Past PSB Survey Results - 2003 Surveys

This page presents the results of surveys I conducted in the year 2003. The results of surveys conducted in 2001, 2002, 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 139 - Week of December 28, 2003
Given or received PSB-related gifts? (148 voters)

Have you ever given or received a PSB-related item (record, tape, CD, video, DVD, book, etc.) as a gift to or from someone else?

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Survey 138 - Week of December 21, 2003
Song hurt the most by the single edit? (128 voters)

Of the Pet Shop Boys singles that are merely edits* of the original album track-not identical, but not a remix or a remake, either-which one do you believe "suffers" the most from the edit? (To put it another way, which edit "hurts" the song the most?)

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Survey 137 - Week of December 14, 2003
Prefer album version to single mix? (126 voters)

A number of Pet Shop Boys single mixes have been significantly different from (that is, more than just an edit of) the original album mix. In which of the following cases do you prefer the album mix over the single mix? (Please select all that apply.*)

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Survey 136 - Week of December 7, 2003
Remix preferred to single/album version? (208 voters)

Which Pet Shop Boys singles have, in your opinion, at least one official remix that substantially improves on the single or original album version—a remix that you prefer listening to as opposed to the single or the original album track? (Please select all that apply.*)

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Survey 135 - Week of November 30, 2003
Favorite art/packaging of a single (170 voters)

Which PSB single's cover art (that is, packaging/sleeve graphics) is your favorite? (Since many of the singles have had more than one cover, please consider each of those as a "set.")

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Survey 134 - Week of November 23, 2003
PSB/Erasure collaboration? (186 voters)

Pet Shop Boys and Erasure- If you could choose only one of the following to occur, which would it be?


Survey 133 - Week of November 16, 2003
Which interviews/popumentaries have you heard? (125 voters)

Through the years, a number of lengthy radio interviews or "popumentaries" with the Pet Shop Boys have been broadcast and subsequently made available to fans. Which of the following PSB interviews or popumentaries have you heard? (Please select all that apply.)*


Survey 132 - Week of November 9, 2003
Neil's comments about online fan forums (177 voters)

Near the end of the recent BBC Radio 2 documentary Pet Shop Boys, Really, Neil made some rather controversial comments about online PSB fandom-fan forums in particular. Which of the following statements comes closest to how you feel about what Neil said?


Survey 131 - Week of November 2, 2003
How do you feel about "Paris City Boy"? (166 voters)

Which of the following statements comes closest to how you feel about the news that the Pet Shop Boys have re-recorded "New York City Boy" as "Paris City Boy" for the French edition of PopArt?


Survey 130 - Week of October 26, 2003
Predicted U.K. chart peak for "Miracles" (158 voters)

What do you honestly believe will be the peak position on the U.K. pop chart for the "Miracles" single when it's released a few weeks from now?*

Based upon these percentages, multiplying each by the mean figure for the respective choice and then summing the results, one could make an admittedly crude estimation that the survey participants' "collective prediction" of the peak U.K. singles chart position for "Miracles" will be #14. (The actual calculation comes to 14.0505.)

*November 23, 2003 update: As it turns out, "Miracles" debuted at #10 on the U.K. singles chart. Since the usual pattern for established artists these days is for them to peak at their debut position, #10 will almost certainly prove to be its peak position as well. So the "second-place" 23.4% who predicted "In the Top 10 (#6 - #10)" were correct! And our "collective prediction" proved to underestimate "Miracles" and/or the U.K. singles-buying public just a bit. (At least that's preferable to overestimating them. )


Survey 129 - Week of October 19, 2003
Will you see Bright Young Things? (134 voters)

In light of the fact that the Pet Shop Boys' recordings have reportedly been rejected for use in the upcoming film Bright Young Things, are you inclined to see the movie when it comes out?*


Survey 128 - Week of October 12, 2003
Preferred genre for PSB film soundtrack (126 voters)

If Chris and Neil were to write-and perhaps but not necessarily perform-the complete soundtrack music of a new motion picture in which they themselves did not appear, what type of film would you prefer it to be?


Survey 127 - Week of October 5, 2003
Which upcoming releases will you definitely buy? (197 voters)

Pet Shop Boys fans will be treated, over the next two months or so, to several new releases-with some "redundancies" involved. Which of the following are you definitely planning on buying? (Please select all that apply.)*


Survey 126 - Week of September 28, 2003
PopArt tracklisting (144 voters)

Which of the following statements comes closest to your opinion of the choice of tracks on the upcoming PopArt collection?


