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One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem

Neil Tennant

The definitive collection of lyrics from the legendary Neil Tennant of The Pet Shop Boys.

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£14.99
Format
Hardback
ISBN
9780571348909
Date Published
01.11.2018
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Summary

Everything I’ve ever done
Everything I ever do
Every place I’ve ever been
Everywhere I’m going to

Over a career that spans four decades and thirteen studio albums with Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant has consistently proved himself to be one of the most elegant and stylish of contemporary lyricists. Arranged alphabetically, One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem presents an overview of his considerable achievement as a chronicler of modern life: the romance, the break-ups, the aspirations, the changing attitudes, the history, the politics, the pain.

The landscape of Tennant’s lyrics is recognisably British in character – restrained and preoccupied with the mundane, occasionally satirical, yet also yearning for escape and theatrical release. Often surprisingly revealing, this volume is contextualised by a personal commentary on each lyric and an introduction by the author which gives a fascinating insight into the process and genesis of writing.

Flamboyant, understated, celebratory and elegiac, Neil Tennant’s lyrics are a document of our times.

Critic Reviews

Over a career that spans four decades and thirteen studio albums with Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant has consistently proved himself to be one of the most elegant and stylish of contemporary lyricists. Arranged alphabetically, One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem presents an overview of his considerable achievement as a chronicler of modern life: the romance, the break-ups, the aspirations, the changing attitudes, the history, the politics, the pain.

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Critic Reviews

A lyricist every bit as distinctive as Brett Anderson, the Pet Shop Boys singer’s nearly-memoir is both absorbing and tantalising. Beneath each of the 100 song lyrics he selects, Tennant offers nuggets of observation, commentary and context that, together with his waspish, affectionate, sharply drawn preface, leave you tickled but wanting more, and searching for further clues. Which is Tennant to a T: cautiously candid, fleet of foot, wielding his pen like a rapier.

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Neil Tennant is one half of the electronic pop music duo, the Pet Shop Boys, who have had four number one singles, released thirteen albums, written a musical and a ballet and toured the world several times. In the early 80s Tennant was assistant editor of Smash Hits magazine. Faber & Faber published a collection of his lyrics, One Hundred…

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