Pet Shop Boys & The Midnight

Episode 132

Aaron and Brent highlight music from two different musical duos:  a retro-synthwave group from Los Angeles and an electronic pop band from England.

Featuring an American singer and a Danish singer/producer, Aaron looks at three songs from The Midnight.

Forming in the early 80s out of a mutual love of electronic dance music, Brent highlights three songs from the Pet Shop Boys.

This Week’s Playlist

  1. West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys – Please (1986)
  2. Lost Boy – The Midnight – Kids (2018)
  3. Always On My Mind – Pet Shop Boys – Actually: Further Listening 1987-1988 (1987)
  4. Monsters – The Midnight – Monsters (2019)
  5. What Have I Done To Deserve This – Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield – Actually (1987)
  6. Change Your Heart or Die – The Midnight – Heroes (2022)

Show Notes

(04:40) Pet Shop Boys – Always Fascinating – Under The Radar Magazine
(06:35) A Brief Pre-Fame Biography Of The Pet Shop Boys – GeoWayne.com
(13:21) Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls (Original Bobby Orlando Mix) – YouTube
(13:32) The Number Ones: Pet Shop Boys’ “West End Girls” – Stereogum
(19:51) The 100 Greatest UK Number 1s: 100-1 – The Guardian
(21:35) Pet Shop Boys – “Opportunities” Video – YouTube
(21:59) Flight of the Conchords – Inner City Pressure – YouTube
(22:22) My Morning Jacket – West End Girls – YouTube
(22:58) Pet Shop Boys – Closing Ceremony London 2012 – YouTube
(26:28) The Midnight Live Stream Video, April 10/2017 – YouTube
(27:51) Mono no aware, the pathos of things. – YouTube
(42:52) The Story of… ‘Always on My Mind’ by Elvis Presley – Smooth Radio
(46:16) Pet Shop Boys’ Always On My Mind Tops Cover Version Vote – BBC
(48:20) The Midnight Interview – Unclear Magazine
(48:55) The Midnight: Tim McEwan and Tyler Lyle on Bringing ‘Monsters’ to Life – Icon vs Icon
(53:46) The Director’s Cut: The Midnight – Monsters – Magnetic Magazine
(55:26) Lost_Boy84 Presents: The Midnight Online Monsters OS V 1.0 ARG (September 25-October 16 2020) – YouTube
(55:32) The Midnight Wiki
(01:01:55) Monsters OS
(01:13:14) Pet Shop Boys ft. Lady GaGa & Brandon Flowers – 2009 BRIT Awards Performance – YouTube
(01:16:17) ‘Change Your Heart or Die’ – Track Production Breakdown – YouTube
(01:20:19) This band wants to keep its music free online. – MediaFeed
(01:24:02) Rise of the Synths Trailer – YouTube

Other Links

Band Websites

Pet Shop Boys
The Midnight

Listen to the Playlist


Videos Mentioned

(13:21) Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls (Original Bobby Orlando Mix) – YouTube
(21:35) Pet Shop Boys – “Opportunities” Video – YouTube
(21:59) Flight of the Conchords – Inner City Pressure – YouTube
(22:22) My Morning Jacket – West End Girls – YouTube
(22:58) Pet Shop Boys – Closing Ceremony London 2012 – YouTube
(26:28) The Midnight Live Stream Video, April 10/2017 – YouTube
(27:51) Mono no aware, the pathos of things. – YouTube
(55:26) Lost_Boy84 Presents: The Midnight Online Monsters OS V 1.0 ARG (September 25-October 16 2020) – YouTube
(01:13:14) Pet Shop Boys ft. Lady GaGa & Brandon Flowers – 2009 BRIT Awards Performance – YouTube
(01:16:17) ‘Change Your Heart or Die’ – Track Production Breakdown – YouTube
(01:24:02) Rise of the Synths Trailer – YouTube
Bands Mentioned
  • Pet Shop Boys
  • The Midnight
  • Elvis Presley
  • Willie Nelson
  • Madness
  • My Morning Jacket
  • Dusty Springfield
  • Flight Of The Conchords
  • Lady Gaga
  • Brenda Lee
  • New Order
  • Lelia Broussard
  • Jupiter Winter
  • Gunship
  • Prizm
  • PYLOT
  • Power Glove
  • Starcadian
  • Timecop1983
  • LeBrock
  • Kavinsky
  • New Arcades
  • Dakota
  • Rush
  • Def Leopard
  • Elton John
  • Brittney Spears
  • Ben Gibbard
  • Death Cab for Cutie
  • Van Halen

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