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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.

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. In the order I discovered them.
    Madonna - Madonna
    Like A Prayer - Madonna
    I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got - Sinead O'Connor
    Pretty Hate Machine -NIN
    Come On Come On - Mary Chapin Carpenter
    Your Arsenal - Morrissey
    Sixteen Stone - Bush

    Fumbling Toward Ecstasy - Sarah McLachlan
    Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morrisette
    New Beginning - Tracy Chapman
    Rent - Original Cast Recording

    All That You Can't Leave Behind - U2
    Missundaztood - Pink
    Once More, With Feeling - The Cast Of Buffy The Vampire Slayer
    Songs From The Eye Of An Elephant - Ryan Star
    It's weird to see them listed as they are. I remember the day I first heard Lucky Star in a diner down at my grandparents - I fell in love at 8 and had to buy that tape. Now it's not so much a cd, but a song here a song there that gets me, that moves me (that really stirs my soul).
    I could list more, but it was for 15 (kept hovering at 17). Hard to narrow it but these hit the highs and lows of life.

    Posted by: BHcolin | Feb 20, 2009 3:00:07 AM

  2. 1. Grace Jones/ Slave to the rythm
    2. Massive Attack/ Blue lines
    3. Daft Punk/ Discovery
    4. Everything but the girl/ Walking wounded
    5. ABC/ The look of love
    6. Dimitri from Paris/ Sacrebleu
    7. Air/ Talkie walkie
    8. Pizzicato 5/ Unzipped soundtrack
    9. Dee Light/ Groove is in the heart
    10. The Orb/ Little fluffy clouds
    11. Sade/ The best of Sade
    12. Dusty Springfield/ Dusty in Memphis
    13. David Bowie/ Ziggy Stardust
    14. kd lang/ Smoke
    15. Aretha Franklin/ Walk on by

    Posted by: no-no | Feb 20, 2009 3:26:58 AM

  3. 1962 – Original Soundtrack – Lady & The Tramp (Peggy Lee)
    1963 - Cocktails with Cavallero (1959) – Carmen Cavallero
    1964 – Original Cast Recording – Funny Girl
    1966 - If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears – The Mamas and The Papas
    1968 – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
    1969 – Greatest Hits – Donovan
    1970 – Tea for the Tillerman – Cat Stevens
    1971 – Gonna Take A Miracle - Laura Nyro & Labelle
    1971 - Merry Clayton – Merry Clayton
    1974 – Court & Spark – Joni Mitchell
    1975 – Horses – Patti Smith
    1975 – Siren – Roxy Music
    1977 – Rough Mix – Ronnie Lane & Pete Townsend
    1979 – Broken English – Marianne Faithful
    1980 - Scary Monsters – David Bowie
    1981 – The Unknown Kurt Weill – Teresa Stratas
    1983 – Sweet Dreams – The Eurythmics
    1983 – Standards Vol. 1 – Keith Jarrett
    1984 – Mirror Moves – The Psychodelic Furs
    1987 - Substance – New Order
    1988 - Behavior – Pet Shop Boys
    1989 – Hoodoo – Alison Moyet
    1990 - Blue Lines – Massive Attack
    1992 - Diva – Annie Lennox
    1994 – Prose Combat – MC Solaar
    1994 – Martinis & Bikinis – Sam Phillips
    1994 - What Silence Knows – Shara Nelson
    1994 – Dummy - Portishead
    1994 - The Downward Spiral – Nine Inch Nails
    1997 - Ray Of Light – Madonna
    2001 – Fuse – Joe Henry
    2002 - Black Earth – Bohren & der Club of Gore

    … er, aw, fuck! I thought you wanted my 51 top albums, one for every year I’ve been alive. Damn feigned dyslexia!

    Posted by: Dolores | Feb 20, 2009 5:52:49 AM

  4. No
    What's Going On?
    Lady in Satin?
    Songs in the Key of Life?
    Kind of Blue?
    Not even once?

    Posted by: Nonplussed | Feb 20, 2009 6:41:48 AM

  5. The Cure, The Head on the Door
    The Smiths, The Queen is Dead
    Depeche Mode, Music for the Masses
    Franz Ferdinand, Franz Ferdinand
    Stevie Wonder, Songs in the Key of Life
    Les Rita Mitsouko, The No Comprendo
    Cocteau Twins, Treasure
    Dead can Dance, The Serpent's Egg
    The Church, Heyday
    The Sex Pistols, Never Mind the Bollocks
    Kate Bush, Hounds of Love
    Daft Punk, Homework
    The Chemical Brothers, Surrender
    The Pet Shop Boys, Behaviour
    George Michael, Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1

