Pet Shop Boys: Music has too much ego

Pet Shop Boys think modern pop music has too much "ego" when it used to be like "poetry"


This article is from 2012.

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Pet Shop Boys think modern pop music has too much "ego".

The 'It's a Sin' hitmakers - who formed in 1981 - believe artists used to write "poetry set to music" but current chart acts use their lyrics to act as confessionals about themselves.

Neil Tenant said: "Modern pop is all about me, me, me.

"For our generation, pop music was poetry set to music. For the younger generation, pop is a diary set to much - what you are doing and what you have done. I find it very ego-y."

Despire their huge achievements - including record sales of over 100 million - the duo single out their 2010 Glastonbury set as a career highlight because the huge crowd they drew was so unexpected.

Neil - who is joined in the group by Chris Lowe - told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "We were headlining the Other Stage while Muse were on the main stage. We thought billions would be watching Muse and no one watching us.

"Then we got there and were told the arena was already full. We had 50,000 people watching us and it was an amazing experience. It's always a good feeling to win over an audience that doesn't have to be there.

"We never planned it, but there we are headlining rock festivals."

This article is from 2012.

Pet Shop Boys

The chart-topping veteran duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe plays its synthpop, new wave and alternative dance hits including 'West End Girls' and 'It's A Sin'.

Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

Fri 24 Feb

£35–£75 / 0871 945 6000

Bournemouth International Centre

Sat 25 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 576 3000

Sun 26 Feb

£35–£75 / 0844 576 3000

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Wed 22 Feb

£40.15–£80.15 / 0844 871 3014

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