/ ARCHIVE / PRESS
Six months after the
release of 'Please' in 1986, its dance-remix companion 'Disco' followed.
In 1994, 'Very' was followed by 'Disco 2'. So in February 2003,
'Release' will be followed by 'Disco 3'.
However, unlike the first
two 'Disco' albums, 'Disco 3' will include new dance tracks recorded
during the 'Release' sessions. The full track-listing is as follows.
1. Time on my hands
2. Postive role model
3. Try it (I'm in love with a married man)
4. London (Thee Radikal Blaklite Edit)
5. Somebody else's business
6. Here (PSB new extended mix)
7. If looks could kill
8. Sexy Northerner (Superchumbo mix)
9. Home and dry (Blank and Jones mix)
10. London (Genuine Piano mix)
'Positive role model'
and 'Somebody else's business' were recorded in Berlin with Chris
Zippel at the same time as 'London'.
'Try it (I'm in love with a married man)' is Pet Shop Boys' version
of a 1983 Bobby 'O' song. A different version was heard on Radio
One's John Peel Show a few weeks ago.
'If looks could kill'
is a new recording of a PSB song also heard on the John Peel Show.
'Time on my hands' was
written and recorded at the end of 2000 and recently completed and
mixed. It features vocals by both Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant.
'Disco 3' will be released
internationally by Parlophone/EMI in early/mid February. A limited
edition, three-disc vinyl version will also be issued with an enhanced
track-listing including an extended mix of 'Somebody else's business'
and the WestBam remix of 'London'. Full details to be announced
Pet Shop Boys will tour
the UK in July.
follows the release of their new album "Release" and coincides
with the single , "I Get Along", which will be out on
July dates open with a London show at Brixton Academy on July 6.
Pet Shop Boys' last London show was in February, when they headlined
the Astoria, as part of the NME series of events. This ended Pet
Shop Boys' first ever tour of universities, in a show that saw them
tour with two guitarists and a percussionist, and receive rave reviews.
greatest ever synth duo, giving the world night on two decades of
utterly moving pop" - Independent on Sunday
one pairs frivolity and sadness with greater expertise. As their
finest song has it: never being boring, never being bored".
- Daily Telegraph
night of clever pop. This was awkward music from people who idolise
pop, not the idle pop of a cynical industry". - The Times
costing £25, are now on sale for the July dates.
hotline number is 0870 400 0688.
tour dates are as follows:
6th London - Brixton Academy
8th Brighton - Brighton Centre
10th Grimsby - Auditorium
11th Sheffield - City Hall
12th Manchester - Apollo
14th Newcastle - City Hall
15th Edinburgh - Playhouse
16th Nottingham - Royal Centre
18th Wolverhampton - Civic
19th Cambridge - Corn Exchange
21st Oxford - Apollo
22nd Bristol - Colston Hall
"Home and dry"
Released March 18th
release by Pet Shop Boys will be presented through Parlophone, EMI,
on March 18.
Shop Boys' latest recordings build on their acclaimed reputation
for lyrical empathy and exquisite aural construction. 'Home and
dry', taken from the forthcoming collection, Release, represents
a new development in Pet Shop Boys' stylistic range, employing guitars
and traditional rock sounds and the duo's trademark electro-virtuosity
to create a fresh, emotionally-taut soundscape firmly situated within
a classic pop structure.
and dry' (Radio Edit) (CD 1) is a deceptively seamless construction,
both lovelorn and anxious. Its memorable hook pervades the apparently
effortless gloss of the production with persistence, all the more
insistent for its modern elegy of hope-to-be-confirmed.
the same time, 'Home and dry' confirms the continuing ambition of
Pet Shop Boy's work, capturing within its timeframe their essential
allure in a new configuration of love confounded or confirmed, the
traumas of modern life, a world made smaller by its technological
advancements but made more remote by those same developments. Yet
for all its implied sense of loss, 'Home and dry' exhibits a sweet
sophistication in the optimism of the returning object of desire
(every love, any love); a healing coda to traumatic times expressed
in the archly beautiful lines: 'There's a plane at JFK/To fly you
home from far away/All those dark and frantic/Transatlantic miles'.