Survey 125 - Weeks of September 14 and 21, 2003
Title and format of upcoming hits collection (185 voters)

Which of the following statements comes closest to how you feel about the news from the official PSB website that the upcoming greatest hits album will be a two-disc set titled PopArt?


Survey 124 - Week of September 7, 2003
How many friends are PSB fans? (175 voters)

In your circle of personal (that is, non-Internet) friends, how many are also Pet Shop Boys fans?


Survey 123 - Week of August 31, 2003
Which PSB song do you most want to hear live? (137 voters)

Of all of the songs that have been officially released by the Pet Shop Boys on their own albums and singles (including b-sides) but which they haven't yet performed live in concert, which would you most like to hear them perform live?

… plus one vote (00.7%) for each of the following:

*As it turns out, I was mistaken to include "Friendly Fire" and "Nothing Has Been Proved" in the options. The Pet Shop Boys actually did perform "Friendly Fire" during at least two of their Somewhere concerts at London's Savoy Theatre, and they performed "Nothing Has Been Proved" during their first major tour. I wish I could have contacted the people who voted for those songs, giving them a chance to pick other songs as alternatives. But since my surveys are completely anonymous, I had no way of doing this. I apologize for these errors.

**This was a "write-in vote" by someone who said that, seeing as how the Boys have performed only a single verse and chorus of "Tonight Is Forever" as an "offstage prelude" to their DiscoVery shows, he wanted to vote for hearing it in its entirety. I can see his point.


Survey 122 - Week of August 24, 2003
Has reading changed your opinion of PSB? (126 voters)

Have your opinions or attitudes about the Pet Shop Boys changed as a result of reading about them-particularly in the Literally fan club magazine and/or Chris Heath's books?


 

Survey 121 - Week of August 17, 2003
Do you own the 2001 reissues? (166 voters)

Do you own the 2001 reissues of the Pet Shop Boys' albums with the "Further Listening" bonus discs?


Survey 120 - Week of August 10, 2003
Which singles should appear on the "greatest hits"? (168 voters)

Assuming that, like Discography, the single-disc Pet Shop Boys "greatest hits" collection scheduled for release late this autumn will have 18 tracks, two of which are reserved for brand-new singles, which 16 of the previous UK and US singles should appear on this CD?

Note: The 16 singles that received the most votes are highlighted in red below. The figure indicates the percentage of voters who included that song among their selections. Because voters could make up to 16 choices, the percentage total is considerably greater than 100%. In case you're wondering about my own votes (¤ ), my rationale was that I would personally prefer if the upcoming hits collection didn't overlap with Discography, but take up where it left off. Actually, a substantial number of voters— 27 (16.1%) of them, to be precise—voted only for songs that didn't appear on Discography. I realize, however, that for commercial reasons, a "post-Discography-only" collection will probably not be released.*

A pretty good "career anthology," if you ask me. I'll be very surprised, however, if "Absolutely Fabulous," "Paninaro '95," and "Somewhere" don't make it on to the actual CD—or, for that matter, the single remixes of "I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing" and "Yesterday, When I Was Mad"—since none them have appeared in their single versions on the regular editions of any PSB albums. Of course, it's just a matter of time before we see how accurate this "collective preference" turns out to be!

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Survey 119 - Week of August 3, 2003
"The Rating Project" Part 17: "Overlooked" and unreleased songs (112 voters)

Please rate each of the following previously "overlooked" or officially unreleased songs by the Pet Shop Boys on a scale of 0 to 10 as they compare with other PSB songs (0 = "one of the worst PSB songs ever"; 5 = "an average PSB song"; 10 = "one of the very best PSB songs ever"):

Song (Listed from Highest Average Rating to Lowest)
Average
Rating
% of
voters
rating
10
% of
voters
rating
0
Wayne's
Rating¤
You've Got to Start Somewhere
7.522
14.3%
0.9%
8
Bright Young Things
7.478
7.1%
0.0%
5
Hallo Spaceboy
7.438
10.7%
0.0%
4
A Powerful Friend
7.222
12.5%
0.0%
5
A Little Black Dress
6.597
3.6%
0.0%
8
Tall Thin Men
6.186
6.3%
0.0%
7
The Living Daylights (aka "James Bond Instrumental #2)
5.545
3.6%
0.9%
0
Bubadubadubadum (aka "All My Wasted Time")
5.461
7.1%
0.9%
3
In the Club or in the Queue
5.382
3.6%
1.8%
1
The Noise
4.962
1.8%
1.8%
0
Oh, Dear (aka "Walking Down the High Street")
4.879
4.5%
2.7%
2
Pet Shop Boys
3.829
3.6%
7.1%
0

