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Wednesday's Connector: Pet Shop Boys

February 15th, 2010
04:51 PM ET

They're one of the most popular musical duos in the world - selling more than 100 million records over the past two decades - and it doesn't look like the Pet Shop Boys are ready to slow down anytime soon.

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Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe make up the British electro-pop duo whose list of hits include "West End Girls", "It's a Sin" and "Always on my Mind".

The pair are one of the most successful pop groups in history and they have had a startling 42 top 30 singles in the UK alone.

They're musical style is a unique mix of electronic rhythms, synthetic beats and vocals and keyboard.

They've been called by some artists as one of the most influential musical acts of the 20th century and have helped to define a generation of electronic music.

The duo have also become somewhat of an icon in the gay world - Neil Tennant came out of the closet during a magazine interview in 1994 and Chris Lowe has not publicly said whether he is straight or gay.

In March 2009, the pair released their album "Yes" to rave reviews and just this month they released a live CD and DVD collection from a concert in London in late 2009.

Here's your chance to ask these iconic musicians your questions.

What was it like using electronic influences at such an early stage? Do you have any favorite artists you like to work with? What's your favorite song? What's it like being somewhat of a gay icon?

soundoff (167 Responses)
  1. hideaki nagano

    I think operation.It is connection.

    February 16, 2010 at 5:26 am | Reply
  2. Chris Jones

    Anyone can now make electronic music (even on an iPhone) and can easily share it online. Do you think that it will reveal more talent than when it was harder and more expensive to make music? Or will it just make it harder to find good music amongst a morass of instantly forgettable & regrettable tunes.

    February 16, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Reply
  3. Ammar

    Was it intential to make the album yes more electronic than your last few albums? Is it signaling your return back to your muscial roots of providing electonic music. Many electronic bands such as Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, New Order,etc deviated away from recording electronic music to recording more of rock music; do you think electronic music is coming back.

    February 16, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  4. Aaryn Fuller

    When you started out did you ever imagine you'd become an act quite like Bowie each time recreating yourselves as Pop chameleons rolling with the changing times in the music industry?

    February 16, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  5. Jordan Christopher

    You've had a fantastic 2009, what's next for Pet Shop Boys in 2010?

    February 16, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  6. Vicky Majewski

    Hello Neil and Chris! What was the highlight of your recent Pandemonium tour? Will there be any more concert dates (eg. in Australia or Asia), or has it finished completely? Would either of you be open to raising or adopting a child? Cheers and all the best!

    February 16, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  7. edg16

    Whatever possessed you to do a Diane Warren song ("Numb")?

    February 16, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  8. Lee Barthaux

    Fantastic work on Yes, you two!!
    Do you still consider yourselves a "Synthpop" duo, or are you now "Electro-Pop"? What are your favorite tracks off of Yes? What synthesizers do you commonly use? Which synthesizers are your favorites?

    February 16, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  9. TONY SIM

    I've been a fan since West End Girls... What keeps U going after so many years? How do U maintain d energy & enthusiasm?

    February 16, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  10. Steve Fisher

    Will you please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please etc. release 'It Couldn't Happen Here' on DVD! Thank you!!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  11. Paddy

    When creating a song, does the music come first then the lyrics or vice versa?

    Thanks

    February 16, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  12. Brendan

    Hey Neil and Chris. Are you saying YES to more these days? I admire you for your not playing the pop game and the eschewing of sponsorship etc. But you deserve to have HUGE success given how brilliant you guys are, and I think saying YES lately has enabled that.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  13. Emilie plumesdanges

    Hello boys, I'm French and I'm a very big fan =).
    what do you feel before to go on the scene and after? " Pandemonium tour " is finished? Thanks =) You're the best, We love you

    February 16, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  14. Sascha

    will there be also a blu-ray of the Pandemonium live concert, not only DVD already released?

    February 16, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  15. Nick Lewis

    Have you ever written, recorded, produced and mixed a song, and at the last minute decided to bin it? Does that often happen and, if so, does PSB have a Prince-sized vault of unreleased material?

    February 16, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Reply
  16. Maxim Polulyakh

    Dear Neil and Chris! Do we still have a chance to see you in Ukraine?

    February 16, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  17. yokoberlin

    wether a gay icon or not, good music is good and timeless.
    Pop is always there but it is rare to stay around so long with such steady quality like boys do.
    My q is, where do you go for vacation and do you boys ever come and visit Asia on vacation?? If so pls do tell us where??? and when on a vacation, what kind of music to you take with you or you just enjoy silence which sometimes could be better than any genre of music,please.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  18. Rona Topaz

    To what do you attribute your longevity? On a seperate note, how do you hire backing singers? Do you use agents or recommendations? And who recommends them?

    February 16, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  19. Sandra

    Firstly, thanks guys for the great feel-good music we've enjoyed throughout your careers, and for the superb Pandemonium concert which was the best show I've ever been to by far. With so much achieved, is there any ambitions that either of you still wish to fulfil? Love to you both and looking forward to future productions.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  20. Remy

    How did you feel in Slovakia? Would you like to come back here? PS: Big thanks for the concert- best day of my life. :D:D 😀 I'm 14 i'm fan just for 1 year but I realy love your music and you inspired me very much . Thanks

    February 16, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  21. Kicsi(Hungary)

    There will be a continuation of the tour? and are eligible to Hungary in 2010.?
    What do you think of the child's adoption betting? Neil and Chris (you think you have it?)