It is a sentiment elegantly embodied by Neil Tennant's yearning
lead vocal, and counter-pointed by Chris Lowe's subliminal refrain.
'Home and dry' comes packaged with other new tracks. The ambient
mix of CD 2 uses a floating version of the Tennant acapella, with
a new chord change from Lowe. The result is an abstract expansion
of the original.
driven energy of 'Sexy Northerner' suggests a more hard-edged portrait
of regionality and lust. An alien arrival in London (a recurrent
and key figure in Pet Shop Boys world) who 'drinks a lot of beer/
'least he doesn't smoke', is permanently disconnected by both his
own aspirations ('Don't you dare imply/That it's grim up North')
and his self-conscious yet nonchalant appeal. With his sexy grin
and apparent availability, he is an urban operator and ubiquitous
object of desire - as Tennant sings, almost wistfully, 'How does
he does it?'
is complemented by 'Always', a deceptively yielding yet resistant
ballad, finely threaded through its own resurgent hope: 'Summer
release culminates in the insistent, unbound desire of 'Break 4
Love', a collaboration with Peter Rauhoffer which has already been
No.1 in the US Billboard Dance Chart and hitherto available here
only on import.
single is available on 2 CDs and DVD single, the DVD featuring the
video for "Home and dry", directed by Turner prize winner
Home and dry
Home and dry (Ambient mix)
Break 4 Love (UK Radio Edit)
Break 4 Love (Friburn & Urik Hi Pass Mix)
Home and dry (Video)
Break 4 Love (USA Club Mix)
SHOP BOYS NEW ALBUM AND TOUR
Shop Boys have completed their new studio album (for release in
Spring 2002) and will be previewing songs from the record in a series
of university concerts in February. These culminate in a special
headline appearance at an NME Brat 50th anniversary show at Londons
Astoria on February 14, with a full list of support bands to be
announced by NME.
the direction of the new album, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe will
be joined on stage by two guitarists and a percussionist. Eight
of the albums ten tracks feature Johnny Marr on guitar but
he will not be touring with them as he has other commitments.
Lowe comments: "Were really proud of these new songs
and can't wait to play them in, what are for us, different venues".
This tour will be the first time Pet Shop Boys have played in universities.
Shop Boys new single, Home and dry, will be released
by Parlophone in March to be followed by the as-yet-untitled new
January 15 a busy period of activity for the duo kicks-off with
the screening of a video made by Turner Prize-winning artist Wolfgang
Tillmans to accompany Home and dry. The video, the first
time Tillmans has worked in this medium, will be shown in the new
art gallery (called Inside Space) in Selfridges, Oxford
Street, for 10 days, beginning on Jan 15. Wolfgang Tillmans won
the Turner Prize last year for his photography.
tickets are now on sale for the university tour, which plays:
Fri 8th BRISTOL UNIVERSITY (tel. 0870 444 4400/0117 929 9008)
Sat 9th KEELE UNIVERSITY (01782 583700)
Sun 10th NORWICH UEA (01603 508050)
Tue 12th TEESIDE UNIVERSITY (01642 342234)
Wed 13th LEICESTER DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY (0116 233 3111)
Thurs 14th LONDON ASTORIA NME NIGHT (020 7344 4040)
Tickets are £15 (£12.50 concessions/student/unemployed).
credit card line 0870 400 0688
020 7734 8932
Ahead 020 7403 3331
SHOP BOYS "MONTAGE"
Pet Shop Boys release "Montage", a new live video and
DVD, on November 12.
on their 1999/2000 "Nightlife" world tour, "Montage"
is a unique concert film featuring live footage presented simultaneously
over layers of backdrop projections and videos.
main concert footage was filmed over 2 nights in Germany; this was
then augmented with material collected from many different sources,
including news footage and filmed footage from shows on the American
leg of the tour. The film also utilises the original projections
of the show, plus parts of Pet Shop Boys' videos and other films,
including a film of a casting session for a video.
whole film captures not only the unique nature of the "Nightlife"
tour, with its' stage set designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid,
but the innovation that runs through all of Pet Shop Boys' work.
