10 August 1987
On August 10, 1987, ‘What Have I Done To Deserve This?’, a duet with Dusty Springfield, was released. They had actually wanted to record the song with Dusty – Neil’s favourite female singer – for ‘Please’ but had not been able to arrange it in time. “She sounds right because her voice has got that world-weary quality”. On August 16th, the Pet Shop Boys appeared on a Granada TV special, Love Me Tender, commemorating the tenth anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. They were asked to perform an old song he had made famous so they sifted through some Elvis cassettes and decided to do both a house version of ‘Baby Let’s Play House’ and ‘Always On My Mind’. In the end, they only did the latter. At the time they had no plans whatsoever to release it.