Past PSB Survey Results - 2018 Surveys

This page presents the results of surveys I've conducted in the year 2018. The results of surveys conducted in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 , 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 appear on separate pages.

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 866 - Weeks of August 26 and September 2, 2018
Favorite PSB-written song about lost love (455 voters)

What is your favorite Pet Shop Boys-written song dealing with the subject of lost love?

33.0% - The Way It Used to Be
09.9% - Love Is a Bourgeois Construct
09.7% - I Made My Excuses and Left
09.7% - Leaving
09.5% - To Face the Truth
05.3% - Hit and Miss
04.0% - Was That What It Was?
04.0% - King of Rome ¤*
03.1% - Love Is a Catastrophe
02.9% - I Get Along
02.6% - One in a Million
02.6% - You Choose
02.2% - That's My Impression
01.3% - "Some other song not listed here"**
00.4% - No More Ballads

*Regarding my own vote, although I slightly prefer "One in a Million" overall to "King of Rome," I don't think the former moves me as much as a song about lost love as the latter, if that makes sense. And KOR is simply more gorgeous. Therefore I picked the latter.

**The only other song specifically cited by a voter as his alternate favorite was "For All of Us." One other voter noted that "Postscript" and "Being Boring" were "close contenders," although his actual vote went to "Love Is a Bourgeois Construct."

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Survey 865 - Weeks of August 12 and 19, 2018
Which recent b-sides would have made the best studio album? (335 voters)

The following songs, listed here in alphabetical order, were first released by the Pet Shop Boys as b-sides/bonus tracks for their singles of the 2010s. But what if they had saved some of these recent uncollected songs for another studio album rather than release them as b-sides? Which 12 of these songs do you think would together have made the best additional PSB studio album of the 2010s? (Please select all that apply.)

75.2% - In His Imagination ¤
74.9% - A Certain 'Je Ne Sais Quoi' ¤
59.1% - Listening ¤
52.8% - One Night ¤
46.3% - Hell ¤
44.2% - I Started a Joke
41.5% - In Bits
41.2% - A Cloud in a Box
40.6% - The Way Through the Woods ¤
39.1% - Wiedersehen ¤
37.6% - Baby ¤
36.1% - I Cried for Us
33.7% - Inside
32.8% - No More Ballads ¤
31.9% - The White Dress
29.6% - The Dead Can Dance ¤
26.0% - One Hit Wonder
25.7% - Entschuldigung!
23.9% - Glad All Over* ¤
23.6% - Odd Man Out ¤
23.0% - Get It Online

*Actually, I much prefer the PSB rendition of "I Cried for Us" to their take on "Glad All Over." But I feel that a PSB studio album should ideally include no more than one non-original, and if I had to choose only one from among the covers in this list (the third being "I Started a Joke"), I felt that "Glad All Over" was preferable because it would add a little extra "punch" to a ballad-heavy album. In other words, the better song and recording isn't necessarily the better track to include on an album, at least in my estimation. So I chose "Glad All Over" rather than "I Cried for Us." And as good as it is, I personally don't feel that "I Started a Joke" would be preferable to either of those tracks as an album cut. Chalk it up to my idiosyncracy.

Note: Several voters noted in the "Comments" section that if I had offered an option for indicating that they felt that there weren't enough songs in this list to constitute a full-length studio album, they would have made that choice instead. But, no, I didn't offer any such option in this poll. It's worth noting, however, that voters could choose fewer than the maximum of 12 songs in this poll, and the average number of songs chosen by voters was only about 8.4, likely reflecting this apparent sentiment that the recent single b-sides have been somewhat weaker than in the past.

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Survey 864 - Weeks of July 29 and August 5, 2018
Are you buying Neil's new book? (404 voters)

Are you planning to buy Neil Tennant's new book (scheduled for release later this year), One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem? And, if so, have you already bought the now sold-out special limited edition offered for sale exclusively on the official Pet Shop Boys website?

28.7% - Yes, I'm planning to buy the standard edition, but I haven't placed an order.
27.5% - No, I'm not planning to buy it.
19.8% - I'm undecided as to whether I'm going to buy it.
12.4% - Yes – I've already placed my order, but only for the "standard" edition. ¤
11.6% - Yes – in fact, I've already placed my order for the special limited edition.*

*Note: Several voters noted in the "Comments" section that they would have placed an order for the special limited edition but it had already sold out before they were even aware of its availability—and they were none too happy about that, either.

