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Monday, March 16, 2009

It's A Pet Shop Boys Kind Of Week

There's Cracker, sifting through D'luv's Pet Shop Boys singles and wondering why there has yet to be a follow-up B-sides collection to 1995's Alternative!

At any rate, the PSBs new single "Love etc." is finally out today! The (sort of) good news is that it's already out of stock at Amazon UK. As well, the two digital EPs for "Love etc." are currently positioned at #21 and #55 on UK iTunes. If memory serves correct, "Numb" didn't even crack the Top 100 on iTunes, and still managed to chart at #23 three years back. Yay etc.

There have been a slew of interviews with Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe over the past week. Below are excerpts from a few of them:

* From Metro: "Playing at the Brit Awards was dominated by a row over the budget—everything costs a fortune!' exclaims Tennant.

"Lady GaGa seemed to fit into our world because she's so visual and self-manufactured, and she's a great singer," explains Lowe. "We've always worked with people whose records we loved—the same goes for Xenomania and Girls Aloud."

* From The Observer: (Neil Tennant to Johnny Marr) "From [Dusty Springfield], I learned things that had never entered my head; how you arrange a song, how you change the melody at every verse and every chorus, how you give it a climax. There's a song on our new album called 'Pandemonium' where, at the end, I finally do a Dusty Springfield. On the last chorus I change the melody and take it up and I thought, 'Wow, I've never done that before—I'm trying to be Dusty!'"

* From The Guardian: "I was reading in a book about EMI that we were their most successful artists in the world in the second half of the 80s," Tennant says, "but nobody told us at the time."

"The thesis that I've had for many, many years about beards is that pop music always goes wrong when pop stars grow beards, because they're going serious, they're going natural, they're letting it all hang out. So I mentioned to a journalist about Brandon [Flowers] growing a beard, which I found very alarming, because he has a great pop voice, a great pop sensibility. But he seems to have stuck with the beard. I read this great quote, where a journalist asked him, 'What are you going to do when you shave your beard off?' He said, 'I'm going to put all the hairs in an envelope and send them to Neil Tennant.' Anyway, they haven't arrived yet."

FUN CLIPS: Found these on YouTube over the past few weeks. The first is the 1986 U.S. interview with the original Chris Lowe/"Paninaro" quote, "I don't like country and western...", and the second is a cheesy interview with Cicero (once signed to the Pet Shop Boys' now-defunct Spaghetti Records label) for U.K. program The Ozone:

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  • At 2:50 PM, Blogger xolondon said…

    Hi Cracker!

    I have that donut shaped UBL speaker, just sayin'.

    Loved Chris' comments about wearing age inappropriate clothing.

  • At 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    OMG! That photo of Cracker is amazing!

  • At 5:15 PM, Blogger John said…

    There's a LOLCats post just waiting to be created. Good sign for the debut if the single is charting so well already. I'm still a bit stunned that "Did You See Me Coming" has been relegated to a B-side, though. Are the chances that song will be a single dead now?

  • At 5:16 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    is it a Pet Shop Boys kind of week?


  • At 6:19 PM, Blogger D'luv said…

    XO, I love 'the donut' (doughnut?)! It travels with me everywhere.

    Anonymous, second time in a month I've caught him mid-meow.

    John, I think it's pretty much scratched as a single since it was also included in the free PSB retrospective disc given out with the Daily Mail last Sunday.

    Paul, very.

  • At 8:18 PM, Blogger Phil said…

    Pet Shop Hos as I like to call them. They're flogging themselves raw at the moment. And that's a GOOD thing.

    Watch out for YouTube tomorrow. They're on Lorraine Kelly's segment on GMTV!!! At 9.00am!!!


  • At 9:31 PM, Blogger Timo said…

    I have that "miracles" single sitting right by my computer, too. I actually enjoyed most of Cicero's album - plus, I thought he was pretty hot.

  • At 10:21 AM, Blogger xolondon said…

    Phil, I flogged myself raw whilst listening to Did You See Me Coming! Just sayin'.

  • At 11:25 AM, Blogger xolondon said…

    PS Good choice of reading on your computer screen, sexpot!

  • At 2:13 PM, Anonymous Xenocryptmania said…

    Is it me or does the video version of "Love Etc" sound a bit different than the leaked one that D'Luv posted? Kind of slower and hazier...I think I like it

  • At 9:09 PM, Blogger Moogaboo said…

    I flogged myself raw to Cicero. I mean... er... yeah, no, I did.

    "More Than a Dream" is just dreamy.


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