They Are The Pet Shop Boys

By Talia Last edited 111 months ago
They Are The Pet Shop Boys

Tonight the Pet Shop Boys will scoop the much deserved Outstanding Contribution to British Music award at The Brits with an amazing 39 top 40 singles under their belt. Although both originally Northern, London has played a big part in their career, from meeting in Chelsea and almost calling themselves 'West End' because they loved the district so.

We've spent ages today watching Pet Shop Boy videos and remembered just how brilliantly bleak their debut 1985 single 'West End Girls' is. Capturing the 1980s divide between the run down East End and the ritzy West End, it's a perfect description of London at that time. Plus the video is filled with London locations - have a go at seeing how many you can spot? We've got Berwick Street, Tower Bridge, Waterloo Station and Leicester Square but there are much more.

Last Updated 18 February 2009

Derek Balling

The song is "West End Girls". :-)


Woah, what a doofus I am! Corrected :D


Blimey. I can't remember how many times I watched that video from a boring mid-Wales town dreaming of a funky life in London.

25 years on, I'm living in London. And still dreaming of that funky life. Ah well.


I'd forgotten how beautiful Neil Tennant was - wish I had skin like that... Nice sequence from Albert Embankment across to the Houses of Parliament in there.