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Survey 863 - Weeks of July 15 and 22, 2018
A PSB collaborations album? (373 voters)

Would you like for the Pet Shop Boys to record and release a "collaborations" album—maybe titled Collaborate or Collaborations (what else?)—in which all of the tracks are collaborations with various other artists? Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing how you feel about this idea?

27.3% - Yes, as long as it's all-new material written or at least co-written by the Boys. ¤
22.0% - Well, it depends on the artists with whom they decide to collaborate.
15.0% - No, I don't want that at all!
13.4% - Yes, and I wouldn't mind if the material weren't written by PSB as long as it's all new.
12.9% - Yes, and I wouldn't mind if it were to consist largely or even entirely of covers of old songs (their own and/or others'). 
07.0% - I really don't care about this one way or the other.
02.4% - I have a very different opinion about this from any of those expressed above.*

Among the alternate opinions shared by voters were:

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Survey 862 - Weeks of July 1 and 8, 2018
Favorite PSB studio album side (424 voters)

What is your all-time favorite studio album "vinyl side" (or "half-album") by the Pet Shop Boys?

Note that although Electric consisted of two vinyl discs and therefore four sides, each vinyl disc of Electric was treated as a "side" in this poll in order to make it more "equivalent" in this respect to all the other PSB studio albums.

14.2% - Actually Side 2
14.0% - Very Side 1 ¤
11.3% - Please Side 1
08.0% - Introspective Side 1
07.5% - Behaviour Side 1
05.9% - Behaviour Side 2
04.0% - Elysium Side 1
03.3% - Nightlife Side 1
03.3% - Super Side 2
03.1% - Please Side 2
03.1% - Bilingual Side 2
02.6% - Bilingual Side 1
02.6% - Fundamental Side 2
02.6% - Electric "Side" (Disc) 1
02.4% - Actually Side 1
02.4% - Very Side 2
02.4% - Yes Side 1
01.7% - Introspective Side 2
01.7% - Super Side 1
01.2% - Yes Side 2
00.9% - Electric "Side" (Disc) 2
00.7% - Fundamental Side 1
00.7% - Release Side 2
00.5% - Release Side 1
00.2% - Elysium Side 2
00.0% - Nightlife Side 2

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Survey 861 - Weeks of June 17 and 24, 2018
Should PSB release a Disco 5 album? (411 voters)

Should the Pet Shop Boys ever release a Disco 5 album?

Note: Because voters could make more than one choice if they chose "Maybe," the following percentages total to more than 100%.

48.2% - Yes, absolutely!
23.6% - Maybe, if it consists of new (never previously released) extended mixes of classic hit PSB hit songs that don't stray "too far" from the originals ¤
20.9% - Maybe, if it consists of mixes by Chris and Neil of their own songs
18.0% - Maybe, if it consists of mixes of non-single PSB songs that have never previously been remixed ¤
08.5% - No, absolutely not!
06.1% - Maybe, if it consists of new mixes by Neil and Chris of other artists' songs
05.6% - Maybe, if it consists of previously "unofficial" fan mixes that the Boys have judged to be especially good ¤
04.9% - Maybe, if it consists of previously released "classic" remixes (their all-time most popular and/or their own all-time favorites)
03.6% - Maybe, if it consists of tracks determined by some other criterion not listed here*

*Among the alternate criteria suggested by voters (edited and summarized by the webmaster):

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Survey 860 - Week of June 10, 2018
On the importance of "visual factors" to PSB success (329 voters)

In your opinion, which of the following statements comes closest to describing the importance of visual style or design—that is, graphics, artwork, clothes, costuming, staging, videos, and the like, as opposed to more purely musical factors—to the success of the Pet Shop Boys?

49.5% - It's been a significant defining characteristic for them, but I wouldn't say it's been a critical factor in their success. ¤
25.8% - It's been an absolutely critical factor in their success throughout their career.
14.3% - It was important for the first half or so of their career, but not so much in more recent years.
04.0% - It was very important at the start of their career, helping to set them apart and gain attention, but hasn't been very important ever since.
03.6% - It really hasn't been of very much importance at all.
01.2% - It wasn't very important early in their career, but has been much more important in recent years.
01.2% - I'm not sure or I really don't have much of an opinion about this.
00.3% - I have an opinion very different from any of those described above.*

*The only "other" opinion explicitly shared by a voter was:

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Survey 859 - Week of June 3, 2018
Favorite "Boys" band aside from PSB (343 voters)

Aside from the Pet Shop Boys, what is your favorite "Boys" band—that is, a musical act with the word "Boys" (or "Boyz," but not "Boy" singular) in their name?

