May 2008

On May 2 the Pet Shop Boys appear at Heaven nightclub in London, playing a four song set as part of Can You Bear It?, a benefit for Dainton Connell’s family. For the final song they are joined by Suggs and Carl from Madness, in rambunctious high spirits, to perform a dance version of Madness’s “My Girl”: “It was a very emotional night”.

October 2008

On October 27 a Pet Shop Boys-produced single by the British artist Sam Taylor-Wood, “I’m in love with a German film star”, is released on the cult German dance label Kompakt. It is the Pet Shop Boys’ third collaboration with Sam Taylor-Wood though the previous one was released under the pseudonym Kiki Kokova. The song is an electronic reinterpretation of the 1981 single by the Passions, a suggestion of Neil’s.

December 2008

This year’s annual Christmas single from the Killers — “Joseph (Better You Than Me)” — is originally planned as a collaboration between The Killers and Elton John. Neil gets involved after Brandon Flowers asks for help with the lyric; in the end Neil’s short section of guide vocal for the lyric he contributes will remain in the final song when it is made available for download.

On This Day

2000

Mini is released in Japan.

2001

The Boys fly to Moscow to attend a Marilyn Manson concert.

2005

They work in the studio on a number of songs in progress, and then write a brand new one, 'The Resurrectionist.'

2011

Chris has a cold. Nevertheless, he and Neil continue working in the studio on 'Your Early Stuff.'

2012

Adam Tressler records guitar parts for 'Breathing Space,' after which the Boys discuss, as they put it, the 'direction to take' on the song.

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