The dance-pop duo group, Pet Shop Boys will release their latest studio album, 30 years after their first album on April 1st. The year was 1986, the Cold War official ended, Top Gun was released, the Oprah Winfrey Show premiered and Pet Shop Boys released their biggest hit “West End Girls. The song was so popular it was released twice once as a single in 1984 and then was recorded in 1986.
The group’s latest album Super features the first single, The Pop Kids which was unveiled in March and references the early ‘90s, club scene in London. Inspired by a friend’s story, the track talks about the progress of electronic dance music and in the states. “You’ve ramped it up and created this club culture that’s very different from the European club culture. At the clubs in Britain, you had people dancing with bottles of Evian water … (In the USA) there was brandy and expensive champagne, and the superstar DJ thing got even bigger. It became a sort glamorous culture, one of conspicuous consumption — and it’s become the sound of pop music.” Said Neil Tennant.
But it’s not all about clubbing, the tracks Dictator Decides was written with Syria’s Bashar Assad and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in mind – but most people believe it the inspiration came from Donald Trump. The pair blends their sense of social realism with an all electronic album that brings the duo back to their roots.
“I wanted it to be shiny and colorful,” Tennant says, “which I think the album is. With some darker edges, of course.”