    February 16, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  22. Tony Eversole

    How do the Pet Shop Boys ever top the Pet Shop boys?

    February 16, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  23. shane

    I was wondering if you would ever work with Harold Faltermeyer again?

    February 16, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  24. Leonard Margeaux

    Hi Neil & Chris,

    Chris I have a question to you, hope it´s not to embarresing. You sold your appartment a few years ago, Do you still live in London?

    February 16, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Reply
  25. Ross

    I know this is an old question but I've never heard the answer. You have "covered" most of the tracks you have created for other artists. Will you ever record or perform your own version of Liza Minnelli's Don't Drop Bombs?

    February 16, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  26. suburber

    For me the work with Xenomania was a fantastic straightforward refresh of the core of the Pet Shop Boys. Will you ever work with them again, maybe for the next album?

    February 16, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Reply
  27. Lidia from Spain

    Chris, What is the most embarrasing act a fan has done in front of you?

    February 16, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Reply
  28. Paul (UK)

    Given all the people you collaborate with on all of your albums, live shows and projects do you consider Pet Shop Boys to be a duo? As much as I loved the Pandemonium tour (best ever) I hope you'll be able to work with Sylvia Mason James again sometime. Best wishes and thanks for all the wonderful music over the years.

    February 16, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  29. Sebastian

    Will the Pandemonium-Tour continued this Year?
    If yes, you can say on which continents?

    You work on a Ballet for 2011. Can you actually say more about it?
    When it will start next Year?

    Are there any other little Projects planned in 2010?

    February 16, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Reply
  30. David Schmidt

    Have there been any recent developments regarding the ballet?

    February 16, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  31. Chrissy

    Hello dear Neil and Chris,

    my name is Chrissy from Hungary. I was at last time on Your concert in Vienna, and I have a little luck, I could give to Neil my Christmas present by me, included a Pandemonium march, which was written by me. I would to ask it, that did You like my creation? I'm curious, what's Your opinion. And I asked in my letter, that be so kind, and come to Hungary, if it's possible with Your excellent Pandemonium Tour!
    Have we chance, that we can meet with You in the wonderful Hungary in 2010?:)

    February 16, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Reply
  32. Barry

    1/ Will there be a deluxe version of Nightlife?

    2/ Does the idea of playing an album all the way through appeal, if so which one(s), maybe all of them in order over a few weeks?

    3/ With the changes in the music industry, will the way you work change, ie will there still be singles & albums & would you have to tour more?

    4/ What computer program does Chris use on stage?

    5/ How much unissued material is there in the archive?

    6/ What's on your i-pod?

    February 16, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  33. Fairburn System

    Take your pick: (1) What is the first artist listed in your iPod under "P"?
    (2) Last song you sang at karaoke? (3) Chris: Favorite sneaker? (4) Any chance Battleship Potemkin will ever be performed in the U.S.? (5) All of your albums maintain Pet Shop Boy characteristics in spite of their varied production styles throughout the years. However, picking my favorite isn't hard: Behavior. I think it's a great example of how an electronic album can have an organic and warm (personal) tone. Any chance of working with Harold Faltermeyer again?

    February 16, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  34. Sussan

    Hello Neil & Chris! My son and I flew to from Denver to London to catch our very first Pet Shop Boys concert at the O2 in December (thanks for autographed program!). The show was absolutely fantastic and London was loads of fun. I can’t wait to receive my DVD/CD in March.

    My question – have you ever considered working with Norah Jones? I think she is so talented, but she needs some pop in her life. Her last album sounded like a funeral dirge; she needs the Boys to make it fun and beautiful again.

    Thanks for all great music!

    February 16, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  35. Gala

    Hi, Neil! I wish you to meet love of your life, I hope it will happen soon. Life has no sense without it!

    February 16, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Reply
  36. Sandra

    Hi guys,
    which audience is the best? The Asian, European (German, British, Italien...), South or North American?
    And: Do you have a name for the ballet?

    February 16, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Reply
  37. Janssens Freek - BELGIUM

    Dear Neil, dear Chris,

    My question(s) I would like to ask:
    -) what are you both doing when you're not recording or writing songs?
    -) do you both like opera?

    Thank you very much and a lot of success for the future!!! Looking forward to the ballet!!

    Cheers,
    Freek
    BELGIUM

    February 16, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Reply
  38. aj71

    hi neil and chris would you come and do a gig at my house like on the brits tv ident for my girlfriends birthday in march ?

    February 16, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Reply
  39. Jonifer

    Do you think you'll ever make a more minimal electronic album?

    February 16, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Reply
  40. Mustafa

    HI from Sudan, I really love your songs cause you are simply the best, no doubt about it. Chris please please be gay

    February 16, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Reply
  41. Adriana Matiuzo (from Brazil)

    For:

    Neil: You said in "A Life in Pop" DVD that you don't have idea why you studied History. But, don't you think History gave an special touch for many PSB's lyrics?

    Chris: Is it easier to work today with eletronic instruments than when you were just starting in 80's? What's changed?

    Thanks for everything you have did. You are a gift in my life. Love you!

    .: You need to come to Brazil to know Rio's Carnaval. You will love it//

    XXX

    February 16, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Reply
  42. Don

    What do you think has been the most significant album release in your music genre?

    February 16, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Reply
  43. Sébastien

    Hello N & C, Sorry for my english.

