Neil Tennant has an encyclopedic knowledge about what makes great pop music – Steve Harnell
T he new Pet Shop Boys album is, they say, the third in a trilogy. She looked completely horrified. Its revival was also noticeably more successful than the critically savaged original production.
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Thirty-five years after Pet Shop Boys scored their first significant hit, they occupy a unique and pretty enviable place in the pop landscape. Close your eyes and you can picture them standing side by side — they may or may not be wearing statement hats, but Lowe will definitely be in shades. Indeed, since they broke through with West End Girls, which reached number one in the US and UK in , Tennant and Lowe have displayed a masterly ability to weave both social commentary and political satire into their infectious electro-pop songs. To take a few examples, their single Suburbia, partly inspired by the Brixton and Toxteth riots of , explores the rise of social unrest in once-prosperous city areas.
Pet Shop Boys , British pop music duo that produced a string of international hits beginning in the s. The band comprised Neil Tennant b. October 4, , Blackpool, Lancashire. Formed in London in by vocalist Tennant then a writer for the music magazine Smash Hits and keyboardist Lowe, the Pet Shop Boys arrived at a clever pairing of ironic , coolly delivered lyrics and catchy synthesizer-based dance music, underlain by emotional tension. Influenced by the music of gay nightclubs, the duo—who maintained an air of sexual ambiguity even after Tennant came out as gay in —incorporated the sounds of disco , the frenetic style known as Hi-NRG, house , and techno.