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Survey 118 - Week of July 27, 2003
"The Rating Project" Part 16: Closer to Heaven songs (89 voters)

Please rate each of the songs from the Pet Shop Boys' stage musical Closer to Heaven that they themselves haven't yet officially released in their own renditions on a scale of 0 to 10 as they compare with other PSB songs (0 = "one of the worst PSB songs ever"; 5 = "an average PSB song"; 10 = "one of the very best PSB songs ever"):

Song (Listed from Highest Average Rating to Lowest)
Average
Rating
% of
voters
rating
10
% of
voters
rating
0
Wayne's
Rating¤
My Night
7.644
19.1%
0.0%
7
Call Me Old-Fashioned
7.349
10.1%
0.0%
5
For All of Us
7.148
19.1%
2.2%
5
Something Special
6.756
5.6%
0.0%
6
Out of My System
6.686
7.9%
3.4%
8
It's Just My Little Tribute to Caligula, Darling
6.523
9.0%
1.1%
2
Run Girl Run!
6.214
10.1%
2.2%
4
Nine Out of Ten
5.895
1.1%
2.2%
3
Hedonism
5.093
2.2%
5.6%
0
K-Hole
4.318
1.1%
10.1%
0

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Survey 117 - Week of July 20, 2003
"The Rating Project" Part 15: Songs written for/with other artists (119 voters)

Please rate each of the Pet Shop Boys' collaborations with Electronic as well as the songs that Neil and Chris have written for other artists but which haven't yet been officially released in "PSB versions" on a scale of 0 to 10 as they compare with other PSB songs (0 = "one of the worst PSB songs ever"; 5 = "an average PSB song"; 10 = "one of the very best PSB songs ever"):

Song (Listed from Highest Average Rating to Lowest)
Average
Rating
% of
voters
rating
10
% of
voters
rating
0
Wayne's
Rating¤
Disappointed (Electronic)
8.431
32.8%
0.0%
9
Getting Away with It (Electronic)
7.912
22.7%
0.0%
7
In Private (Dusty Springfield)
7.370
15.1%
1.7%
8
Patience of a Saint (Electronic)
7.292
10.9%
0.8%
3
Daydreaming (Dusty Springfield)
6.772
6.7%
1.7%
5
If There Was Love (Liza Minnelli)
6.582
5.9%
0.0%
9
I Want You Now (Liza Minnelli)
6.385
3.4%
0.0%
8
Occupy Your Mind (Dusty Springfield)
6.351
7.6%
1.7%
5
Don't Drop Bombs (Liza Minnelli)
6.216
5.0%
1.7%
4
All or Nothing (Miyuki Motegi)
6.146
1.7%
0.0%
2
I Can't Say Goodnight (Liza Minnelli)
5.719
2.5%
2.5%
1
Love Life (Alcazar)
5.705
2.5%
1.7%
6
Do the Right Thing (Ian Wright)
4.268
0.8%
4.2%
0

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Survey 116 - Week of July 13, 2003
"The Rating Project" Part 14: Disco 3 and Release b-sides (150 voters)

Please rate each of the "new" songs on Disco 3 as well as the b-sides/bonus tracks from the singles of the "Release era" on a scale of 0 to 10 as they compare with other PSB songs (0 = "one of the worst PSB songs ever"; 5 = "an average PSB song"; 10 = "one of the very best PSB songs ever"):

