Alex Blaze

Queer music Friday - The Pet Shop Boys

Filed By Alex Blaze | August 03, 2007 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Neil Tennant, Pet Shop Boys, queer music

This is the strange video for the strange pop song by the Pet Shop Boys, "New York City Boy":

Neil Tennant, in his own words in the Advocate:

When I was I younger I didn't want to be gay. Not because I was scared of the sexual thing; I didn't want to be a clone. Now this was in the late '70s. I didn't want to wear a checked shirt and grow a mustache--that's what you had to do, and everyone did.[...]

I think we've come a long way since then. The big thing that changed was when ecstasy came along in Britain. The big gay clubs like Heaven started having mixed nights in the late '80s. That was a brilliant thing, because if you were bi-curious--as many people are, without having to be completely homosexual--it was great, because when you released people from having to define themselves sexually, much more interesting things happened.

Leave a comment

We want to know your opinion on this issue! While arguing about an opinion or idea is encouraged, personal attacks will not be tolerated. Please be respectful of others.

The editorial team will delete a comment that is off-topic, abusive, exceptionally incoherent, includes a slur or is soliciting and/or advertising. Repeated violations of the policy will result in revocation of your user account. Please keep in mind that this is our online home; ill-mannered house guests will be shown the door.

A. J. Lopp | August 3, 2007 6:09 PM

I like the music created by the Pet Shop Boys --- their rendition of "Losing My Mind" is one of my fav's.

I am less enthusiastic about Neil saying wonderful things about recreational drugs such as ecstasy. I'm not a William Bennett, but I do think that drugs can be dangerous for people who don't know how to be careful with them. I also know that crystal meth is an epidemic in certain circles of gay men, and crystal doesn't mix well with HIV meds. Finally, I don't like discussions that assume that drugs are an integral part of gay life. For many of us, most of us I think, they aren't.