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Pet Shop Boys

Formed August 1981.
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Pet Shop Boys: Vocal (arr. A. Badalamenti)

Pet Shop Boys and Chrissie Hynde perform Vocal.

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Biography

Pet Shop Boys are an English electronic pop duo, consisting of Neil Tennant (main vocals, keyboards, occasional guitar), and Chris Lowe (keyboards, occasional vocals).

Pet Shop Boys have sold more than 50 million records worldwide, and are listed as the most successful duo in UK music history by The Guinness Book of Records. Three-time Brit Award winners and six-time Grammy nominees, since 1985 they have achieved 42 Top 30 singles and 22 Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart, including four UK number ones: "West End Girls" (also number one on the US Billboard Hot 100), "It's a Sin", a remake of Wayne Carson's "Always on My Mind" and "Heart". Other hit songs include a remake of The Village People's "Go West", "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" (satire of Thatcherism which exemplified them as ironists) and "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" (with Dusty Springfield).

At the 2009 Brit Awards, Pet Shop Boys received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. The band's eleventh studio album, titled Elysium (continuing their tradition of single-word titles), was released in September 2012. Their twelfth studio album Electric was released on 12 July 2013 via Kobalt Label Services and reached number 3 on the UK Albums Chart in its first week of release—their highest album position since the release of Very in 1993.

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  • Founded Spaghetti Records

BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Elysium

    Elysium 2012

    Reviewed by Nick Levine
    This 11th studio album could be the pop pair’s warmest and wisest yet.
  2. Review of Format

    Format 2012

    Reviewed by Tom Hocknell
    Confirms that Tennant and Lowe have always been songwriters first and pop stars second.
  3. Review of The Most Incredible Thing

    The Most Incredible Thing 2011

    Reviewed by Tom Hocknell
    Tennant and Lowe’s ballet score is full of wonderful moments.
  4. Review of Ultimate

    Ultimate 2010

    Reviewed by Ian Wade
    New retrospective from the best British pop duo of all time.
  5. Review of Pandemonium

    Pandemonium 2010

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    They remain among the UK’s most cherished songwriters and performers.
  6. Review of Yes

    Yes 2009

    Reviewed by Jaime Gill
    Yes is a wonderful vindication, and their finest album in many, many years.
  7. Review of Fundamental

    Fundamental 2006

    Reviewed by Talia Kraines
    Granddaddies of pop they may be, but they aren't ready for the disco retirement home...
  8. Review of Please

    Please 1986

    Reviewed by Ian Wade
    The textbook example of how brilliant a pop debut could be
  9. Review of Release

    Release

    Reviewed by Jacqueline Hodges
    Regrettably patchy album from one of pop's enduring and endearing duos. With Release...
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