Past PSB Survey Results - 2002 Surveys

This page presents the results of surveys I conducted in the year 2002. The results of surveys conducted in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 appear on separate pages.

Note: The response in each survey that received the most votes is highlighted in bold red. I usually list the responses in descending order according to the number of votes, but in a few cases I've decided that the results may be clearer or more meaningful if I list them in some other order. Incidentally, I do vote in my own surveys—and, yes, I vote only once. More often than not, what I vote for doesn't come in first place. In the results below, the symbol ¤ appears after the item(s) that I voted for in each survey.


Survey 88 - Week of December 29, 2002
Opinions of 2002 Christmas card (190 voters)

Which of the following statements comes closest to your opinion of the Boys' controversial fan-club Christmas card this year ("Pet Shop Boys say NO to WAR")?

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Survey 87 - Week of December 22, 2002
Own the PSB Christmas song? (160 voters)

Do you own a copy of the PSB Christmas song "It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas" and, if so, in what format?

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Survey 86 - Week of December 15, 2002:
Abandon the UK singles strategy? (141 voters)

Should the Boys abandon the chart restrictions strategy on their singles, or should they continue to focus on trying to maximize their UK chart performance?*

*U.K. singles chart rules dictate that a single format cannot contain more than 20 minutes of music or more than three different songs—although additional versions of the same song are allowed and don't count toward those three. But the rules do allow for up to three different discs or formats to all count toward the single's overall chart performance as long as each contains the "featured" song. Releases that don't adhere to these rules are disqualified from appearing on the singles chart (and thus can't be a "number whatever" hit). So instead of releasing a CD single that contains, say, 8 tracks and 50 minutes of music—which is often done in the U.S., at least when anyone bothers to release a single at all these days (U.S. record companies believe that singles sales detract from album sales)—U.K. artists often spread those tracks across two or three CD singles. This, at least in theory, ensures the best-possible U.K. chart performance—but it also ensures that "true fans" have to shell out two or three times as much cash.

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Survey 85 - Week of December 8, 2002:
Opinions of upcoming Disco 3 (177 voters)

The Boys have just announced that their next album, scheduled for February 2003, will be Disco 3, consisting of remixes of various Release tracks as well as several new songs. Which of the following statements comes closest to your opinion of this news?

*One person wrote that she was skeptical—that she liked Disco but hated Disco 2 and feared that Disco 3 would be more like the latter.

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Survey 84 - Week of December 1, 2002:
Album with the "strongest material" (158 voters)

A certain Pet Shop Boys album might not be your favorite, but you still might think it's got stronger material than the one that is your favorite. This is about song quality. Not counting Discography, which PSB album in your opinion contains the stongest material, regardless of whether it's your favorite?

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Survey 83 - Week of November 24, 2002:
The funniest PSB song (139 voters)

What, in your opinion, is the funniest (that is, most amusing) Pet Shop Boys song?

*Two voters who selected the "Some other song not listed here" option didn't email me their write-in votes.

**The songs that appear in blue are "write-in" votes.

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Survey 82 - Week of November 17, 2002:
"Release-era" artwork (145 voters)

Which of the following statements comes closest to how you feel about the "Release-era" artwork as compared to Mark Farrow's artwork for the Boys?

*The graphic arts are hardly my forté, so I admit that my own opinion in this respect is rather questionable.

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Survey 81 - Week of November 10, 2002:
12-inch vinyl singles (140 voters)

Which of the following PSB singles do you own in 12-inch vinyl single format? (Any 12-inch vinyl single counts.)*

*Voters could choose more than one item in this survey, so the total adds up to considerably more than 100%

**As far as I know, no 12-inch vinyl single of "I Get Along" had been released—at least "officially"—at the time of this survey, but several voters nevertheless indicated that they owned it. Perhaps a bootleg? A mistake? A mystery?

