Pet Shop Boys official website reported today that their new single “Thursday” is now available in the UK and will be released digitally in the US on Nov. 5. The track was produced by Stuart Price and features British rapper Example. “Thursday” comes from the electronic icons’ latest album “Electric.”
“Thursday” is available as a CD single through Pet Shop Boys’ official store. Fans can also purchase the single EP digitally. Both versions include the title track, a remix of “Thursday” by Tensnake and two new B-sides, “Odd man out” and “No more ballads.” A “Thursday” remix EP is also being released that includes a “No rap radio edit” and remixes of the song by Mindskap and Eddie Amador.
In an interview with Electronicbeats.net Pet Shop Boys keyboardist Chris Lowe revealed that the song was originally called “Thursday Night Special.”
Vocalist Neil Tennant went on to give some background on how Example came to appear on the song, “So for ages we had a Nicki Minaj sample on this track. And then Stuart revealed he was working with Example, who is, amongst other things, a rapper.”
Producer Stuart Price then commented, “I think we just thought it’s a slightly unexpected combination, which normally leads to something pretty good. Sometimes you go with the obvious and you end up, not really getting above it. Example was just quite an unusual choice. But he, I think he just understood that.”
Pet Shop Boys have been heavily promoting “Thursday” in the UK and you can catch their performance on “The Jonathan Ross Show” in the video above. Their “Thursday EP” and the additional remix EP will be released on iTunes on Nov. 5 and can be pre-ordered now. Pet Shop Boys' hit album “Electric” is currently available.