Pet Shop Boys greatest hits CD FREE in this weekend's The Mail On
By Lauren Powell
They have been one of Britain’s favourite bands for the past 25 years,
clocking up 50million album sales and 22 Top 10 singles.
Their massive success earned them a prestigious Brit Award for
Outstanding Contribution To Music. They are the fantastic Pet Shop
Boys – and they have put together a real treat for Mail on Sunday
This weekend, inside your paper, will be a brilliant FREE CD of their
greatest hits – especially compiled by the Pet Shop Boys themselves,
Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe.
And for this exclusive CD they have even provided a special track, Did
You See Me Coming?, taken from their new album – which won’t be in
the shops for another three weeks.
What Have I Done To Deserve This? Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe of
the Pet Shop Boys were Brit 2009 Outstanding Contribution award
Your FREE CD – Pet Shop Boys Story: 25 Years Of Hits – includes
classic tracks such as West End Girls, Go West, It’s A Sin and eight
other great songs spanning their chart career.
In an exclusive interview to announce their Mail on Sunday CD,
Tennant and Lowe revealed that, though their wild days are over, they
are still exploring new musical frontiers.
The anniversary of their 25th year in the business will be marked by
nothing more colourful than yet more hard work as they plan summer
concerts in London and Manchester.
‘The party days are over,’ admits Lowe, 49. ‘The wildest night I’ve
been on recently is a trip to the opera with my mother and sister. By
the time we had dinner it was pushing midnight.’
He added: ‘Before we go on stage, I normally have a lie-down. Before
the Brits, Neil had a white-wine spritzer. I had a rest.’
Their musical repertoire is changing, too: the Pet Shop Boys are
writing a ballet inspired by a Hans Christian Andersen story – to be
performed at Sadler’s Wells theatre in London in 2011.
Flamboyant: The boys have clocked up 22 Top 10 singles in 25 years
Being Boring? Neil and Chris say their party days are over
Their favourite current bands include MGMT, Arctic Monkeys and The
Killers. However, they do miss the excitement of the early years and
say the digital age and shows such as The X Factor have taken away
some of the thrill of music.
Lowe laments: ‘Now that X Factor is guaranteed No1 every Christmas,
there’s no genuine excitement, no asking what’s it going to be this
It’s ruined Christmas. In the past you had to spend afternoons in
record shops listening for what’s good. Now we’ve got internet access,
you’ve lost that sense of excitement.’
Meanwhile the band’s fans have remained unswervingly loyal. ‘I’m
astonished to see them still there,’ says Tennant. ‘They understood
our sense of humour and they still do.
‘There was a girl who used to sit on the wall outside my house revising
for her A-Levels in the mid-Eighties. There she was at a gig in London
recently. She doesn’t look a bit different.
‘Another woman has written to me since 1985 when she was a little
girl. Now she’s got a second child on the way.’
And the fans will be delighted that another Pet Shop Boys studio
album is on the way. The album, Yes, will be released on March 23.
Tennant says: ‘It’s a real privilege to get up on stage and get a
reaction. That, and scoring a goal for your football team, are the two
things you’ve got to appreciate in life. It’s such a good feeling. I don’t
see any reason why you can’t be up there and performing at 70.’
Pet Shop Boys Story: 25 Years Of Hits will make a truly unmissable
addition to your music collection – and it’s available only in The Mail
on Sunday this weekend.
Demand is sure to be huge, so make sure you order your copy today.
1. (07:04) - West End Girls (10' mix)
2. (04:40) - Paninaro (7' mix)
3. (07:41) - It's a Sin (Disco mix)
4. (04:19) - What Have I Done to Deserve This? (7' mix)
5. (04:15) - Jealousy (7' mix)
6. (04:51) - Being Boring (7' mix)
7. (05:02) - Go West (7' mix)
8. (04:07) - Before (7' mix)
9. (03:59) - Home and Dry (7' mix)
10. (03:39) - Flamboyant (7' mix)
11. (03:43) - Did You See Me Coming? (from Yes)
Playing Time.........: 00:53:21
Total Size...........: 368.19 MB
None of the tracks are present in the AccurateRip database