Since 1989, an official Pet Shop Boys fanzine Literally has been released through the official PSB fanclub. Thirty numbers has been issued so far. The fanzine contains various information about the group, about tours and recordings, lyrics and answers to questions by fans. It is accompanied with many photographs of various quality. The subscription costs 10 pounds (UK), 11.50 pounds or 7 Euros (Europe), 13 pounds (outside Europe) or 26 USD (USA) (please check the current application, as the price is subject to change). Except for three issues of the fanzine, new / renewing members should receive a bonus merchandise for free as well. You can also order various merchandise (t-shirts, badges etc.). Members of the fanclub receive a Christmas gift each year. The most rare is a CD from 1997, which contains two versions of the song It Doesn't Often Snow At Christmas. This CD was available only for members of the fanclub. In 2000, the gift was a Christmas interview (see gifts).
How to become a member of the fanclub?
Either you can pay the membership fee on-line, or you can ask for the application.
1) Pay the membership fee via the offical shop site - go to "pet shop boys club" page and choose the desired option
OR get and send a fanclub application (two steps):
2a) Either send a stamped addressed envelope to the address stated below or send an exchangeable coupon (should be available at the post office) to the address stated below
Address of the official PSB fanclub
Pet Shop Boys Merchandising
Finally Fan-Fair Ltd.
P. O. Box 50
2b) Send the completed application to the stated address (either with cash or with details about your credit card; the application contains information about possible methods of payment) and then you can already look forward to Literally (it's possible that at first you'll receive the t-shirt; the fanzine isn't issued regularly - although according to information on the sleeve it should be issued three times a year, it hasn't been released so often during recent years).
M. Kay (author of the site Pet Shop Boys Confidential) for kind permission to use images of gifts from his site for this section.