Song (Listed from Highest Average Rating to Lowest)
Average
Rating
% of
voters
rating
10
% of
voters
rating
0
Wayne's
Rating¤
Somebody Else's Business
7.799
24.0%
0.0%
7
Always
7.677
23.3%
0.0%
6
Try It (I'm in Love with a Married Man)
7.400
24.0%
2.0%
2
Positive Role Model
7.136
10.7%
0.7%
6
Between Two Islands
7.026
15.3%
0.7%
4
Time on My Hands
6.951
11.3%
0.0%
4
Sexy Northerner
6.938
18.0%
3.3%
5
If Looks Could Kill*
6.732
12.0%
0.7%
3
Friendly Fire*
6.732
11.3%
2.0%
6
Break 4 Love
6.277
9.3%
2.0%
5
Nightlife
6.144
8.7%
2.7%
7
Searching for the Face of Jesus
5.426
4.7%
2.7%
5
*Although it would appear that "If Looks Could Kill" and "Friendly Fire" are tied with an average rating of 6.732, that's only because the average is rounded to the nearest thousandth. If you extend the degree of accuracy to the hundred-thousandth place, you'll find that "If Looks Could Kill" has an average rating of 6.73239, whereas the average rating of "Friendly Fire" is 6.73228. Thus, "If Looks Could Kill" is ranked ahead of "Friendly Fire."

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Survey 115 - Week of July 6, 2003
"The Rating Project" Part 13: b-sides/bonus tracks of the "Nightlife era" (128 voters)

Please rate each of the Pet Shop Boys' b-sides and bonus tracks of the "Nightlife era" as well as several previously unreleased demos on the 2001 album reissue "Further Listening" discs on a scale of 0 to 10 as they compare with other PSB songs (0 = "one of the worst PSB songs ever"; 5 = "an average PSB song"; 10 = "one of the very best PSB songs ever"):

Song (Listed from Highest Average Rating to Lowest)
Average
Rating
% of
voters
rating
10
% of
voters
rating
0
Wayne's
Rating¤
So Sorry, I Said
7.754
18.0%
0.0%
5
Nothing Has Been Proved
6.877
10.2%
1.6%
9
Falling
6.755
6.3%
0.0%
7
The Ghost of Myself
6.477
10.2%
0.8%
6
Lies
6.342
7.8%
0.8%
5
Casting a Shadow
6.038
7.0%
1.6%
2
Sail Away
5.696
5.5%
1.6%
1
Silver Age
5.679
4.7%
1.6%
4
Screaming
5.595
4.7%
3.9%
3
Generic Jingle
4.729
8.6%
9.4%
0
Je T'Aime… Moi Non Plus
4.288
4.7%
10.2%
1

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Survey 114 - Week of June 29, 2003
"The Rating Project" Part 12: b-sides/bonus tracks of the "Bilingual era" (138 voters)

Please rate each of the Pet Shop Boys' b-sides and bonus tracks of the "Bilingual era" on a scale of 0 to 10 as they compare with other PSB songs (0 = "one of the worst PSB songs ever"; 5 = "an average PSB song"; 10 = "one of the very best PSB songs ever"):

Song (Listed from Highest Average Rating to Lowest)
Average
Rating
% of
voters
rating
10
% of
voters
rating
0
Wayne's
Rating¤
Delusions of Grandeur
7.750
23.2%
0.7%
8
The Truck Driver and His Mate
7.331
15.9%
0.7%
9
Hit and Miss
7.233
16.7%
0.7%
7
It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas
6.966
11.6%
0.7%
5
The Boy Who Couldn't Keep His Clothes On
6.704
13.0%
0.7%
7
The View from Your Balcony
6.455
8.0%
1.4%
6
Betrayed
6.420
10.1%
0.7%
2
Girls and Boys
6.307
6.5%
1.4%
0
How I Learned to Hate Rock 'n' Roll
6.041
5.8%
0.7%
3
The Calm Before the Storm
5.862
2.9%
0.7%
4
Confidential
5.843
6.5%
3.6%
5
Disco Potential
5.400
6.5%
4.3%
1

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Survey 113 - Week of June 22, 2003
"The Rating Project" Part 11: Release (162 voters)

Please rate each of the songs on the Pet Shop Boys' album Release on a scale of 0 to 10 as they compare with other PSB songs (0 = "one of the worst PSB songs ever"; 5 = "an average PSB song"; 10 = "one of the very best PSB songs ever"):

Song (Listed from Highest Average Rating to Lowest)
Average
Rating
% of
voters
raating
10
% of
voters
rating
0
Wayne's
Rating¤
Home and Dry
7.284
9.9%
0.0%
5
London
7.099
9.9%
0.0%
7
Here
6.932
16.7%
0.0%
4
I Get Along
6.574
4.3%
0.0%
8
The Samurai in Autumn
6.383
7.4%
1.2%
3
Birthday Boy
5.790
6.8%
6.2%
9
You Choose
5.599
5.6%
5.6%
1
E-mail
5.562
1.9%
1.2%
2
The Night I Fell in Love
5.556
8.0%
9.3%
6
Love Is a Catastrophe
5.463
13.0%
8.1%
0

