Remembering Pet Shop Boys’ ‘West End Girls’ on ‘Top of the Pops’ in 1986

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Remembering Pet Shop Boys’ ‘West End Girls’ on ‘Top of the Pops’ in 1986

Posted 10 Jan 2022
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Pet Shop Boys. Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images. 

This week in 1986, Pet Shop Boys scored their first UK number one hit with the slinky synth-pop hit, West End Girls. 

The duo had originally released a version of the song in April 1984, which was then re-recorded with producer Stephen Hague after becoming a dance floor staple in US and European clubs. An entire week was spent re-recording and rearranging the track with Hague, carefully crafting an urban tapestry of sounds that resonated more with the song’s lyrics about class and the pressures of inner-city life, a classic British theme which took inspiration from a T.S. Elliot poem titled, The Waste Land. 

And their hard work with Hague was certainly worth it! In October 1985, the new version was released and by 1986 had reached number one in both the UK and the US. It also won them Best single at the 1987 Brit award and Best International Hit at the Ivor Novello Awards. 

Watch them deliver a triumphant performance of the number one hit, two years in the making, below. 

Pet Shop Boys | ‘West End Girls’ [Top Of The Pops, 1986]

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