The Pet Shop Boys originally turned down their slot at the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, insisting it would be "a bit weird" to perform alongside athletes.

The electronic dance duo was a key part of the British music extravaganza in London last month (12Aug12), singing their hit West End Girls while riding in fluorescent orange rickshaws.

However, singer Neil Tennant admits the gig didn't appeal to them at first.

He tells Britain's The Sun, "The thing was it was all a bit confusing. It sounded like we were going to be on the floats, with the athletes, which all seemed a bit weird. So we said no!"

Tennant reveals it was a personal phone call from London Mayor Boris Johnson which convinced the band to sign up for the show, and bandmate Chris Lowe admits playing at the concert, which also featured the Spice Girls, Muse and One Direction, turned out to be a career highlight.

He adds, "We really were chariots of fire... The day was very exciting. We saw the athletes as we waited to go on. 'Oh my God, it's Mo Farah and Tom Daley!' All these faces we'd been watching on television. It was quite a moment, really."