Full Name - Neil Francis Tennant
Date of Birth - 10th
Birthplace - Brunton Park, Northumberland,
Favorites Music - Indie
Favorites Musical Artists - Elton John and Dusty
Favorites Drinks - Champagne and white
Hobbies - ???
Favorites Clothes - Suits, but no
Favorites Holiday Destination - ???
Records (from Literally March 1996) -
John Adams -
Shaker Loops Performed By The London Chamber Orchestra
David Clark - Archive One
Tunge Jegende - Lamentation
Various - Drag Addict
Lou Harrison - Suite For
Symphonic Strings Performed By The American Composers
Before the Pet Shop Boys
extracts are taken from an article called "The Pet Shop
Boys Story" published in Smash Hits magazine in 1989
Neil Frances Tennant had been born on July 10th 1954 in
North Shields into a family that had nothing to do with
music or acting or anything like that - his father
actually worked in a Swedish rubber company. When he
arrived in the world he already had an older sister Susan
- he was later joined by two younger brothers, Simon and
Neil Tennant's creative instincts made
themselves known early. When he was nine or ten he decided
that he'd already lived too long without making a
contribution to the nation's artistic heritage. It was
time to write a musical. He roped in a mate of his called
Patrician and together they hit upon a title, "The Girl
Who Pulled Tails".
They even wrote a song, the
sadly forgotten "Has Anybody Seen My Cat?" (which went
"has anybody seen my cat / the one with the long tail?").
Enormous personal acclaim and wealth weren't immediately
theirs, quite possibly because they never actually got
round to telling many people about it. "We were going to
perform it in her back garden," remembers Neil, "but I
went camping with the scouts instead."
school years are mainly remarkable for larking about with
a girl called Frances Macdonald - "we used to kiss in the
book cupboard. We got caught but then I think that was
half the point." Soon, however, he found himself at St
Cuthbert's. The first day wasn't that much fun.
"I've only ever had a bit of a Geordie accent," he
recalls. "Everyone else had really strong ones and they
called me 'posse'. I was a bit upset."
He might have
sounded a bit posh but it soon became clear that he wasn't
going to be a very easy pupil. At home, he remembers, "I
was a rebel. I used to argue with my parents a lot"; at
school he wasn't much different. The teachers were clearly
quite befuddled - towards the end of his stay the English
teacher was forced to comment on Neil's report: "Neil
attends when he chooses and writes what he wishes - on
what does he base his claim to superiority?"
had his own group. They were called Dust and were "very
kind of stoned seventies". Their most famous song was
Neil's own "Can You Hear The Dawn Break?".
were convinced we would become terribly famous," Neil
remembers. Of course nothing of the sort happened. Instead
Neil finished school and had to do something else. He
decided to go to university to study history and
archaeology, then decided instead that he fancied a course
in communication studies at London Central Poly. He was
rejected for that - he fell
before the interview and so was uselessly dopey - but
succeeded in being accepted at the Polytechnic of North
London, where he once more decided that history was his
There he stayed until mid-1975. He considered
doing a postgraduate degree (in Imperial and Commonwealth
history, fact fans) but instead he applied, and got, a job
as British editor of Marvel Comics, who published the
unlikely feats and doings of comic characters like
Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Conan
The Barbarian and so on. They were originally made in
America - Neil had to make them suitable for a British
audience. "I had to anglicize the spelling (i.e. change
things like color to color), put bikinis on uncovered
breasts. . .
" he recalls.
He stayed there a
couple of years, not earning very much money, then got a
job at a book publishers called Macdonald Educational. He
was to spend the next few years in book publishing being
responsible for books on cooking, squash, one called
Animals in Action and - most famously - the Dairy Book of
Home Management - a book you could buy off your friendly
milkman with some cunning combination of money and bottle
tops and which contained, Neil remembers, "chapters on
gardening, electricity, and, of course, cookery." It was
quite a responsibility - as he was to say later once he'd
enter the dizzy world of pop, "I've always said that after
editing that, which had a huge budget and made millions, a
lot of this pop stuff seems easy."
Already, you see, that pop stuff was on his mind.
Throughout all these years he'd carried on writing songs
on this piano or guitar at home, occasionally playing them
to friends. When synthesizers started being used by lots
of pop groups at the beginning of the 1980s he even popped
into an electrical shop on the Kings Road near where he
lived to get some bits and pieces for his synthesizer.
There he got chatting to a bloke called Chris, who,
funnily enough, has a story of his own. . .
Quote from Neil at Smash Hits magazine
remember sitting in the bowels of the Chief Hydra, where
they had this funny thing called a Television, and on the
TV was Top Of The Pops. And I remember watching Cilia
Black signing You Are My World and I use to thing how fab
she was. I've always been a big fan of Cilia of course."
Hidden Secrets about Neil
This information, based on
Western and Chinese astrology and Chinese face reading,
was published in an unknown magazine
Neil Tennant. Sun
Sign - Cancer. Born in the Chinese year of The Horse In
As a Cancerian born mid-cycle,
Neil is hard working sensitive and devious. As a Horse In
The Clouds he is also very, very ambitious. He gets
things done even if it means bullying Chris, but
sometimes he manipulates people just for fun - the cad.
It's hunky dory at the moment but he'd better watch out -
Horse In The Clouds people often find things going wrong
when they reach their 40s.As a horse,
attracts people easily but finds it hard to trust them.
And as a Cancerian, beneath that cool exterior he's a
mass of insecurities and jealousies. He'll hold back from
commitment for as long as he can because when he falls in
love he falls hard and it hurts. Coincidentally, here is
N. Tennant on love: "Wake Up is about unrequited love,
which is a very frustrating thing. It's like a dream or
even a nightmare almost. You wish you weren't in love
" Sob!Face - A bucket shaped face indicates real highs
and lows of fortune and a tendency to be gloomy! Sign of
someone who needs praise to feed a large ego and who also
holds back in his relationships.
Eyes - Triangular
eyes mean that he dislikes people who disagree with him
and he can use people for his own ambitious ends. The
hollows at the edges of his eyes shows a cynicism about
love. ("I love you, you pay my rent."?)
Nose - Thin
nostrils like Napoleon's show an adventurous spirit. But
they can also mean a lonely middle age - another warning
that he should value his friends.
Mouth - It's thick!
He has red lips! It's a well defined triangular shape!
He's passionate! And emotionally changeable!
They stick out, which indicate a tendency to be mistaken
for the FA cup, and a need a need to slog for success.
They're long which shows canniness and the dainty pointed
tips show he's stubborn.
Chin - His chin is flat!
Ooo-er, yet another sign that he may have problems later
on in life. "Wait until tomorrow and there's still no