Note: Several people emailed me and asked why I didn't include such songs as "One More Chance," "Paninaro," "The Boy Who Couldn't Keep His Clothes On," and "Discoteca" in the list. A good question. I made an admittedly arbitrary decision to leave out songs that, despite the fact that they were indeed released in 12-inch vinyl single format, fell outside the list of U.K. and U.S. 7-inch and CD singles, or which might also be construed as "b-sides" or "bonus tracks" of those singles. Often such songs were singles in their own right in other countries. But my list was already extremely long, so I left them out. But obviously a number of fans own 12-inch vinyl singles of those songs as well.

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Survey 80 - Week of November 3, 2002:
The saddest PSB song (187 voters)

What, in your opinion, is the saddest Pet Shop Boys song?

*The songs that appear in blue are "write-in" votes.

**One voter who selected the "Some other song not listed here" option didn't email me his or her write-in vote.

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Survey 79 - Week of October 27, 2002:
Favorite Peel session song (117 voters)

Of the three "new" songs recently performed by the Pet Shop Boys on The John Peel Show, which is your favorite?

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Survey 78 - Week of October 20, 2002:
Albums owned on vinyl (151 voters)

Which Pet Shop Boys albums do you own on vinyl?*

*Because voters could vote for more than one item, the total adds up to more than 100%. Voters had the option of submitting their vote without selecting any items, so these figures include those who don't own any PSB albums on vinyl. In light of this fact—although I'm not surprised that the figures are so high for the early albums—but I'm frankly amazed that the figures are as high as they are for the later albums. This probably means that a lot of fans still prefer vinyl LPs to compact discs—either that or they're devoted PSB collectors who buy vinyl as collectibles.

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Survey 77 - Week of October 13, 2002:
The happiest PSB song (180 voters)

What do you consider to be the happiest Pet Shop Boys song?

*The songs that appear in blue were "write-in" votes.

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Survey 76 - Week of October 6, 2002:
Singles better than album versions? (137 voters)

Pet Shop Boys singles are often different from the original album versions. In which of the following cases do you think the single version (the main "7-inch" mix) is better than the album version?*

*The percentage stated is the percentage of the total number of voters who indicated that they consider the song in question as being superior in its single version to its album version. Because voters could vote for more than one song, the total percentage adds up to more than 100%. Every PSB single received at least one vote, despite the fact that some singles are identical (as far as I can tell) to the album versions.

**For some unknown reason the survey program wasn't accurately reporting the votes for "So Hard" correctly, so I'm not absolutely confident that the percentage listed here for this song is an accurate reflection of the actual number of votes it received. Its percentage is my best guess based on my observations of the program's behavior pattern.

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Survey 75 - Week of September 29, 2002:
Source of PSB news (117 voters)

What is your primary source of Pet Shop Boys news?

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Survey 74 - Weeks of September 15 and 22, 2002:
Hits collection format (209 voters)

Neil has recently spoken of the Boys releasing a hits collection next year. If you had to choose from one of the following formats for this collection, which do you think it should be?

I also received several "write-in" comments from fans suggesting still other formats, including the following:

 

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Survey 73 - Week of September 8, 2002:
The most romantic PSB song (139 voters)

What do you consider to be the most romantic Pet Shop Boys song?

*The songs that appear in blue were "write-in" votes.

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Survey 72 - Week of September 1, 2002:
Best set of singles (145 voters)

Which Pet Shop Boys album produced, in your opinion, the best set of singles, taken as a group? (In the case of Discography, count just the three songs that hadn't previously appeared on an album.)

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Survey 71 - Week of August 25, 2002:
Favorite PSB tour (119 voters)

Based on whatever criteria you deem appropriate (personal experience, video releases, setlist, costumes, etc.), which major PSB tour has been your favorite?

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Survey 70 - Week of August 18, 2002:
Fave "Home and Dry" version (114 voters)

Which version of "Home and Dry" is your favorite?

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Survey 69 - Week of August 11, 2002:
How many PSB bootlegs? (107 voters)

How many unauthorized or "bootleg" Pet Shop Boys CDs, vinyl discs, and/or tapes do you own (not counting ones you've made yourself)?