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Survey 112 - Week of June 15, 2003
"The Rating Project" Part 10: Nightlife (182 voters)

Please rate each of the songs on the Pet Shop Boys' album Nightlife on a scale of 0 to 10 as they compare with other PSB songs (0 = "one of the worst PSB songs ever"; 5 = "an average PSB song"; 10 = "one of the very best PSB songs ever"):

Song (Listed from Highest Average Rating to Lowest)
Average
Rating
% of
voters
rating
10
% of
voters
rating
0
Wayne's
Rating¤
You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk
7.610
23.6%
0.0%
5
I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More
7.604
20.3%
0.0%
7
Closer to Heaven
7.582
15.4%
0.0%
9
For Your Own Good
7.445
20.9%
0.5%
7
New York City Boy
6.643
17.0%
4.9%
6
In Denial
6.368
15.9%
4.9%
5
Radiophonic
6.319
8.8%
0.5%
5
Footsteps
5.588
8.8%
5.5%
8
Happiness Is an Option
5.549
6.0%
5.5%
3
Boy Strange
5.236
6.6%
7.7%
1
Vampires
5.088
2.2%
3.3%
4
The Only One
5.066
2.7%
3.3%
2

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Survey 111 - Week of June 8, 2003
"The Rating Project" Part 9: Bilingual (172 voters)

Please rate each of the songs on the Pet Shop Boys' album Bilingual on a scale of 0 to 10 as they compare with other PSB songs (0 = "one of the worst PSB songs ever"; 5 = "an average PSB song"; 10 = "one of the very best PSB songs ever"):

Song (Listed from Highest Average Rating to Lowest)
Average
Rating
% of
voters
rating
10
% of
voters
rating
0
Wayne's
Rating¤
A Red Letter Day
7.674
21.5%
0.0%
7
To Step Aside
7.302
18.0%
0.6%
10
It Always Comes as a Surprise
7.198
16.3%
0.0%
10
Discoteca
6.953
15.7%
0.6%
8
Se A Vida E (That's the Way Life Is)
6.890
10.5%
1.2%
7
The Survivors
6.750
16.3%
1.7%
4
Up Against It
6.628
9.9%
2.9%
6
Single
6.570
9.3%
1.2%
6
Before
6.337
13.4%
2.9%
5
Metamorphosis
5.924
11.0%
3.5%
5
Saturday Night Forever
5.605
8.1%
5.2%
3
Electricity
4.988
6.4%
4.7%
2

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Survey 110 - Week of June 1, 2003
"The Rating Project" Part 8: Alternative, Disc 2 (146 voters)

Please rate each of the songs on the second disc of the Pet Shop Boys' b-sides collection Alternative (minus "Violence," which was covered in a previous rating poll), on a scale of 0 to 10 as they compare with other PSB songs (0 = "one of the worst PSB songs ever"; 5 = "an average PSB song"; 10 = "one of the very best PSB songs ever"):

Song (Listed from Highest Average Rating to Lowest)
Average
Rating
% of
voters
rating
10
% of
voters
rating
0
Wayne's
Rating¤
Shameless
8.286
29.5%
0.7%
9
Miserablism
7.904
28.8%
0.7%
5
Too Many People
7.640
17.8%
0.7%
6
Hey, Headmaster
6.993
16.4%
0.0%
4
Some Speculation
6.928
15.1%
0.7%
4
Decadence
6.882
13.4%
0.7%
4
We All Feel Better in the Dark
6.823
13.7%
0.7%
7
Bet She's Not Your Girlfriend
6.773
9.6%
0.7%
9
It Must Be Obvious
6.759
11.0%
0.7%
8
Losing My Mind
6.550
7.5%
0.7%
5
Euroboy
6.390
8.9%
0.0%
3
Music for Boys
5.746
6.2%
2.1%
3
If Love Were All
5.199
4.8%
6.2%
2
What Keeps Mankind Alive?
4.763
8.2%
8.2%
1

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Survey 109 - Week of May 25, 2003
"The Rating Project" Part 7: Alternative, Disc 1 (147 voters)

