Pet Shop Boys
British duo Pet Shop Boys entered the charts over twenty years ago with their unique brand of sophisticated dance pop. Inspired by everything from stage musicals to hi-NRG disco, The Sound Of Music to Saturday Night Fever, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe went on to become one of the most consistently successful pop groups in music history. Pet Shop Boys have earned 39 top 40 hits, four number ones as well as the prestigious Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.
Pet Shop Boys have pushed the parameters of pop songwriting, covering everything from English politics to Russian history, urban paranoia to escapist fantasy, self-punishment to self-acceptance, secret affairs to “coming out”. With their trademark wit, Tennant and Lowe explore relationships between master and servant, patron and client, gentleman and teenager, father and daughter.
Pet Shop Boys always had a strong gay following. Their melancholic tales of unrequited love carried double meanings that were readily decoded by gay audiences. Yet Tennant has stated that his lyrics are written from an ambiguous view point that allows listeners their own interpretation.
Pet Shop Boys have worked with Elton John, Liza Minnelli, Dusty Springfield, Boy George, Kylie Minogue and Madonna. They have covered Elvis, U2, The Village People, Sondheim, Bernstein, Kurt Weill and Noel Coward.
Pet Shop Boys ninth studio album Fundamental entered the UK charts at #5 in May 2006.