"But look at my hopes, look at my dreams,
The currency we've spent
I love you, you pay my rent"
Tennant is the singing half of the Pet Shop Boys. They have a vague taint of one-hit wonder status, and of "totally 80s," associated with them. Both of these are unfair. Pet Shop Boys continue to make great music, and have long delivered well beyond the promise of their debut Please (one of the first compact discs I got, along with my first compact disc player back in, I guess 1986). Personally I never liked "West End Girls" much (still don't)--it was "Opportunities" that got my attention, "Suburbia" that kept my attention, and "Love Comes Quickly" that sealed the deal.
Their 1990 album Behavior (now officially titled Behaviour worldwide) is an all-time favorite, which many of you probably already know. I was living in South Florida at the time, and managed to see the first night of the tour. I didn't expect much, and was blown away; as much spectacle as music. I saw it around the same time as Bowie's Sound + Vision and very much associate the 2 in the same space of creativity.
At that show, I think I heard my first official mash-up (I could be wrong and am prepared to issue a correction): they covered U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name" and merged it with Frankie Valli's "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You." Annoyingly I can't embed, but you can check it out here. At some point they added "Always on My Mind" to the medley, but it's all hazy (maybe at that show?).
Their live sound isn't up to Bowie's level, but they have a quality. Here they are performing a medley (they are the perfect mega-mix band!) at a recent BRIT Awards when receiving the Outstanding Contribution to Music award, along with Lady Gaga and Brandon Flowers (I told you he wants to be Lord Gaga).
They've lost their 4 Grammy nominations to Madonna, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and Daft Punk. Ah well, they're releasing something new later this year. And there's always a shot at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with their 25th anniversary coming soon.
In 2004 they performed, with an orchestra, a new score written for the silent film classic Battleship Potemkin in a small number of shows. I'm curious how that came about.
I'll leave you with one of my favorite cynical love songs, "Rent."
Happy birthday dude! Rock on!