Saturday, August 25, 2012

Pet Shop Boys: 'Pop music is very ego-driven these days'


Pet Shop Boys have branded modern pop music "very ego-driven".

The electro duo, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, send up the self-obsessed approach of today's chart stars in 'Ego Music', a track from their new album 'Elysium'. The song features tongue-in-cheek lyrics such as "I am my own demographic, what does that say about me?" and "In a sea of negativity, I am statue of liberty, that's why people love me".

When asked whether the song was inspired by Lady Gaga, Tennant told Attitude: "It's not specifically about Lady Gaga, it's about the modern pop star. Pop music is very ego-driven these days. The modern pop lyric is like a diary almost. In other words, people don't imagine, they just say what it is... A lot of lines [in the song] are direct quotes from what people say in interviews. 'I am my own demographic' is a direct quote."

Tennant also claimed that today's pop artists are only able to present their thoughts in a very literal fashion. He added: "If you look at the lyrics that Boy George wrote in Culture Club, or even Adam Ant and Gary Numan - 'Are Friends Electric?' - and compare that, or 'Karma Chameleon' with a contemporary pop song, they don't have the artistry or the imagination or the sense of metaphor. It's like it hasn't even occurred to anyone to have that."



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