    I saw the Pandemonium Tour 5 times. Unfortunately, because of snow, I'm one of the fans who didn't come to the O2 in December (thank you Eurostar).

    In the Pandemonium DVD, during the song Suburbia, I heard neil singing that Polly and Sophie have "a little black dress". I didn't notice that in Belgium one week before. Have you said that all nights during the second leg from the Pandemonium Tour or just in London ?

    Thank you for the 25 last years and the 25 future ones

    srpsb

    February 16, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  44. Daniel

    How did the MasterCard Priceless Gig come about and could you talk a bit about that experience?

    February 16, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  45. Erika

    Hi Neil, Hi Chris. I´m Erika from Brazil. You told about a ballet on TV program JÔ...how it come? What´s title?
    What do you like most in last time in Brazil?
    And about a scream "Braziiiillll" and samba sample in suburbia introduction...is Chris idea?
    Well it´s all. I love you.

    February 16, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  46. ATSUYO

    Pet Shop Boys,I love you!
    I have two questions.
    Why has Nill's voice been so beautiful ?
    And when will you visit japan?

    February 16, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Reply
  47. Mel

    Who has the brain, and who has the brawn? Is it as you sing it in that song? 😛 LOL

    February 16, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  48. valentina

    Hi guys!!

    i have a question to chris:

    chris,why there's a add stanza in paninaro 95,wich is :

    "Now you've gone, I'm all alone
    My heart is broken and I don't wanna go home
    You know it's all over, you're out of luck
    You feel so low you wanna self-destruct
    I needed you and you loved me too
    but now I don't know what I'm gonna do
    But life moves on, I'm talking history
    and now I've got tofind someone who'll dance with me"

    February 16, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  49. Lara

    Hi Neil & Chris!

    How do you survive the last minutes/hours before a concert, in particular the first concert of a tour (not a routine)? What are you doing, thinking, etc.? (I have to give a talk in front of a huge audience soon and apart from rehearsing a lot beforehand I’m open for a good advice that will keep me more or less sane on that day).

    My second question was inspired by the “gay icon question”: What’s it like being adored by many women?

    Thanks a lot for answering my question(s)! Hope to see you again soon!!! Cheers!

    February 16, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  50. Puzzywoo

    Hi Neil & Chris,

    1) Was it strange having Bad Lieutenant as a support act?
    2) When are you going to collaborate with Keane? (It's overdue!)
    3) Please, please, please will you collaborate with The Killers again?
    4) Are there any other new acts that you'd like to work with?

    Thanks!

    February 16, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  51. Ian Oates

    Hi Guys,
    Just wanted to thank you for over 25 years of pleasure, fantastic songs and wicked concerts, Saw you last at the MEN in Manchester and it was amazing.

    My question is: You have worked with some of the best producers in pop, who's left to work with? I think you should hook up with Brian Eno, now that would be something. Any chance of that happening?

    Keep up the good work, don't pack it in just yet!

    All The best

    Ian

    February 16, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  52. Stella Iakovidou

    Hello Pet Shop Boys,Neil and Chris!
    I'm a girl from Greece and almost 15 years old and maybe one of your greatest fans,although I've been a fan of yours since May 2009,when I decided to listen to your new stuff,Yes.I was at the Thessaloniki gig on November 21st and I have to say that it was fantastic,you were amazing and the show spectacular.I can't wait for the Pandemonium cd/dvd to be released in Greece because I want to watch these moments of my life all the time 🙂
    I want to ask you,which new artists do you like?Is electronic/pop music full of creativity and uniqueness?And,are the 80's the decade of synthpop,I mean,was synthpop at its peak only then and is its continuation "weak" and lacks of inspiration?
    Finally,I want to thank you for making my life more beautiful,with Neil's voice,Chris's music,your brilliant lyrics.You are the best electronic/synth duo of all time and my favourite group and artists.
    Sincerely,
    Stella xxx

    February 16, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  53. valéria lolita

    hello pet shop boys,i would like to ask to each one what was the best tour in your life,and why?

    what was the worst thing that ever happend with you on stage,while you were playing?

    February 16, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  54. valentina

    Hi pet shop boys!!!

    thank you very much for all this years that you have done this wonderfull songs wich have marked my life....and the question is:

    what do you think about all this new generations that became fan of you two so earlier????

    February 16, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  55. Andre

    You guys seem to be aging like good wine. You keep on getting better and better at the music you produce. You continue to be my all time favourites and it was truly memorable to see you in concert in Mexico City in Nov 2004. It was worth the trip from Belize to Mexico City. It remains the best vacation ever for my wife and I.
    Question? Have you ever considered Belize as a vacation destination? Its a great place to visit especially the island of Ambergris Caye. Great beaches and small town . Hope you consider it as your next destination for vacation.
    Andre
    Casa Pan Dulce Bakery

    February 16, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  56. John

    Hello Neil and Chris. I’ve enjoyed the audio commentaries you’ve recorded for your tours and videos. Is there any chance of releasing “Highlights”, “Montage”,"Somewhere", and the “Release Tour” on DVD with commentary?

    February 16, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Reply
  57. Hannah Low

    Neil, you know your dog Kevin, when you are touring do you leave him at home with someone or do you take him away on tour with you? And will the Twickenham front room gig be released on DVD?

    February 16, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Reply
  58. Charlie Adam

    Will the ballet project be considered a studio album?

    February 16, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Reply
  59. Logan MacFarlane

    Hi Guys,

    Which one of you swears the most?