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Survey 68 - Week of August 4, 2002:
Multi-word album titles? (145 voters)

Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing how you would feel if the Pet Shop Boys were ever to release an album with a title consisting of more than one word?*

*Of course, depending on how you look at it, you might say that the Boys have already had multi-word album titles. Some consider the title of Actually to be pet shop boys, actually, and you might also point to Discography's subtitle, The Complete Singles Collection. Then there's Very Relentless (taken together) and Disco 2. Still, I think most fans and critics agree that all Pet Shop Boys album titles essentially consist of a single word.

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Survey 67 - Week of July 28, 2002:
Remixer redux? (147 voters)

The Boys have commissioned "official" remixes with more than 60 mixers. Of these past remixers, which would you most like to see remix more PSB songs in the future?

*Unfortunately, those who voted for "some other official remixer" didn't email me their own choices.

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Survey 66 - Week of July 21, 2002:
Which PSB "vids" do you own? (147 voters)

Which of the following "feature-length" PSB videotapes, DVDs, and/or laserdiscs do you own?*

*The percentages shown are of the total number of survey participants who said that they own the videotape, DVD, and/or laserdisc in question. Because participants could indicate that they own more than one "vid," the total figures of this survey add up to considerably more than 100%.

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Survey 65 - Week of July 14, 2002:
Which books have you read? (129 voters)

Which of the following PSB-related books have you read?*

*The percentages shown are of the total number of survey participants who said that they've read the book in question. Because participants could indicate that they've read more than one book, the total figures of this survey add up to more than 100%.

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Survey 64 - Week of July 7, 2002:
Which albums do you own? (218 voters)

Which Pet Shop Boys albums do you own?*

*The percentages shown are of the total number of survey participants who said that they owned the album in question. Because participants could choose as many albums as they own, the total figures of this survey add up to considerably more than 100%.

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Survey 63 - Week of June 30, 2002:
Your first PSB single (181 voters)

What was the first Pet Shop Boys single you ever bought?

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Survey 62 - Week of June 23, 2002:
Member of the fan club? (114 voters)

Are you or have you ever been a member of the official Pet Shop Boys Fan Club?

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Survey 61 - Week of June 16, 2002:
Your favorite Pet Shop Boy (122 voters)

Who's your favorite Pet Shop Boy?

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Survey 60 - Week of June 9, 2002:*
More simple when you're young? (143 voters)

In "Se A Vida É," Neil sings, "Life is much more simple when you're young." What do you think?

*This survey actually started two days early, on June 7, because I needed to be out of town over the July 8-9 weekend to take part in a family funeral.

I realized after starting this survey (and it was too late to change it) that perhaps I should have suggested "complex" as an "alternate opposite," so to speak, to "simple." In other words, maybe I should have offered "I disagree. Life is equally complex for young and old" and "I disagree. Life is more complex when you're young" as possible choices. Oh well, what's done is done.

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Survey 59 - Weeks of May 26 & June 2, 2002:*
Have you met them? (168 voters)

Have you ever met one or both of the Pet Shop Boys or have seen them "in person" other than performing on stage?

*This survey lasted nearly two full weeks, from May 26 to June 7, because a personal/family emergency forced me out of town for two successive weekend survey "turnover" periods.

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Survey 58 - Week of May 19, 2002:
Favorite "Home and Dry" bonus track (130 voters)

Which is your favorite of the three previously unreleased PSB songs on the "Home and Dry" CD singles and the U.S. Release bonus disc?

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Survey 57 - Week of May 12, 2002:
How Release compares… (176 voters)

How would you rate the new album Release in comparison with other Pet Shop Boys albums?

*This doesn't mean that I don't like Release. On the contrary, I do like it. It's just that I like most other Pet Shop Boys albums more. Thus, from my own perspective, it's "below average."

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Survey 56 - Week of May 5, 2002:
Least favorite Release track (186 voters)

What is your least favorite track from the Pet Shop Boys' new album Release?

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Survey 55 - Week of April 28, 2002:
Favorite track from Release (197 voters)

What is your favorite track from the Pet Shop Boys' new album Release?

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Survey 54 - Week of April 21, 2002:
Will you see PSB on this tour? (144 voters)

Will you be seeing the Pet Shop Boys in concert on their current tour?

