I've Been Cited!
Aside from scattered links on other PSB websites (many of which are noted on my own Links page), my website has been cited a number of times by assorted "non-PSB" sites and publications. I note many of them below.
The single citation that I'm most proud of, however, occurred on November 17, 2003, when the Pet Shop Boys themselves mentioned my website during a live webchat sponsored by BBC Radio 2 (an image from which appears at the right). In response to a fan's question, "What do you think of the many unofficial websites devoted to you?" Neil first provides some generalities ("I think it's good. It's amazingly flattering.") and then talks about 10 Years of Being Boring, which he very aptly describes as "fantastic!" Then he says
Neil: And there's a guy in America who's done one that's called "Pet Shop Boys Song-by-Song Commentary," and he's an author, and he's gone through every single song we've ever done, and talked about it and discussed it, and his conclusions are quite often wrong, but it's an amazingly thorough piece of work, and he updates it all the time
Chris: And what's that one with all the lists? What's that one, where he lists everythingthe Top Ten
Neil: That's him!
Chris: Oh, it's the same one?oh, it's great, that one, and what I like is: "Ten reasons how the Pet Shop Boys wrecked their career in America"and they're all rightyou go through themyeah, yeah, yeah
Neil: 100% true!
I'm extremely honored and, frankly, thrilled that Neil and Chris have visited my site, have read much of what I've written, and seem to feel so positively about it, my "wrong conclusions" and all. And, in case you're interested, elsewhere I do provide my comments on Neil's assertion that my "conclusions are quite often wrong."
Years later—on September 22, 2009, to be precise—I received a similar citation (though not mentioned by name) in an interview with Neil by Tom Lanham for the San Francisco Examiner. Here's the pertinent excerpt:
Fans also helped the singer with his theories. For example, one with a song-commentary Web site listed "Ten things the Pet Shop Boys did to commit career suicide in America."
"It’s hilarious, but totally true," Tennant says. "Because Chris and I have never thought about having a career, never sat down and thought, 'What are we going to do next?' Something just always turns up."
Each issue of the British men's style/fashion magazine Man About Town features a "theme." Issue #10, for instance, is "The Dog Issue." And the next issue, #11 (published, I believe, in late 2012), is "The Gay Issue." (Hmmm….) It includes an article about and interview with the Pet Shop Boys, during the course of which it makes the following reference to yours truly:
Even taking into account the rather solipsistic musical environment Tennant and Lowe inhabit, the new album Elysium is something of an island. Pet Shop Boys fans tend to be very keen on picking apart the Pet Shop Boys lyrics and pronouncements (see Geowayne.com for a comprehensive breakdown of every Pet Shop Boys song ever released by one Wayne Studer PhD)…[.]
A grammatical quibble about a somewhat misplaced adjective phrase (positioned as if it were an adverb phrase) would be both trifling and ungrateful of me.
Meanwhile, here are some other scattered citations that I'm aware of:
- I've been cited on the marvelous TV Tropes website (a pop-culture must-visit site) as an example of a BNF: a "Big Name Fan"—that is, someone who has gained a degree of notoriety specifically on account of his or her being a well-known fan of someone or something. What a hoot! Incidentally, the TV Tropes site includes a delightful Pet Shop Boys section that lists lots of examples of "tropes" in their songs. The person(s) who wrote it are clearly major PSB fans themselves who, I strongly suspect, have drawn quite a bit on my website for info. Not that I mind at all: that's what I'm here for.
- Seeing as how Very is my all-time favorite Pet Shop Boys album (and one of my five favorite albums of all time by any artist), I'm elated that a marvelous Australian podcast from February 2017, which focuses specifically on that album, mentions me and my website on more than one occasion, and even quotes me at one point with regard to the song "Liberation."
French correspondent, Stéphane, alerted me to the fact that Vincent Laufer's
2003 French-language book Pet Shop Boys de A à Z ("Pet Shop
Boys from A to Z") mentions my website as among some online "curiosities",
writing as follows: "
Pet Shop Boys Commentary (www.geowayne.com/psbhtml.htm)
dont le concepteur commente tous les morceaux écrits ou interprétés
par les Pet Shop Boys" ("
whose originator comments on all of the
works written or interpreted by the Pet Shop Boys"). (Thanks, Stéphane!)
PSB Community Forum member Roy informed memuch to my surprisethat
an article focusing on my website had appeared on May 26, 2003 in a Thai newspaper
called The Nation. (Thanks, Roy!) An online copy of this article is apparently
no longer available, but its author, Xavier Galland, quoted a good deal of my
homepage and then concluded, "If you like the PSB don't miss this site."
- Several correspondents (though Leon was the firstthanks!) alerted me to the fact that Issue 69 (July 2002) of the U.K. publication City Lights appears to make an oblique reference to my website in the lengthy opening sentence of an article by Ewa Kowalski about the Pet Shop Boys titled "Lowe and Behold":
Variously hailed as "danceable synth-pop meisters," "satirical melodits," and "intellectual post-modern camp ironists," the Pet Shop Boys have provoked increasingly entertaining definitions from the pop press as well as achieving international chart success, attracting a following of devoted Pet-Heads world-wide, and inspiring web sites by Ph.D'd-up fans musingly analysing their lyrics [my emphasis].