    Logan MacFarlane

    February 16, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Reply
  60. Elaine - MONTREAL

    Hello Chris and Neil,

    Aside from your upcoming ballet, when can we look forward to your next album/music project?

    Petheads around the world thank you for a wonderful album and tour in 2009.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Reply
  61. Jens Birk

    Neil & Chris, there were talks of collaborating with Trentemøller for "Yes". Who would you like to collaborate with in the future – any plans that you can reveal?

    February 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  62. Robert Folkesson

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SUCH AN EXELLENT STOCKHOLM SHOW LAST SUMMER.

    IN THESE ABBA MANIA TIMES... ARE YOU INSPIRED BY ABBA? IF YOU ARE, IN WHICH WAY?

    GREETINGS FROM ROBERT

    February 16, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  63. STEPHEN MC CORRISTON

    After the Barclaycard success will you now be doing a living room world tour?

    February 16, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  64. Metropolis

    Will you release the Discovery tour from 1994 on DVD? What do you like most about Berlin? Heard that you like the city very much.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  65. Heike

    Which unusual musical instrument did you ever use and which one would like to? Do you like world music? On "Bilingual" some parts of the lyrics is in spanish, would you like to go on in future with various language? If so, which?

    February 16, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Reply
  66. Steve Middleton

    Hi Neil and Chris,
    I would like to thank you for giving the world Pet Shop Boys.
    being famous for fantastic cover versions and collaboration, is there any chance of either on your next album.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  67. Zeid Nasser

    Hello Gentlemen!

    I'm your biggest fan in the Middle East (from Jordan) and I am wondering if you ever plan to come to the region again. I missed your show in Abu Dhabi due to personal reasons and would love to know if you're coming to other cities in the region anytime soon!

    February 16, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Reply
  68. Metropolis

    Both of you as a duo are somewhat of an icon in the gay world. Neil came out of the closet in 1994. Chris, why did you never publicly say whether you are straight or gay? I ask this question because you are a part of the so-called "gay icon". I´m sure this question was often asked in the past.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Reply
  69. Metropolis

    Is there any chance to see Battleship Potemkin live in London again? It is an absolutely innovative soundtrack for a silent film. As you know it was mentioned by the Time Out magazine as one of the most memorable London experiences.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  70. Vanessa-Frankfurt-Germany

    Hi
    I got a question .Do you have both a record player at home and listen to the good old vinyl ?

    And what's your favorite cover artwork of a record /cd ect.that you both like ?

    Many thanks from Germany and greets to Kevin 😉
    Vanessa

    February 16, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Reply
  71. Karin

    Hi Chris and Neal, why did you give the album the name YES?
    Are you maybe married?

    February 16, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Reply
  72. John

    From the very beginning after the PLEASE album, was it always planned to have one word titles for albums/cd's? How did this all start?

    February 16, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Reply
  73. Matt Berglund, New York

    Chris and Neal, If you could have your wonderful career over again, what one thing would you change?

    Chris, what would you describe as the highlight of your career?

    February 17, 2010 at 12:28 am | Reply
  74. Matt Berglund, New York

    Neal, does one particular gig that you've played stick out in your memory? If so for what reason?

    February 17, 2010 at 12:29 am | Reply
  75. Alfred

    Perhaps a question that seems a bit odd, but here it is:

    Travelling so much and at the same time being so politically engaged, how do you keep up to date? Is it CNN or the quintessential Economist or something else?

    February 17, 2010 at 1:13 am | Reply
  76. Kyle

    In the 80s & 90s, the 12” remix was a unique and somewhat rarified format.  Today, a digital download is immediately available with an overwhelming multitude of (often mediocre) remixes.  Do you think this helps or hinders dance music?

    Kyle
    Los Angeles

    February 17, 2010 at 1:29 am | Reply
  77. Helen

    Hello Neil! Hello Chris!
    Thanks for your talent.

    one of the greatest "tests" a person has in life is a "friends-test".
    You seem to pass it perfectly – i`ve never heard a single "bad" word about you and you do work with lots of people for many-many years.
    How do you manage such a good relationship with others?
    Can you give a practical advise?

    Cincerely,
    Helen.
    P.S. Thank you for being yourselves.

    February 17, 2010 at 1:42 am | Reply
  78. Xavier J.

    Is there any artists that have influenced PSB heavily in the last couple of years?

    February 17, 2010 at 2:26 am | Reply
  79. Martha Sim

    "Now I sit with different faces
    In rented rooms and foreign places
    All the people I was kissing
    Some are here and some are missing
    In the nineteen-nineties
    I never dreamt that I would get to be
    The creature that I always meant to be
    But I thought in spite of dreams
    You'd be sitting somewhere here with me
    'Cause we were never being boring
    We had too much time to find for ourselves..."

    "Being Boring" was more than just a song for me. It was the soundtrack of my many nights.

    February 17, 2010 at 2:29 am | Reply
  80. Wade

    1) With over 40 Top 30 hits in countries all over world and alot in the US too, have you guys had a moment to reflect on all the success, like the "Wow" moment?

    2) How much down time do you guys get?

    3) From what you know now (it can be anything), what would you tell yourselves 25 or even 30 years ago?

    4) Thank you for a great concert in Orlando in 2009.