40.2% - "Actually, I can't say I like any 'Boys' band aside from Pet Shop Boys"
24.8% - Beach Boys ¤
14.6% - Beastie Boys
08.7% - Backstreet Boys
04.1% - Vengaboys
02.9% - Some other "Boys" band not listed here*
01.5% - Boys Town Gang
01.5% - Boyzone
00.3% - Boyz II Men
00.3% - Bullet Boys
00.3% - Girls Against Boys
00.3% - Los Lonely Boys
00.3% - Oak Ridge Boys **

*Among the "some other 'Boys' bands" cited by voters as their favorites are:

**I had also listed the following "Boys" bands among the choices in this poll, but they didn't receive any votes:

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Survey 858 - Week of May 27, 2018
PSB's Christmas song: their best of the '90s? (388 voters)

In the Nightlife reissue booklet, Neil says that "It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas" is "the best song we wrote in the 1990s." Regardless of whether you believe he was being totally serious when he said this—and, speaking only for myself, I do—do you agree with this assessment?

68.6% - No. It's not one of the worst, but it's certainly not one of the best, either. ¤
14.4% - Maybe it's not the very best of the 1990s, but I would say it's one of the best—say, in the top five.
11.6% - No. In fact, I would say it's one of the worst PSB songs of the 1990s.
03.4% - I can't say because I'm not sufficiently familiar with the song.
02.1% - Yes, I do!

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Survey 857 - Week of May 20, 2018
Should PSB participate in Eurovision? (318 voters)

Should the Pet Shop Boys participate in the Eurovision Song Contest?

44.0% - No, absolutely not!
16.7% - Yes, they should, but only as songwriters—not as performers.
13.5% - It may have been a good idea at one time, but not anymore. ¤
10.7% - Yes, they should, as both performers and songwriters.
08.8% - I have no opinion about this one way or the other.
05.3% - I have very mixed feelings about it.
00.9% - I have a very different opinion from any of those described above.*

*Among the "other opinions" expressed:

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Survey 856 - Week of May 13, 2018
Favorite PSB song with "You" in the title (411 voters)

What is your favorite officially released PSB-composed song that includes the word "You" in its title?

38.0% - Can You Forgive Her?
15.8% - I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More
12.2% - You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk
09.0% - Did You See Me Coming?
07.5% - I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too)
07.5% - How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously ¤*
05.4% - You Know Where You Went Wrong
01.9% - I Want You Now
01.5% - You Choose
01.2% - The Night Is a Time to Explore Who You ARe

*As I've noted elsewhere, I'm especially fond of the Brothers in Rhythm video mix of "How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously," which is one of my all-time favorite PSB tracks. If it weren't for that remix, I probably would have voted with the plurality and gone for "Can You Forgive Her?"

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Survey 855 - Week of May 6, 2018
Your current "musical diet" (348 voters)

Which of the following statements comes closest to accurately describing your current overall "musical diet" as it relates to both the Pet Shop Boys and other artists? (By "current" I mean now and over the past couple of months.)

58.3% - "It consists of music by PSB, other similar artists, and still others that are stylistically quite different." ¤*
11.8% - "The other choices don't apply to me because I can't really 'pin down' PSB to any particular style of music. PSB is just one of many artists I listen to, period."
09.5% - "It consists primarily of music by PSB and certain other artists that strike me as stylistically similar."
08.9% - "It consists of music by PSB but little if any by other stylistically similar artists, with most other music I listen to being very different from PSB. (In other words, PSB is a stylistic "anomaly" in my musical tastes.)"
04.9% - "It consists almost exclusively of PSB music and little if anything else."
03.7% - "I really don't listen to very much PSB music at all, although I do listen to a lot of other music."
02.9% - "I don't listen to very much music at all, period, including PSB."

*As for me, over the past few weeks I've been on a real kick of listening, in addition to PSB, to music by Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, the Moody Blues, Procol Harum, and Donna Summer—a fairly diverse crop.

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Survey 854 - Week of April 29, 2018
The funniest PSB music video (349 voters)

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

Please note: All of the Boys' music videos were listed as choices in this poll, but those that didn't receive any votes—nearly half of them—aren't listed below.

24.1% - I'm with Stupid
16.9% - Single-Bilingual
11.2% - Flamboyant
08.3% - I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing
07.4% - Heart
06.6% - Absolutely Fabulous ¤*
04.9% - Can You Forgive Her?
04.3% - Yesterday, When I Was Mad
02.3% - DJ Culture
01.7% - Go West
01.4% - A Red Letter Day
01.4% - Home and Dry
01.1% - Always on My Mind
01.1% - How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?

