In We’re No. 1, The A.V. Club examines a song that went to No. 1 on the Billboard charts to get to the heart of what it means to be popular in pop music, and how that has changed over the years. In this installment, we cover Pet Shop...Show More Summary
My fellow Americans! Is your life empty, void of witty and sophisticated synth pop? Is there a hole in your heart left from the last time you watched a Pet Shop Boys video or witnessed the life-affirming power of Lust for Youth live?...Show More Summary
Irish alt-rockers Fight Like Apes have posted a cute live cover of the Village People / Pet Shop Boys classic Go West, reworking the lyrics in support of the Yes Equality campaign. Their first two albums went Top Five in Ireland and their self-titled third studio album will be released on Tuesday.
Welsh cutie Bright Light (Rod Thomas) teams up with former Scissor Sisters vocalist Ana Matronic with this track from the coming Life Is Easy remix album. The pair recently covered the Pet Shop Boys classic West End Girls in a charity single for NYC's Hetrick-Martin Institute, which serves at-risk LGBT youth.(Tipped by JMG reader Chris)
I recently posted a message from Pet Shop Boys vocalist Neil Tennant, who had alerted his fans that he'd contributed to a coming Brandon Flowers track that samples the Bronski Beat gay classic, Smalltown Boy. The track appeared on YouTube this week and you'll have to listen closely for Tennant's spoken line. I quite like this.(Tipped by JMG reader Blobby)
After a debut season that saw the sitcom repeatedly trashed by the man on whose memoir it's based, Fresh Off The Boat (1.5/5) wrapped up its first run last night. There was some assimilation anxiety and some Pet Shop Boys on Tuesday in the 13th episode of the mid-1990s set comedy about a Taiwanese-American family that move from D.C. Show More Summary
In 1982, Willie Nelson released his version of "Always on My Mind," the timeless ballad written by Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher and Mark James and covered by everyone from Elvis Presley to the Pet Shop Boys. For the final video of his "Roots Sessions" series, Ray Scott gives the song...
The force is strong with this one. A little kid is jumping around in front of some caged dogs at a pet shop when one of the animals decides to take action. Watch as the boy tumbles backwards to the ground as the dog leaps towards the glass. Show More Summary
A pet store owner in Canada has been arrested for the deaths of two small boys who were tragically killed by a 110-pound python snake that escaped from his shop,
It's that time of year, when illegal puppy mills and irresponsible kitten owners gear up for the holiday pet-giving season. Happy children will soon be cuddling these tiny furry bundles while visions of YouTube ad dollars dance in their parents' heads. You don't have to have kids to get a pet. Show More Summary
Film director, artist, pop video director for The Smiths and Pet Shop Boys, author, passionate gay rights activist—Derek Jarman was so many things. Now see his movies at BAM.
Virginia (by way of Antarctica) thrash metal band GWAR returned to the A.V. Club offices (previously) to put its own unique spin on the 1984 Pet Shop Boys single, “West End Girls.” I just noticed that the whole place was empty when we got here, and the guys who have to work might resent us. […]
(NSFW: Language) GWAR stopped by A.V. Club’s offices, and turned in an unexpected thrash metal version of Pet Shop Boys’ ’80s classic West End Boys. Stick around for an even more awesome cover of Jim Carroll’s People Who Died.
What did you expect - "Tears in Heaven"? The AV Club has an ongoing feature where they invite bands in to do unlikely covers from a limited list, and GWAR were game - though they turn their met...
Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” may have the consensus in America as the greatest cover-song ever, but in the UK, the Pet Shop Boys’ “Always On My Mind” reigns supreme, according to a new BBC poll and, well, me. Just saying that my love for the PSBs is not purely a personal fixation; it’s a global phenomenon, […]
In a poll recently conducted by BBC Music to find “the top cover version of all time,” the Pet Shop Boys emerged victorious with their rendition of “Always On My Mind.” The song, penned by John Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson, was made famous by Brenda Lee and Elvis Presley in 1972. Show More Summary
Before frontman Dave Brockie passed away earlier this year, Gwar had appeared on the A.V. Club’s all-covers video series A.V. Undercover twice, taking on Kansas and Billy Ocean. And on the newest edition of the series, the new touring lineup of Gwar rolled through, playing the Pet Shop Boys’ icy, detached 1986 synthpop classic “West [...]
A totally brash take on the New Wave jam for AV Club's Undercover series.
The mighty scumdogs of GWAR have terrified A.V. Undercover with their presence twice before—first in the tiny round room with the definitive version of Kansas’ “Carry On Wayward Son,” then in our newer space with a sideways glance at...Show More Summary
I know it's all been filler on the blog this week. The old brain has been addled with too much work-related stuff. Normal service should resume shortly. But not just yet. As we segue into the weekend let's mark its start with a slice of 80s wonderfulness.