Please rate each of the songs on the first disc of the Pet Shop Boys' b-sides collection Alternative (minus "I Want a Dog," which was covered in a previous rating poll), on a scale of 0 to 10 as they compare with other PSB songs (0 = "one of the worst PSB songs ever"; 5 = "an average PSB song"; 10 = "one of the very best PSB songs ever"):

Song (Listed from Highest Average Rating to Lowest)
Average
Rating
% of
voters
rating
10
% of
voters
rating
0
Wayne's
Rating¤
Your Funny Uncle
7.865
27.2%
0.7%
8
Paninaro
7.688
21.8%
0.0%
1
Do I Have To?
7.093
12.9%
0.7%
5
In the Night
6.965
12.9%
0.0%
4
I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too)
6.950
8.2%
1.4%
7
A New Life
6.614
12.9%
0.7%
5
Don Juan
6.576
9.5%
2.0%
4
That's My Impression
6.305
8.2%
2.0%
2
A Man Could Get Arrested
6.298
10.2%
1.4%
3
One of the Crowd
6.281
8.2%
2.7%
6
Jack the Lad
6.241
11.6%
0.0%
4
Was That What It Was?
6.129
6.8%
0.0%
3
You Know Where You Went Wrong
5.811
8.2%
2.7%
2
The Sound of the Atom Splitting
3.638
5.4%
23.8%
0

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Survey 108 - Week of May 18, 2003
"The Rating Project" Part 6: Relentless & Non-album Singles of the '90s (152 voters)

Please rate each of the songs on the Pet Shop Boys' album Relentless as well as three "non-album" singles of the 1990s on a scale of 0 to 10 as they compare with other PSB songs (0 = "one of the worst PSB songs ever"; 5 = "an average PSB song"; 10 = "one of the very best PSB songs ever"):

Song (Listed from Highest Average Rating to Lowest)
Average
Rating
% of
voters
rating
10
% of
voters
rating
0
Wayne's
Rating¤
One Thing Leads to Another
7.535
17.1%
0.7%
6
Paninaro '95
7.486
21.7%
0.7%
3
Forever in Love
7.308
13.2%
1.3%
4
Somewhere
7.080
14.5%
0.7%
4
The Man Who Has Everything
6.938
11.2%
0.7%
3
Absolutely Fabulous
6.568
13.8%
3.3%
5
KDX 125
6.333
6.6%
1.3%
2
We Came from Outer Space
6.256
6.6%
0.7%
1
My Head Is Spinning
6.156
3.9%
0.7%
1

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Survey 107 - Week of May 11, 2003
"The Rating Project" Part 5: Very (180 voters)

Please rate each of the songs on the Pet Shop Boys' album Very on a scale of 0 to 10 as they compare with other PSB songs (0 = "one of the worst PSB songs ever"; 5 = "an average PSB song"; 10 = "one of the very best PSB songs ever"):

Song (Listed from Highest Average Rating to Lowest)
Average
Rating
% of
voters
rating
10
% of
voters
rating
0
Wayne's
Rating¤
Can You Forgive Her?
8.650
37.8%
0.0%
9
Go West
8.217
35.6%
0.0%
7
I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing
7.728
22.2%
0.0%
10
Yesterday, When I Was Mad
7.428
18.9%
0.0%
5
The Theatre
7.378
17.2%
0.6%
7
Liberation
7.328
21.7%
0.0%
10
Dreaming of the Queen
6.906
15.6%
0.6%
8
Young Offender
6.861
12.2%
0.6%
3
A Different Point of View
6.694
7.2%
1.7%
7
One in a Million
6.689
10.0%
0.6%
10
To Speak Is a Sin
6.628
6.7%
0.6%
4
Postscript
5.883
10.6%
3.9%
2
One and One Make Five
5.761
4.4%
4.4%
6

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Survey 106 - Week of May 4, 2003
"The Rating Project" Part 4: Behaviour (159 voters)

Please rate each of the songs on the Pet Shop Boys' album Behaviour on a scale of 0 to 10 as they compare with other PSB songs (0 = "one of the worst PSB songs ever"; 5 = "an average PSB song"; 10 = "one of the very best PSB songs ever"):

Song (Listed from Highest Average Rating to Lowest)
Average
Rating
% of
voters
rating
10
% of
voters
rating
0
Wayne's
Rating¤
Being Boring
8.742
46.5%
0.0%
10
So Hard
7.956
23.3%
0.0%
7
Jealousy
7.830
22.6%
0.0%
6
This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave
7.604
23.3%
0.0%
6
Nervously
7.088
18.9%
0.6%
5
The End of the World
7.025
14.5%
0.6%
8
My October Symphony
6.899
17.6%
1.9%
9
How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?
6.673
8.2%
0.6%
10
Only the Wind
6.553
8.2%
0.0%
3
To Face the Truth
6.453
7.5%
0.6%
2