The following videos each received 00.6% (2 votes):

The following each received 00.3% (1 vote):

The remaining videos didn't receive any votes.

*The reason for my choosing the "Ab Fab" video? Well, I find the Boys' white baker/dervish costumes hilarious—in my opinion, the funniest of the entire Very era—and the ad-libbed moment when "Edina" lifts Chris's fez, spurring a shocked (but amused) reaction from him as he quickly grabs it back, is priceless.

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Survey 853 - Week of April 22, 2018
Which of my favorites are your least favorites? (338 voters)

Which of my favorite tracks on the Pet Shop Boys' albums are your least favorite tracks on those albums? (Select all that apply.)

Please note that, because voters could make more than one choice, the following percentages total to more than 100%.

40.5% - "Actually, none of these songs is my least favorite from its respective album!"
15.1% - Release - "Birthday Boy"
14.5% - Elysium - "Give It a Go"
11.8% - Yes - "King of Rome"
10.9% - Super - "Into Thin Air"
06.5% - Bilingual - "To Step Aside"
06.2% - Relentless - "One Thing Leads to Another"
05.6% - Closer to Heaven - "Out of My System"
05.3% - Format - "I Didn't Get Where I Am Today"
05.0% - Please - "Tonight Is Forever"
04.4% - Electric - "Vocal"
04.1% - Actually - "What Have I Done to Deserve This?"
03.8% - The Most Incredible Thing - "The Clock 4/5/6"
03.6% - Alternative - "Shameless"
03.6% - Disco 3 - "Somebody Else's Business"
03.6% - Disco 4 - "Hallo Spaceboy"
03.3% - Very - "I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing"
03.0% - Behaviour - "Being Boring"
03.0% - Fundamental - "Integral"
02.7% - Introspective - "Left to My Own Devices"
02.4% - Nightlife - "Closer to Heaven"
01.8% - Battleship Potemkin - "No Time for Tears"

¤ By the very nature of the question, it didn't make sense for me to place any votes in this poll.

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Survey 852 - Week of April 15, 2018
Which of my least favorites are your favorites? (371 voters)

Which of my least favorite tracks on the Pet Shop Boys' albums are your favorite tracks on those albums? (Select all that apply.)

Please keep in mind that just because a song is my "least favorite" on an album doesn't mean I don't like it; I simply like all the others even more. Honestly, there are only three of these songs that I don't like. Also please note that, because voters could make more than one choice, the following percentages total to more than 100%.

39.9% - "Actually, none of these songs is my favorite from its respective album!"
18.1% - Disco 3 - "Try It (I'm in Love with a Married Man)"
15.4% - Introspective - "Always on My Mind/In My House"
13.7% - Release - "Love Is a Catastrophe"
13.2% - Behaviour - "Only the Wind"
07.0% - Relentless - "We Came from Outer Space"
06.2% - Actually - "Hit Music"
05.7% - Disco 4 - "Hooked on Radiation"
05.7% - Yes - "Legacy"
05.7% - Electric - "Shouting in the Evening"
04.6% - Nightlife - "Boy Strange"
04.6% - Super - "Pazzo!"
03.8% - Alternative - "The Sound of the Atom Splitting"
03.5% - Bilingual - "Electricity"
03.5% - Elysium - "Ego Music"
03.0% - Fundamental - "God Willing"
02.7% - Very - "Postscript"
02.4% - Please - "Opportunities (Reprise)"
02.4% - Format - "The Former Enfant Terrible"
01.6% - Closer to Heaven - "K-hole"
01.3% - Battleship Potemkin - "To the Shore"
00.5% - The Most Incredible Thing - "Physical Jerks"

¤ By the very nature of the question, it didn't make sense for me to place any votes in this poll.

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Survey 851 - Week of April 8, 2018
Favorite "post-millennial" PSB studio album (422 voters)

What is your favorite post-millennial Pet Shop Boys studio album—that is, from among those released after 2000?

28.9% - Yes
26.1% - Electric
23.9% - Fundamental ¤
08.8% - Super
07.3% - Elysium
05.0% - Release

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Survey 850 - Week of April 1, 2018
Questions about PSB tribute bands (309 voters)

A multi-part question concerning Pet Shop Boys tribute bands –

  1. Have you ever seen a Pet Shop Boys tribute band?

    68.0% - No, I've never seen a PSB tribute band either "live" or on video.
    27.5% - I've seen video recordings of one or more PSB tribute bands, but never one "live." ¤
    04.2% - Yes, I've seen one or more PSB tribute bands perform "live."

