RS: We’d like to hear a few more of those disco rants in the future.
Neil Tennant: OK, we can sort that out.
RS: For the geeks out there, what software do you use, what
hardware do you use when you're producing?
Chris Lowe: For writing, it’s all basically in the Apple now, all virtual keyboards and plug-ins. There's so much in there now, it’s amazing really. But that's for the writing - we’re not being purist electronic artists like Depeche Mode or Kraftwerk or anything like that, we’ll just use anything. If a track needs an orchestra, we’ll just book an orchestra, if it needs a guitar we’ll get Johnny Marr, we’ll use whatever’s available. That’s why we’re not producers, really, because sometimes we’re a bit slapdash on the actual sounds we use, we just want to get it all done as quickly as possible. You need the producer to make sure that the drum sounds are as good as possible, all that kind of thing, so we’re not actually that geeky.
RS: Are you in Logic or ProTools?
Chris Lowe: Logic. Because it seems so simple to use.
RS: You won the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution To Music,
what was your reaction when you heard about that?
Chris Lowe: We don't live for awards, obviously. We were very happy to receive this award, and the fact that we’re a pop group and we’d been around for a while and yes, it is nice to be acknowledged really by the music industry. But it's also that we were really looking forward to performing a medley of our songs on live television and putting a bit of a big production on and having a big finale to the show. That was probably the real reason we were excited by it.
RS: Speaking about that, very few artists have had the honor of a
Pet Shop Boys’ remix – Madonna, the Killers, Sam Taylor-Wood and MGMT.
How did Lady Gaga become part of the group?
Chris Lowe: We knew we were going to perform “What Have I Done To Deserve This” and Lady Gaga was just happening with “Just Dance.” We loved the way she looked, she's an incredible visual artist and we love the songs she's written. We thought that she would look fantastic on the stage with us. We phoned her up and she was really up for it, and so we were thrilled to pieces. It was a great honor, really, that she would do that and come and sing with us, and also she put a lot of thought into how she was going to come to us. She actually came as a teapot and she designed the outfit out of porcelain. It was actually made of porcelain and she stood there as teapot, which I thought was rather fantastic.
RS: Speaking about the other artists you’ve worked with, have you
seen Sam Taylor-Wood’s short film Love You More?
Neil Tennant: Yes, of course. I thought it was great, very sexy. You know, she's making this film now about John Lennon’s adolescence called Nowhere Boy.
RS: You've collaborated with lots of high-profile people in the
past and it’s been amazing. Is there any likelihood of a best of CD
collection of all these collaborations together?
Neil Tennant: Not really, because you can get them all on iTunes, you could do it yourself. Otherwise, if it weren’t for that, yes, we probably would have done, if it was twenty years ago we would have, but now there's no point.
RS: How would you describe the song that you wrote for Shirley
Bassey’s new album?
Neil Tennant: It’s very Shirley Bassey. It’s one of those 'looking back on your career and life' things.