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Growing up and growing old with the Pet Shop Boys

#1 Post by rashomon » Mon 20 Jan 2020, 11:59 pm

Sorry not sure if I should have posted this in the Hotspot review thread ... it’s not quite a review as such but it’s a nice read regardless

https://nbhap.com/stories/growing-up-gr ... oys-legacy
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#2 Post by TallThinMan » Tue 21 Jan 2020, 7:56 am

Thanks. Here’s the link to the actual website rather than the wretched Google AMP link: https://nbhap.com/stories/growing-up-gr ... oys-legacy

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#3 Post by raggatwin » Tue 21 Jan 2020, 8:43 am

Growing old....hes only 34... :-/
Hello my name is Neil Tennant and I'm Chris Lowe and we're of the Pet Shop Boys.

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#4 Post by onzio » Tue 21 Jan 2020, 10:14 am

It is a really wonderful story, so ordinary but at the same time special: our lives are our stories, and every life is unique.
I can relate to it at 100%, and for me is probably even stronger the relationship between me growing up and the PSB's career since I'm only a little bit older than the reviewer but enough to remember how I fell in love at first sight... I'd better say "listen", with West End girls.
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#5 Post by rashomon » Tue 21 Jan 2020, 10:18 am

raggatwin wrote:Growing old....hes only 34... :-/
Indeed a mere pup ... I rolled the big 5-0 last December!

@TallThinMan - Thanks for posting up the proper link Image

My personal love affair with the Pet Shop Boys started when I was 15 - I caught them at those crucial mid teen years and I’ve never let go since and like the reviewer, every album I can pinpoint to a specific chapter in my life - I’m sure this rings true for many on this forum.

I find it interesting that my two sons aged 12 and 14 are now finding their own tastes in music - yes, I have subjugated them many many times to the entire PSB catalogue over the years while they were growing up so my duties as a good parent can’t be questioned Image

... I do wonder though if there is any band or music out there for them that will connect in the same way and live through the years with them .... I wouldn’t bet on it somehow.
you could say conventional ... and I could claim intentional

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#6 Post by ArtHist » Tue 21 Jan 2020, 10:51 am

raggatwin wrote:
Tue 21 Jan 2020, 8:43 am
Growing old....hes only 34... :-/
And 'Young Offender' is in his Top 10 'you must hear' list. How apt.

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#7 Post by onzio » Tue 21 Jan 2020, 11:37 am

rashomon wrote:
Tue 21 Jan 2020, 10:18 am
I find it interesting that my two sons aged 12 and 14 are now finding their own tastes in music - yes, I have subjugated them many many times to the entire PSB catalogue over the years while they were growing up so my duties as a good parent can’t be questioned Image

... I do wonder though if there is any band or music out there for them that will connect in the same way and live through the years with them .... I wouldn’t bet on it somehow.
I have two children too, going 8 and 12 during 2020. I did the same making them listen to PSB massively, I also brought the elder to the Elecrtic concert in Rome, and both to the Super concert in Lucca.
Now I let them listen to their own idols and don't I judge. I think they've acquired a good taste in electronic and dance music so I'm proud of the job done! Sometimes they ask me to play Vocal out loud and we dance like crazy monkeys around the living room.


About your wonder I'm sure that there will be no more a long lasting group like PSB, growing up with such a costant presence in our lives is really rare and somehow valuable. Not only for the records but also for the live performances as well.
My first concert ever has been the Performance concert in Milan 18 may 1991. Almost 30 years ago.
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#8 Post by Tom Angel » Tue 21 Jan 2020, 1:04 pm

I'm aware you have probably all read my blog - letter to pet shop boys - and how I grew up with them:


https://lifeassistanceagency.com/2016/0 ... end-girls/



And loved your Growing up and growing old with the Pet Shop Boys.
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#9 Post by onzio » Tue 21 Jan 2020, 2:30 pm

Tom Angel wrote:
Tue 21 Jan 2020, 1:04 pm
I'm aware you have probably all read my blog - letter to pet shop boys - and how I grew up with them:


https://lifeassistanceagency.com/2016/0 ... end-girls/



And loved your Growing up and growing old with the Pet Shop Boys.
If I stop and think about it I realize that their music is the only constant in my life that tie everything together.
I was a child with parents, now I'm a parent with children, I changed schools, jobs, girlfriends, friends, places... everything changed but them. And is also very pleasant to see that PSB fans of my generation had almost all a similar approach to becoming a fan during our childhood listening to those f*** opening bars of West End girls.
Very interesting article again, I can see myself into those words.
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#10 Post by Tom Angel » Tue 21 Jan 2020, 4:02 pm

Cheers Onzio

the key line for me was this in Suburbia

Mother's got her hairdo to be done
She says they're too old for toys
Stood by the bus stop with a felt pen
in this suburban hell


Just nailed something to me that I've never thrown - shame recent lyrics fail to reach these parts, but the loyalty remains.
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#11 Post by ArtHist » Tue 21 Jan 2020, 4:34 pm

Tom Angel wrote:
Tue 21 Jan 2020, 4:02 pm
Cheers Onzio

the key line for me was this in Suburbia

Mother's got her hairdo to be done
She says they're too old for toys
Stood by the bus stop with a felt pen
in this suburban hell


Just nailed something to me that I've never thrown - shame recent lyrics fail to reach these parts, but the loyalty remains.
I would say those lyrics have a quintessentially, pre millennium, 'British' feel to them. They suit the era of their release. Is 'hairdo' in the common vernacular these days? A felt pen would be referred to as a sharpie.

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