  2. If so, do you think they were good at paying tribute to PSB?

    63.8% - Not applicable – I've never seen a PSB tribute band.
    18.8% - Yes, I think they were good at paying tribute to PSB. ¤
    08.7% - No, I don't think they did a very good job of paying tribute to PSB.
    04.2% - I've seen more than one PSB tribute band. One or more of them were good at it, but not all of them.

  3. With which of the following statements do you agree with regard to PSB tribute bands?

    87.1% - There's no "should" about it when it comes to patronizing a PSB tribute band. Fans should do whatever they want to do. ¤
    04.5% - PSB fans should not patronize PSB tribute bands, but should stick exclusively with "the real thing."
    02.9% - PSB fans should patronize PSB tribute bands.

    39.5% - A PSB tribute band should "mix it up," performing some songs as much as possible like PSB, but also throwing in something new and different at times. ¤
    25.2% - A PSB tribute band should strive to look and sound like PSB as much as possible.
    20.1% - A PSB tribute band should play PSB songs, but shouldn't try to replicate their look and sound, but instead do something different with the songs.

    Please note that the percentages in each group do not total to 100% because voters were free not to respond to certain questions while answering others.

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Survey 849 - Weeks of March 17 and 24, 2018
The three sexiest PSB music videos (390 voters)

What, in your opinion, are the Pet Shop Boys' three sexiest music videos?

63.3% - Domino Dancing ¤
52.3% - Being Boring ¤
24.1% - Paninaro '95 ¤
22.8% - Se A Vida E (That's the Way Life Is)
10.5% - Jealousy
09.0% - Heart
06.7% - Love Comes Quickly
05.1% - Together
04.6% - So Hard
04.6% - I Get Along
04.1% - You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk
03.3% - Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money) - Version 2
03.3% - Paninaro
03.1% - Minimal
02.8% - West End Girls
02.8% - It's a Sin
02.6% - What Have I Done to Deserve This?
02.6% - Was It Worth It?
02.6% - New York City Boy
02.3% - Rent
02.3% - Home and Dry
02.3% - Miracles
02.1% - How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?
02.1% - Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes Off You)
02.1% - I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing
02.1% - Flamboyant
01.8% - Left to My Own Devices
01.8% - Before
01.5% - Can You Forgive Her?
01.5% - Did You See Me Coming?
01.3% - Single-Bilingual
01.3% - Twenty-something
01.0% - Love etc.
01.0% - Axis

The following videos each received 00.8% (3 votes):

The following each received 00.5% (2 votes):

The following each received 00.3% (one vote):

The following videos didn't receive any votes:

*It's most unusual that, in a poll in which we could place multiple votes, all of my own choices happened to coincide precisely with the majority/plurality outcomes.

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Survey 848 - Week of March 11, 2018
Which "1 Has 2 Go"? (416 voters)

Let's play 1 Has 2 Go – "the game of impossible choices" – with what are arguably (or at least often regarded as) the Pet Shop Boys' three most widely acclaimed albums among fans and critics alike, generally considered to be their stone-solid essential classics: ActuallyBehaviour, and Very. Your challenge is to pick two to keep, with the understanding that you then have to "discard" the other one. To put it another way, you have to choose the "loser," at least compared to the other two. So which 1 has 2 go?

35.3% - Actually ¤
35.3% - Very
29.3% - Behaviour

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Survey 847 - Week of March 4, 2018
When did you last "evangelize" for PSB? (339 voters)

To the best of your recollection, when was the last time that you "evangelized" for the Pet Shop Boys—in other words, actively tried to convince one or more non-fans (friends, family members, co-workers, or maybe even total strangers) of how good they are or perhaps even convert them into fans themselves? If you're not sure, please take your best guess.

22.4% - Within the past year
18.9% - "I've never actually tried to convince someone else of how good they are or to convert them into fans!"
14.2% - Within the past 5 years
13.6% - Within the past month
11.8% - More than 10 years ago
10.6% - Within the past week
05.0% - Earlier today, in fact!
03.5% - Within the past 10 years.

¤ I decided against voting in this poll (rare for me) because I wasn't at all sure how I should vote. In one sense, I "evangelize" for PSB virtually every single day through this website. On the other hand, the last time I did so in any other way—talking to a non-fan about the Boys—was, I believe, more than a year but less than two years ago; in other words, "Within the past 5 years."