    February 17, 2010 at 3:31 am | Reply
  81. fede

    Hello PSB:

    which is your favourite electronic style: minimal, drum adn bass,electro-clash?,

    your future plan will be: first ballet project in 2011, then new record in 2012?

    greetings from argentina

    February 17, 2010 at 4:09 am | Reply
  82. Koriaky

    Hi Chris and Neil!
    Question: would you ever think of teaching your wonderful gifts of song writing and composing music?

    Koriaky (PSB Music lover from Chicago)

    February 17, 2010 at 4:49 am | Reply
  83. ALFINA Wilson (Denver, CO)

    Dear Neil & Chris,

    I have to say I was in tears to watch your "My Priceless Gig" concert video at Lorraine's front room! TO THINK that you'd do that for ANYONE was beyond my wildest dream! I just can't be prouder of my choice of Idol! What was the BEST and the WORST thing about this experience? I know it would be nerve-wrecking to have an audience of four, with eyes all on you, but I HOPE you still enjoyed it regardless!

    February 17, 2010 at 5:27 am | Reply
  84. Mike Flatley

    Neal, Chris, if you knew for certain just one of your songs would still be listened to 100 years from now, which song would you hope it would be and why?

    February 17, 2010 at 5:43 am | Reply
  85. Quentin Formaggio, Italy

    Hey Pet Shop boys, I'm a big fan of your great music!! If you do not become the great musicians that you are, what job do you think you have ended up doing. Thank you!

    February 17, 2010 at 5:49 am | Reply
  86. Ted Yost, France

    hi, neal and chris, i think your music and sound is really futuristic. what do you think music will sound like in 2050? any thoughts?

    February 17, 2010 at 5:53 am | Reply
  87. David

    The song, 'This used to be the Future', which appears on Yes etc, I think was the first time that you have sung together and is an amazing track. I'd like to suggest that Chris adds more of his vocals in future songs.

    February 17, 2010 at 6:59 am | Reply
  88. David

    When you toured Pandemonium in the US, you had 'meet and greet' sessions with fans. Is this something that you would look at implementing for future concert dates? I wasa thrilled when I met you in San Francisco.

    February 17, 2010 at 7:02 am | Reply
  89. David

    I'd like to know what art hangs in Neil and Chris' houses....

    February 17, 2010 at 7:02 am | Reply
  90. David

    We've had previous tours documented in the books 'Literally' and 'Pet Shop Boys vs America', have you considered filming backstage footage to release along with your concert DVDs?

    February 17, 2010 at 7:05 am | Reply
  91. David

    If you had to select three pieces of your work to put in a time capsule to be opened in 25 years that truely represents Pet Shop Boys, what would you include?

    February 17, 2010 at 7:08 am | Reply
  92. Manuel

    I been a fan since the begining, remember the record signing at The Wherehouse on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood, California? You two give so much to all your fans. My question to you guys would be what do you two ask from your fans?
    I know you have your core fan base here in USA, but will the America Record Company ever promote you again as strong as it did in the 1980s especially when you keep being so successful and you had such longevity of a career?
    Ever consider releasing a CD box set of your all time greatest remixes?, maybe voted by the fans?I have most of the classic vinyl 12" club records in my collection. Finally, any upcoming PSB news you can share with your fans?
    Thanks, Did you see me coming?
    Manuel

    February 17, 2010 at 7:20 am | Reply
  93. Manuel

    Sorry, more questions how about an album of your famous mega-mixes?, How are things looking for the "Further Listening" CD's of the last albums ?, Please explain more of the Ballet piece you guys are working on.
    I saw you guys play at the Irvine Meadows, The Greek, The Gibson Theater, and I was the first to get an autograph signatures from you two at the Virgin Megastore in Hollywood, California for your book "Catalouge".
    Go West, Life is peaceful there.......
    Manuel

    February 17, 2010 at 7:32 am | Reply
  94. Remy

    I think that you've changed a lot of lifes, do you think that you changed something in this world with your music, with all the things you have said in lyrics or interviews, with your attitude to life around you ?

    And what funniest or most embarassing thing happend to you?

    And again- BIG THANKS, THAT WE HAVE YOU 2. it's really hard to describe how much you changed my life and things i ever thought about, but you did. And i'm really thankful for it. Wish you all the best 🙂 :):) <3 <3 <3

    February 17, 2010 at 7:43 am | Reply
  95. Álex Hernández-Puertas

    Hi guys, I'd like to ask each of you: Are you in love?

    February 17, 2010 at 8:18 am | Reply
  96. Markus

    Is there a chance for "Alternative 2" release in the near future ?

    Because after the 5th album you did the Alternantiv CD (PSB-B-Sides)
    and now we've joyned the 10th album ....

    February 17, 2010 at 8:26 am | Reply
  97. Sammy

    Hello,
    Have you considered releasing an acoustic or "unplugged" style album of old and/or new songs? I know that remixes are such an integral part of your output, it seems like going in the other direction would really push the remix idea to a new place. Also, an album of completely infectious pop/dance covers would be fantastic. Thanks guys!

    P.S. I have heard rumours that you are coming to Dubai. Please confirm!

    February 17, 2010 at 9:04 am | Reply
  98. Robert Schulz

    Are you singing about your tour "Cubism" in "Minimal" ?

    LG RS

    February 17, 2010 at 9:27 am | Reply
  99. nikki

    Great to see that you helped Lady gaga to where she is this year on the Brits compared to last year, will you do anything with her in the future or has she forgotten you!!

