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Neil Tennant

Tennant singing in a Pet Shop Boys concert at the 2013 Berlin Festival
Background information
Birth name Neil Francis Tennant
Born (1954-07-10) 10 July 1954 (age 62)
North Shields, Tyneside,
England
Genres Synthpop, dance, electropop, electronica, alternative dance
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter, music journalist
Instruments Vocals, keyboards, synthesizer, guitar
Years active 1981–present
Labels EMI, Parlophone, Spaghetti
Associated acts Pet Shop Boys, Electronic
Website www.petshopboys.co.uk

She's been a smack addict, she's had big success in Europe in the '70s, and she's lost everything. She's been rediscovered in the '80s, and as we meet her she's just about to sign a new recording contract.
Neil Tennant
At one time musical theater, particularly in the '40s and '50s, was a big source of pop songs. That's how musical theater started, really – it was just a way of linking several pop songs for the stage.
Neil Tennant
For a while we were chasing a book by Graham Greene to do Brighton Rock as a musical. We didn't get the rights, so we decided to create something from scratch, with Jonathan. By that time we were big fans of his work.
Neil Tennant
I didn't want to wear a checked shirt and grow a mustache – that's what you had to do, and everyone did.
Neil Tennant
There's also a subplot about a guy who manages pop groups. Dave is a very ambitious boy, and he gets offered an audition but only wants to do it on his terms and conditions. He wants to maintain his integrity.
Neil Tennant
I think we've come a long way since then. The big thing that changed was when ecstasy came along in Britain.
Neil Tennant
To a certain extent, this tour is a celebration of individuality and that you can invent and reinvent yourself. You should have the power to be able to do that. Sexuality is a part of that. It should release you. It doesn't have to be an issue. It shouldn't box you in.
Neil Tennant
When we did concerts, we wanted them to be theatrical events – collaborations with designers, choreographers, and directors – because we thought traditional rock concerts were boring.
Neil Tennant
We've been working on a new album, which is going to come out next spring, which is very different, a change of style for us – it's going to be almost like rock music.
Neil Tennant
I'm always uneasy with messages. I think if there is a message, it's about taking control of your life. Not becoming a victim. Be true to yourself. In essence it's about love in the drug culture.
Neil Tennant
We thought it would be great to see if you could put pop music back into musical theater.
Neil Tennant
She's a very charismatic character, and she holds the whole play together.
Neil Tennant
The first song is called 'London.' It's about two Russian soldiers who desert the Russian army and escape to London, where they indulge in a life of crime.
Neil Tennant
When I was I younger I didn't want to be gay. Not because I was scared of the sexual thing; I didn't want to be a clone. Now this was in the late '70s.
Neil Tennant
I think there's an element where people get very comfortable in their ghetto. Which is fair enough.
Neil Tennant
A lot of what used to be known as gay culture – broadly speaking, homoeroticism and being camp – has been brought into mainstream culture. I think we should be moving to an era where it's just sex.
Neil Tennant
They've pursued their own agendas, and they've done what they've wanted to do and not pursued traditional careers in the music industry. They've followed their own instincts, and they are in many ways maverick performers.
Neil Tennant
We hope we are moving toward a world where sexual orientation is not an issue, because we hate the idea of a gay ghetto. I think that it's a real shame that people become restricted by their sexuality or define their whole lives by their sexuality.
Neil Tennant
We decided we didn't want to do a musical for TV because the idea of writing a musical that would be seen on television once seems insane.
Neil Tennant
Because some people have sex with people of the same sex, an entire culture has been created, broadly speaking, out of oppression. Which in a rational world would not be an issue.
Neil Tennant
It was most exciting when people first came up on the stage and then when they came back for the encore. We wanted to make a show that kept on developing, that was interesting, so we tried to do that with our live shows.
Neil Tennant
We shouldn't feel restricted by our sexuality, and our sexuality doesn't have to be a cultural choice. That's an amazing variety of music within those five main performers.
Neil Tennant
The big gay clubs like Heaven started having mixed nights in the late '80s.
Neil Tennant
He comes to London and gets a job in a nightclub, a gay club, where he's known as Straight Dave by the bar staff – and no one believes he's as straight as he claims to be. He meets the daughter of the club manager, and he has an affair with her.
Neil Tennant
Since we started, Chris and I had theatrical ambitions.
I think the world should be one community.