Music News: Pet Shop Boys Offer Free Lady GaGa Mix, Plus Your 15 Life-Changing Albums
Robbie Daw presents a weekly pop music update here on Towleroad. Robbie runs his own site called Chart Rigger.
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.
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
TWO MORE CLIPS FROM THE BRITS: Take That get intergalactic while performing "Greatest Day," and multiple award winner Duffy does "Warwick Avenue."
THE WEEK'S NEW RELEASES:
Morrissey'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.