Neil Tennant
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Neil Tennant
Neil Francis Tennant is an English musician, singer and songwriter, who, with bandmate Chris Lowe, makes up the electronic dance music duo Pet Shop Boys.
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The secrets of songwriters
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
The day the Kinks overtook the Beatles, why the Clash wrote 'Rock the Casbah', when Johnny Marr first drove to Morrissey's house … Daniel Rachel has interviewed many of the nation's best songwriters. Here are some highlights Ray Davies, the Kinks Can you recall the sentiment behind writing "Lola"? It was about love, but not directly. The song was designed. I didn't show the words to the band. We just rehearsed it with the la-la la-la Lo-la chorus which came first. I had a one-year-old daughter at the time and she was singing along to it. But I was bothered by the arpeggio guitar at the beginning. I said, "It's got to be hit in the first three seconds." Later I went back in the studio and took the phrase at the end of the verse, C C C C D E, and replayed it at the beginning to grab people's attention. I had a new Martin acoustic guitar which I tracked three times all slightly out of time to give it character. And then I put a National guitar on top of it. What was the ambition at th ...
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Free Pussy Riot
Amnesty International - over 3 years
18 July 2013 Urge the Russian Authorities to release the Nadya and Masha immediately. Seven members of the Russian band Pussy Riot, Russian Federation, January 2012. © Игорь Мухин More than 100 internationally renowned musicians have joined a worldwide call for the release of the two jailed members of the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot ahead of their parole appeal hearings this week by signing an open letter calling for their release. Join them and sign the petition below. OPEN LETTER Dear Masha and Nadia, As the one-year anniversary of your trial approaches, we are writing to assure you that, around the world, people are both still thinking of you and working for your release. Although you were the most visible of the protesters, we know that there were many other young people who have suffer ...
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Kevin Bryan’s record review
Buxton Advertiser - over 4 years
THE Pet Shop Boys and Wanda Jackson feature in Kevin Bryan’s latest records review. Pet Shop Boys, “Elysium” (Parlophone Records)- Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe travelled to America’s West Coast earlier this year to assemble “Elysium,” their latest elegant essay in superior electronic pop. Former journalist Tennant remains one of the genre’s most eloquent lyricists, and this essentially low key offering finds him operating at the peak of his powers during gems such as “Leaving,” “Your Early Stuff” and “Ego Music,” with long deceased Baroque composer George Frideric Handel receiving an unexpected songwriting credit on the anthemic “Hold On.” The Milk, ”Tales from the Thames Delta” (Sign of the Times/Sony)- The eagerly awaited debut album from energised Essex band The Milk reveals a whole host of unimpeachable musical influences, from The Jam and Bruce Springsteen to the classic sounds of sixties Motown. Vocalist Rick Nunn’s impassioned tones are steeped in the spirit of the finest Amer ...
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Pet Shop Boys: cab drivers ask us if we've retired
Guardian (UK) - over 4 years
Three decades and 11 albums in, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe still feel like they are renting their place as unlikely pop stars On the stage of HAU 1, a theatre in the Berlin hipster district of Kreuzberg, the Pet Shop Boys are performing a dress rehearsal. To the left, Neil Tennant stands at the microphone, smartly dressed and straight-backed. To the right, Chris Lowe pecks impassively at his keyboard, his eyes obscured by a curious hat: French Foreign legionnaire meets North Sea trawlerman. Their hair may be greyer and sparser now, the clothes more expensive, but the scene is much the same as their first TV appearances back in 1985. Though outlandish costumes and colourful stage sets come and go – during the Olympics closing ceremony they circled the stadium on an origami rickshaw, wearing pointy hats — their image remains fundamentally unchanged. "The guy on keyboards who doesn't smile and the singer who looks a bit uncomfortable," says Tennant. "That's the act." Tennant and Lowe. ...