    Are you coming to Aldeburgh in the Summer for Fish and Chips? Or Thetford, Newmarket Nights or Portman Road for that matter (anything better than the football team playing on it at the moment!!) to play.

    February 17, 2010 at 9:38 am | Reply
  100. Mark Mingins

    I was a fan of PSB in the Nineties and still have some CDs and tapes (remember those?). What I would like to ask is would it be possible to do some re-mixes of the other iconic groundbreakers Siouxsie and the Banshees and the Cocteau Twins which are my fave groups it would be interesting to put their sounds with PSB's it was done with Boys and Girls by Blur which I have I think it's a rarity on CD. Thanks

    February 17, 2010 at 10:09 am | Reply
  101. Chanaka

    Hi Guys, I'm from Sydney, Australia. When would we get the chance to see you boys perfoming down under

    February 17, 2010 at 10:20 am | Reply
  102. Lizzie

    Neil, how do you stay vocally healthy on what is a fairly full-on tour? (I assume Chris manages by avoiding speaking.)

    February 17, 2010 at 10:23 am | Reply
  103. Jonx

    Why did you guys choose to cover the song Always on my Mind ?

    February 17, 2010 at 11:10 am | Reply
  104. David O'Brien

    Are you the only commercial band who have performed a gig in someones house? How was the experience?

    February 17, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  105. Awkward

    For me you embody Britishness, pompous but weedy, curious but insular, witty but bitchy, theatrical but bourgeois. What I love about psb is you celebrate it – it's worth celebrating. There is empathy and perception in your songs that no other British band has come close to ...My question is was that an early manifesto ?- did you realise it was a unique selling point as it were ?

    February 17, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  106. Gazlaz

    Hey Neil and Chris! You've had some fantastic collaborations in the past...who would you like to collaborate with next and is anyone in the pipeline 🙂

    February 17, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  107. Nicole

    Hi, Neil & Chris
    First of all, thanks a lot for performing „King’s cross“ live once again.
    I became a PSB fan in 2000 when I watched the video of the “Discovery” tour. I’ve thought how fantastic this song is and since then I had been hoping to experience a live performance of it, too.
    I enjoyed “Pandemonium” in Berlin twice!
    I’d like to ask you if you’ve visited the special exhibition “Pop Life – Art in a Material World" at the Tate Modern yet. If so, did you enjoy it?
    In October 09 I travelled to London for 1 week and loved “Pop Life”! xxx CU, Nici

    February 17, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  108. Andrey

    Hello! How about to end the "Pandemonium Tour" in Russia? We have another a bottle of great wine and vodka for You! Have a nice day.

    February 17, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  109. Nikos

    My favourite PSB song is "The way it used to be". Are the lyrics about an experience you lived with someone or was it just creative writing?

    February 17, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  110. jasmine wok

    this one is for Neil – would you like to take me out for dinner?

    February 17, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  111. jane

    Do you get lonely when you are on tour?

    February 17, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  112. A

    Are you aware of these new generation of portable mini synths, such as the Kaossilator or Korg DS-10, for Nintendo DS? Do you think things like that will change how new musicians emerges?

    Any chances to see the Battle Potemkin spectacle in Barcelona?

    Yes and the tour were superb!

    Thanks!

    February 17, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  113. Julie

    Hi Neil and Chris. Will you ever perform in South Africa?

    February 17, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  114. Kenny Murphy

    How does it feel to put on the best live shows in the Pop business? And just how can you better the Pandemonium live experiences? ( T-In The Park was amazing but unfortunately the sound in Glasgow was poor.)

    Kenny, Edinburgh UK.

    February 17, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  115. Andy

    Will you ever make another film? ...and when will 'It Couldn't Happen Here' be released on DVD?

    February 17, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  116. Alex

    Hi Neil and Chris,

    Are there any plans for reissues of Nightlife, Release, Fundamental and Yes in the near future?

    Alex from Holland

    February 17, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Reply
  117. Fan

    Dear Neil and Chris,

    I like to ask each of you the following question:
    Which PSB song is your personal favourite?

    Thanks, Fan

    February 17, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  118. Jonx

    Ask them: Is it a sin to have West End girls always on my mind ?

    February 17, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Reply
  119. Børge, Oslo, Norway

    What is your favourite Pet Shop Boys joke?

    February 17, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Reply
  120. les g denver

    american tour soon would be nice. prove that you are jack the lad!! Have your fans even really heard music for boys part 3. CHEERS!

    February 17, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  121. Haden Young

    where to next, album-wise, stylistically?

    February 17, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  122. Andrew Thomas

    Hi Neil and Chris, are you too clever for your own good sometimes?

    February 17, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  123. Alice Nyong Ante

    Hm! That's nice but I've not hard about them nor listen to their music.

    February 17, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  124. Frann

    Dear PSB,

    Would you get angry if someone writes a book about you?

    Thanks.

    February 17, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  125. E

    Are you planning to make any Asia tour?

    February 17, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  126. SUZY FROM TORONTO

    When will you tour North America – namely Canada?

    February 17, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  127. abc

    When will you tour Turkey?

    February 17, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  128. Miochoco

    "Casanova in Hell" and "King of Rome" are two songs written in a historical way?
    Why?
    Is it every time a song from every album released (eg: My october synphonie, The samurai in autumn,...?)

    *Belgium fan forever*
    Thank you.

    February 17, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  129. sam thomas

    Hi Neil & Chris....Thankyou for your musical talent since 1985. Do you have a special place? and why? Thankyou Sam x

    February 17, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  130. Karin

    Hello Chris and Neil !

