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Year: 1997

United Kingdom
CD promo
Q: 100

24:34 24-track interview

Neil and Chris talk about their latest album "Bilingual", what keeps them together and about "The boy who couldn't keep his clothes on"

CD UK (Parlophone; PSB 97) [promo]

List of the questions:
Q #1: For Some Reason I Thought You'd Been Around A Lot Longer Than 12 Years, But Then That's Probably A Testimony To What You've Achieved. I Would Consider It A Compliment For People To Think That Way!
Q #2: You Guys Started A Lot Of The Techniques I Hear On Today's Records. Would You Hold Your Hand Up And Claim A Little Bit Of Credit For That?
Q #3: Do You Think Sampling Has Gone Full Stretch Now, Can It Go Any Further, Are We Now Oversampled?
Q #4: This Album "Bilingual" Contains A Lot Of Latin Rhythms, Was That Intentional?
Q #5: Your Music Always Has A Depth To It And This Album Really Reflects That!
Q #6: On The Single "Red Letter Day" There's Another Track "The Boy Who Couldn't Keep His Clothes On". Why Didn't That Track Find Its Way On To The Album?
Q #7: When You Give Someone A Track Of Yours To Be Re-Mixed, Do You Just Let Them Get On With It Or Do You Give Any Direction At All?
Q #8: Do You Think Your Music Is More Rhythm Driven These Days?
Q #9: Your Songs Do Achieve The Aim Of Coming Back To The Hook, The Difference Being That You Make More Interesting Records!
Q #10: "Discoteca" Opens The "Bilingual" Album, A Song Which I Understand Has Been Around For A Few Years. Do You Have Songs That Take Time To Develop And You Keep Going Back To Them?
Q #11: "Single" Has This Real Nice Percussive Section And Also An Irony In That Song Which Crops Up In A Lot Of Your Lyrics, That Appeals To You Doesn't It?
Q #12: Having Travelled Considerably Making Music And Also Sold Records World-Wide, Do You Think The British Are Still Up There, At The Cutting Edge?
Q #13: Would You In Some Respects Consider Yourselves Entertainers Now Especially When You Play Live, It's A Real Show?
Q #14: "Metamorphosis" Is To Me Classic Pet Shop Boys, Harmonies That Arrive At You!
Q #15: Neil You Could Probably Put Your Lyrics In A Very Simple Narrative Form Over A Backing Track, Almost Poetic, Have You Ever Thought Of Doing That?
Q #16: "It Always Comes As A Surprise", Is This Autobiographical?
Q #17: You're Also Recognized As Producers And At One Time There Was A "Tag" Situation, Where Acts Came To You To Have Your Name On It, Were You Aware Of That?
Q #18: Chris You've Managed A Certain Amount Of Anonymity In That You Can Still Do Your Shopping And Enjoy Yourself, Is That Quite Nice To Be Able To Do That?
Q #19: "A Red Letter Day" Features A Russian Choir, Why Couldn't You Find That Anywhere Else?
Q #20: Is That Why You Travel All Over The World To Record?
Q #21: "Up Against It" Politics, Are You Saying Protest Isn't Worth It?
Q #22: "To Step Aside" Has The Line "If I Decide To Step Aside I Will Try And Forget All The Tears I've Cried" Which Shows The Lyrical Talents You've Displayed From The Beginning. Where Do The Ideas Come From?
Q #23: What Do You Think It Is That Keeps You Together?
Q #24: There's A Quote From You Neil "We May Have Had The Occasional Scam, But Never Had Any Grand Plans!". Does That Still Fit In?

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Now you've gone, I'm all alone, my heart is broken and I don't wanna go home
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