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Last night the Pet Shop Boys performed a medley that incorporated no less than 16 of their songs at London's Earl's Court during the Brit Awards, where the duo were recognized in the Outstanding Contribution To Music category.


And today on the Boys' official website, Neil Tennant posted a photo of Chris Lowe knocking back a beer last night with The Killers' Brandon Flowers (right), who guested on "It's A Sin" and "West End Girls" last night.

The duo have also remixed Lady GaGa's "Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)," and their version is being offered today as a free download from AOL Music.

Meanwhile, the PSBs new album Yes (cover art pictured above) is out March 23, and it was announced this week that a limited two-disc edition titled etc. will be made available. In addition to the six album track dub mixes that will appear on the bonus disc, there will also be a brand new Pet Shop Boys composition featuring none other than Phil Oakey of the Human League, titled "This Used To Be The Future."

Say Neil and Chris: "The inspiration for this bonus album came from The Human League's 1982 dub album, Love and Dancing.

Siamese Dreamroad.jpg   While I succesfully managed to dodge the "25 Random Things" meme going around on Facebook earlier this month, I knew I couldn't outrun the "15 Albums That Changed Your Life" one that popped up in its wake. "Think of 15 albums, CDs, LPs, that had such a profound effect on you they changed your life," the intro to the list implores. "Dig into your soul. Music that brought you to life when you heard it. Royally affected you, kicked you in the ass, literally socked you in the gut..."

I'm using this as a call to arms for all music-loving Towleroad readers. I'll post mine below. But let us know yours, too!

And as my pal who tagged me on this also noted, these could change daily. In no particular order:

1. Morrissey, Viva Hate
2. The Smiths, Louder Than Bombs
3. Pet Shop Boys, Very
4. Smashing Pumpkins, Siamese Dream
5. The Cure, Standing On A Beach
6. Saint Etienne, Smash The System
6. Nirvana, In Utero
7. R.E.M., Monster
8. Pet Shop Boys, Actually
10. Ace Of Base, The Sign
11. Kylie Minogue, Fever
12. The Pulp Fiction soundtrack
13. Suede, Suede
14. The Killers, Hot Fuss
15. Eurythmics, Sweet Dreams

road.jpg TWO MORE CLIPS FROM THE BRITS: Take That get intergalactic while performing "Greatest Day," and multiple award winner Duffy does "Warwick Avenue."


YearsOfRefusalMorrissey's ninth studio album Years of Refusal. Producer Jerry Finn had just finished work on the record last year when he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage last July. He was taken off life support in August last year, and passed away two weeks later. In addition to Morrissey's own You Are The Quarry, Finn had also produced Blink 182's Enema Of The State and mixed Green Day's Dookie.

Anastacia's Heavy Rotation, featuring production by JR Rotem, Rodney Jerkins and Lester Mendez. It's her first album since 2004, and fourth overall.

New singles from Jim Jones ("Na Na Nana Na Na"), Rick Ross ("Mafia Music) and The-Dream ("Rockin That Sh*t).

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  1. 1. David Bowie "Ziggy Stardust" or maybe "Station to Station"or "Low"
    2. Smiths "Queen is Dead"
    3. Echo and the Bunnymen "Ocean Rain"
    4. My Bloody Valentine "Loveless"
    5. Suede "Suede"
    6. Jesus and Mary Chain "Automatic"
    7. Television "Marquee Moon"
    8. American Music Club "California"
    9. Love "Forever Changes"
    10. Stranglers "Raven"
    11. Low "I Could Live In Hope"
    12. Stone Roses "Stone Roses"
    13. Ultravox! "The Island Years"
    14 Elvis Costello "Armed Forces"
    15. Skip Spence "Oar"
    I could probably keep on going with this list for a long time...

