Pet Shop Boys just announced via the Cambridge student newspaper ,Varsity that in February they are releasing a new bsides collection covering the years 1996 to 2009. It will be called Format.
We’re putting out another B-sides album in February, like an ‘Alternative’ part two. But we’re calling it Format,” says Neil, referring to their classic B-sides collection from 1995.I don't have strong memories or favorites from the b-sides of that era, as I do earlier tracks like Miserablism or Decadence. A few that do leap out:
Chris sounds a little concerned, “We’re not announcing that yet, are we?”
“Well why not - these things are usually leaked through some Japanese website anyway. I’d rather it came out here,” insists Neil. “It’s all our B-sides from 1996 to 2009, starting with The Truck Driver and His Mate”.
“Oh I like that song,” Chris pipes up, “It’s just our little tribute to Oasis. In fact Jon Savage pointed out that it’s the chord change from Some Might Say. Though he’d better not put that in the sleeve notes when he writes them.”
“Actually I think some of our best songs are B-sides,” declares Neil, “Because on a B-side you can do what you like”.
The Truck Driver and His Mate
The Boy Who Couldn't Keep His Clothes On
We're the Pet Shop Boys
Delusions Of Grandeur
We're All Criminals Now
Which ones are the best of those years? Remind me!