Pet Shop Boys 'Format': 1996 - 2009 B-sides Collected For February 2012 Release
And so today, 16 years later, Pet Shop Boys officially announced their forthcoming follow-up to Alternative, which is called Format. It's another two-disc affair that's due out on February 6, 2012 (a day before my birthday).
According to the Boys' official site:
"...it celebrates the duo's prolific song-writing and recording by collecting 38 b-sides and bonus tracks originally released on singles from 1996 to 2009. The album will be available digitally and on double-CD. All tracks have been remastered and the CD booklet features an interview with Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe by Jon Savage (author of England's Dreaming and Teenage)."Strange that they didn't just extend to 2010 and tack on the B-sides ("I Cried For Us" and "Glad All Over") from last year's Ultimate single "Together."
Anyway, Pet Shop Boys' site also notes that the duo are working on their 11th studio album, which is "due for release in early autumn next year."
Below is the tracklist for Format. The second CD is the clear winner in my book, given "We're The Pet Shop Boys" ("Miracles" B-side), "The Resurrectionist" ("I'm With Stupid" B-side) and the 7-inch version of "In Private" ("Minimal" B-side).
Still, will be good to re-discover some of these gems.
1. The truck driver and his mate
2. Hit and miss
3. In the night (1995)
5. How I learned to hate rock 'n' roll
6. Discoteca (New Version)
7. The calm before the storm
8. Confidential (Demo for Tina)
9. The boy who couldn't keep his clothes on
10. Delusions of grandeur
11. The view from your balcony
12. Disco potential
13. Silver age
15. The ghost of myself
16. Casting a shadow
18. Sexy Northerner
3. Searching for the face of Jesus
4. Between two islands
5. Friendly fire
6. We're the Pet Shop Boys
8. I didn't get where I am today
9. The Resurrectionist
10. Girls don't cry
11. In private (7-inch mix): Pet Shop Boys with Elton John
12. Blue on blue
13. No time for tears (7-inch mix)
14. Bright young things
15. Party song
16. We're all criminals now
17. Gin and Jag
18. After the event
19. The former enfant terrible
20. Up and down
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