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Pet Shop Boys tackle Brexit and Trump on new song, Give Stupidity A Chance

By | Published on Wednesday 6 February 2019

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The Pet Shop Boys have taken aim at Brexit and the leading political campaigners for it, as well as the election of US president Donald Trump, on new single, ‘Give Stupidity A Chance’. The track, says frontman Neil Tennant, is “a satirical song about the poor quality of political leadership in the modern world”.

Among the specific incidents Tennant addresses in his lyrics are Brexit champion Michael Gove’s claim in 2016 that “people in this country have had enough of experts”. Running with this, the song asks, “Why face the facts when you can just feel the feelings?”

Later referencing Trump, Tennant sings, “We need a leader who knows money means class, with an eye for a peach-perfect piece of ass”.

The song is taken from a new EP by the duo titled ‘Agenda’, “It contains three satirical songs and one rather sad song”, says Tennant. “I think it’s because of the times we’re living through”.

Recorded at the end of last year, the songs on the EP will not feature on the band’s forthcoming new album due out in the autumn. Another track from it is set to be released later today.

For now, here’s ‘Give Stupidity A Chance’: