A Red Letter Day

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"A Red Letter Day"
Single by Pet Shop Boys
from the album Bilingual
A-side"Somewhere" (US)
B-side"The Boy Who Couldn't Keep His Clothes On", "Delusions of Grandeur"
Released17 March 1997
FormatCD single, cassette single 12" single
Length5:09 (album version)
4:32 (single remix)
5:36 (expanded single remix)
Songwriter(s)Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe
Producer(s)Pet Shop Boys
Pet Shop Boys singles chronology
"A Red Letter Day"

"A Red Letter Day" is a single by British electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. It was released as the fourth single from their 1996 album Bilingual on 17 March 1997. The single peaked at number 9 on the UK Singles Chart, making it another top 10 single for the group. However it then fell straight out of the UK top 40 (to number 42) the following week.[1] At the time, this was a record as the biggest such fall to ever occur in UK chart history, but it was then beaten the following year by Embrace with their single "My Weakness Is None of Your Business" (which fell from number 9 to 44 the following week).[2]

The duo were admirers of the sound of Motiv8,[citation needed] who had remixed various other artists at the time. Neil Tennant asked the man behind Motiv8 (Steve Rodway) to remix this single, even visiting Rodway at work in his studio during the remix.[citation needed] After it was finished and delivered, Tennant insisted that a synth line, which Rodway had come up with on the Motiv8 version, should be used on the Pet Shop Boys' own main mix. After unsuccessful attempts to recreate Rodway's riff, it eventually had to be sampled from the Motiv8 mix.[citation needed] Thus, as well as appearing on the Motiv8 remix, it appears on the Pet Shop Boys' main version.

Track listing[edit]

UK 2-part CD single set: Parlophone CDRS 6460 / CDR 6460[edit]

CD 1[edit]

  1. "A Red Letter Day"
  2. "The Boy Who Couldn't Keep His Clothes On"
  3. "Delusions of Grandeur"
  4. "A Red Letter Day" (Moscow Mix)

CD 2[edit]

  1. "A Red Letter Day" (Trouser Autoerotic Decapitation Mix)
  2. "A Red Letter Day" (Motiv 8 Twelve Inch Master Mix)
  3. "A Red Letter Day" (Basement Jaxx Vocal Mix)
  4. "A Red Letter Day" (PSB Extended Edit)
  5. "A Red Letter Day" (Trouser Enthusiasts Congo Dongo Dubstramental)

UK cassette single TCR6452[edit]

  1. "A Red Letter Day"
  2. "The Boy Who Couldn't Keep His Clothes On"

Official versions[edit]

  1. Album Version – 5:09
  2. Basement Jaxx Nite Dub – 6:07
  3. Basement Jaxx Vocal Mix – 6:50
  4. Bilingual Promo Mix - 5:23
  5. Moscow Mix – 5:39
  6. Motiv8 Cyber Dub Mix – 7:11
  7. Motiv8 12" Master Mix – 6:58
  8. PSB Extended Edit – 5:39
  9. Expanded Single Version – 5:36
  10. Single Remix – 4:34
  11. Trouser Enthusiasts Autoerotic Decapitation Mix – 10:04
  12. Trouser Enthusiasts Congo Dongo Dubstramental – 8:06

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[3] 57
Czech Republic (IFPI CR)[4] 5
Finnish Singles Chart[5] 18
German Singles Chart[6] 55
Polish Singles Chart[citation needed] 44
Swedish Singles Chart[7] 30
UK Singles Chart[8] 9


  1. ^ "Chart Stats".
  2. ^ "Chart Stats".
  3. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  4. ^ "Top 10 Czech Republic" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "Pet Shop Boys - A Red Letter Day". finnishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
  6. ^ "charts.de". charts.de. 2006-11-14. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. "Pet Shop Boys - A Red Letter Day". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
  8. ^ "Pet Shop Boys - A Red Letter Day". Chart Stats. 1997-03-29. Retrieved 2012-03-06.

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