Pet Shop Boys appeared on Steven Wright’s BBC Radio 2 program today to talk about their recently released album “Electric.” Fans were given a live streaming link on Facebook so that they could hear what the duo had to say. Patrick Kielty was filling in for Steven Wright on today’s show and kicked off his interview with Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe by playing the daytime edit of their rousing new single “Love is a Bourgeois Construct.”
Patrick started off the interview joking with the British duo about their aversion to social media.
Neil Tennant responded, “People start being abusive. Most people aren’t, but a lot of people when they have the chance to express themselves on social media are abusive.”
Pet Shop Boys were then asked about their new album “Electric” and Neil told Kielty, “We set off to make a dance album, where every track could be played by a DJ, in a club.”
The BBC host then went on to congratulate the electronic pioneers on “Electric” scoring their highest chart position in 20 years in the UK.
He asked how that made them feel and Chris Lowe said, “You want everything you do to be a success. I don’t pay as much attention to the charts as some members of the band do, but I don’t want to hear it’s a flop.”
Neil Tennant added, “We in our heart of hearts resent the idea that just because you have been around a long time you cannot make something current.”
Pet Shop Boys’ worldwide hit from the 80s, “It’s a Sin,” was then played for listeners.
After the song Tennant and Lowe went on to discuss with Patrick how they generally work as a team in Berlin when writing new music. When asked about whether they prefer the sound of old synths or the new electronic sounds being created by modern day computers the duo responded that they enjoy using a mixture of the old and the new. Neil explained how with modern technology they can access all of the old synth sounds on their computer when creating music and that the producer of “Electric,” Stuart Price, has a load of old synths in his studio.
Kietly went on to ask Pet Shop Boys about how they have made a career out of writing serious pop songs like “Love is a Bourgeois Construct” and Neil responded, “One of the original ideas of the Pet Shop Boys was you can make a dance record but the lyrics might be not typical dance music. Also the idea that you can write a song about anything.”
When the producers signaled to end the interview to do news and traffic Neil Tennant retorted, “The thing is the traffic is not that bad today.”
Kietly replied, “Traffic is a bourgeois construct.”
While laughing with Chris, Neil quickly replied, “It is.”
Pet Shop Boys “Electric” and its lead single “Vocal” are both available in stores now. Their next single “Love is a Bourgeois Construct” will be released with B-sides and remixes next week. Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe are set to bring their “Electric Tour” to North America in Sept. and you can get tickets here.