The Pet Shop Boys have a new album out called “Elysium.” It’s their eleventh studio album and has an interesting Los Angeles connection.
First off, if you don’t know the Pet Shop Boys, what’s wrong with you? OK, OK, that’s a bit much, but you’re missing out. The Pet Shop Boys rose to prominence in the 1980s with their first single, the hit song “West End Girls,” which went to number 1 both in their native United Kingdom as well as here in the States.
You might have also seen them again recently: they just performed in the closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics, a sign of just how great their impact on the English pop music scene has been.
So what’s that L.A. connection? The Pet Shop Boys had originally considered calling their album “HappySad,” coming from a way they’d described their music before, which they felt was particularly fitting for this album. Instead, they found their new album title in the City of Angels.
Here’s how the Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tenant tells the story:
“There’s a park in Los Angeles called Elysian Park, and we went for a walk there with some friends, and we decided to do a photo session there. And we’d been thinking, we still didn’t have the album title,” Tenant said.
“We’d been thinking of going ‘HappySad’ at one point, and then ‘Elysium’ just floated out, because of Elysian Park. And it seemed to sort of fit the … mood of the album, the idea of an afterlife.”
“Elysium” is another word for the Elysian Fields of Greek myth, a Heaven-like place for heroes to go after their death.
The new album hits stores in the U.S. on Sept. 11.
You can watch the full interview where the Pet Shop Boys tell that story and more about their new album, including how they got involved working with one of the producers behind Kanye West, below:
The video for “Elysium” track “Invisible”:
The video for the album’s first official single, “Winner”:
Oh, and as long as we're talking Pet Shop Boys, let's remember the classics:
(Hat tip: Echo Park-Silver Lake Patch)