Goshdespite my degree, I've never thought of myself as "Ph.D'd-up" before. But, as far as I know, this is the first mention of my site in "real print" (as opposed to "e-print"), so I really appreciate the apparent reference.
- The Euroflash
- For the Love of Music site, dedicated to "Euro disco" (and "Italo
disco" in particular) has honored me greatly by describing my site as follows:
"Outstanding web site created by Wayne Studer. Arguably, one of the most
intelligent and informative sites about a pop group, ever." Not being accustomed
to such high praise, I'm blushing as I type this.
November 2003 edition of J.D. Doyle's marvelous Queer
Music Heritage referred in a very complimentary fashion both to my book Rock
on the Wild Side and to this website.
June 26, 2002 entry at Angry
Robot made complimentary mention of my website. Unfortunately, that citation seems to be no longer available online.
Velera de Barrett's diverse and charming blog "injust-spring"
(which now appears to be defunct) mentioned and quoted from my site during the week of May 27, 2002. She even called
Eyes (as in "a site for." oh, how I love puns like that!)
cited my site on April 12, 2002.
April 10, 2002 entry of David Gaston's blog "I
Love Everything"—another blog that now appears to be missing in action—also mentioned and quoted from my site.
back on May 10, 2001, the online music magazine VitaminC praised my website. But it, too, seems to have vanished, so I guess you'll just have to take my word for it.
Tao's entertaining girlhacker.com blog mentioned my site on April 9, 2001. She doesn't have much to say about it
one way or the otherbut, then again, if she didn't like it, she probably
wouldn't have mentioned it at all.
L. Kross's site "hanging-fire.net"
favorably mentioned my site in passing during her intriguing June 26, 2002 discussion
of what several Pet Shop Boys songs mean to her personally. Alas, it too now seems to be lost in the mists of cyber-time.
J. Cosgriff's blog The
Monkey Puzzle mentioned me and my site the very next day, June 27, 2002, in
reference to "Tonight Is Forever."
("Monkey Puzzle" is the popular name for a species of treeAraucaria
araucana, also known as the Chilean pine, native to Chile but planted widely
around the world as an ornamentalwith branches that twist and overlap so
intricately that it would "puzzle a monkey" to make his way through
them. It also has rather sharp, spiny leaves. A metaphor for life, no doubt.)
amazed at the tendency of blogs to form "spontaneous webchains," if
I may coin a phrase. On December 16, 2004, the
Yale Free Press blog provided a user-submitted link to my website. The next
day, December 17, Eve
Tushnet's blog referred to that link and added that my site was "Neat!"
Again, a day later (December 18), a blog titled "Dappled
Things" (which now appears to be defunct; the title came from a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem), run by young Roman
Catholic priest in northern Virginia, had a reference to Eve's link to my site,
described it as "this awesome site that has commentary on the opera omnia of the Pet Shop Boys," and noted my observation that Neil is, after all,
a "lapsed Catholic." I love it! Besides, I'm impressed as all get-out
by anyone who can so blithely toss around arcane terms like "opera omnia"which,
incidentally, means "all works" in Latin.
Iranian journalist and multimedia designer named Hossein Derakhshan once had a blog
apparently titled "Editor:
Myself." I say "apparently" because I have to go on somebody else's
word on this since I can't read one iota of Farsi (aka Persian), the language
in which the title and much of the site overall was written. At any rate, he offered
a link to my website on January 5, 2002. It, too, is now gone from the web.
Torr's blog, originally titled "Office Development, Security, and Randomness"
but now renamed HD
DVD/Randomness, glowingly mentioned and linked to my site on November 7, 2004.
You know, I've grown quite fond of this whole blog thing
got the title wrong, but it's the thought that counts: cool pop-culture obsessive Freaky
Trigger cited my site quite favorably on September 10, 2003.
"fanblog" devoted to U2, U2log.com,
mentioned and quoted from my site (regardingwhat else?"Where
the Streets Have No Name") on January 31, 2004. Perhaps surprisingly,
the author doesn't seem to mind at all the Boys' somewhat satirical approach.
By contrast, a personal friend of mine who happens to be a major U2 fan still hasn't forgiven them.
The Nation: Treating music as seriously as it deserves to be treated, i.e. barely
at all" on June 4, 2007 describes my site as "the daddy of them
all""all" being fansites devoted to discussing the music
of a particular artist. I'm flattered, especially since I've always felt I would have
made a great daddy (if that had been a more viable option for openly gay men 30-odd years ago). I do suspect the author's being just a tad snarky, however, when he refers to my site as "catchily titled."
