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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Pet Shop Boys Talk America In 'Out'

The Pet Shop Boys are on the cover of U.S. gay mag OUT's June/July issue. It's a pretty good interview; the writer, Andrew Sullivan, really gets them to talk about America-centric topics, which we don't normally get hear the twosome talking about.

Here's an excerpt (the full article is here) about Barack Obama:
NEIL TENNANT: "We’re crazy about Obama in Europe. We’re all Obama crazy. Everyone thinks he’s sexy. Lovely teeth, as my mother would say. He actually would have made a very good cardinal, that sort of gliding across St. Peter’s Square thing he does. He’s got that kind of bearing. He’s just brought back dignity, which is an amazing thing to put back on the cultural agenda. There’s a slightly corny song on our album called 'More Than a Dream,' which was written when Obama was slugging it out with Hillary in the primaries, and you could feel the potential for the world to change away from the sort of paranoia -- justified as it may be -- to something different. And that spirit is what we’re riding at the moment, although of course we wrote that before the economic crisis."
And another one about their hit phase in the States:
"I think in America we are filed under ’80s. The Pet Shop Boys career in America goes from 1986 to 1988, and in fact we have a string of hits at that point, and we’re always on the radio, and then suddenly, weirdly, with the song 'Left to My Own Devices,' it was all over. It happened like that. No one has ever explained to me why that happened, but I just thought, They’ve had enough of us. [Laughs] I didn’t really blame them. But what we liked was going back to being a cult thing, where we’ve remained, very loyally in America, ever since."



  • At 2:30 PM, Blogger xolondon said…

    ooh, this is fantastic.

    (how nice they have actually put a gay artist on the cover. snark snark)

  • At 10:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yes, well they put Beth Ditto on their last cover, so three gold stars for two gays in a row!

  • At 7:13 AM, Anonymous Scooter said…

    I thought the fact that La Roux was #3 on the Hot List might get a mention here, too. But, anyway, it's good to see her get some wider mainstream notice!

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