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Russian punk rocker trial wraps up, verdict set for Aug. 17
Fox News - over 4 years
A Moscow judge wrapped up the trial of three feminist punk rockers on Wednesday and said she would issue a verdict in the controversial case next week. Prosecutors have called for three-year prison sentences for the Pussy Riot band members, who have already been in custody for five months after giving an impromptu performance in Moscow's main cathedral to call for an end to Vladimir Putin's rule. The three women -- Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 23; Maria Alekhina, 24; and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29 -- high-kicked and danced as they belted out their "punk prayer" in Christ the Savior Cathedral in February. They were charged with hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, which carries a maximum sentence of seven years. Tolokonnikova, dressed in jeans and a blue T-shirt, said in a trembling voice, looking at prosecutors: "We have more freedom than all those people from the prosecution in front of me -- because we can say what we want." Their case has sharply divided Russia. Some ...
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Jubilee Playlist
Clash - over 4 years
The Jubilee tends to arouse a wide range of emotions. Having one of those roundtable discussions in the Clash office, the team were totally divided on how to mark the event. In one corner sit a bunch of anti-traditionalist Republicans, while in the other are perched a group of people who see it as an evocation of something warm, tradition-based in the British soul. Feeding word out to the writing pool, Clash began to piece together a playlist which would cover each of these opinions and more. - - - The Stone Roses - 'Elizabeth My Dear' Well he might rest a little bit until she's lost her throne. Such vitriol for a figurehead seems a bit much. It's like threatening to kill the vicar's secretary because you're pissed off at God. I mean, what does the queen do anyway? Open shopping malls? Send postcards to Iceland? People complain about how much it costs to support the monarchy, but think of all the money she's saved by living to be 120 years old. Coronations are expen ...
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Dusty Springfield Box Set Due - ClashMusic.com
Google News - over 5 years
The books, meanwhile, include a 494 page essay by Paul Howes and a new 60 page hardback which includes contributions from Sir Tom Jones, Carole King, Annie Lennox, Burt Bacharach, Neil Tennant and Smokey Robinson. The forthcoming box set picks up the
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i nuovi lavori della Balanescu Quartet e Komputer per la tedesca Mute - Freak out
Google News - over 5 years
Ha collaborato con Michael Nyman, Gavin Bryars, Neil Tennant ei Pet Shop Boys, Kate Bush, John Lurie dei The Lounge Lizards e David Byrne. Fra le sue pubblicazioni, spiccano “Maria T”, omaggio a Maria Tanase (la Edith Piaf della Romania) e “Possessed”
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Here's to 20 Years of Frieze - Huffington Post UK
Google News - over 5 years
We were hanging around for Hanif Kureshi and Neil Tennant from The Pet Shop Boys and generally being a nuisance as far as I remember. I had an inspiring chat about my favourite band, Suede, with a journalist who was interviewing Neil Tennant for an
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The Karinthy Connection - ABC Online (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... but Morrissey disagreed when he heard Marr play it post Smiths - Johnny Marr was in demand Johnny Marr returned to the music scene in 1989 with New Order's Bernard Sumner and Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant in the supergroup Electronic
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Farewell Tom Hibbert, And Smash Hits I Miss You So... - Sabotage Times
Google News - over 5 years
The celebrities in my mind across the numerous titles included the likes of Paul Morley, Ian Penman, Mark Ellen and Neil Tennant (when he was Ver Hits Assistant Editor – natch). And of course Tom Hibbert. I didn't know Tom as a person so I can't
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Lara Stone wows at David Walliams' 40th birthday party - MyDaily UK
Google News - over 5 years
The glamorous pair were joined by stars like Jamie and Louise Redknapp (pretty in a scarlet skater dress), Gary Barlow and wife Dawn, Holly Valance and her billionaire businessman boyfriend Nick Candy, Jonathan Ross and Jane Goldman, Neil Tennant,
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Brit Creators Eulogize MARVEL UK-Originated Content - Newsarama
Google News - over 5 years
Neil Tennant — who went on to be one-half of pop duo Pet Shop Boys — actually served as Marvel UK editor for two years during the '70s, in a Pop-Up Video-worthy piece of trivia. Italy-based company Panini acquired the Marvel UK license in 1995,
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CinemaPlus Quiz - The Hindu
Google News - over 5 years
Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe from the Pet Shop Boys created a new soundtrack for which all-time 1925 classic? 9. If France has the Cesars, what does Spain have? 10. A simple one to end with. Martin Scorsese's The Departed is a remake of which Asian
