Covers of Madness, Coldplay due

Synth pop gods Pet Shop Boys have revealed plans to release a new Christmas themed EP.

Pet Shop Boys are a British pop institution. Returning this year with their new album the duo were honoured by an all star tribute at the Brit Awards ceremony, performing hit after golden hit.

Effortlessly blending electro pop with downbeat vocals, Pet Shop Boys became a hit machine in the 80s and early 90s before deciding to take time off and let other people have a crack at sucess.

However the lure of the studio proved to be too strong, with the duo releasing their tenth album 'Yes' earlier this year. Touring heavily, Pet Shop Boys have somehow managed to find time to record a new Christmas EP.

Titled 'Christmas' it will run to five tracks and included new tracks alongside covers. Pet Shop Boys are due to release a new version of Coldplay's hit 'Viva La Vida' while Madness will also get a synth pop re-working.

Of course, Pet Shop Boys are no strangers to Christmas hits. The band's cover of the Elvis Presley classic 'You Were Always On My Mind' shot to number one in 1988, beating off competition from The Pogues and their festive classic 'Fairytale Of New York'.

In the long run, The Pogues remain Christmas favourites with the track re-charting several times. Pet Shop Boys could be set to steal their crown, though, with this new Yule tide release.

Due to be released on December 14th, 'Christmas' is also set to include a cover of the Motown classic 'My Girl'.

Pet Shop Boys are due to release their new EP 'Christmas' on December 14th. Tracklisting is as follows:

'It Doesn't Often Snow At Christmas'
'My Girl'
'All Over The World'
'Viva La Vida/Domino Dancing'
'My Girl' (Our House Mix)

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