Past PSB Survey Results - 2019 Surveys

This page presents the results of surveys I've conducted in the year 2019. The results of surveys conducted in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 , 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 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 888 - Weeks of April 7 and 14, 2019
View on a PSB "retirement tour" (395 voters)

In an interview last year, Rod Stewart said that Elton John's current farewell tour "stinks of selling tickets" and that "retirement tours" in general were "dishonest." He further said that when he retires, "I won't make an announcement. I'll just fade away." So when the time comes, what would you prefer the Pet Shop Boys to do: announce a "retirement tour," or just "fade away" as Stewart has suggested? Which of the following three statements comes closest to expressing your view on this subject?

48.4% - "No, I don't want them to announce in advance whether any given tour is their 'final' or 'retirement tour.' I agree it would be best for them just to 'fade away' from touring without any advance announcement." ¤

30.9% - "Yes, when the time comes, I want them to announce a 'retirement tour'—as long as they stick to it and it really does prove to be their final tour."

20.8% - "I don't mind if they announce a 'retirement tour,' even if they don't stick to it and tour again after that."

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Survey 887 - Weeks of March 24 and 31, 2019
Your three favorite "non-studio" PSB albums (483 voters)

Of the Pet Shop Boys' official "non-studio" albums, which three are your personal favorites?

Note that these percentages total to considerably more than 100% because voters could make up to three choices.

65.2% - Alternative ¤
40.0% - Relentless ¤
30.0% - Disco
26.9% - Format ¤*
24.6% - PopArt
18.8% - Discography
17.6% - Disco 3
13.9% - Battleship Potemkin
13.7% - Pandemonium
12.8% - Concrete
09.3% - Closer to Heaven
05.4% - The Most Incredible Thing
04.3% - Disco 4
03.1% - Disco 2
01.9% - Ultimate

*Regarding my own three choices – This proved a very difficult decision for me. Discography is a sentimental favorite because it was the first PSB album I ever owned. And PopArt is the PSB album I would choose to keep if I had to give up every single other album and never again listen to PSB music in any other way. But I love the two b-sides collections, Alternative and Format, so much that I simply couldn't leave them out. And Relentless stands out as a totally unique "PSB experience," unlike anything else they've done (and having become a genuine rarity to boot), while its close association with my absolute favorite PSB album, Very, further enhances its status for me. So, finally, those are the three I went with.

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Survey 886 - Weeks of March 10 and 17, 2019
The Rating Project: The songs of Agenda (425 voters)

Please rate each of the songs on the Pet Shop Boys' EP Agenda 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").

Track (Listed from Highest Average Rating to Lowest) Average
Rating
% of
voters
rating
10
% of
voters
rating
0
Most
frequent
rating
Wayne's
Rating ¤
The Forgotten Child 6.354 5.7% 1.2% 7 3
On Social Media 6.036 6.3% 2.2% 6 5
What Are We Going to Do About the Rich? 5.051 2.2% 4.4% 5 4
Give Stupidity a Chance 4.983 2.7% 5.3% 5 2

To see where these tracks fall in relation to other songs in the PSB catalog, please visit my overall "Rating Project" page.

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Survey 885 - Weeks of February 24 and March 3, 2019
The most underrated and overrated PSB studio albums (497 voters)

What, in your opinion, is the Pet Shop Boys' most underrated studio album? And which one do you consider to be their most overrated?

Their most underrated album Their most overrated album
17.5% - Elysium
16.9% - Release ¤
16.7% - Bilingual
11.5% - Nightlife
11.5% - Fundamental
07.6% - Yes
04.0% - Super
03.0% - Please
03.0% - Behaviour
02.4% - Introspective
01.8% - Actually
01.8% - Electric
01.2% - Very
19.1% - Very
10.5% - Electric ¤
10.3% - Introspective
09.3% - Behaviour
07.6% - Fundamental
07.6% - Super
06.6% - Yes
05.6% - Actually
04.0% - Please
04.0% - Elysium
03.6% - Bilingual
02.8% - Nightlife
02.4% - Release

Please note that the percentages in each column don't total to 100% because some voters made a choice in only one group.

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Survey 884 - Weeks of February 10 and 17, 2019
Early overall impression of Agenda (629 voters)

What is your early general impression of the Pet Shop Boys' new EP, Agenda?

34.5% - "I wouldn't call it 'brilliant,' but it's good, and I'm quite pleased with it." ¤
21.8% - "It's OK, not bad, but certainly not top-notch PSB."
19.7% - "I think it's brilliant!"
05.7% - "In general, I'm not very fond of it."
05.6% - "It's a real mixed bad. Some of the songs are great, but others aren't very good."
04.3% - "I don't like it at all, and I find it extremely disappointing."
02.5% - "I think it's lyrically good, but musically weak."
02.4% - "I think it's musicaly good, but lyrically weak."
02.4% - "I can't say because I haven't heard it yet."
01.1% - "I have a very different opinion from any of those described above."*

To sum up, a little over half of the voters have positive opinions about Agenda, about a third have "middling" or mixed opinions, and 10% have negative opinions.

*Among the "very different opinions" that a few of the voters shared with me:

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Survey 883 - Weeks of January 27 and February 3, 2019
Best and worst PSB "non-studio-album" years (215 voters)

Beginning after their first album, Please, what has been, in your opinion, the best and worst "Pet Shop Boys years" that did NOT see the release of any of what are generally acknowledged to be their 13 "studio albums"?

