Opinions on Taylor Swift are like mix tapes: everyone makes one, we don’t want to hear them, but we have to anyway. The latest opinion comes from Pet Shop Boys frontman Neil Tennant, who has compared the “Bad Blood” singer to one of the UK’s most influential leaders, Margaret Thatcher.
“Taylor Swift is a sort of Mrs. Thatcher of, umm, of pop music,” Tennant said in an interview with Noisey. “She seems to be about economics. But, you know what, at least someone is interested in that.”
Tennant — who has had a part in timeless hits like “West End Girls” and “It’s a Sin” — isn’t wrong. Swift and her team have carefully curated her image and taken complete control of distribution of her music; the singer removed all of her music from Spotify, claiming artists weren’t being paid enough and forced Apple’s hand into paying artists per download. She’s also trademarked common pairings of words like “This Sick Beat” and “Nice to Meet You, Where You Been?” Swift is now one of the wealthiest pop stars in the world.
Tennant, who just released his thirteenth studio album with Pet Shop Boys titled Super, also has an encompassing take on the state of pop music.
“There’s a problem in pop music… which is the subject matter of pop music. And there currently is only one subject matter and that is the singer,” he explains. “And possibly their emotional life… or their issues with fame.”
On a more positive note, at least Tennant has something relatively nice to say about Lady Gaga.
“I think Lady Gaga has been interesting.”
Not a glowing review, but we’ll take what we can get.
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–E.J. Judge/CBS Local