*A personal note: I eventually bought my tickets, but then a death in the family prevented me from attending the concert. Instead my partner George went with a friend of ours. Fortunately I had seen the Boys in concert before, so I wasn't too terribly upset by it.

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Survey 53 - Week of April 14, 2002:
Have you bought Release yet? (155 voters)

Have you bought the Pet Shop Boys' new album Release yet?

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Survey 52 - Week of April 7, 2002:
What should PSB cover? (43 voters)

If you could ask the Pet Shop Boys to record any song of your choice—one that was originally by another artist—what song would that be?

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Survey 51 - Week of March 31, 2002:
Who should cover what? (41 voters)

If you could have any recording act of your choice record any Pet Shop Boys song of your choice, what artist and song would that be?

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Survey 50 - Week of March 24, 2002:
Favorite cover of a Pet Shop Boys song (104 voters)

What is your favorite "cover" by another artist of a song originally released by the Pet Shop Boys?

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Survey 49 - Week of March 17, 2002:
"Break 4 Love" mixes (73 voters)

What is your favorite mix of "Break 4 Love" (the Pet Shop Boys' collaboration with Peter Rauhofer)?

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Survey 48 - Week of March 10, 2002:
Release purchase plans (133 voters)

The Pet Shop Boys' new album Release will be released with four different covers. How will this fact affect your plans to purchase this album?

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Survey 47 - Week of March 3, 2002:
About Chris's "God" quote (142 voters)

In a recent interview, while discussing "religious" terrorists, Chris said, "Whoever invented God is an idiot. God is absolutely man's worst invention." What do you think of this statement?

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Survey 46 - Week of February 24, 2002:
PSB singles buying habits (154 voters)

Which of the following statements comes closest to describing your "buying habits" with regard to singles by the Pet Shop Boys?

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Survey 45 - Week of February 17, 2002:
How often you've seen them "live" (116 voters)

How often have you seen the Pet Shop Boys perform "live" and in person?

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Survey 44 - Week of February 10, 2002:
Their new "guitar sound" (120 voters)

Which of the following statements comes closest to how you feel about the Boys' new "guitar sound"?

*One voter asked, "WHAT new guitar sound? Haven't heard it. Heard OF it, haven't heard it." Point taken. I had intended for the "I prefer to withhold my judgment…" option to serve the needs of voters who hadn't yet heard the pre-release Release tracks, but perhaps I should have provided a separate "I don't know…" option instead.

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Survey 43 - Week of February 3, 2002:
How old are you? (181 voters)

Another "PSB fan profile" question: To which of the following age brackets do you belong?

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Survey 42 - Week of January 27, 2002:
Opinions of downloading the new album before its release (147 voters)

Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing how you feel about downloading the songs from the upcoming album off the Internet?

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Survey 41 - Week of January 20, 2002:
The PSB single that shouldn't have been a single (147 voters)

What Pet Shop Boys single do you most feel shouldn't have been released as a single?

*Although you have to wonder how very different the Pet Shop Boys' fate may have been if "West End Girls" had never been their big breakthrough hit. Would another song have done it for them as well? Or would they have disappeared into oblivion? Perish the thought!

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Survey 40 - Week of January 13, 2002:
The PSB track that should have been a single, but wasn't (159 voters)

What Pet Shop Boys track do you most feel should have been released as a single, but wasn't?

*Four voters chose this option, but only three of them sent in their "write-in" choices.

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Survey 39 - Week of January 6, 2002:
Where do you live? (150 voters)

I'm curious about my fellow Pet Shop Boys fans and website visitors: Where do you live?

A bit of analysis: In short, voting by those who live "elsewhere" is 6.68 times more than one would expect from a purely random sample; voting by those who live in the United Kingdom is 3.79 times more than one would expect from a random sample. These figures suggest comparatively high degrees of Pet Shop Boys fandom—or, perhaps more accurately, comparatively high degrees of accessing my PSB website. By contrast, voting by those who live in Japan is one-fifth as much as one would expect from a random sample, suggesting a comparatively low degree. Intriguingly, voting by those who live in the United States is almost exactly what one would expect from a purely random sample. Please keep in mind, however, that this was an extremely unscientific survey that doesn't necessarily "prove" anything.

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