The BEST non-studio-album year The WORST non-studio-album year
20.9% - 1991 ¤*
18.6% - 1989
09.3% - 2003
07.4% - 1994
05.6% - 1995
05.6% - 2014
05.1% - 2001
04.2% - 2010
04.2% - 2017
03.3% - 2004
02.3% - 1992
02.3% - 1997
01.9% - 2000
01.9% - 2005
01.9% - 2011
01.9% - 2018
01.4% - 2008
00.9% - 1998
00.5% - 2015
00.0% - 2007
21.9% - 2018
09.8% - 1992
08.4% - 2000
06.0% - 1998
05.6% - 2015 ¤*
05.1% - 2004
03.7% - 2001
03.7% - 2003
03.7% - 2005
03.3% - 1994
03.3% - 2011
03.3% - 2017
02.8% - 2007
02.8% - 2014
01.9% - 1995
01.9% - 1997
01.9% - 2008
01.9% - 2010
01.4% - 1989
00.9% - 1991

*Regarding my own votes – I consider 1991 the best non-studio-album year not only because of the Performance Tour but also because of the release of Discography and Videography, all which played huge roles in my becoming a fan (though not because I saw the Performance Tour live—I didn't—but because I bought the Performance VHS tape shortly after Discography and Videography). And I chose 2015 as the worst because that was one of the very rare calendar years that saw the release of no new PSB music whatsoever and because it saw the end of their Literally fan-club magazine (although that latter occurrence has now been largely mitigated by their Annually publications).

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Survey 882 - Week of January 20, 2019
How many times have you seen PSB perform "live"? (416 voters)

How many times have you seen the Pet Shop Boys perform "live," in-person?

15.4% - 1 (once)
13.5% - 0 (never)
10.1% - 2 (twice)
10.1% - 4 times
08.4% - 5 times ¤
07.0% - 6 times
06.5% - 3 times
06.0% - 13-20 times
05.8% - More than 20 times
05.5% - 8 times
04.6% - 10 times
02.9% - 7 times
01.9% - 9 times
01.4% - 11 times
01.0% - 12 times

For the record, this survey indicates that roughly 36% of the voters have seen the Boys perform live more often than I have, while roughly 56% have seen them perform live less often than I have, with the remainder (of course) seeing them live the same number of times I have.

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Survey 881 - Week of January 13, 2019
Favorite PSB b-sides "in common" (382 voters)

The following songs are my own personal ten favorite Pet Shop Boys' single b-sides. I'm wondering which ones you consider to be among your own personal favorites. Please select all that apply.

Because of the very nature of this particular poll, I didn't vote in it; hence, no ¤ symbol appears among the choices below. Since voters could make more than one selection, the percentages total to considerably more than 100%.

49.5% - Shameless
45.0% - Your Funny Uncle
37.2% - Delusions of Grandeur
36.4% - The Resurrectionist
36.1% - We All Feel Better in the Dark
34.6% - Hit and Miss
33.2% - Bet She's Not Your Girlfriend
32.2% - A Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi"
26.7% - The Truck-Driver and His Mate
25.7% - I Didn't Get Where I Am Today

Incidentally, the voters collectively had, on the average, 3.57 songs—roughly a third—in common with me as favorite PSB b-sides.

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Survey 880 - Week of January 6, 2019
The most "Erasuresque" PSB single (308 voters)

The Pet Shop Boys have often been compared, rightly or wrongly, with Erasure. Which PSB single is, in your opinion, the most "Erasuresque" (however you define it)—that is, the most like Erasure?

12.0% - Was It Worth It?
07.1% - I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing
05.5% - Heart ¤
05.2% - Somewhere
04.9% - New York City Boy
04.2% - Absolutely Fabulous
03.9% - Love Comes Quickly
03.9% - Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes Off You)
03.9% - Flamboyant
03.2% - Go West
03.2% - Yesterday, When I Was Mad
02.9% - Miracles
02.9% - Together
02.9% - Did You See Me Coming?
02.6% - Liberation
02.3% - Memory of the Future
01.9% - So Hard
01.9% - Se A Vida E (That's the Way Life Is)
01.9% - A Red Letter Day
01.9% - Undertow
01.6% - It's a Sin
01.3% - Always on My Mind
01.3% - Break 4 Love
01.3% - Love Is a Bourgeois Construct
01.3% - Twenty-something
01.0% - Suburbia
01.0% - Domino Dancing
01.0% - Left to My Own Devices
01.0% - To Step Aside
01.0% - Home and Dry
01.0% - I'm with Stupid
01.0% - Love etc.
01.0% - Winner
00.6% - West End Girls
0.06% - What Have I Done to Deserve This?
00.6% - Rent
00.6% - Minimal
00.6% - She's Madonna
00.6% - All Over the World
00.3% - Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)
00.3% - Being Boring
00.3% - Jealousy
00.3% - DJ Culture
00.3% - Can You Forgive Her?
00.3% - I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More
00.3% - You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You'reDrunk
00.3% - Beautiful People
00.3% - Say It to Me

None of the other singles received any votes. Several potential voters noted that they were unable to place a vote in this poll because they're either not sufficiently familiar with Erasure or simply couldn't perceive any similarity at all between any PSB song and Erasure. My own choice of "Heart" was based on lyrical content rather than musical; that is, I feel that "Heart" has more like a typical "Erasure lyric" than the music of any PSB single is like typical "Erasure music."

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