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Pet Shop Boys: A Life in Pop (2006)

After twenty years in the pop business, this is a celebration of the lives, work, and achievements of the Pet Shop Boys. Following Neil's education and upbringing in Newcastle, and Chris's ... See full summary »

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After twenty years in the pop business, this is a celebration of the lives, work, and achievements of the Pet Shop Boys. Following Neil's education and upbringing in Newcastle, and Chris's in Blackpool, the two head separately to London where they meet and begin writing, ending up with their classic "West End Girls". Over two decades and ?? albums, they go from strength to strength, revealing their work methods and abetted by comments from musicians Robbie Williams, Jake Shears ("Scissor Sisters"), Brandon Flowers ("The Killers"), amongst others. Their musical variations are discussed including the musical "Closer to Heaven" and writing a new score to accompany Eisenstein's "Battleship Potemkin", performed live in London's Trafalgar Square. A panoramic portrait. Available as a 48-min TV documentary and a 140-minute DVD. Written by Isis Productions

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24 May 2006 (UK)  »

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Features The Britannia Music Awards 1988 (1988) See more »

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The samurai in autumn
Written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe
Performed by Pet Shop Boys
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20 years compressed into 2 hours!
25 November 2006 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

This is a documentary about the career of the British group the Pet Shop Boys.

It had a lot of interviews with other people close to the Pet Shop Boys. This made the documentary more all rounded.

In the beginning, I was very impressed by the comprehensive account of their childhood and their early career. The first four albums were covered in detail. I learnt a lot about them that I did not know. However, the recent albums were rushed through. Only a few minutes were spent on "Bilingual" and "Nightlife". "Pop Art" was left out altogether. I found this particularly disappointing. I was hoping, for example, to know about the collaboration with Kylie Minogue, but this was not covered.

Still, it was an impressive documentary compressing 20 years into 2 hours.


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