Growing up in the 80s, we could not escape the Pet Shop Boys. Nor did we want to, as we felt their music was made for us! “West End Girls,” “Go West,” and “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” (with Dusty Springfield) provided singular sonic bookmarks for our earlier years. Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, who make up the Pet Shop Boys, always keep a fresh sound that sticks to a Hacienda (the famous Manchester, England club) ethos. Throughout the 90s and into the 00’s, they used some of the biggest names for remixers (Morales and Thunderpuss) and hired some talent (Richard X, Little Boots, Alter Ego, and Trentroller) to stay connected to the club scene that has stuck by them.
Boxed sets of hits and remixes seemed to dot the PSB landscape. Then in 2013, we heard that Stuart Price (The Killers, Madonna, Zoot Woman), one of our favorite producers of the last 10 years, produced “Electric” in 2013. Needless to say, we feel in love with Pet Shop Boys all over again. The album reminded us of all the reasons why the Pet Shop Boys sound is timeless. Then, in 2014, Bright Light Bright Light teamed up with Ana Matronic (Scissor Sisters) for a cover of “West End Girls.” Their cover and “Electric” was on constant rotation in our house.
Today the Pet Shop Boys released “Super.” The second album in a triptych (third album coming soon we hear) is also produced by Price. “The Pop Kids,” “The Dictator Decides,” and “Inner Sanctum” are fresh-sounding tracks with just a tinge of something 1979-era Kraftwerk drama to them. The album is punky and present. We strongly urge you to buy “Super” as there is not one “filler” track.
They were recently on Graham Norton (below) where they performed “The Pop Kids” and sat down for a chat.
You can listen to “The Pop Kids” below.