Outside of serving the guy breakfast countless times, I don't have much of a memory of him as a person. Love the music, though.
Beautiful writing. I miss you lots, and Old Portland, too.
I'm still here and I wish I could go back to the Portland that Elliott knew. Excellent article.
Lisa you can never go home again.
No i mean literally. You cannot come back here. You will be stopped at the border and your artsy craftsy weavebag will be searched for ought contraband until some is found and you are set on your way to Boise, Idaho; where you will be happy. It's the new portland. 4.
Among the more fascinating writers to be refining their stuff and recording in Portland studios.
Hope the hip simmers down & keeps improving enough to let me get out to see them at an early Sunday night set in the wonderful old converted church that is PORTLAND PLAYHOUSE, scene of the last few years phenomenal August Wilson cycle of plays of the 20th C. Pittsburgh 'hood, The Hill.
It's Vikesh Kapoor's turn on the boards at Portland Playhouse to premiere the material he's
recorded at Adam Selzer's Type Foundry.
By the way, there's no reason to expect song journalism this good in any weekly anymore, so this Mercury piece of a length not usually accorded to the folkies among us is especially appreciated. KBOO's Lark In The Morning take heed...
As is the Portland Playhouse theatrical production also insightfully reviewed in today's edition, and if ya took in any of the August Wilson cycle of last few years, No Po's deepest stage presence, Victor Mack co-stars in the current production that appears to work a similar "transitional" 'hood in post-Depression Detroit: http://www.portlandmercury.com/portland/am…
Sharing the goods from Portland town
Lay-Low Studios, Or-Wa
They have had a few more Billboard Dance Chart number ones since 2003, hence the boys have risen to 3rd overall.
PopArt is your best bet If you want a more recent greatest hits.
The main concenus to why they were stopped being played on some radio stations is that Neil came out. Check out the documentary, Per Shop Boys, A life in pop for more on that.
Yeah -- a US number 1, four top 10's, and a top 20 don't really qualify them as a one-hit wonder. And that was just on the pop chart -- they were much more successful on the US dance chart (the 4th biggest act in Joel Whitburn's "Hot Dance/Disco 1974-2003" chart book).
However, I noticed they had a harder time getting airplay on mainstream Top 40 stations in the US after "Domino Dancing" in 1988, but so did other white UK dance/synth acts such as Erasure and OMD -- and I attribute that to an increasing preference in America for black rap and slow/mid-tempo R&B rather than a decline in the quality of their output. They released some excellent pop/dance singles in the late '80s and '90s that were big UK hits but barely made a dent in the US pop chart (if they charted at all) -- such as "Left To My Own Devices", "So Hard", "Where The Streets Have No Name/Can't Take My Eyes Off You", "Can You Forgive Her", "Go West", and "Se A Vida E". I also thought "Miracles" in 2003 was pretty good (which was another UK top 10 for them).
Thinking about all this has reminded me that I have to get a more recent greatest hits compilation of theirs (I only have "Discography" -- which stops in 1991).
Thank you for mentioning "Requiem in Denim and Leopardskin"--a hidden gem at the end of Elysium.
As the one hit wonder comment in the article has been dealt with above, I'll just add, that they stand as the 3rd most successful act ever in billboard dance chart history, not bad for one hit wonders! and are listed as the most successful duo in British music history.
Oooo0O0ooowwww what fun!
This is a great list, but Pet Shop Boys were not one-hit wonders in the US. "Opportunities," "It's a Sin," "What Have I Done to Deserve This?," and their version of "Always on My Mind" all made the top ten here in addition to "West End Girls." Yes, they are much more popular overseas, but it just bugs me when the term "one-hit wonder" is thrown around incorrectly.
Your an amazing person starr, we all love you. Good job on the album.
Cool. This album rules. Love the sludge and the vocals.
Now I need to track down their other stuff!
Adam is fabulous and getting better all the time. The L.A. show last year was outstanding and he surpassed it this year in Seattle and Portland. And the band is tight. The Blue Black Hussar Rules!
Thanks for the write up RF!
Somebody fix the "that-than" typo on the front page subheading. This article is hilarious.
Numan is a genius, and his new material will no doubt inspire a whole new generation of great musicians.
When they kicked out the fourth member shouldn't they have become "The Lower 36"?
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