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

1994

'Absolutely Fabulous' is released as a single.

2002

The Boys take their Release tour to the St. Denis Theatre in Montreal, Canada.

2005

Chris and Neil meet with their manager to discuss the upcoming release of the Battleship Potemkin score. They decide at this time that 'No Time for Tears' should be released as a single—a decision that's later revoked.

2012

They finish work on their song 'The Way Through the Woods' and begin recording a cover of the Bee Gees classic 'I Started a Joke' in tribute to Robin Gibb, who had died the previous weekend.

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