October 12, 2013 |
Even by the outré standards of the 1980s - when music was full of smooth criminals and material girls - the Pet Shop Boys stood out. Two fashion-conscious English guys with the crisp enunciation of schoolteachers, the pioneering duo made electronic synth-pop that looked to the future just as it drew on the old-fashioned storytelling of Noel Coward and P.G. Wodehouse. But nearly 30 years after it broke out with the worldwide smash "West End Girls," the group might be more singular now than it was back then: It's the exceedingly rare veteran act that's gone about its business - and held onto much of its fanbase - without coming across as desperate or uninspired.
July 18, 2013 |
Can a wetsuit protect a diver from sharks? In Western Australia, where shark attacks (although still rare) have risen sharply, officials and scientists alike are testing whether the answer may lie in fashion. So, when it comes to avoiding sharks, is it better to stand out or to fade into the background? A "conspicuous" wetsuit with big white and deep-blue stripes on the arms and legs makes a diver obvious to sharks. A "cryptic" version has been likened to the Harry Potter invisibility cloak.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1999 |
City Council member Chris Lowe, 28, was recently appointed to the governor's State Job Training Coordinating Council, which oversees job training programs statewide and seeks to improve the quality of California's work force. Lowe will remain on the council while serving on the state council.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1999 |
More than 75 people turned out Wednesday for the groundbreaking of Nicky Petroleum's new Placentia headquarters on Miraloma and Lakeview avenues. The company is moving its offices from Santa Ana. The petroleum company started scouting potential sites several months ago, but Placentia turned down the company's offer to relocate then. Councilman Chris Lowe said he was surprised by the council's decision and immediately called a meeting to rectify the situation.
October 31, 1993 |
* * 1/2 Pet Shop Boys, "Very," ERG. Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have made some great records featuring their wall of techno sound. Their melodic pop tales, brimming with quirks, ironies and black humor, can be effervescent or nightmarish. Like all their other albums, "Very" is listenable and danceable, but overall it sounds as if their creativity has petered out--they're recycling these days rather than creating.