Pet Shop Boys will release “The Pop Kids”, the first single from their forthcoming album, “Super”, on March 18th on both CD and digital formats. From February 16th, “The Pop Kids” will be available on iTunes to anyone who has pre-ordered the album and the track will be serviced to radio and streaming services.
On March 18th, the CD single and digital bundle will be released with the following track-listing:
1. The Pop Kids (radio edit)
2. In bits
3. One-hit wonder
4. The Pop Kids (PSB deep dub)
5. The Pop Kids (The full story)
“The Pop Kids” was produced and mixed by Stuart Price. The ‘PSB deep dub’ and ‘The full story’ versions are remixes by Pet Shop Boys including additional vocals and, in the case of “The full story”, an extra verse which brings the story of The Pop Kids up to the present. “In bits” was produced and mixed by Stuart Price. “One-hit wonder” was produced by Pet Shop Boys and mixed by Pete Gleadall and is a new version of an instrumental track Tennant and Lowe originally wrote in late 1981. They remade it in 2014 as the theme for a Berlin online TV music show, “The One-Hit Parade”, and this is the first time the full track has been released.
A remix of “The Pop Kids” by MK (Marc Kinchen) will also be released on digital only on March 18th with a vinyl 12” single following later in March.
“The Pop Kids” will have its first play on BBC Radio 2’s Ken Bruce show on Feb 16.
“Pet Shop Boys Documentary”, a four-part series of hour-long programmes, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 next month, 30 years after the release of Pet Shop Boys’ first album, Please. Starting on Wednesday, March 23rd, at 10pm, the series will feature specially recorded in-depth interviews with Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, plus contributions from key collaborators, commentators and admirers. Part One will be narrated by Graham Norton and will focus on the Please, Actually, Introspective, Behaviour, Very and Bilingual album eras.
The second part, airing the following evening, will be devoted to Nightlife, Release, Fundamental, Yes and Elysium. The third and fourth parts of the series will be broadcast the following week and focus on PSB’s many creative collaborations and finally on the creation of their new album, Super, which is released on April 1st.
Pet Shop Boys recently announced that they will play a residency of four nights at the Royal Opera House in London on July, 20, 21, 22, 23. All nights are sold out. Their new album, Super, will be released worldwide on April 1st.