Well, now I've seen the third in the triumverate of my high school electronic band heros.
Last night I saw the Pet Shop Boys with Sarah. Man that show was great. It was way better than I thought that it would have been. I expected to enjoy it from the perspective of loving a lot of their songs and it being cool to see them performed live. But it was a real show. I mean great sets and lighting and lots of energy.
Totally awesome. I would totally see them again. The versions of It's a Sin and Oportunities they had me jumping up and down and singing along. Maybe not as good as Depeche Mode, but I have a lot of emotional attachment to Depeche, and I saw it with Becca, but all things being equal, I'd say that second to Depeche, that was the best concert I've ever seen.
I was a little sad that Becca didn't go. But she was especially traumitized by Erasure's Andy Bell walking around for half the show in a gold sparkly thong. I wasn't sure how gay the Pet Shop Boys show was gonna skew, so I figured that after dragging her to the horrible ladytron show, I wouldn't force her to sit through another fruity electronic show. But I think she really would have enjoyed it.
Honestly though, I think it's wierd that I never really got that the Pet Shop Boys were a "gay" band. By which I mean a band that would resonate especially strongly with gay people. I always thought that their lyrics were pretty universally romantic, and even the songs that deal with gay issues like "dreaming of the queen" are penned in such a way that they have meaning for anyone...I mean who doesn't know someone who died of AIDS, certainly not just gay people.
My gaydar is really off...Not to sound to much like steven colbert, but I just never clue into that stuff...I don't see people in terms of gay or straight...and it certainly makes no diffrence to me when I listen to music...I mean I like Portishead and Tori Amos...just becuase I'm not a woman doesn't mean I can't identifty with what they're singing about...maybe I interpret it differently...but I still get where they're coming from...the same goes with a band like PSB...I may not be "in love with a married man"...but I understand what it feels like to experience unrequited love...ya know?
Anyway, I digress...I highly recommend seeing the Pet Shop Boys...they ahve so many songs that I liked that I haven't thought about in years...I've got to go out and by some of those old albums again.