The world always seems more bearable when there's new Pet Shop Boys music in it, and the arrival today of Give Stupidity A Chance raises global bear­ab­il­ity by a full 4%, which in turn moves the needle from Total Shitshow into Almost Total Shitshow. This is a temporary shift, please make the most of it.

Neil says the song's put-them-on-the-side-of-a-bus-worthy lyrics are "about the poor quality of political lead­er­ship in the modern world". They end on Trump but start closer to home: there hasn't been much talk yet of what will be Number One on Brexit day, March 29, and the bookies aren't even taking bets, but so far Give Stupidity A Chance feels like the only sensible Brexmas Number One contender.

ALSO IT'S UNDER THREE MINUTES, IMAGINE IF THE UNITED KINGDOM HAD SUBMITTED THIS FOR EUROVISION.

By the way if any Pet Shop Boys fans reading this are confused about why mem­ber­ship of the EU is a good thing, one key part of the whole deal that's worth bearing in mind is that it's a, it's a, it's a…

It's a single market.

There's more to come soon — very soon indeed — from 'the lads'. Three further songs from the Agenda EP ("three satirical songs and one rather sad song") are all out this week; the titles are On Social Media (this could be reas­on­ably spec­tac­u­lar), What Are We Going To Do About The Rich? (ditto) and The Forgotten Child (probably the rather sad one). The EP was produced with Tim Powell, and it's a stan­dalone thing ie the songs won't be on the next PSB album. There'll be a CD version that's pre­order­able here.

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