Take a peek into the lives and achievements of British pop duo, Pet Shop Boys. From their upbringings in Newcastle and Blackpool to their explosion into the pop music scene around the world starting with their hit single "West End Girls," this documentary explores their history with rare behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the duo as well as those they inspired, including Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters and Robbie Williams. Part of Logo's Real Momentum documentary series.
Pet Shop Boys -- Highlights
The Pet Shop Boys took to the road for the first time in July 1989 and are captured here at London's Wembley Arena. Since their debut "Platinum" album, "Please" and their first No. 1 single in January 1986, the Pet Shop Boys reputation as purveyors of perfect pop has been reinforced by success in almost every record buying territory. Their performance includes a selection of their No. 1 hits, such as "West End Girls", "Rent" and "It's A Sin".
Pet Shop Boys Somewhere Documentary
"There's a place for us, somewhere, a place for us... "
In May 1997, the Pet Shop Boys were the first pop group ever to play a limited season in the West End. They brought a live show, Somewhere, named after their new single, to the Savoy Theatre in the Strand, for two sold out weeks.
Director Annie Griffin and a 16mm film crew spent three days with Neil, Chris, and the rest of their company. We filmed their rehearsals, their backstage crises, their technical hiccups, and also interviewed all of the people connected with the production, up to and including the opening night of the show.
As a documentary, Pet Shop Boys Somewhere will be an entertaining record of this unique event, when pop moved into the West End. The film would include;
Pet Shop Boys Somewhere
Neil and Chris
Annie Griffin interviewed both Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, separately and together, about each other, about being pop stars, about performing, about having lots of money, about not wanting to work (Chris) about wanting to work (Neil) about love and about pop music.
The company consisted of Neil, Chris, a singer (Sylvia) and a dancer (Les). They brought in a choreographer in the final week, and most of the last three days were spent trying to learn simple staging. Neil's attempts to master basic choreography and sing in tune and in time proved very comic.
As successful pop stars, the Pet Shop Boys have a large entourage, and Annie interviewed most of them; their personal assistant Dainton aka The Bear, their music programmer Pete, their graphic designer, their merchandising man, their production manager and tour manager. She also spoke with the promoter, Harvey Goldsmith, and pop journalist Chris Heath who has written two books about the Pet Shop Boys. She interviewed the fans who stood for hours outside the theatre waiting for a glimpse of their idols.
will be a very funny and surprisingly intimate portrait of tow men who are friends, co-workers and international pop stars.
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