Most recent updates: December 18, 2014

This Week's PSB Survey
Just for fun, let's imagine the Pet Shop Boys were in a position of owing a new release to a record company, which demanded a new studio album—not a live album, not a bunch of remixes, and not a collection of previously released material—that had to be released quickly for the upcoming holiday market. Assuming they don't have time to write a whole album's worth of new, original material, which of the following would you most like for them to record and release? And which would you least like from them?

Each of the types of albums in this poll have been released by various popular rock/pop artists. A few examples appear below, following the Submit Vote button.

A "full-on" Christmas album1
A rock/pop covers album2
A "standards" album3
A duets album4
An acoustic rerecording of old material of theirs5
An orchestral rerecording of old material of theirs6
Current Results*            This Week's PSB Survey

1Mostly consisting of holiday standards but perhaps with one or two originals. There are innumerable examples—no need to list any of them here.

2Such as Erasure's Other People's Songs and Peter Gabriel's Scratch My Back.

3Such as Annie Lennox's Nostalgia and Rod Stewart's The Great American Songbook series.

4Such as Barbra Streisand's Partners and the Doobie Brothers' Southbound.

5Such as Erasure's Union Street and Status Quo's Aquostic (Stripped Bare).

6Such as Joni Mitchell's Travelogue and Kylie Minogue's The Abbey Road Sessions.

*Please note that, as in most of my polls in which you can make more than one selection, my survey service provider automatically calculates the "Current Results" based on the total number of votes, not the number of voters. In this case, since each voter can make two selections, there will be roughly twice as many votes as voters, resulting in percentage figures that are roughly half as large as they would be otherwise. When I post the final results at the end of this poll, I will calculate them based on the total number of voters, which will yield larger and more reasonable percentages.

What This Website Is All About

This website has no "official" connection to the Pet Shop Boys. It merely presents my own personal commentary—often including attempted explanations and interpretations—on the songs of my favorite contemporary pop band. Of course, this commentary has often been influenced by what the Pet Shop Boys themselves, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, have said about their music and by what others have previously written. Nevertheless, many of the observations I make here are original with me.

By no means am I suggesting that these are the "only" or "correct" interpretations. In fact, it's typical of great art, even great pop art, to lend itself to multiple interpretations. And I do consider the Pet Shop Boys to be the creators of great pop art. So you can take or leave my interpretations as you wish. If you disagree, please don't take offense. Rather, enjoy the fact that we're both fans of music rich enough to invite different interpretations.

Despite my best efforts, I have no doubt that I'm guilty of at least some factual errors. I recognize this fact and apologize in advance for any that may have slipped past me. I'll certainly correct any errors that come to my attention.

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This site was originally posted on March 16, 2001, and was most recently revised on December 18, 2014.

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