Despite their trademark deadpan demeanor and often sardonic song titles (“Love Is A Bourgeois Construct,” anyone?), the Pet Shop Boys have always been about caring and sharing. After all, some of their biggest hits have been in collaboration with other acts (Dusty Springfield, Liza Minnelli) and they’ve never shied away from giving some of their best work to other people. Madonna, Lady Gaga, Tina Turner, Girls Aloud, Robbie Williams and Shirley Bassey are just a few of the icons who’ve had the pleasure and success of working alongside the PSBs, and now we can add UK singer/rapper Example to that list. His guest appearance on Electric, the pair’s 12th album (out today), is already being hailed as a highlight of the Stuart Price-produced set, and a contender for a future single.
So as we sink our teeth into another disco opus from England’s most prolific duo, let’s have a look back at the best-of-the-best of their musical pairings, team-ups and remixes. They really have worked with everyone — so many that we left out big names like Elton John and Yoko Ono (and even Alcazar) and still ended up with a dozen definitive titles. Check them out, then let us know which Pet Shop Boys collaborations you think should be on this list.
Dusty Springfield, “What Have I Done To Deserve This?” & Reputation
There’s no better way to kick off this list than with the Pet Shop Boys’ biggest hit collaborator, ’60s soulstress Dusty Springfield, with whom they netted the worldwide late-’80s hit “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” This success inspired further collaboration on Dusty’s 1990 album, Reputation, which spawned additional hit singles “In Private” and “Nothing Has Been Proved” for the diva. The set also features some great “lost” moments from Neil and Chris, including the trancey “Occupy Your Mind.” From Dusty in Memphis to Dusty at the rave…