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Survey 846 - Week of February 25, 2018
Why didn't "Being Boring" do better as a single? (366 voters)

"Being Boring" is one of the most highly regarded Pet Shop Boys songs among fans—if not the most highly regarded. Yet it somewhat "under-performed" as a single, reaching only #20 on the U.K. singles chart. Although there may be various reasons for this occurring, what one factor do you think most accounts for this relative lack of success as a single?

25.1% - It didn't sound very much like the Pet Shop Boys that people had come to know and expect. ¤
22.7% - Its melody and/or arrangement didn't appeal to the singles-buying public.
10.4% - The Boys had come to the end of their "imperial phase" and an averse pop-culture reaction was setting in. The relatively poor charting of the song reflected this fact.
10.1% - Radio programmers didn't embrace it (for whatever reason).
08.7% - Its lyrics and subject matter didn't appeal to the singles-buying public.
05.5% - It was included on the already-released album Behaviour, and people didn't want to buy a single that wasn't very different from the album version (just a shorter edit).
04.6% - It was poorly promoted and marketed.
04.6% - For some other reason not listed here.*
04.4% - Although it's highly regarded by most fans, I'm not among them. I think it's overrated, so its under-performance as a single doesn't surprise me one bit.
03.8% - Its video (with its flashes of nudity and few appearances by the Boys) didn't receive much airplay and/or didn't appeal to the public.

*Among the other reasons sugggested by voters (briefly summarized by me):

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Survey 845 - Week of February 18, 2018
Fadeouts or cold/hard endings? (391 voters)

Do you tend to prefer for recordings of the Pet Shop Boys' songs to end with fadeouts (such as "West End Girls," "Love Comes Quickly," and "Se A Vida E") or with cold/hard endings (such as "It's a Sin," "Can You Forgive Her?" and "Hey, Headmaster")?

38.9% - It depends on the song.
38.4% - I tend to prefer cold/hard endings. ¤*
17.1% - It doesn't make much of any difference to me.
05.6% - I tend to prefer fadeouts.

*I wish to add, however, that this is certainly not a strong preference on my part. In fact, I came very close to choosing "It doesn't make much of a difference to me." And I also agree that it largely depends on the song. When you get right down to it, I could easily have found myself voting for any of these options.

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Survey 844 - Week of February 11, 2018
Favorite PSB song with "love" in its title (397 voters)

What is your favorite Pet Shop Boys song—that is, a song that they themselves wrote, both performed, and/or are both credited as co-performers—that has the word "love" (or some inflection of it) in its title?

30.5% - Love Comes Quickly
14.9% - Love etc.
13.6% - Love Is a Bourgeois Construct
13.1% - You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk
07.3% - I Want a Lover
04.3% - The Loving Kind
04.0% - Love Is a Catastrophe
03.0% - Forever in Love
02.8% - Try It (I'm in Love with a Married Man)
01.8% - Break 4 Love
01.5% - If There Was Love ¤*
00.8% - The Night I Fell in Love
00.8% - Love Life
00.8% - Only Love
00.5% - If Love Were All
00.5% - I'm in Love with a German Film Star

*Yes, this is my favorite from among these songs. But as marvelous as Liza Minnelli's rendition of it is, it's not because of her performance that I like it so much. It's just so great a song, period—words and music. I only wish there were a PSB-performed version of it available for our listening pleaseure.

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Survey 843 - Week of February 4, 2018
Only one album to listen to (353 voters)

If you had to go a very, very long time (certainly more than a year, probably many years, and maybe even the rest of your life) able to listen to only one album—a studio album as opposed to a hits collection, live album, compilation, or boxed set—and no other music at all, would you prefer a Pet Shop Boys album or an album by some other artist of your choice? And if it's the Pet Shop Boys, which of their studio albums would you choose?

30.0% - "I would choose an album by someone other than the Pet Shop Boys."

It's important to note of course that, although the plurality vote went to albums by artists other than PSB, the large majority of voters (70%) picked some PSB album as opposed to other artists' albums. The album-by-album breakdown was:

18.7% - Behaviour
11.9% - Very ¤*
08.5% - Actually
05.7% - Introspective
05.1% - Please
04.5% - Fundamental
03.1% - Bilingual
03.1% - Electric
02.8% - Yes
02.0% - Elysium
02.0% - Super
01.7% - Nightlife
00.8% - Release

*I ended up surprising myself with my choice. If someone had asked me about this out of the blue, without giving me time to think about it, I would probably have said, "I would choose an album by someone other than the Pet Shop Boys," with an album by the Beatles or the Beach Boys being my likely choice. But then when I actually sat down and started comparing my favorite albums—not just by the Beatles and Beach Boys but by all of my other favorite artists—to my favorite PSB album, Very, I found that, although in a few (a very few) cases I considered the others to be "better" albums (yes, I consider Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Pet Sounds, Innervisions, Rumours, The Dark Side of the Moon, and Bridge Over Troubled Water to be "better" albums than Very), I simply couldn't say that I would prefer any of them as my sole "listening companion" for a very long time. I surprised myself in picking Very in every single instance—although, surprising myself once again, Bridge Over Troubled Water came close.