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Survey 105 - Week of April 27, 2003
"The Rating Project" Part 3: Introspective "plus" (162 voters)

Please rate each of the songs on the Pet Shop Boys' album Introspective, plus the "new" songs on Discography, on a scale of 0 to 10 as they compare with other PSB songs (0 = "one of the worst PSB songs ever"; 5 = "an average PSB song"; 10 = "one of the very best PSB songs ever"):

Song (Listed from Highest Average Rating to Lowest)
Average
Rating
% of
voters
rating
10
% of
voters
rating
0
Wayne's
Rating¤
Left to My Own Devices
8.407
34.6%
0.0%
9
Always on My Mind
8.062
30.9%
1.2%
6
Domino Dancing
7.901
19.1%
0.0%
5
I'm Not Scared
7.463
14.2%
0.0%
10
Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes Off You)
7.358
11.1%
0.0%
7
Was It Worth It?
7.080
11.1%
0.0%
8
It's Alright
6.648
12.3%
1.9%
7
DJ Culture
6.630
6.8%
0.6%
6
I Want a Dog
6.086
4.3%
1.9%
4
In My House
5.593
5.6%
3.1%
1

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Survey 104 - Week of April 20, 2003
"The Rating Project" Part 2: Actually (168 voters)

Please rate each of the songs on the Pet Shop Boys' album Actually on a scale of 0 to 10 as they compare with other PSB songs (0 = "one of the worst PSB songs ever"; 5 = "an average PSB song"; 10 = "one of the very best PSB songs ever"):

Song (Listed from Highest Average Rating to Lowest)
Average
Rating
% of
voters
rating
10
% of
voters
rating
0
Wayne's
Rating¤
It's a Sin
8.399
36.9%
0.0%
10
King's Cross
7.792
33.3%
0.6%
6
Rent
7.732
22.6%
0.0%
7
What Have I Done to Deserve This?
7.714
22.6%
0.0%
10
Heart
7.536
17.3%
0.0%
8
It Couldn't Happen Here
6.917
15.5%
0.6%
9
I Want to Wake Up
6.667
11.9%
0.6%
5
One More Chance
6.595
13.1%
1.2%
3
Shopping
5.637
6.5%
1.2%
2
Hit Music
4.732
0.6%
1.8%
1

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Survey 103 - Week of April 13, 2003
"The Rating Project" Part 1: Please (165 voters)

Please rate each of the songs on the Pet Shop Boys' first album Please on a scale of 0 to 10 as they compare with other PSB songs (0 = "one of the worst PSB songs ever"; 5 = "an average PSB song"; 10 = "one of the very best PSB songs ever"):

Song (Listed from Highest Average Rating to Lowest)
Average
Rating
% of
voters
rating
10
% of
voters
rating
0
Wayne's
Rating¤
West End Girls
8.145
33.3%
1.2%
8
Love Comes Quickly
7.473
23.0%
1.2%
7
Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)
7.158
12.1%
1.2%
9
Suburbia
6.988
13.3%
2.4%
6
Tonight Is Forever
6.782
10.9%
1.2%
10
Two Divided by Zero
6.727
10.9%
1.2%
5
Later Tonight
6.321
9.1%
1.8%
4
I Want a Lover
6.248
9.1%
1.2%
2
Why Don't We Live Together?
6.024
9.1%
2.4%
4
Violence
5.903
6.1%
1.8%
5
Opportunities (Reprise)
4.867
2.4%
5.5%
0

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Survey 102 - Week of April 6, 2003
All-time favorite PSB single (231 voters)

What is your all-time favorite Pet Shop Boys single?


 

Survey 101 - Week of March 30, 2003
Least favorite PSB album redux (195 voters)

What is your all-time least favorite Pet Shop Boys album (again, not counting Discography)?

Again, it's interesting to compare these results with those of the first time I asked this question in Survey #1 (which asked about both favorite album and least favorite album).


Survey 100 - Week of March 23, 2003
Favorite PSB album redux (194 voters)

Not counting Discography, what is your all-time favorite Pet Shop Boys album?

