The past is always with us – for better or worse. Collectively, our highs and lows have brought us to where we are now – or what is known as “the present”. For recording artists (that sounds old-fashioned doesn’t it?), that can be a daunting proposition. The Pet Shop Boys have been huge stars in the UK and Europe for all of their 25+ year career. In the United States it has been a very different story. Despite a rapid fan base willing to buy each release (guilty as charged) their commercial prospects have been on a downward trajectory since 1993’s Very (some would argue it began even earlier). Creatively, however, the duo have been very consistent and churn out electro-pop masterpieces every 18 to 24 months.