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

2001

Session bass player Steve Walters joins the Boys in the studio and records bass parts for 'Birthday Boy' and 'Home and Dry,' although his playing on the latter isn't used in the final version.

2008

Neil and Chris attend sessions at London's famous Abbey Road studios, where string and horn parts are recorded for two of the tracks on their next album, Yes (although the title hasn't yet been decided on at this time). Afterward they travel by taxi to Soho for a meeting related to their ballet plans.

2013

The Pet Shop Boys appear in concert at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto.

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