    Posted by: AdamN | Feb 19, 2009 5:14:50 PM

  2. Robbie, any chance the Magnolia soundtrack is on your list some days?

    Posted by: Eric | Feb 19, 2009 5:23:34 PM

  3. 1. In My Tribe, 10,000 Maniacs
    2. Tigerlily, Natalie Merchant
    3. Little Earthquakes, Tori Amos
    4. American Idiot, Green Day
    5. Out of Time, R.E.M.
    6. Indigo Girls, Indigo Girls
    7. Life’s Too Good, Sugarcubes
    8. Homogenic, Bjork
    9. Live Through This, Hole
    10. Rhythm Nation 1814, Janet Jackson
    11. Ray of Light, Madonna
    12. Disintegration, The Cure
    13. Substance, New Order
    14. A Rush of Blood to the Head, Coldplay
    15. Graceland, Paul Simon

    Posted by: scar2 | Feb 19, 2009 5:27:13 PM

  4. These are not necessarily my favorite albums of all time, nor are they necessarily what I consider great albums (though some of them, obviously, are masterpieces)...but each one of them influenced my musical taste and/or came along at a pivotal moment in my life.

    1. Radiohead--O.K. Computer
    2. R.E.M.--Chronic Town (technically, it's an EP, but whatever)
    3. The Cure--Boys Don't Cry
    4. Erasure--Wonderland
    5. The Beatles--White Album
    6. New Order--Low-life
    7. Smashing Pumpkins--Pisces Iscariot
    8. Patsy Cline--Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits
    9. The Cocteau Twins--Treasure
    10. The Rolling Stones--Sticky Fingers
    11. Sigur Ros--Agaetis Byrjun
    12. Red Hot Chili Peppers--Blood Sugar Sex Magik
    13. Van Morrison--Moondance
    14. The Jody Grind--One Man's Trash
    15. Bob Marley and The Wailers--Exodus

    Posted by: peterparker | Feb 19, 2009 5:36:04 PM

  5. Eric, usually on Sundays. Nine years ago I simulated having sex with a Barbie doll the entire way through Aimee Mann's "Driving Sideways" in front of an acting class.

    It was a triumph...Barbie's legs snapped off in the process. I quit that class about a month later; better to leave my acting career on a high note.

    Posted by: Robbie | Feb 19, 2009 5:37:46 PM

  6. 1. Lou Reed - Transformer
    2. Smiths - The Queen is Dead
    3. Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings And Food
    4. Grateful Dead - One from the Vault
    5. Nina Simone - Live at the Fillmore East
    6. David Bowie - Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust...
    7. Paul Simon - Live Rhymin'
    8. Lv Beethoven - 6th Symphony (Pastoral)
    9. Dusty Springfield - Stay Awhile / I Only Want to Be With You
    10. New Order - Power, Lies & Corruption
    11. Bjork - Vespertine
    12. Allman Brothers Band - Eat a Peach
    13. Otis Redding - In Person at the Whisky A Go-Go
    14. Fela A. Kuti - Zombie
    15. Tortoise - TNT

    Posted by: Matt | Feb 19, 2009 5:45:51 PM

  7. In alpha order:

    1. Blondie "Parallel Lines"
    2. Bronski Beat "The Age Of Consent"
    3. Carly Simon "No Secrets"
    4. The Carpenters "Singles"
    5. Colourbox "Colourbox"
    6. Eurythmics "Savage"
    7. Human League "Dare"
    8. James Taylor "JT"
    9. Kate Taylor "Kate Taylor"
    10. Pete Shelley "XL1"
    11. Pino Donaggio "Don't Look Now" OST
    12. Ramones "Ramones"
    13. Roxy Music "Avalon"
    14. Secession "A Dark Enchantment"
    15. Vicious Pink "Vicious Pink"

    Posted by: JohnInManhattan | Feb 19, 2009 5:56:44 PM

  8. In no particular order (except for #1):
    1. David Bowie : The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
    2. X - Los Angeles
    3.Bob Marley - Exodus
    4. The Clash - London Calling
    5. Billie Holiday - The Complete Decca Recordings
    6. The Pretenders - The Pretenders
    7. Elvis Costello - My Aim is True
    8. Led Zepplin - Houses of the Holy
    9. Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
    10. Cream - Disraeli Gears
    11. Aretha Franklin - Live at Fillmore West
    12. Stevie Wonder - Talking Book
    13. Radiohead - I Computer
    14. u2 - Joshua Tree
    15. Annie Lenox - Diva