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Survey 842 - Week of January 28, 2018
Live show or DVD? (365 voters)

Based on your present circumstances (such as your financial situation, where you live, and whether you've already seen PSB perform live on one or more occasions), if you had to choose between buying tickets for and attending in-person a live Pet Shop Boys concert or buying a DVD/Blu-ray of the same show (or streaming if that's a viable option)—which of course you could watch as often as you like—which would you prefer?

79.5% - I would prefer the live show.
20.5% - I would prefer the DVD/Blu-ray ¤*

*Surprised by my choice? My rationale is this – If I had never seen the Pet Shop Boys "live" before, or even if I hadn't seen them perform live for, say, a decade or more, then I would definitely choose the live show. But as I've noted elsewhere, I'm not a big fans of live concerts in general. I tend to prefer video recordings on DVDs and the like because (1) I can watch it as often as I want, (2) I can watch it in the comfort of my own home, (3) I can conveniently share it with friends, (4) I get much better views of the performers, (5) the sound quality is, at least from my perspective, much better, and, last but certainly not least, (6) it doesn't cost nearly as much. To me, it's a no-brainer—again, assuming that I have seen them "live" recently, as I indeed have. But that's just me (well, and about 20% of the other voters). It's clearly not the large majority. wink Needless to say, of course, if I could have both, that would be my ultimate preference. I'm sure that's true for virtually everybody here.

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Survey 841 - Week of January 21, 2018
The most "earwormy" PSB single (326 voters)

What is the Pet Shop Boys' most "earwormy" single—the one that's hardest to get out of your head either after hearing it or, by contrast, if you haven't heard it for a while but for some reason you think of it and then can't stop thinking of it? (This could be true now or at some point in the past. If there's more than one, please try to settle on the one that strikes you as the most "earwormy.")

08.3% - Always on My Mind
06.7% - It's a Sin
05.8% - Go West
04.9% - Domino Dancing
04.0% - Suburbia
04.0% - Left to My Own Devices
03.4% - West End Girls
03.4% - What Have I Done to Deserve This? ¤*
03.4% - Single-Bilingual
03.1% - Love etc.
02.8% - Can You Forgive Her?
02.8% - I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing
02.5% - Being Boring
02.5% - Flamboyant
02.1% - Love Comes Quickly
02.1% - Heart
02.1% - I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More
02.1% - Minimal
02.1% - Did You See Me Coming?
01.8% - Paninaro '95
01.8% - The Pop Kids
01.8% - Love Is a Bourgeois Construct
01.5% - So Hard
01.5% - New York City Boy
01.5% - Leaving
01.5% - Vocal
01.2% - DJ Culture
01.2% - Se A Vida E (That's the Way Life Is)
01.2% - Memory of the Future

The following singles each received 00.9% (3 votes):

The following each received 00.6% (2 votes):

The following each received 00.3% (one vote):

The following singles didn't receive any votes:

*A personal anecdote concerning my own vote – Not only have there been many times when that little opening keyboard riff of "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" (you know, the one that chimes "dee-dee, dee-dee, dee-dee-dee-dee") has become lodged in my brain, but I recall a specific incident about 25 years ago at work. I had been playing PSB songs quietly of my office computer for a while that morning, loud enough only so that someone immediately passing by might hear them. A short while after "What Have I Done to Desrve This?" had played, one of my colleagues poked his head in and said with a grin, "Thanks—now I'm not going to be able to get that song out of my head for the rest of the day."

"Which one?" I asked.

He then chanted, with inflections closely matching Neil's in the song itself, "What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this?"

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Survey 840 - Week of January 14, 2018
Selections for an imaginary PSB Ballads album (361 voters)

Let's say you've been given the task to put together a 12-song Pet Shop Boys compilation album titled Ballads. Yes, a collection of their greatest ballads, though limited to songs that they wrote (or co-wrote) themselves; no covers allowed. Which 12 PSB songs would you choose for this compilation?

Note that because voters could make multiple selections, the percentages total to considerably more than 100%.

