Pet Shop Boys – Glastonbury Festival 2022 – June 26, 2022 – BBC 6 Music –
Pet Shop Boys from earlier this weekend to start off the new week (and the last one of June) – recorded live at Glastonbury on June 26 and broadcast live by BBC 6 Music.
Pet Shop Boys formed in London in 1981. Consisting of primary vocalist Neil Tennant and keyboardist Chris Lowe, they have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, and were listed as the most successful duo in UK music history in the 1999 edition of The Guinness Book of Records.
Three-time Brit Award winners and six-time Grammy nominees, since 1984 they have achieved 42 top 30 singles, 22 of these being top 10 hits on 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 synth-pop version of “Always on My Mind”, and “Heart”. Other hit songs include a cover of “Go West”, and their own “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)”, and “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” in a duet with Dusty Springfield. With five US top ten singles in the 1980s, they are associated with the Second British Invasion.
At the 2009 Brit Awards in London, Pet Shop Boys received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2016, Billboard magazine named Pet Shop Boys the number one dance duo/group over the 40 years since the chart’s inception in 1976. In 2017, the duo received NME’s Godlike Genius Award.
In 2020, BBC journalist Nick Levine noted that they still maintain a somewhat “detached and ambivalent approach” to their success, which also shows in their low profile on social media. Music journalist Steve Harnell described them as having both an “ear for commerciality” and the desire to create “something more highbrow”. He also described Tennant’s lyrics as showing a “love for language”, which Tennant sparkles with sometimes quite-obscure cultural references. Their music in the 1980s was inspired by dance music in gay clubs but transformed into a “very British and brainy brand of pop music, shot through with a streak of social comment so subtly done that people frequently missed the point entirely.”
And this is what they were up to earlier this weekend. Hit the Play button and relax.
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