It’s time to expand my blogging horizons outside of the gig world, for let’s face it, writing about gigs is a bit depressing in the current lockdown life! This is a new series where I will talk about all the songs which have impacted my life in one way or another, in roughly chronological order.… Read More All the songs of my life, #1: “It’s A Sin” by the Pet Shop Boys
Striding into the new decade in reflective shades and a shiny disco suit, here is a shouty new tune from the Pet Shop Boys. Disco strings, vocoder refrains, and Neil yelling about having a party: this is a much more upbeat experience than the two singles so far released from the Pet Shop Boys’ upcoming… Read More Single review: Pet Shop Boys, “Monkey Business”
My fourth time seeing the Pet Shop Boys, and a more muted version of the band than usual – but still a wonderful night.
My third Pet Shop Boys concert, and one of my favourite eras of the band. Which makes it all the more annoying that I have hardly any memories of it.
I had an amazing year of gigs in 2018, which is pretty impressive considering how many I missed due to ill health (never going to get over missing the Manics’ Resistance Is Futile tour, quite honestly). Here are my top 5 of the year. The top 2 sit comfortably amongst the best gigs I’ve ever… Read More Scruffy’s Top 5 Gigs of 2018
The Pet Shop Boys are where everything begins for me, when it comes to music. I don’t remember the exact date, but it was some time in the middle of 1988 that I borrowed my mum’s cassette of “Actually”, and suddenly, music became the most important thing in the world. So attending two shows at… Read More Pet Shop Boys at the Royal Opera House, Wednesday 25th and Saturday 28th of July, 2018
In June 1997 the Pet Shop Boys played a three week residency at the Savoy Theatre, so of course I went along to see them! Here is the tale of my second ever Pet Shop Boys gig – but my first time seeing them in London.… Read More All the gigs of my life: Gig 16 – Pet Shop Boys, Monday, June 16, 1997, Savoy Theatre
“It’s only now, as midnight approaches, that I realize how many songs they didn’t play. I’m barely able to breathe let alone move or walk. I may never listen to guitar music again.” This gig marked my introduction into the most joyous and life-affirming experience that I have ever known: seeing one of my all-time… Read More All the gigs of my life: Gig 3 – Pet Shop Boys, Tuesday, November 01, 1994, Perth Entertainment Centre