Three videos to celebrate a newly-released Pet Shop Boys album…

From the b-side of the lead single, PSB’s electrostomp-y remix, “Love Etc. (Pet Shop Boys Remix)”…

Also from the b-side of the E.P promo version of the single, “We’re All Criminals Now”…

The theme is expanded on by the Boys in a recent interview

“˜The government says: why do you need privacy? But it’s not for us to prove our need to the government, it’s for government to tell us why they need to take it away,’ says Neil. “˜Did you know Brown plans to spend £105 billion data-gathering over the next five years? They say they need these measures in case of emergencies — but that’s just an excuse. Do we really need CCTV everywhere? This vast superstructure of surveillance is incredibly expensive and largely pointless.’ “˜The only way I can make sense of it all,’ he goes on, “˜is if I imagine that the government reads Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four not as a warning, but as a template. … Totalitarian states like Iran and China might be the future. China seems to have actually pulled off that tricky dialectic of retaining a Marxist authoritarianism with an apparent free economy and I sometimes think that it’s not that these states are slowly coming round to our way of thinking, we’re slowly going round to theirs.’

And, on a lighter note, their recent demo cover of “My Girl”…

Yes, this is the brilliant stuff they can afford to hide away on single b-sides and demos. They’re still that good.