Most recent updates: March 29, 2015

This Week's PSB Survey
This week's poll is the "flipside" to last week's, in which I asked my site visitors to choose their favorite song from among the "least favorite" songs on each Pet Shop Boys album (as determined by my various "Rating Project" surveys through the years). This time I'm switching it around, asking you to choose the song you like the least from among those that received the highest rating on each album.So here goes—

What is your least favorite "favorite Pet Shop Boys song"? That is, among these "most popular" PSB songs on each studio album (plus the two b-sides collections), which one do you like the least?

Please keep in mind that since these are all very popular PSB songs, chances are very good that you like all of them. But, still, there must be one that you like less than all the others. If you're having trouble making a choice, why not try a little exercise that worked for me? I simply asked myself that if I had to pick from the following songs one that I could never hear again for the rest of my life, no matter how much I wanted to, which would it be?

West End Girls (from Please)
It's a Sin (from Actually)
Left to My Own Devices (from Introspective)
Being Boring (from Behaviour)
Can You Forgive Her? (from Very)
Shameless (from Alternative)
A Red Letter Day (from Bilingual)
You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk (from Nightlife)
Home and Dry (from Release)
Integral (from Fundamental)
The Way It Used to Be (from Yes)
Delusions of Grandeur (from Format*)
Leaving (from Elysium)
Thursday (from Electric)

Current Results             This Week's PSB Survey

*"No Time for Tears," which also appeared on Format, actually received a higher average rating than "Delusions of Grandeur." But it did so in the context of a rating survey for Battleship Potemkin, where it originally appeared, even though it later appeared on Format as well. The Potemkin context likely skewed its average rating toward the high side (since it was being judged against instrumental tracks for the most part). I'm therefore disqualifying it from this survey and going instead with the Format track with the next-highest average rating, "Delusions of Grandeur."

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 March 29, 2015.

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