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Dntel - A.V. Club Denver/Boulder
Google News - over 5 years
JT: I really like Neil Tennant from the Pet Shop Boys. I really like his voice. It's not much more complicated than that. There's moments in Pet Shop Boys songs that get super pretty and kind of ethereal with his voice, but there's not a lot of those
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Alphabet Saints (No 1074) - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
We all know about the transition Neil Tennant, Chrissie Hynde and Morrissey made from penning missives for the pop press to actual pop stardom, but more recently there has been a spate of young acts – Emmy the Great, Tyler, the Creator, Ben Howard,
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Strike out the lifelessness - Manila Standard Today
Google News - over 5 years
The voice sounds like what you'd expect except that he seems to have managed to sound like the mutant child of Simon Le Bon and Neil Tennant. As you settle in for the next tune, thinking that you have got the genre down pat, “Seconds Away” burns the
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House of Rufus on the market - Sydney Star Observer
Google News - over 5 years
The red velvet encased 90 page hardback book contains rare and unseen photos, early hand drawn tour posters, handwritten lyrics, four art prints and other memorabilia, extensive sleeve notes with interviews with Neil Tennant, Martha Wainwright,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Neil Tennant
    FORTIES
  • 1998
    Age 43
    In 1998, Tennant was named in a list of the biggest private financial donors to the Labour Party.
    More Details Hide Details He has since switched allegiance to the Liberal Democrats, citing disillusionment with Labour's ID card scheme. Despite the numerous ideological differences, the Pet Shop Boys agreed to warm personal appeals by major Tory figures Boris Johnson and David Cameron for the group to play at the "winners’ parade" taking shortly after the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony. Enjoying the events' atmosphere and how their stage presence turned into a well-received performance, Tennant commented with Cameron's staff both thanking them for their courteousness and also pushing Cameron to use LGBT scientist Alan Turing’s centenary year as impetus for the British government to formally pardon Turing. The formal pardon did, in fact, go through on 24 December 2013, with the related official paperwork signed by Queen Elizabeth II. In terms of other artists' music, Tennant has praised the group The Specials and singer-songwriter Elvis Costello, highlighting the former's track "Ghost Town" and the latter's track "Shipbuilding" as successful protest songs putting politics into pop music.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1994
    Age 39
    Tennant is openly gay, revealing his sexuality in a 1994 interview in Attitude magazine.
    More Details Hide Details He is also a patron of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. He maintains a house in London and a house in County Durham in the North East countryside.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1982
    Age 27
    He also edited the 1982, 1983 and 1984 editions of The Smash Hits Yearbook.
    More Details Hide Details At Smash Hits, an opportunity arose for him to go to New York to interview The Police. While there, Tennant arranged to meet Bobby Orlando, a producer whom both he and Lowe admired. Tennant mentioned that he was writing songs in his spare time and Orlando agreed to record some tracks with him and Lowe at a later date. Orlando subsequently produced the Pet Shop Boys' first single, "West End Girls". Alongside his work with Chris Lowe as Pet Shop Boys, Tennant has worked on several side projects including:
    After having commissioned Steve Bush, then the designer of Smash Hits and The Face, to design a book about the group Madness, he was offered a job at Smash Hits as news editor of the British teen pop magazine in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details The following year he became Assistant Editor.
  • 1977
    Age 22
    In 1977, he moved to Macdonald Educational Publishing where he edited The Dairy Book Of Home Management and various illustrated books about cookery, playing the guitar, and other home interests.
    More Details Hide Details Then he moved to ITV Books where he edited TV tie-in books.
  • 1975
    Age 20
    In 1975, having completed a degree in history at North London Polytechnic (now London Metropolitan University), Tennant worked for two years as London editor for Marvel UK, the UK branch of Marvel Comics.
    More Details Hide Details He was responsible for anglicising the dialogue of Marvel's catalogue to suit British readers, and for indicating where women needed to be redrawn for the British editions. He also wrote occasional features for the comics, including interviews with pop stars Marc Bolan and Alex Harvey.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1954
    Born
    Born on July 10, 1954.
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