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Monday, July 23, 2012

Pet Shop Boys Offer Up "Winner" Video, Single Details

Pet Shop Boys do not appear in their video for first Elysium single "Winner," but the clip is nonetheless a compelling one that thankfully avoids an obvious Olympics theme. Instead, the visual focuses on London Rollergirls, a female roller derby crew that happens to have a transgender member named Dirty Diana.

Despite her name, Diana is less on stripper poles and hooking up with rock stars, and more of about fitting in with the rest of the girls and being a kick-ass roller diva.



Again, a refreshing concept. Below is the info for the Boys' upcoming official single release for "Winner," which is out August 6 in the UK:

The track-listing for the first digital bundle and the CD is as follows:
1. Winner
2. A certain "Je ne sais quoi"
3. The way through the woods (long version)
4. I started a joke
'A certain "Je ne sais quoi"' was originally written and recorded in 2007 and recently reworked by Chris and Neil. 'The way through the woods' was recorded in Los Angeles during the 'Elysium' sessions but Neil and Chris did more work on it subsequently, creating a much longer version. It is a setting of a poem by Rudyard Kipling and, like 'Winner', features an orchestral arrangement by Joachim Horsley, Andrew Dawson and Ben Leathers. 'I started a joke' is a cover of a Bee Gees song from the 60s and is intended as a tribute to the late Robin Gibb. All three bonus tracks have been mixed by Bob Kraushaar.

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