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Pet Shop Boys on World Cafe | September 27, 2013

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Eclectic, ironic, witty, contemporary: It's hard to be all of these things at once. Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have been pulling off that mixture since the mid-'80s and their first major hit, "West End Girls." Since then, the two have become the best-selling duo in British music history.

Pet Shop Boys' new album Electric, released in July, came together after a collection of songs had to be held back from 2012's Elysium. While recording last year, the two kept coming up with dance songs that didn't quite fit the darker tone of Elysium. Those scrapped tracks became a platform for Pet Shop Boys to start working toward a new record. In a way, Electricis a return to form for the duo, whose fans have come to expect more dance-oriented material.

On Friday's edition of World Cafe, Tennant and Lowe discuss the new record and the dynamics of their live performances. This summer's Sonar Music Festival featured one of their most recent shows; we'll hear some of that performance today. (via World Cafe)


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Wilco "She's A Jar" Summerteeth
Haim "The Wire" Days Are Gone
Daft Punk "Get Lucky" Random Access Memories
((Pet Shop Boys “Suburbia” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Pet Shop Boys "Thursday" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Pet Shop Boys "Suburbia" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Pet Shop Boys "Vocal" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Pet Shop Boys “Vocal” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
My Morning Jacket "Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am" Red Hot + Fela
Houndmouth "On the Road" From the Hills Below the City
Steve Forbert "What Kinda Guy" Alive on Arrival
Bill Callahan "Small Plane" Dream River
Plants & Animals "The End of That" The End of That
Neko Case "Night Still Comes" The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
((Yo La Tengo “I’ll Be Around” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Broken Bells "The High Road" Broken Bells
The Smithereens "Blood & Roses" Especially For You
Diego Garcia "Sunnier Days" Paradise
Buddy Miler "Worry Too Much" Universal United House of Prayer
Mavis Staples "Can You Get to That?" One True Vine
((Dr. John “Revolution” Locked Down))
Deer Tick "The Dream's in the Ditch" Negativity
World Party "Vanity Fair" Egyptology
The Raconteurs "Steady As She Goes" Broken Boy Soldier
Any Trouble "Playing Bogart" Where Are All the Nice Girls?