    Do you have any pets... ?

    Loved your last couple of shows at The Cirkus in Stockholm – come back soon !!!!
    kramar from
    Karin

    February 17, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  131. omri horesh

    which one of the cover songs you covered do you like the best?

    February 17, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  132. Metropolis

    Will there be concerts in Germany this year again?

    February 17, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  133. Mads

    Hey Pet Shop Boys

    Are you going to release some of the unreleased songs like on Alternative again ? Why can`t I buy more cd singles on your website ? U made tons of cd singles and only 6 or some on sale ?

    Ps. U are the best band i the world !!!!

    Best regards from Denmark

    February 17, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  134. Paul Sharman

    Who do you think has done the best cover of one of your songs? (I just listened to Tracey Thorn's version of Kings Cross – The Hot Chip Remix – and it was great)

    Are there going to be more Further Listening albums?

    Thanks 🙂

    February 17, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  135. Tardalina Giogirano

    Hi Neil and Chris,

    I really enjoyed watching your mini Pandemonium show from the Brits yesterday. I am also taking the opportunity to ask you these two questions :

    1. Does Chris keeps all his caps and sunglasses that he worn since the beginning of the PSB and if so, how many does he have ?

    2. What food you hate to eat or that you don't eat at all ?

    Thanks,

    Tardalina

    February 17, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  136. stargazer08 in Stockholm

    Having been a fan from the beginning, thanks for all the great music. Given your beginnings did you ever think that you yourselves would have had such a profound effect on pop music?

    February 17, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  137. Shelly

    Dear Neil and Chris,
    I would like to thank you very much for coming to Bratislava with the wonderful Pandemonium show, I enjoyed every second of it.
    Neil, I would like to ask you whose idea was it that you would be dressed as a king during Viva la vida? Is there any song you would like now to add to the Pandemonium show? I would add A red-letter day :-).
    Take care. I hope you will come back to Bratislava some day again.
    For me, you are the kings of pop.

    February 17, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  138. Eric v.d. Mark

    If you ever had to split, would you be jealous of each other's (potential) sucess?

    February 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Reply
  139. Koriaky

    Hi Neil and Chris!
    Do you guys maintain a fitness regiment while on tour or off tour?

    February 17, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Reply
  140. Anne

    Hi Neil and Chris,

    you hold your private life much under catch which also correct is. Nevertheless the question if it in a relationship since as deals the partner with your Populaität?

    Thanks,

    Anne

    February 17, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  141. nikki

    What is your favourite question that you have ever been asked as a PSB or not?

    Do you get depressed by the British weather especially all this snow at the moment, or do you like the gloomy winter nights?

    From a sunny Suffolk today

    February 17, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Reply
  142. Aoife

    Will we ever get to hear that tape you made as Dust that was broadcast on Newcastle radio?Also,do you have a muse?

    February 17, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Reply
  143. Transparent

    Hello Boys. First of all, I would love to thank you for making so wonderful music, that made my life shiny and happy.

    Well, what do you think about music nowadays? There's still good music, of course, but, what about those fool songs that are released nowadays?

    Other question: do you think the tickets for your concerts must be so expensive? I don't know in other places but, here in Brazil, the prices were terrible. I couldn't, for example, pay for them. That's why I'm very anxious for the Pandemonium Tour DVD release in Brazil.

    Kisses from a teen Brazillian fan. ^^

    February 17, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  144. Katja

    Good evening, what are your criteria for publishing a song on a record? Have you got a concept in mind at an early stage or is the choice more or less unintended initially andthus you chose the sequence of songs and the title as a final step?
    Thanks a lot. Kind regards, Katja

    February 17, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  145. Dave Elliott

    What is your favourite/most used app on your iPhones?

    February 17, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Reply
  146. Mazemosc

    Hi Neil. Hi Chris

    If you were a colour, which colour would you be?

    Thanks

    Maze

    February 17, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  147. Mikki

    Hello Boys, hope all is well with you both. Was wondering if you could you throw us a little bone in regards to the ballet? I was wondering if the score has been completed and has a definitive date been set for its run yet? Also, how is it different writing for a ballet as opposed to writing the score for Battleship Potemkin?
    Thanks bunches!
    Mikki

    February 17, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  148. Thomas

    Will there ever be a DVD of Battleship Potemkin with your wonderful soundtrack?

    February 17, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  149. Darius

    Q: Have you ever thought about changing your band's name after you became grown-ups (artistically)? Maybe if you asked your fans for suggestions, saying you are considering it now you are mature artists, they might come up with some great ideas. You would get loads of free publicity in the process, create controversy, be all over the press and tv. If your fans said No Way, that'd settle it. No mainstream band has ever done it (you'd be the first). Rebranding is not an alien concept when trying to stay relevant or reflect a change. You have a good reason to do it if you wanted to. I'm sure your core fans (which I'm one of) will always stay with you regardless 'cause you are so deeply entrenched in the 80s/90s pop generation psyche. But you might get some new fans in the process and remind yourselves to the old legions who didn't keep in touch for a while. Have a great tour. Darius / @popJuiceUK

    February 17, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  150. Vadim

    Hi boys!
    Where do you store all your suits from video clips and from LIVE shows?

    February 17, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Reply
  151. mattus

    good evening boys,

    you're at the leading edge of fashion; should a standard white-collar wage slave wear a tie to the office every day, or just go with the 'open collar' lock?

    cheers.

