Pet Shop Boys want to take ‘Battleship Potemkin’ to China

The pop veterans get political with new soundtrack

Pet Shop Boys want to take their controversial Battleship Potemkin soundtrack to some of the most politically sensitive countries in the world.

The veteran pop duo recorded a modern electro soundtrack to the 1925 silent war film last year, which has just been released on CD.

Last September’s live performance of the soundtrack with the film, which recounts the brutal suppression of the 1905 Russian Revolution, took place at the height of anti-war activity in the capital.

And now singer Neil Tennant has told the BBC that they want to take the project on the road to China and Iran.

He said: We would love to do it in other, specifically political places – I think to do this in Tiananmen Square would be incredible; to play the Odessa staircase sequence where that terrible massacre happened.

“I don’t think they’d ever let us do it – which is interesting, because it’s a Communist regime, and it’s supposedly a Communist film.

“We have actually approached Iran, to perform in Tehran with this. Of course Tehran is nominally a revolutionary society – but they’re not having it.”

Battleship Potemkin was made as a silent movie, but director Sergei Eisenstein requested that a new soundtrack be made every ten years. The Pet Shop Boys’ version was recorded with the Dresden Sinfoniker Orchestra .

Tennant continued: “The images suggested certain types of music, for instance Full Steam Ahead, where ships were going at full speed… we used that as a starting point using all sorts of industrial sounds. The images suggested the musical style that we would be doing.”

Earlier this year, the duo performed in at the Live 8 concert in Moscow ’s Red Square . They are currently working on a new album with producer Trevor Horn .