Profile On Chris Lowe
Full Name - Christopher
Date of Birth - 4th October 1959
Birthplace - Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Musical Artist - ?
Favorites Music - Dance
Favorites Drinks - Tea and Champagne
Nightclubbing and DJing
Favorites Food - Chips, Pizzas
Favorites Clothes - Jeans and T-shirt
Favorites Cars -
Favorites Holiday Destination - ???
Favorites Records (from Literally March 1996) -
Giles - And I'm telling you I'm not going
- Love Come Down
Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger
Respect Featuring Hannah Jones - Young Hearts Run Free
Groove Theory - Tell Me You Want It Now
Before the Pet
The following extracts are taken from an
article called "The Pet Shop Boys Story" published in
Smash Hits magazine in 1989
Christopher Sean Lowe,
as he was christened, was born on October 4th 1959, to be
followed by a brother, Tim, a sister, Vicki, and another
brother, Greg. As a youngster he seems to have been
At 11 he was responsible enough to be
made House Captain of one of the school's four "houses",
St' Andrew ("I suppose you could say I was quite a
'happening' person in those days," he quips). Other than
that he enjoyed playing with his brother Tim with his Mini
Trix car set and Tim's Hornby train set and used to go
ice-skating at the weekends (one time when he was ten they
all did the conga, it went horribly wrong, a skate went
over his wrist and he had to have ten stitches). His one
disappointment was failing his 11+ exam
never naughty. I used to quite like doing school work. I
used to sit at the front of the class and creep to the
teachers and do lots of homework and get 100 per cent on
tests and come top of the class."
He even liked school
food - he had a particular soft spot for the cornflake pie
and remembers the introduction in the fifth form of chips
as "really popular". For a while, however, he used to go
home at lunchtime, to eat apple pie and cream and - in a
thoroughly UN-rock 'n' roll fashion - to watch the news.
Somewhere along the line he got lots of spots. He wasn't a
"Spots are the worst thing in the world," he
explains. "Doctors just think it's a bit of a joke." And
it's not. "Having spots makes you feel like such an ugly
geek." Eventually he found a sympathetic doctor who sent
him to a skin specialist - after a course of antibiotics
they all disappeared.
His main interest, even then, was
architecture. "We were always moving house when I was
young," he remembers, "and I used to like designing houses
for us to live in, just for fun."
Music came a poor
second, good as he was at both the piano and trombone. Pop
music, in particular, he simply wasn't very interested in.
At 13 he'd like Diana Ross and The Beatles, then, as he
puts it, "something went wrong". All his friends started
liking people like Alice Cooper and the only thing he
thought was "sort of" good was Gary Glitter.
In the end
Chris decided that this pop stuff simply wasn't worth
bothering with. "I ended up listening to my grandma and
grandpa's music," he recalls, "like Dorothy Squires and
Frank Sinatra and Tom Jones."
Then Saturday Night Fever
came out and suddenly the world was full of deliriously
simple tacky disco songs by the likes of the Bee Gees.
Chris loved it.
In the meantime he had been playing
some music. He once boasted "I used to pretend that it
could compose through me, and it worked!" - whatever it
was exactly that he meant by that, he did use used to mess
about composing the odd thing. "I recorded lots of stuff
onto cassettes," he remembers, a little sadly, "but my
brothers and sisters recorded top 40 shows over them."
At one stage he also joined a cabaret type group, called
One Under The Eight, a seven-piece (hence the name). They
played old "classics" like "My Way", "La Bamba" and "Hello
Dolly" at places like the Blackpool Conservative Club and
the local Masonic Lodge.
He also had hundreds of jobs.
He helped a girl with her paper round, he worked in a
kitchen washing cutlery, he did a Christmas shift as a
postman, he operated the big wheel one summer on Blackpool
Pleasure Beach and he worked at WH Smiths, graduating from
sales assistant to the accounts desk. (He was moved off
the shop floor after being caught chasing a girl called
Annette around the staff room. "I was running around,
weaving in and out of the pillars and I bumped into the
Best of all he worked as a glass collector
in a disco called The Dixieland. "There'd be the most
terrific brawls in there," he remembers, " just like a
western." The best moment would be when they'd play a
brilliant disco record, particularly the Gap Band's "ops
Upside Your Head". Everyone - even the bar staff and the
glass collectors - would form one long line and dance
along in formation. "It was suddenly like finding yourself
in the middle of a huge musical. It was absolutely,
positively, one of the best and most wonderful experiences
of my life."
Nevertheless it wasn't glass collecting,
formation dancing, or piano playing that he'd set his
heart on - it was architecture. He was accepted to study
at Liverpool University. In the middle of the course, in
1981, he did a year down in London to gain practical
experience - building a staircase in MiltonKeynes (as Neil
Tennant later commented "can John Taylor say that? I think
not.") And being "instrumental in the cladding of an
industrial unit." Perhaps more importantly, one day in
August he wandered into an electrical shop on the Kings
Road and got chatting to a bloke called Neil.
Hidden Secrets about Chris
This information, based on
Western and Chinese astrology and Chinese face reading,
was published in an unknown magazine
Sign - Libra. Born in the Chinese year of The Monastery
As a Libran pig, Chris combines the Libran's love
of calm and harmony with the Pig's immense kindness and
this makes him one of the sweetest, most cooperative
people you could ever hope to meet. This may come as a
surprise to all the hundreds of people who have had to
argue and plead with him and been driven to despair by his
stubbornness but it's true.
The confusion comes up
because Pig people are complex. Inside Chris is terribly
kind and his close friend get the benefit of it, but he
mistrusts other people and protest himself by often making
sarcastic remarks. It's hard for new acquaintances to get
close - and he also has the Libran's love of romance and
freedom which makes him extremely hard to pin down in lure
relationship. But he's not as cool and detached as he
pretends: somewhere in Chris Lowe beats a fiery
marshmallow of a heart. Gosh.
Face - A jade shape face,
showing someone who's lucky and tough. In some cases it
shows a tendency to hold grudges. But not with cuddly
Chris, I most certainly hope.
Eyes - Peacock eyes -
this guy's emotional; he flares up and sulks; he get very,
very possessive of things and people he wants and is often
quite prone to throwing tantrums. But then he'll just turn
around and charm his way back into everyone's good books.
What a scamp.
Nose - The fleshy tip denotes great
artistic, moneymaking talents. Oddly enough, one of the
few lyrics CL has penned is "Let Make Lots Of Money". This
boy means business.
Mouth - Oh curse that thick lower
lip - it means people find him a difficult customer and
aren't sure how to take him.
Perhaps that's what leads to
his inferiority complex - the secretive hollows in the
corners of the mouth are a dead giveaway that he's got
Ears - They are widest at the top, meaning he
excels in one thing. Could it be - music?
Smooth, full, rounded: crumbs this boy's passionate! And
good in business too. Phew what a scorcher.