Gregson's Ph.D. thesis, titled Narrative,
spectacle, performance: a dramaturgical investigation into the relationship between
an aesthetic event and the social world in rock and pop culture, is available
for your rather lengthy reading pleasure online. I mention this fact because it
cites my website on pages 90-91. (If you click on the link, you may need to be
patient; it's a big honkin' thing, so unless you have a very high-speed Internet
connection, it takes some time to open.)
- The German magazine Spex mentioned my website very favorably (even calling it "fantastischen"—fantastic) in conjunction with a review of Electric (it's "album of the issue") in its July/August 2013 edition.
- On July 18, 2014 the Finnish publication Nyt featured an article by Anu Silfverberg about my website, for which she had conducted a telephone interview with me about a week or so beforehand. (This article appeared in conjunction with the Pet Shop Boys concert that same evening in Pori, Finland.)
- Though it inaccurately referred to me as a "Ph.D. student"—I received my Ph.D. back in 1984 and haven't been a "student" since—an August 6, 2014 online BBC article about classical influences on pop music mentioned and linked to my website's list of PSB songs based on classical compositions.
blogs that have referred to my site include the following (but those without a link now appear to be defunct or otherwise unavailable):
- Gibberations (January 9, 2002)
- Ambertower (January 23, 2002)
- Snow Angel in Houston (aka Big Pink Cookie) (January 26, 2002)
- The Null Device (June 27, 2002)
- Gimboland (June 27, 2002)
- Lots of Co. (September 12, 2003)
- Angus Logan's Link Blog (November 8, 2004)
- Vast. Right. Winged. (December 16, 2004)
- Do You Feel Loved? (Links page)
- Thieves in the Temple (March 14, 2005)
- James Mok's Soliloquy (May 27, 2005)
- A Grand Illusion (September 30, 2005)
- Tremble Clef (May 19, 2006)
- Randy McDonald's Livejournal (June 15, 2005 and June 29, 2006)
- kovu's blog (June 26, 2006)
- J.C.Q. (October 4, 2006)
- BeaucoupKevin(dot)com (November 28, 2006)
- Daddy or Chips? (December 21, 2006)
- Total Music Geek (April 28, 2008)
- Bleeps and Booms (August 25, 2009)
- Give 'em the old Razzle Dazzle (July 10, 2011)
- I was
quoted in reference to "I'm Not Scared"
on the now-missing "Grapefruit
- A "sci-fi, comedy, and sci-fi comedy" blog titled The Review Nebula by Starbug1729 mentions and offers a standing link to my site because the webmaster happens to be a PSB fan and he apparently likes what I do. I like what he does, too.
- The October
2002 issue of the e-zine Anvil cites me in reference to "Miserablism."
- Although he doesn't appear actually to mention me, I'm nevertheless pleased that Slovakian blogger Tam Hanna linked to my site in reference to a PSB lyric from the song "Up Against It."
- An online article for 5 Magazine, "God’s Co-Producer: The Wacky World of Bobby O," doesn't actually mention me, but it does link to a relevant page here on my website.
Bizaar [sic] Archive" page (describing itself as "Our collection
of weird links")part of the website for the South by Southwest Music
and Media Conference (SXSW) 2004once linked to my site without any further commentary,
along with dozens of others, including "Jesus Was Gother Than You" and
"Max the Maggot." That, however, no longer seems to be the case. I really
don't mind so much my site having been referred to as a "weird link" (it's
not the first time), although I would think that if anyone were going to describe
other people's websites as "weird" they would at least go to the trouble
of looking up the correct spelling of the word "bizarre" or "bazaar."
Or perhaps I should give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that they were
trying to come up with a clever coinagea "bizarre bazaar," so
to speak. I find it fascinating, however, the way people so casually regard other people's interests as "weird." I don't imagine they would regard
a Bruce Springsteen website as "weird." You won't get me to say in public
whether I would.
- By the way, I find it more than a little ironic that, as best I can tell, my most often quoted line—having appeared on more than a dozen different websites—has nothing to do with the Pet Shop Boys or even with my once-upon-a-time broader area of musical analysis, "gay male images in pop music of the rock era," but rather it's a passing observation that appears on another page of this website in reference to Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks. I write there that I consider him to have been "the most tasteful keyboardist of prog rock," a comment that has been picked up, quoted, and re-quoted by various online writers and bloggers. I envision the more curious Genesis fans reading that quote, conducting an online search for me, and (once they've weeded me out from the other dozen or so "Wayne Studers" one can find online—who'd have thought there'd be so many?) experiencing shock and dismay when they discover where my more specific interests really lie. Unless, of course, they happen also to be Pet Shop Boys fans. In that case, I hope their reaction proves to be one of delight.
I'm especially pleased and proud of the fact that Yahoo! cited my site as one
of their "Picks
of the Week" (April 9, 2001) and "Picks of the Year 2001" (though
I can no longer find a link to those, doggone it).
Incidentally, don't you just love the wonderfully imaginative names that people give their blogs? They make my website title "Commentary" sound so boring. Maybe I should change it to something likesayOpera Omnia.
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