Sleaford Mods have covered The Pet Shop Boys’ iconic West End Girls, with proceeds from the single going to charity Shelter.The Nottingham duo created a version of the 1986 classic between tours for their latest album UK GRIM, and then sought the blessing of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe to put out the track.Not only did Sleaford Mods’ West End Girls meet with the pair’s approval, but the Pet Shops Boys were inspired to remix the cover which will feature as one of the tracks on the limited edition single.Hifi Sean has also contributed an Acid House meets Hi-NRG remix for the release, while Sleaford Mods’ own Andrew Fearn has added a heady vocoder led mix under his solo guise of Extnddntwrk.Clearly apparent from their own minimal approach to music, the Pet Shop Boys have always been an important influence for Sleaford Mods, with Chris and Neil’s ability to merge sophisticated electronics and rich character often serving as a lodestar for the partnership between producer Andrew Fearn and front man Jason Williamson.
1. West End Girls (clean)
2. West End Girls (dirty)
3. West End Girls (Pet Shop Boys Remix)
4. West End Girls (HiFi Sean Remix)
5. West End Girls (Extnddntwrk Remix)