

Thanks to Rob Bingham for letting me know about a recent interview in The Guardian in which songwriter Diane Warren, who wrote "Numb," speaks of how she found the video for the Pet Shop Boys' rendition to be "emotionally devastating." I've made note of this fact, and the reason behind it, in an expansion on the pre-existing first bullet-point annotation to my commentary on the song.

September 5, 2021

On This Day…

Not this day, but another – Thanks so much to Lena (whose name I've just added to my Thank You page) for telling me about an event that took place on October 8, 1996, during which Neil may have met Princess Diana for the first and only time. We'll see if we can learn more to remove any doubt about it. In the meantime, I've made note of this event on my On This Day in Pet Shop Boys History page, although of course it won't show up there until October 8 rolls around again—by which time I may have learned enough to modify it a bit. Time and research will tell!

September 4, 2021

Covers of PSB

Thanks to Erik H. for letting me know that there are some indications that the mix of the Elton John/Years & Years remake of "It's a Sin" that will appear on The Lockdown Sessions (as noted just below two days ago) may be different from the single version. I've noted this tentatively on my page devoted to remakes of Tennant-Lowe songs.

September 2, 2021

Covers of PSB

The recent Elton John/Years & Years remake of "It's a Sin," co-produced by the Pet Shop Boys, will appear on Elton's upcoming album The Lockdown Sessions, scheduled for late October release. I've simply made note of this fact in a few pertinent spots here on my website.

August 31, 2021

Lists

Thanks to John Hunt for letting me know (and for providing indisputable supporting evidence) that Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark were among the artists that Neil interviewed during his time with Smash Hits. I've now made that addition to the list!

August 30, 2021

Song Interpretations / Analysis

Long-time site visitor Steve N. wrote to suggest a possible "double meaning" the reference to "fallout" in the lyrics of "This Used to Be the Future." I look at this usage, however, from a slightly different perspective, as I explain in a new bullet-point annotation to my commentary on the song. Nonetheless, thanks, Steve, for sharing your observation!

Another long-time visitor, Danny Edmunds, has shared an observation that, to be honest, took some convincing. It even took some digital enhancement. But, once he indeed convinced me, I now find it drop-dead fascinating! I discuss this remarkable finding in a new second bullet-point annotation to my commentary on "Hoping for a Miracle." Be prepared to have your own credulity stretched! But trust me on this one!

August 25, 2021

Corrections / Updates

Thanks to Artem for pointing out a small error on my part, which I've now corrected, in quoting lyrics from "Believe/Song for Guy," as well as an instance of Neil slightly changing those lyrics, which I've also noted in my commentary on the track.

August 23, 2021

Lists

Thanks to Eke Webb for clueing me in that the famed comic book writer Grant Morrison could well be a Pet Shop Boys fan, as suggested by some likely playful references to several PSB songs ("The Samurai in Autumn," "So Hard," and "Being Boring") in the second issue of the new DC Comics limited series Superman and The Authority. After doing a quick bit of online research, I found several statements by Morrison indeed indicating fondness for the Boys and their music. So I've now added Morrison to my list of celebrity fans of the Pet Shop Boys outside the field of music. Thanks again, Eke!