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Sleaford Mods Cover West End Girls

Sleaford Mods are pleased to announce the release of their cover of the Pet Shop Boys’ iconic single West End Girls. The Nottingham duo created a version of the 1986 classic single between tours for their latest album UK GRIM, and then sought the blessing of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe to release 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 and that version will now 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.

“West End Girls is a song that’s very close to my heart, my coming-of-age track in so many ways,”

says Andrew Fearn of their motivation to pay homage to Pet Shop Boys. 

For their part Pet Shop Boys say they were suitably impressed with the 2023 take on their classic, declaring: “Sleaford Mods have brought East End boys back to the West End streets for a great cause and we love their new version.”
Profits generated by West End Girls are being donated by Sleaford Mods to Shelter, following on from their previous work with the charity – most recently raising funds earlier this year through a limited-edition T-shirt featuring Cold War Steve’s artwork for single UK GRIM. Details of Shelter’s work can be found at