The Pet Shop Boys’ best-known and most successful hit is indisputably the cover song “Go West”. This was released in the fall of 1993 and crowned the career of the electro-pop duo from Great Britain.
Pet Shop Boys – band history and discography
Pet Shop Boys Video – Medley at the Brit Awards
The Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant (July 10, 1954) and Chris Lowe (October 4, 1959) met in 1981 in an electronics store and quickly realized that they had a passion for dance music. They then decide to write songs together.
Chris was studying architecture at the time and Neil was a music journalist. After an interview appointment, Neil seizes the opportunity and arranges a meeting with Bobby “O” Orlando, a producer. In 1984, Bobby “O” Orlando then records two singles with the duo, which at the time calls itself “West End”. At the beginning of the 80s, the duo is still considered a real insider tip.
However, the duo and the producer went their separate ways in a legal dispute. Through their appearance and their song lyrics, the Pet Shop Boys in the 1980s, however, now attain cult status.
In the following years, many hits are released. Among them the song “West End Girls”, which is awarded a Brit Award in 1987 and also the cover of “Always On My Mind”, “Suburbia”, “It’s a Sin”, “Go West”, “New York City Boy” and many more.
Pet Shop Boys Video – Always on my mind
After the first studio album “Please” follows the second studio album “Actually” and the success does not stop. For example, in 1988 the duo is awarded another Brit Award as the best British group. In the same year, the duo then goes among the actors in the film “It Couldn’t Happen Here”.
Numerous albums and tours follow, as well as collaborations with other artists. For example, they write the hit “Losing My Mind” for the great Liza Minnelli.
In the fall of 1993, the Pet Shop Boys released the studio album “Very”. This became an enormous success. Among other things, by the single “Go West” and on the other hand because of the optics of the cover, which is even exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It is a poppy cover with knobs in orange.
In 2001, the Pet Shop Boys’ musical, “Closer To Heaven,” opens at London’s Arts Theater. The musical is also released on CD.
With the next album “Release” from 2002 they leave the dance pop style and strike calmer tones. This is followed by a collaboration with producer Sven Helbig on the project Battleship Potemkin. The duo also performs on July 2, 2005 as part of the Live 8 benefit concerts in Moscow.
Over the years, more albums, DVDs and collaborations follow, for example with greats like Madonna. Again and again they collaborate on artistic projects with the German composer Sven Helbig, most recently in 2014 with the stage play “A Man From The Future”.
Pet Shop Boys – Successes
In total, the duo sold over 100 million records. In all these years they have published 14 studio albums and 56 singles. In addition, there are also numerous so-called compilations and collaborations and of course many VHS and DVD’s.
In addition to several Brit Awards, the duo was awarded numerous prizes such as the Comet Award, World Award and many more.
For the many sold sound carriers there was, among other things, platinum for the studio album “Very” and gold for the studio album “Yes”, which currently celebrates its tenth anniversary.
Pet Shop Boys – News
In the months of March and April 2019, the duo will be on the road for four concerts in Asia.
On April 12, 2019, “Live at the Royal Opera House, London” will be released on CD, DVD and Blu-ray.
The duo, who themselves live openly gay, continue to be committed to the interests of homosexuals.
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