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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