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NEWS: The Pet Shop Boys 1988 Film Returns To The Big Screen

The Pet Shop Boys 1988 film ‘It Couldn’t Happen Here’ is coming back to the silver screen, thirty years after its release.

The Regent Street Cinema in London will be screening The Pet Shop Boys often forgotten 1988 film ‘It Couldn’t Happen Here’ on December 14th. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director Jack Bond.

The Pet Shop Boys It Couldn't Happen Here

The first feature-length film starring the Pet Shop Boys, ‘It Couldn’t Happen Here’ finds Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe on an extraordinary odyssey from the coast to London encountering the likes of Barbara Windsor, Gareth Hunt and Joss Ackland on a journey that is in turns brightly comic and darkly sinister.

Inventively directed by Jack Bond (‘An Artist’s Eye’, ‘Anti-Clock’), the only filmmaker ever invited to collaborate on a documentary with Salvador Dali, ‘It Couldn’t Happen Here’ is a mordantly funny prime slice of pop surrealism and a deeply English take on the road movie. The film is chock full of songs from the group’s classic first two albums including the hits “West End Girls” and “What Have I Done to Deserve This?”, together with their 1987 Christmas number one, Elvis Presley‘s “Always On My Mind“, which features Ackland as a passenger in a car with Tennant and Lowe.

Hardly ever screened and, to date, never issued on DVD, this is a rare chance to catch this unique late eighties cinematic gem from synth-pop’s most intelligent, enduring and much-loved performers. As the critic Anthony Nield has observed “what other film offers up muscle men, mud wrestlers, thigh-flashing nuns and the fleeting glimpse of Neil Tennant in a tasselled gold lame suit?” Miss this screening at your peril!

For more information about the screening check out The Regent Street Cinema website.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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