Sometimes, you're better off dead. But sometimes, your music is the kind of synth-pop perfection that lives through the ages, and in the end, we're all a lot better off because you survived the '90s.
That's certainly the case with London's electronic forefathers Pet Shop Boys. They helped lay the foundation for the dance-crazed '80s and exerted a continuing influence on both the alternative scene of the '90s and today's massive dance revival.
With a career that boasts more than 30 years of experience and more than 50 million records sold worldwide, the Pet Shop Boys have hit the road, landing right here in Miami's dance mecca to play the Fillmore Miami Beach on Thursday, September 12.
At a time when most bands were satisfied to muck around with basic guitar chords, the Pet Shop Boys assumed a decidedly non-rock 'n' roll stance. Instead, these London blokes chose synthetic melodies and textures for their soundscapes, and all this back when the technology was new, bulky and -- who could even imagine it -- analog.
On tour, they quickly built a reputation for the flashy, colorful, and theatrical. Hits including "West End Girls," "You're Always on My Mind," and "It's a Sin" took them to the top of the charts and solidified their place in history. But throughout the '90s, they continued to gain steam with Grammy nominations, Brit Awards, and record after record full of house-style beats infused with post-punk attitude.
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As the 2000s emerged, they directly inspired acts including Hot Chip and Cut Copy, in turn helping to bring dance music back to the pop music mainstream. And now, with their twelfth studio album, Electric, garnering critical acclaim, the Pet Shop Boys find themselves more relevant than they've been in years, and they're happy to teach the kids a thing or two about how to make this electronic thing last.
Pet Shop Boys. With Jacques Lu Cont, Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Doors open at 7 p.m., all ages welcome. Tickets cost $49.50 to $59.50 plus fees via livenation.com. Call 305-673-7300 or visit fillmoremb.com.