Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind (1987)
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"Always on My Mind" is a ballad song written by Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher, and Mark James. In 1987, the Pet Shop Boys ...
"Always on My Mind" is a ballad song written by Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher, and Mark James.
In 1987, the Pet Shop Boys performed a synth-pop version of "Always on My Mind" on Love Me Tender, a television special on the ITV network in the United Kingdom. Commemorating the tenth anniversary of Presley's death, the programme featured various popular acts of the time performing cover versions of his songs. The Pet Shop Boys' performance was so well-received that the duo decided to record the song and release it as a single produced by Julian Mendelsohn.
This version became the UK's Christmas number-one single that year, spending four weeks atop the chart. It also reached number four on the US Billboard Hot 100.
In the video for Pet Shop Boys' version of "Always on My Mind" (an excerpt from their surreal music film It Couldn't Happen Here), Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe are seated in the front of a taxi cab, when an eccentric passenger gets in, played by British actor Joss Ackland. At the end of the song, he gets out of the car, which drives away. Standing alone, he mutters: "You went away. It should make me feel better. But I don't know how I'm going to get through", which is part of the lyrics for another Pet Shop Boys song, "What Have I Done to Deserve This?", released earlier in the year.