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Pet Shop Boys - British Music

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Pet Shop Boys
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Presentation:

Eurochannel celebrates the release of the new studio album of the Pet Shop Boys! Welcome to a world of psychedelic synthesizers with the most successful duo in British music history. Pop, dance and house blend to form the unique rhythms of the Pet Shop Boys, leading to the pinnacle of thrilling audio sensations!

Postmodern ironists cloaked behind a veil of buoyantly melodic and smooth romantic synth pop confections, the Pet Shop Boys established themselves as frontrunners among the most commercially and critically successful groups of their era. Always remaining one step ahead of their contemporaries, the British duo has navigated with grace and intelligence in the music world, moving easily from disco to house to techno while remaining loyal to their fans.

Formed in 1981 in London by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, the Pet Shop Boys’ beginnings didn’t quite flourish as they’d expected. Honoring with their name some friends in common who worked in a pet store in England’s capital, they released a first single in 1984 under the name of “West End Girls.” The potential hit went nowhere on the UK charts and suffered the same fate in the US.

Fortunately for them and the rest of the world, after signing with EMI, the Pet Shop Boys’ destiny changed to become a worldwide sensation. With reissued editions of their singles “West End Girls” and “Opportunities,” the band peaked to reach the highest positions on the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

Having won multiple BRIT and Grammy awards, and always loyal to their unique style of catchy synthesizers lines stunningly mixed with drum beats and incremental guitar riffs – not to mention the inimitable and profound voice of Neil Tennant - the Pet Shop Boys are on Eurochannel to celebrate the release of their new studio album, Super.

Biography:

The Pet Shop Boys are an English electronic dance music duo, consisting of Neil Tennant, who provides main vocals, keyboards and occasional guitar, and Chris Lowe on keyboards. One of the world's best-selling music acts, having sold over 100 million records worldwide, the Pet Shop Boys are also listed as the most successful duo in UK music history by The Guinness Book of World Records. Three-time BRIT Award winners and six-time Grammy nominees, since 1986 they have achieved 42 Top 30 singles and 22 Top 10 hits on the UK Singles Chart, including four Number Ones: "West End Girls," "It's a Sin," "Always on My Mind" and "Heart." At the 2009 BRIT Awards, the Pet Shop Boys received the prestigious lifetime achievement award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. The duo's latest studio album, Super, was released to much critical acclaim in April 2016.

Trivia:

• Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant named the band as the Pet Shop Boys, in honor of friends who worked in such a place.
• Parody author Michael McVey made a cover version of "It's a sin" entitling it "It's a Sink".

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