"Montage" is a stunning visual experience with a soundtrack
of Pet Shop Boys classics, including many of their hit singles.
a hi energy disco sequence in Kubrick's 2001, or a production of
'West Side Story' as conceived by Almodovar and you begin to get
the picture of the 'Nightlife' show", wrote the 'Independent
on Sunday' when the tour played New York.
surround sound music mix on the film was done by Bob Kraushaar.
MOVES TO NEXT SUMMER
York, NY (July 2, 2001) - The Pet Shop Boys and CAA regret to announce
the postponement to next year of this summer's Wotapalava tour,
which was due to visit 18 markets this July and August.
original line-up for the largest openly gay touring festival was
to include Pet Shop Boys, Sinead O'Connor, Soft Cell, The Magnetic
Fields and Rufus Wainwright, as well as DJs Junior Vasquez and Danny
Tenaglia. However, the last minute withdrawal of Sinead O'Connor
and the difficulty of finding a suitable replacement with such short
notice have led the producers to believe that it would be unwise
to proceed with the tour this summer.
has been a difficult decision to make as the idea of Wotapalava
being the largest gay-friendly tour has attracted much enthusiasm
and interest, and so much work as already gone into its organization,"
said CAA Department Head of Music Rob Light. "We are already
making preparations to ensure that Wotapalava will become a reality
Shop Boys and CAA wish to apologize to those who have already purchased
tickets and to thank those who have put so much effort into Wotapalava.
Ticket refunds are available at point of purchase.
have made this decision with the greatest of reluctance," commented
Pet Shop Boy/Wotapalava creator Neil Tennant, "but it seems
impossible to proceed without a complete line-up of artists. We
look forward to coming to America next year."
Statement from Neil Tennant on Wotapalava
is a music festival, produced by Pet Shop Boys and CAA that will
visit 17 North American cities this summer.
name, Wotapalava, is an English slang phrase which roughly translates
as "What a fuss about nothing".
performers will include, on the main stage, Pet Shop Boys, The Magnetic
Fields, Soft Cell and Rufus Wainwright. There will also be a dedicated
dance stage featuring a rotating line-up of some of the world's
biggest DJs, including Danny Tenaglia, Junior Vasquez and Paul Oakenfold.
Many of the dates will also feature special guests including Village
People and Gloria Gaynor. At some dates there'll be surprise guests.
idea of the festival came about a couple of years ago during a conversation
with Elton John. Wouldn't it be great to put together a bill of
out gay performers? Who would agree to do it? Would the performers
have anything in common apart from their sexuality in this sort
festival evolved from this idea. It will feature the diverse talents
of artists, many of them gay, and celebrate the dream of basic fairness
and equality for all people.
important than the sexuality of the performers is their individuality,
the way each of them has followed their own instincts to achieve
their artistic goals. In this respect, Wotapalava is a celebration
of the freedom to be what you want to be and about having the power
to live as you want without fear or discrimination. I think one
really important thing about Wotapalava is the way the diversity
of the artists contradicts any stereotyping: we are not defined
solely by our sexuality. Being homosexual is an important part of
life but not the whole point.
are delighted to have the support of the Human Rights Campaign.
Last year we played at the huge anti-hate crime concert in Washington
and were very impressed and moved by the way the message of anti-hate
and anti-discrimination was put across. Wotapalava aims to carry
the same message. And members of the Human Rights Campaign will
be on hand at each venue with information about the discrimination
gay Americans continue to suffer under the law and in their everyday
lives. Also a dollar from each ticket will benefit the work of the
let's not forget Wotapalava is a party. For everyone.
30 May, 2001
current tour info and more, visit the official Wotapalava web site!