    Posted by: pete | Feb 19, 2009 6:06:58 PM

  9. Glurg. Stupid addictive facebook memes. Alrighty then, in no order whatsoever...

    Feist – The Reminder
    Emily Haines – Knives Don’t Have Your Back
    Imogen Heap – Speak For Yourself
    Liz Phair – Exile In Guyville
    Metric – Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?
    The Dixie Chicks – Wide Open Spaces
    Stars – Set Yourself On Fire
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell
    Sigur Rós – Takk...
    Wilco – Yankee Foxtrot Hotel
    Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People
    Ben Folds – Rockin’ The Suburbs
    Sia – Color The Small One
    Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
    Elliot Smith – New Moon

    Posted by: Jeremy Feist | Feb 19, 2009 6:10:08 PM

  10. (in no particular order)

    SHE'S SO UNUSUAL - Cyndi Lauper
    LIKE A VIRGIN - Madonna
    FAITH - George Michael
    BEHAVIOUR - Pet Shop Boys
    RUNAWAY HORSES - Belinda Carlisle
    SIGN O' THE TIMES - Prince
    KYLIE MINOGUE - Kylie Minogue
    SINGLES - The Smiths
    BAD - Michael Jackson
    TANGO IN THE NIGHT - Fleetwood Mac
    WOW - Bananarama
    DIANA - Diana Ross
    THE SINGLES: 86-98 - Depeche Mode

    Posted by: david | Feb 19, 2009 6:15:18 PM

  11. Oh my god, how could I forget Elliot Smith New Moon change my number 15 from Diva to New Moon

    Posted by: pete | Feb 19, 2009 6:15:51 PM

  12. 1. Garbage - eponymous
    2. Portishead - Dummy
    3. Prodigy - Experience
    4. Poe - Hello
    5. Fiona Apple - When the Pawn...
    6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell
    7. Interpol - Our Love to Admire
    8. The Rentals - Return of the Rentals
    9. Weezer - Blue Album
    10. Superdrag - In the Valley of Dying Stars
    11. The Cardigans - First Band on the Moon
    12. No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom
    13. Deee-Lite - Dewdrops in the Garden
    14. Elastica - eponymous
    15. Spy - Music to Mauzner By

    Posted by: pdn | Feb 19, 2009 6:19:32 PM

  13. mine were difficult-i've got more than 30 years of music in my head to sift through for this. however, over the years there have been a few stand outs from which i've been able to pull 15. i rarely go back and listen to music from the past as i prefer to keep looking for new stuff. but these are 15 albums i still listen to after many years and will probably continue to listen to many years from now.

    Beatles-Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
    Patti Smith-Horses
    Talking Heads-Remain in Light
    Everything But the Girl-Walking Wounded
    Madonna-Remain in Light
    Soundtrack from the Movie “Pi”
    Kate Bush-The Kick Inside
    Phoebe Snow-Phoebe Snow
    Joni Mitchell-Court & Spark
    Charles Webster-Born on the 24th of July
    Talking Heads-More Songs About Buildings & Food
    Naked Funk-Evolution Ending
    David Bowie-Heroes
    Beanfield-Moving Patterns

    Posted by: alguien | Feb 19, 2009 6:42:16 PM

  14. 1) The Age of Consent, Bronski Beat
    2) Terrapin Station, The Grateful Dead
    3) Private Dancer, Tina Turner
    4) Sticky Fingers, The Rolling Stones
    5) Play, Moby
    6) Tourist, St. Germain
    5) True Blue, Madonna
    6) She's So Unusual, Cyndi Lauper
    7) Destroyer, KISS
    8) The Dinah Washington Story, Dinah Washington
    9) The Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack
    10) Edward Scissorhands, Danny Elfman
    11) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band, The Beatles
    12) Touch, Eurythmics
    13) Sabresonic II, The Sabres of Paradise
    14) Tubular Bells, Mike Oldfield
    15) White Christmas, Elvis Presley

    Posted by: barcolet | Feb 19, 2009 6:43:04 PM

  15. I discovered most of the music that profoundly effected me 15 years ago while I was still a teenager, go figure. But a few of these randomly listed albums came out fairly recently and it is their sheer ass-kicking awesomeness that landed them here:

    1. Patty Griffin - Living With Ghosts
    2. Antony and the Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now
    3. Pixies - Surfer Rosa
    4. Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking
    5. Beatles - Abbey Road
    6. R.E.M. - Green
    7. The Cure - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
    8. A Tribe Called Quest - Low End Theory
    9. Jeff Buckley - Grace
    10. MIA/Diplo - Piracy Funds Terrorism
    11. Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
    12. Sinead O'Connor - Universal Mother
    13. Smashing Pumpkins - Gish
    14. Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine
    15. Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes

    Posted by: GermanJones | Feb 19, 2009 7:04:17 PM

  16. And here I just read Brandon Flowers saying he no longer drinks. The sinner.

    I moved recently and my CDs and vinyl are spread all over, so I couldn't possibly come up with my top 15 albums. But I'm glad to see that so many people have good taste. The Suede and Colourbox mentions were especially nice. Actually I could probably just steal one or two albums from each of the above lists to create mine, but that would be cheating. I would have to add Siouxsie and the Banshees, Juju, which I've listened to several thousand times. And Eurythmics, Touch. And Love and Rockets, Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven. And Of Montreal, Hissing Fauna Are You the Destroyer. OK, I'll stop.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 19, 2009 7:08:40 PM

  17. 01] PRIVATE DANCER : Tina Turner
    02] DIVA : Annie Lennox
    03] INGENUE : kd lang
    04] SAVAGE : Eurythmics
    05] BEHAVIOUR : Pet Shop Boys
    06] FAITH : George Michael
    08] VIOLATOR : Depeche Mode
    09] INDIGO GIRLS : Indigo Girls
    10] SOLITUDE STANDING : Suzanne Vega
    11] SONGS FROM THE BIG CHAIR : Tears for Fears
    12] INVINCIBLE SUMMER : kd lang
    13] BARE : Annie Lennox
    14] DUNCAN SHEIK : Duncan Sheik
    15] AROUND THE WORLD IN A DAY : Prince + the Revolution

    Posted by: troy | Feb 19, 2009 7:24:19 PM

  18. 1. Tammy Wynette "Another Lonely Song"
    2. Tina Turner "Private Dancer"
    3. Culture Club "Colour By Numbers"
    4. Donna Summer "On the Radio"
    5. Elton John "Greatest Hits"
    6. Lynn Anderson "Smile For Me"
    7. Alison Krauss "I've Got That Old Feeling"
    8. Jennifer Warnes "Shot Through the Heart"
    9. Cyndi Lauper "She's So Unusual"
    10. Belinda Carlisle "Heaven On Earth"
    11. James Taylor "Greatest Hits"
    12. Euryhmics "Sweet Dreams"
    13 Anita Baker "Rapture"
    14. Conway Twitty "Silver Anniversary"
    15. Tammy Wynette "Tears of Fire"

    Posted by: Ken Atkins | Feb 19, 2009 7:25:10 PM

  19. Robbie: Oh my! Thank you for the Barbie-sex-demonstration visual. I will never listen to 'Driving Sideways' quite the same away again. Thank you.

    I'll add my list as well...

    01. Portishead - Dummy
    02. Sinead O'Connor - The Lion and the Cobra
    03. The Smiths - Louder Than Bombs
    04. Depeche Mode - Music for the Masses
    05. The Cure - Disintegration
    06. Magnolia Soundtrack
    07. Weekend Players - Pursuit of Happiness
    08. Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
    09. Cowboy Junkies - Lay it Down
    10. Diana Krall - Love Scenes
    11. Everything but the Girl - Walking Wounded
    12. Sarah McLachlan - Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
    13. Natalie Merchant - Tigerlily
    14. Kylie Minogue - Fever
    15. Moby - Play

    Posted by: Eric | Feb 19, 2009 7:47:05 PM

  20. Just like ALGUIEN said, it was hard sifting through all the years of music. These are just a FEW of the albums that played pivotal roles in my life:

    1. Rufus & Chaka - Rags to Rufus
    2. Rufus & Chaka - Rufusized
    3. Rufus & Chaka - Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
    4. Rufus & Chaka - Destiny
    5. Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
    6. Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
    7. Phoebe Snow - Phoebe Snow
    8. Labelle - Chameleon
    9. Donna Summer - Bad Girls
    10. Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack
    11. Chaka Khan - Chaka
    12. Michael Jackson - Thriller
    13. Anita Baker- Rapture
    14. Sade - Stronger Than Pride
    15. k.d. lang - Ingenue

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Feb 19, 2009 7:59:46 PM

  21. Oh god... only 15?? Im sure some of this list would be different at another time but here goes...
    In no particular order -

    Elton John - Madman Across The Water
    Queen - A Night At The Opera
    Pet Shop Boys - Very
    David Bowie - Station To Station
    Billy Joel - Turnstiles
    Diana Ross - Diana
    Donna Summer - Bad Girls
    Madonna - Like A Prayer
    Bette Midler - The Divine Miss M
    Kate Bush - The Kick Inside
    Tina Turner - Private Dancer
    Eurythmics - Be Yourself Tonight
    ABBA - Super Trouper
    Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual
    George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice

    Damn.. that was hard, I could just as easily have included a bunch of others, certainly more albums by each of the artists above and I didnt even get to Stevie Wonder, Lennon/McCartney/Beatles, Grace Jones, Kylie Minogue, U2, Bananarama, Anita Baker, Supertramp, The Who, Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks, Annie Lennox solo or Whitney or Barbra :)

    Posted by: OberonOZ | Feb 19, 2009 8:30:08 PM

  22. I was focusing on the music that mattered to me, and I've listed them in the order that I discovered them (album year is in brackets). (I'll note that the Queen album was my first record purchase!)

    1. Queen, News of the World (1977)
    2. David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust (1972)
    3. B-52's, B-52's (1979)
    4. Martha and the Muffins, This is the Ice Age (1981)
    5. Talking Heads, Fear of Music (1979)
    6. Laurie Anderson, Big Science (1982)
    7. REM, Lifes Rich Pageant (1986)
    8. Velvet Underground, Velvet Underground and Nico (1967)
    9. Mary Margaret O’Hara, Miss America (1988)
    10. Various, Red Hot + Blue (1990)
    11. Nirvana, Unplugged (1994)
    12. Morissey, Vauxhall and I (1994)
    13. Patti Smith, Gone Again (1996)
    14. Radiohead, OK Computer (1997)
    15. Arcade Fire, Funeral (2004)

    Posted by: Don | Feb 19, 2009 9:36:03 PM

  23. 1. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
    2. Behaviour - Pet Shop Boys
    3. The Flat Earth - Thomas Dolby
    4. Six Wheels on My Wagon - Fluke
    5. Looking at You - Sunscreem
    6. Listen Without Prejudice - George Michael
    7. Absolute Torch and Twang - k.d. lang
    8. The Wall - Pink Floyd
    9. Graceland - Paul Simon
    10. Live In Australia - Elton John
    11. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics
    12. You've Come a Long Way Baby - Fatboy Slim
    13. Jesus Christ Superstar - Original Broadway Cast
    14. Rent - Original Broadway Cast
    15. Moodfood - Moodswings

    Posted by: Philip | Feb 19, 2009 10:10:32 PM

  24. In no order:

    Second Edition/Metal Box-Public Image Limited
    De La Soul is Dead-De La Soul
    Three Feet High And Rising-De La Soul
    Purple Rain-Prince
    Sign O' The Times-Prince
    Emperor Tomato Ketchup-Stereolab
    OK Computer-Radiohead
    Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space-Spiritualized
    Hounds of Love-Kate Bush
    So-Peter Gabriel
    Loveless-My Bloody Valentine
    To Bring You My Love-PJ Harvey
    Rid of Me-PJ Harvey

    That's only 14 albums but you get the point-my love is pretty much only for black Americans and for white people from England. I should have been born in London.

    Posted by: Charles | Feb 20, 2009 1:22:10 AM

  25. It's been bugging me, and I feel stupid for not just doing the list in the first place. But I have to add the first (eponymous) Throwing Muses album and the Replacements, Let It Be.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 20, 2009 1:55:33 AM

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