Throughout their nearly 40-year career, British synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys have made a career out of bringing the issues of the day to light. Whether it was through funny, sarcastic lyrics or heart-wrenchingly realistic music, the “Always on My Mind” singers have taken aim at important topics like the AIDS crisis and the presidency of George W. Bush.
The duo continue their trend of speaking truth to power with two brand-new singles: “Give Stupidity a Chance” and “On Social Media.” The new tracks take aim at the current political landscape of the world and the public’s lack of empathetic discourse online.
On “Give Stupidity a Chance,” bandmates Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe take our political leaders to task, lampooning the rhetoric of modern-day politicians. The lyrics say that modern political leaders have traded in reason for emotional appeal. “Intelligent people have had their say/ It’s time for the foolish to show the way/ Let’s lead this world a merry dance/ Let’s give stupidity a chance,” they sing.