Formed by Neil Tennant (10 July 1954, North Shields, Northumberland, England; vocals) and Chris Lowe (b. Christopher Sean Lowe, 4 October 1959, Blackpool, Lancashire, England; keyboards) in 1981, this highly inventive UK duo owes their long-term career to the ability to bridge melodic pop and dance music with intelligence and style.
Lowe studied as an architect and had previously played in cabaret act, One Under The Eight, while Tennant was employed as a journalist on the UK pop magazine Smash Hits. After writing and recording demos, they came under the wing of New York dance producer Bobby O Orlando. In the summer of 1984, they issued the Orlando-produced West End Girls, which passed unnoticed. After being dropped from Epic Records, they were picked up by Parlophone Records the following year. A second single Opportunities (Lets Make Lots Of Money) also failed but a re-recording of West End...
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