    Posted by: Ghislain | Feb 20, 2009 10:41:36 AM

  6. Remember...these are most influential, not best or favorites:

    1.Original Cast Album- My Fair Lady
    (my parents played it alot when I was under 5 years old)
    2.Original Cast Album- Follies
    (full fledged musical comedy queen by my teens)
    3.Revolver- Beatles
    4.Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim
    5.Dusty In Memphis- Dusty Springfield
    6.Remain in Light- Talking Heads
    7.Outlandos D' Amour- The Police
    8.Annie Lennox- Medusa
    9.A Walk Across The Rooftops- The Blue Nile
    10.Let's Get Lost- Chet Baker
    11.Harry- Harry Nilsson
    12. Night & Day- Joe Jackson
    13. Older- George Michael
    14.Painted From Memory- Elvis Costello
    15.Please- The Pet Shop Boys

    Posted by: Stephen | Feb 20, 2009 11:49:09 AM

  7. I did this on Facebook! :)

    Here's my list:

    1. Tori Amos: from the choirgirl hotel
    2. The Magnetic Fields: 69 Love Songs
    3. Neko Case: Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
    4. Belle & Sebastian: If You're Feeling Sinister
    5. Radiohead: OK Computer
    6. Saint Etienne: Good Humor
    7. Madonna: Like a Prayer
    8. Dusty Springfield: Dusty in Memphis
    9. Antony & The Johnsons: I Am a Bird Now
    10. Bjork: Post
    11. Sigur Ros: Med sud i eyrum vid spillum endalaust
    12. Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
    13. Original Broadway Cast Recording: Sunday in the Park with George
    14. The Smiths: Louder Than Bombs
    15. Tie . . . Panda Bear: Person Pitch and Department of Eagles: In Ear Park

    Posted by: Alex | Feb 20, 2009 12:08:31 PM

  8. ps--I want to have listening parties with so many of you! Great, great lists!

    Posted by: Alex | Feb 20, 2009 12:13:38 PM

  9. Hejira, Joni Mitchell
    Hounds of Love, Kate Bush
    Wrecking Ball, Emmylou Harris
    Angel of the Night, Angela Bofill
    The Way We Were, Barbra Streisand
    It Looks Like Snow, Phoebe Snow
    Broken English, Marianne Faithfull
    Dreamgirls, Original Broadway Cast recording
    Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder
    Joan Armatrading, Joan Armatrading
    Porgy & Bess, Houston Grand Opera (1976)
    Gonna Take a Miracle, Laura Nyro & LaBelle
    Tumbleweed Connection, Elton John
    When I Was a Boy, Jane Siberry
    No More Drama, Mary J. Blige

    Posted by: TBW | Feb 20, 2009 3:48:52 PM

    MOBY - 18
    U2 - BOY

    Posted by: Jose Luis | Feb 20, 2009 8:37:58 PM

  11. Hmm, well here are mine in no order....

    1. Madonna - Ray of light
    2. Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill
    3. Michael Jackson - Bad
    4. Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual
    5. Billy Idol - Vital Idol
    6. Madonna - Confessions on a dancefloor
    7. Enigma - MCMXC ad
    8. Enya - Watermark
    9. Loreena McKennitt- The Mask and the Mirror
    10. Romeo and Juliet - Movie Soundtrack
    11. George Michael - Listen without prejudice
    12. Savage Garden - Affirmation
    13. ABBA - ABBA Gold
    14. Dido - No Angel
    15. Godsmack - Awake

    Posted by: Toni | Feb 21, 2009 12:06:25 AM

  12. In no particular order:

    The Sign - Ace of Base
    Like A Prayer - Madonna
    Control - Janet Jackson
    Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey
    She's So Unusual - Cyndi Lauper
    Colour By Numbers - Culture Club
    Thriller - Michael Jackson
    Violator - Depeche Mode
    Tuesday Night Music Club - Sheryl Crow
    Little Earthquakes - Tori Amos
    Loveboat - Erasure
    Faith - George Michael
    Fever - Kylie Minogue
    Kick - INXS
    Bilingual - Pet Shop Boys

    Posted by: beb | Feb 21, 2009 11:29:40 AM

  13. In no order, cause that would be impossible...

    The Immaculate Collection - Madonna
    Purple Rain - Prince
    CrazySexyCool - TLC
    The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill - Lauryn Hill
    janet. - Janet Jackson
    Timespace - Stevie Nicks
    Siamese Dream - Smashing Pumpkins
    Out of Time - REM
    Version 2.0 - Garbage
    Celebrity Skin - Hole
    Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette
    Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen
    August and Everything After - Counting Crows
    Disintegration - The Cure
    No Need to Argue (the purple couch album lol) -The Cranberries

    Posted by: Dwright | Feb 21, 2009 6:56:49 PM

  14. NONPLUSSED, you must have missed my list.

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Feb 22, 2009 1:11:48 AM

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