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By Thomthom Geigenschrey

We hope to present reviews from Thomthom on a regular basis. At the moment - because this music section is a non-profit operation, Thomthom is kindly contributing his work to us free of charge. This is the second of his reviews and it is presented exactly as he sent it to us - untouched and un edited.  Please forward comments directly to Thomthom.
Pet Shop Boys Nightlife EMI/Parlophone 

Good Pop is Art and good Art is like good loving...: "so why don't you stay with the lover you need than the devil you pay".(-The Pet Shop Boys in their selfadvice “For your own good") The themes like “(I love you you pay my) Rent" are still there, but negatively progressed into tough oldmans bitterness - the flame is gone: down into (c)old boring postmodernism. And its soundtrack comes from our Pet Shop Boys, whose lyrics are still describing postmoderns' relationships - hetero or homo, all the same structrures in patriachism. Real future perspectives are still far away, while music is still conservative futurism-50's-model of old Fritz Lang-aesthetics. Their shows are gigantic and impressing like “Metropolis" - her records monumental good or bad kitsch - depends on. But in the cycles of recordindustry-monotony and popstars' life decadence its boredom , which is the last statement / message here. Rare the moments where its thrilling or even groovy, intelligent leftwing popparoles or revolution on the dancefloor. For thats oldfashioned too and failed since HEAVEN 17 couldnt keep up with electric musics' developments and work out the decline of the last socialistic values, governments and rolemodels. So is the Pet Shop Boys -beside KLF and some others- the last Ex-subversive messengers and old Punks on electronic. The formula: critical lyrics customed in happy electronics isnt enough nowadays - there are better represents for this strategy...Some symphonical pathos and clever or catchy parts still reminds on big touching popmoments the Petties had, but the most is no heavy petting any more. No more clever arranged pop like yesterday, when it seemed that Gene Pitney or the Everlys geniusly met Giorgio Moroder. Its so overpretentious, so plastic, as if the most horrible 70's Disco-mutants would rise their ugly face again: munich-discopuppets like Boney M. 

Listen to the strings and arrangement of “I dont know what you want but I cant give it anymore “- a title how significant for todays Pet Shops fate. “Happiness is an option" then is quite nice - Hip Hop Soul with classic-touch, but also cliche with maniristic refrain. (The Night of the) Dead Soul(s)-Horror. Uplifting are only most of the sarcastical Ex-musicjournalists' lyrics, songtitles and refrains like aforementioned and “You only love me when you are drunk", an excellent funny bastard of an authentic countrysong wrapped up in an electronic cookie. Could be an Electronic/New Order/ Marr/Sumner-song. But alltogether its so frightening empty, boring all the albums atmosphere so too cool, emotionless, robot and upperclass boredom. Must be horrible to be rich and popstars, to have and get it all, but not to know where and what love is any more. So they are / feel like “ ... a Vampire and you're a Vampire too." NeilTenannt, I thought you said, you know how to write the perfect popsong? But those instant pophits after awhile all taste the same and somebody might need something real of flesh and blood. Eighties are over, babes. 

Dont mistake me for a propagandist/purist for real pathos, rock or handmade-music. But this is... bloodless and sterile and no Andy Warhol anymore in sight to push Pop Art- manirism forward anymore. Postmoderne is dead. Curtain. TT Geigenschrey 



Thomthom Geigenschrey reporting from Berlin/Germany's capital out of the: KULTURTÄTER - Büro: Postfach 420405 12064 BERLIN Fon+Fax: 030-7863491 E-Mail: kult_radio@web.de

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- Gruss TT Geigenschrey aus dem Kulturtäter-Büro für Freelance-Journalism Event&Artist-Booking +Kulturmanagement+Promotion c/o: KULTURTÄTER & GEIGENSCHREY Postfach 420405 12064 BERLIN Fon+Fax: 030-7863491 E-Mail: kult_radio@web.de