The legendary synthpop group Pet Shop Boys has uploaded nearly a dozen videos to Youtube of vintage performances from the mid ’80s.
Most of the clips are from the longrunning BBC music show Top of the Pops. These videos are worth watching simply for the far-out ’80s fashion. Also, I’m dying at that enormous computer monitor set up next to Chris Lowe.
In these videos, Pet Shop Boys perform classics like “West End Girls,” “Opportunities,” and “Suburbia.” It was widely known that artists lipsynched on Top of the Pops, and I strongly suspect Neil Tennant is doing so in these clips. Fun fact: New Order was the first artist to perform live on Top of the Pops.
This is apparently the first volume in a series of Pet Shop Boys videos. On Facebook, they write, “Pet Shop Boys today announce that they are releasing on YouTube a collection of their BBC TV performances recorded between 1985 and 2012. The first volume features ten classic PSB performances on Top of the Pops and The Old Grey Whistle Test from 1985 and 1986, all of which are now available to view on YouTube.”
You can find the complete playlist here.
Earlier this year, Pet Shop Boys released their 14th studio album, Hotspot. It’s not my favorite.