    February 17, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Reply
  152. ALEJANDRA

    Hi Guys:
    – Is it really you tweeting @petshopboys?
    – Congrats on your career.
    – Do you like Mika?
    – Do you like being a "gay icon"
    – When is Chris singing a song?
    – I love All over the world......
    love Neil's voice and everything pet shop boys.
    Thanx
    Love from MEXICO
    ALEJANDRA INFANTE

    February 17, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  153. Robert

    Guys, in Suriname, a little country in South-America, where R&B and Caribbean music rules, it was your music that gave me a chance to set myself apart. Thank you so much for that.

    Question
    Where did the inspiration come from and did you know that you were going to be successful from the beginning already?

    Robert

    February 17, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Reply
  154. Nicole

    Neil, Chris,
    Why do you hide some of the best songs on b-sides or have never released them on CD? I think of “Philadelphia” (I do love that song!!), “You’ve got to start somewhere”, “Homosexuality”, “Bright young things” (love it), “The resurrectionist” (the same) etc. And I miss the category ‘exclusive tracks’ on your webpage!
    BTW My most favourite song of “Yes” is definitively “After the event” (beside “This used to be the future”).
    Cheers, Nici

    February 17, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  155. Marq Convent

    In the 80s, you said that in a couple of years, you'd find two other guys to be the Pet Shop Boys. You'd "retire", still compose the music but have others perform the songs. Whatever happened to that idea? 🙂

    (In fact, a lot of 80s popstars did end their career by writing stuff for younger star(let)s.)

    February 17, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  156. Maria Laura

    Hi... I love you Always and I'd like to ask to Neil... Neil, which is your favourite song to sing on stage?

    love from Argentina,
    M. Laura

    February 17, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  157. Børge, Oslo, Norway

    What is this CNN lyric about:

    "In audience I receive the media's pleas
    They kiss my ring in
    interviews on bended knees
    In victory I am magnanimous and charming when
    I speak exclusively at length to CNN
    About power over people
    In a palace with a permanent guard."

    February 17, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Reply
  158. Gemma Quevedo

    Hello, what do you think about playing at Festivals? Don't you think it's uncomfortable for fans to have to struggle with thousands of people see the band? And also, pay 3 times more for the ticket? Don't you prefer the intimacy of a concert just for you?

    February 17, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Reply
  159. valentina

    hello pet shop boys......please tell me what you thought about brasília's show,what was your first impression of playing there?do you think that the audience was very lively?

    kisses.

    February 17, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Reply
  160. valéria lolita

    Hi Neil and Chris

    what about a scream "Braziiiillll" and samba sample in suburbia introduction...is Chris idea?this mached perfectly with the song,really!!!

    brazilian fans send a lot of kisses for you guys
    and come here to join de carnaval!!!

    February 17, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Reply
  161. Nick from NJ

    My Mom is from Neil's hometown of Gosforth. What are some of his favorite memories of growing up there? Does he look back on it fondly, or could he not wait to leave for London?

    February 17, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  162. Lila Bell

    If you could magically delete any song from existence in the PSB catalogue would you and which song(s)?

    Who do you consider to be your contemporaries?

    Do you ever get exasperated by the endless second guessing of fans regarding your career decisions on things like singles, remixes, etc.? After "100 million records over the past two decades" you must be doing something right!

    Would you ever consider putting out a clothing line?

    February 17, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Reply
  163. Michael

    So since is this news and important in ref to anything?

    February 18, 2010 at 5:15 am | Reply
  164. Julia

    Hi Boys! I really love your music! Thank you!
    I would love to know where are the places in London you love most? Are there special clubs you go often?
    Love from Germany! Please come back soon!

    February 18, 2010 at 11:20 am | Reply
  165. DANNY-MONICA

    HI ! THANKS FOR PRAGUE,LOOKING FOR SUMMER TO SEE YOU IN BRIGHTON OR NEWCASTLE-))))
    HOW MANY TIMES YOU VE BEEN IN PRAGUE LAST YEAR?..I THOUGHT I SAW YOU THERE IT WAS PROBABLY ONLY SOME LITTLE HALLUCINATION..
    CAN WE KNOW WHICH STORY FROM H.CH.A.IT IS FINALLY?-)
    AND MAY I MENTION SONG "SPOILT BRAT"?
    I AM READING AGAIN "PSB VERSUS AMERICA" AND HAVING SO MUCH LAUGH – THERE ARE SUCH A GREAT BITS LIKE CHRIS SAYING "YOU SHOULDN T HAVE BAD EYE SIGHT" AND NEIL "CHRIS, I CAN T HELP BEEIN DISABLED" ..I NEARLY DIED AS I LAUGHED ,BECOUSE I COULD SEE IT SO REALISTIC -LIKE IF I WAS THERE-)))))

    February 19, 2010 at 10:11 am | Reply
  166. Delphine

    The guys are HUGE and so is the music...you can spend an entire evening uploading all their great vid's on YouTube and add them to your favourites.The Music will stay forever...i am sure about that.I cannot praise enough the positive energy and feeling it brings day after day...so Thank You, Pet Shop Boys, you are sooo AWESOME !!!

    February 24, 2010 at 11:57 am | Reply
  167. iPhone ringtone maker

    This is just what I want.

    Will you share more about it? I just want to know more

    February 27, 2010 at 7:18 am | Reply

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