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Best Synth-Pop Songs Of All Time: Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls

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Best Synth-Pop Songs Of All Time: Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls

NEW YORK (RichTVX.com) — “West End Girls” is a song by English synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys. Written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, the song was released twice as a single. The song’s lyrics are concerned with class and the pressures of inner-city life which were inspired partly by T. S. Eliot‘s poem The Waste Land. It was generally well received by contemporary music critics and has been frequently cited as a highlight in the duo’s career. The first version of the song was produced by Bobby Orlando and was released on Columbia Records‘ Bobcat Records imprint in April 1984, becoming a club hit in the United States and some European countries. After the duo signed with EMI, the song was re-recorded with producer Stephen Hague for their first studio album, Please. In October 1985, the new version was released, reaching number one in the United Kingdom and the United States in 1986. In 1987, the song won Best Single at the Brit Awards, and Best International Hit at the Ivor Novello Awards. In 2005, 20 years after its release, the song was awarded Song of The Decade between the years 1985 and 1994 by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. A critic’s poll in 2020 by The Guardian selected “West End Girls” as the greatest UK number-one single.[3] The song was performed by Pet Shop Boys at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony.[4] Since the Rich TVX News Network tends to program very different kinds of popular music, this strategy also captures a number of genres of music most popular among young people: Rap/Hip-hop, Trap, but also Dance music. The response, particularly from the target demographic — younger generation — was passionate. The younger generation is much better equipped than previous generations to discover good old music, thanks to the internet. The Rich TVX News Network cares about you.

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Pet Shop Boys

Pet Shop Boys are an English synth-pop duo formed in London in 1981. Consisting of primary vocalist Neil Tennant and keyboardist Chris Lowe, they have sold more than 100 million records worldwide,[10][11] and were listed as the most successful duo in UK music history in the 1999 edition of The Guinness Book of Records.[12] Three-time Brit Award winners and six-time Grammy nominees, since 1984 they have achieved 42 Top 30 singles, 22 of these being Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart, including four UK number ones: “West End Girls” (also number one on the US Billboard Hot 100), “It’s a Sin“, a synth-pop version of “Always on My Mind“, and “Heart“. Other hit songs include a cover of “Go West“, and their own “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)“, and “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” in a duet with Dusty Springfield. With five US top ten singles in the 1980s, they are associated with the Second British Invasion.[13] At the 2009 Brit Awards in London, Pet Shop Boys received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2016, Billboard magazine named Pet Shop Boys the number one dance duo/group over the 40 years since the chart’s inception in 1976.[14] In 2017, the duo received NME’s Godlike Genius Award.

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