It's interesting to compare these results with those of the first time I asked this question roughly two years (and two albums) earlier, way back in Survey #1.


Survey 99 - Week of March 16, 2003
No more PSB surveys? (185 voters)

Should I end my PSB surveys next week with Survey #100?*

*I abstained from voting in this survey because of an obvious conflict of interest. ¤


Survey 98 - Week of March 9, 2003
Backups of PSB albums? (151 voters)

Do you have "backup copies" of most or all of your Pet Shop Boys albums—and, if so, what did you do to obtain your backups?


Survey 97 - Week of March 2, 2003
Your future as a PSB fan (209 voters)

How do you envision your status as a Pet Shop Boys fan in the future—say, five years from now?


Survey 96 - Week of February 23, 2003
Favorite artist other than PSB (118 voters)

Who—aside from the Pet Shop Boys, of course—is your favorite recording artist (either solo or group)?*

  • Air

  • Laurie Anderson
  • Rick Astley
  • Beach Boys ¤
  • The Beautiful South
  • Better Than Ezra
  • Blondie
  • Bonepony
  • David Bowie
  • Kate Bush
  • Eva Cassidy
  • Nick Cave
  • Dead Can Dance
  • Celine Dion
  • The Divine Comedy
  • Dubstar
  • Bob Dylan
  • Enigma
  • Eurythmics
  • Fancy
  • Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  • Peter Gabriel
  • Billie Holiday
  • The Jam
  • Billy Joel
  • Kraftwerk

  • Lemon Jelly
  • Kirsty MacColl
  • Magnetic Fields
  • George Michael
  • Bette Midler
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Missy Elliott
  • Portishead
  • Pulp
  • RMB
  • Roxy Music
  • Rush
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Smashing Pumpkins
  • The Smiths
  • Britney Spears
  • Dusty Springfield
  • Steely Dan
  • Sunscreem
  • t.A.T.u.
  • Tears for Fears
  • They Might Be Giants
  • TISM
  • Travis

… and, finally, one voter who simply couldn't pick just one:
 

*Two voters pointed out that they were indeed voting for their absolute favorite artist, whom they liked even more than the Pet Shop Boys. It's perhaps likely that some others felt this way as well.

**One voter insisted that he or she could not possibly choose between New Order and Depeche Mode. So I agreed to split that vote in half, awarding a "half-vote" to each.

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Survey 95 - Week of February 16, 2003
Own Disco 3 vinyl edition? (153 voters)

Do you already own or are you planning on buying the special three-disc vinyl edition of Disco 3, with the "bonus remixes"?


Survey 94 - Week of February 9, 2003
Favorite Disco 3 track (189 voters)

What is your favorite track from the new Disco 3 album?

*I neglected to include in the voting options the extra tracks on the vinyl edition of Disco 3. Two email correspondents told me that their favorite Disco 3 track was one of those special vinyl tracks, the Extended Mix of "Somebody Else's Business."


Survey 93 - Week of February 2, 2003
How do you feel about no Disco 3 singles? (197 voters)

Which of the following statements comes closest to how you feel about the fact that there apparently won't be any new singles released from the Disco 3 album?


Survey 92 - Week of January 26, 2003
PSB song most identified with (79 voters)

Which Pet Shop Boys song do you most closely identify with, or which one best reflects your own feelings, philosophy, or experience?

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Survey 91 - Week of January 19, 2003
Fans' gender and orientation (244 voters)

What is your gender and orientation? (An attempt at more "PSB fan demographics."*)

*I understand and acknowledge, of course, that this and every other survey I conduct isn't really a "true cross-section" of "PSB fandom." Rather, it reflects only visitors to my website who decide to take part. Still, while these surveys certainly aren't "definitive," I do believe they're "indicative" in that there's a distinct possibility that they do reflect PSB fandom in general.

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Survey 90 - Week of January 12, 2003
How are your PSB CDs organized? (191 voters)

In what order do you have your Pet Shop Boys CDs organized? (For the purposes of this survey, count just official PSB albums—not singles or bootlegs.)

*A couple of people pointed out that they keep their PSB CDs segregated from their other CDs, on a separate shelf. But those voters didn't choose the "some other order" option; at least one of them noted that they're ordered on that separate shelf chronologically.

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Survey 89 - Week of January 5, 2003
How old when you became a fan? (236 voters)

How old were you when you first became a fan of the Pet Shop Boys?

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