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, […]
"When does the touching start?"
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.
Following recent events in Egypt, Pet Shop Boys support #18Oct_EgyLGBT. Learn more here: http://t.co/vhn4jO98kq #StandforEgyptLgbt— Pet Shop Boys (@petshopboys) September 26, 2014 Activists are planning demonstrations at Egyptian embassies around the world on October 18th. Show More Summary
Iconic pop duo Pet Shop Boys have been on quite a prolific streak over the past couple years, between releasing albums Elysium in 2012 and Electric in 2013, and working on their musical piece on mathematician Alan Turing, A Man From The Future. And now, as their Electric Tour finally winds down after its 100th... More »
Copenhagen coldwave trio Lust for Youth have must have given Trainspotting a re-watch lately because their latest album International is all about CHOOSE LIFE. (And also maybe a little bit about Pet Shop Boys, New Order, and early-90s...Show More Summary
Accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra and the BBC Singers, last night Pet Shop Boys performed the world premier of their Alan Turing opera, A Man From The Future, at Britain's Proms event at Royal Albert Hall. The Independent hasShow More Summary
Recently, the first trailer for The Imitation Game, Benedict Cumberbatch’s new movie about Alan Turing was released. What Jonathan didn’t mention was that The Pet Shop Boys are working on an opera about Turing called A Man From the Future that premieres at the BBC Proms on July 23. Show More Summary
Wednesday evening, Pet Shop Boys will perform their original opera about gay codebreaker Alan Turing. Turing is often pointed to as an overlooked person in history — during WWII he played a key role in the watershed cracking of the....
Tomorrow night at London's Royal Albert Hall, Pet Shop Boys will perform with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the world premiere of their Alan Turing opera, A Man From The Future. Via the Guardian: "For one night only, I'm one of the BBC singers!" marvels Pet Shop Boys frontman Neil Tennant – he is adding his voice to the 18-strong chamber choir. Show More Summary