22 October 2010

Look at the three of us, in sympathy


A big old day today. I took a trip to London to interview the Pet Shop Boys for Q Radio.

It's 25 years next month since the release of West End Girls, and they have issued a compilation album, plus new single, to commemorate the event. I had the idea of doing some kind of special on it and, to my surprise and delight, the besuited folk at Q agreed it would be a good thing.

So, to Mappin House on Oxford Street I travelled, and Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe arrived, on time, for their conversation with me. They were doing two radio broadcasts only today - Ken Bruce's show and mine. Distinguished company all round.

The idea had developed into a co-presenting arrangement, with me putting questions to the chaps about their careers and they introducing 20 pieces of music of their choosing. They didn't half choose some off-the-wall stuff, from modern ambient dance to bouncy early 1980s Europop and the odd Swedish oldie and Icelandic mood piece. But beyond introducing the songs, they were superb speakers.

They talked about everything - from the early days badgering Bobby Orlando to turn their demo into a record, through the collaborations with Dusty Springfield and Liza Minnelli (and numerous others) to their jaunts into producing musicals and their Glastonbury appearances. They were absolutely charming, very humourous, very sporting and very practised at telling a good yarn. I was ever so pleased.

The programme goes out instead of Q The 80s on November 21st. In the interim period I have a major editing job to do of the two hours of audio they left me with. And I can't wait.

And Chris pulled the hat and specs out of his pocket as soon as he saw the camera come out. He has an image to maintain...

Everyone's got a favourite. Here's mine...

5 comments:

mathias c said...

...and sometimes ecstasy.

Nice summary - good news all round. Looking forward to the interview; we can listen online, right?

Mondo said...

This track is a template for the early PSB output. You can even hear the 'Opportunities' riff at one point..

Matthew Rudd said...

Hi Mathias, yes you can listen online to the whole of Q Radio's output by going to qthemusic.com and clicking on the Q Radio link. The direct link is also on the "What I really do" section to the right of this blog. You don't say where you're from, but if you're in the UK then we're also Freeview channel 716.

Matthew Rudd said...

You certainly can, Mondo. Opportunities was one of the first songs they wrote together in 1981.

Bloody hell, what a figure Divine was. Harris Milstead, long dead now. Didn't Stock/Aitken/Waterman produce his biggest stuff?

Mondo said...

SAW may have done some Divine bits, but his early work Love Reaction and Native Love were all Bobby O.. who SAW cribbed their signature sound from lend an ear here and you'll PSB and SAW...