62.6% - Being Boring ¤
54.8% - King's Cross
46.2% - Jealousy
42.4% - Dreaming of the Queen ¤
41.6% - It Couldn't Happen Here ¤
41.6% - Do I Have To?
41.4% - It Always Comes as a Surprise ¤
36.8% - You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk
36.6% - Only the Wind
34.1% - Later Tonight ¤
33.8% - Liberation ¤
33.5% - King of Rome ¤
32.7% - Your Funny Uncle ¤
32.7% - Always
31.9% - Miracles ¤
31.9% - I Made My Excuses and Left
31.0% - To Speak Is a Sin
28.8% - To Face the Truth
26.0% - Invisible
25.8% - Nervously
23.5% - The Survivors
23.3% - So Sorry, I Said
19.7% - Here
18.8% - Hey, Headmaster
18.0% - Friendly Fire ¤
17.2% - Love Is a Catastrophe
17.2% - Indefinite Leave to Remain
15.5% - A New Life
14.4% - I Get Along
14.1% - Decadence
14.1% - London
13.9% - You Choose
13.6% - Breathing Space
13.3% - For All of Us
13.0% - Footsteps
13.0% - No Time for Tears ¤
12.7% - Birthday Boy ¤
11.6% - Sad Robot World
10.2% - The View from Your Balcony
10.2% - Bright Young Things
09.7% - Confidential
09.1% - The Only One
08.9% - Wiedersehen
08.3% - Listening
08.0% - One Night
07.5% - You Know Where You Went Wrong
06.4% - Jack the Lad
06.4% - Some other song not listed here*
05.5% - No More Ballads
05.3% - The Calm Before the Storm
04.4% - Boy Strange
04.2% - Silver Age
03.9% - Postscript
03.3% - Searching for the Face of Jesus
03.3% - Hold On
02.8% - Run Girl Run!
02.2% - The Dead Can Dance
01.9% - Night Song
01.9% - Odd Man Out
00.8% - Inside

*Among the "some other songs" cited by voters were:

At least one voter also mentioned "Numb," but that's disqualified because it wasn't written or co-written by Tennant-Lowe, as stated in the question.

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Survey 839 - Week of January 7, 2018
The single that has reached your "lifetime hearing quota" (356 voters)

Which one of the following Pet Shop Boys singles has reached your "lifetime hearing quota"? In other words, you've heard it so often (or you never much cared for it to begin with) that you would just as soon never hear it again, or at least not for a very long time. If there's more than one, which one has entered most deeply into that realm—the one you wish least to hear again? And if none of them have (which I suspect may be the case for most of you), which one do you think is most in danger of achieving this dubious status at some point?

09.6% - Go West
09.3% - West End Girls
09.0% - Winner
08.7% - It's a Sin
06.7% - New York City Boy
04.8% - Twenty-something
03.9% - Before
03.7% - Always on My Mind ¤*
03.7% - Se A Vida E (That's the Way Life Is)
03.7% - Beautiful People
02.5% - Somewhere
02.2% - Break 4 Love
02.0% - Absolutely Fabulous
02.0% - I Get Along
02.0% - Numb
01.7% - Suburbia
01.4% - Heart
01.4% - Domino Dancing
01.4% - Thursday
01.1% - DJ Culture
01.1% - Liberation
01.1% - I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More
01.1% - I'm with Stupid
01.1% - Together
01.1% - She's Madonna

The following singles each received 00.8% (3 votes):

The following each received 00.6% (2 votes):

The following each received 00.3% (one vote):

The following singles didn't receive any votes:

*Regarding my own vote for "Always on My Mind" – Don't get me wrong, I do indeed like it. But it's never been among my favorite covers by the Boys. I chose it in this poll because it's indeed one of the most frequently played PSB songs on the radio where I live, surpassed in that respect only by "West End Girls" and maybe "It's a Sin." But I have to confess I find that fact mildly irritating considering that so many far superior (in my opinion) Tennant-Lowe originals of roughly the same period—such as "Left to My Own Devices," "Being Boring," and "Jealousy"—are all but completely ignored here in States. When I hear it on the radio, I sometimes growl to myself, "Oh, no, that again! Why not something else?" I can't say that about any other PSB track I hear on the radio. I console myself, however, that at least it's something by the Pet Shop Boys. Incidentally, if this poll question had asked about Tennant-Lowe songs that have reached our "lifetime hearing quota" of being covered by other artists, it's no secret that my choice would easily be "It's a Sin." It dwarfs all other contenders.

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