PET SHOP BOYS NEW ALBUM RECORDING MARR-ED

The ex-Smiths guitarist spanks his plank on nine of the group's new tracks...

PET SHOP BOYS have completed their new album, which features SMITHS guitarist JOHNNY MARR on nine tracks.

The veteran pop duo completed the finishing touches to the as-yet-untitled record on Monday (November 5), according to a posting on the group’s official website, www.petshopboys.co.uk.

Fourteen tracks have been completed, nine of which feature Marr on guitar. 11 are set to feature on the record, which is due for release in March 2002.

Marr has been working with a variety of musicians in recent months. As well as contributing to the studio sessions with Beth Orton, he has helped record solo material with Oasis vocalist Liam Gallagher, and has also produced the forthcoming album by upcoming Manchester guitar band Haven.