Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Quietus | Reviews | Pet Shop Boys

The Quietus | Reviews | Pet Shop Boys: ""It's very grandiose," says Neil Tennant of 'Opportunities' in the sleevenotes for the reissue of Pet Shop Boys' Please, continuing, "We always used to like the grandiose, as well as the street. Actually, it's a dialectic. We've always been trying to bring the two things together." The 1986 debut album from Tennant and Chris Lowe is the latest in a series of updated reissues from their label Parlophone that, in this instalment, also includes 1987's Actually and 1988 smash hit Introspective. They were always good at manifestos, were the Pet Shop Boys, from this to that line about "Che Guevara and Debussy to a disco beat" to a brilliant 1992 Select piece by Tennant in which he defended the importance of hating things. This is why he and Lowe are among the finest chroniclers of English life and the allure of the city that we've ever seen. They understood that the 80s were a time of money, sex and power - and what Neil Tennant has described as "romantic paranoia". This is what shapes these three albums, these superlative songs, an extraordinary debut run that few have surpassed since. They would, no doubt, be far more critically lauded were it not for the subsequent strange and homophobia-tinged cultural aversion the British have to synthesized electric pop music that only now is starting to wane. "

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