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PopArt: The Hits
Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe are among pop’s greatest hit-makers. From the storied UK duo’s very first single, 1984’s instantly classic and iconic “West End Girls” (which eventually hit #1 in both the US and the UK), the Pet Shop Boys have consistently released innovative and thrilling pop music for nearly 40 years. It was November 2003 when the Pet Shop Boys’ top 20 singles(along with a pair of new tracks) were collected on the double-CD compilation PopArt: The Hits. Divided into “Pop” hits on one disc, and “Art” hits on the other, the “Pop” side featured “Always on My Mind,” PSB’s 1987 take on Elvis Presley’s 1972 hit. The group performed their version on Love Me Tender, a 1987 TV special on the ITV network in the UK commemorating the tenth anniversary of Presley's death. The performance was so well received that on December 19, 1987, “Always on My Mind” hit #1 on the UK singles chart, where it stayed for four weeks straight.