Most recent updates: April 22, 2018

This Week's PSB Survey
• Part 2 of 2 •
Now the "flipside" to my poll last week, asking the exact opposite question—

The following are my favorite tracks on each of the Pet Shop Boys' albums, excluding hits compilations, live albums, the first two Disco albums, and a few other anomalies (although I am including Closer to Heaven and Disco 4). Which of these songs happen to be your own least favorite on those albums? (Please select all that apply. If you're not familiar with an album or song, or can't make up your mind, simply skip that one. Remember – Please don't choose it if you disagree with me about it being your favorite; choose it only if it's your least favorite track on that album.) If none of them is your least favorite from its parent album, there's a "None of the above" choice at the end. (Making that choice will deselect any of the preceding choices, and vice-versa.)

Please note that in a few cases my mind has changed since I voted in my "Rating Project" polls. For instance, back then I didn't consider "To Step Aside" my favorite song on Bilingual, but now I do (although it's still a very close call between that and my long-time favorite, "It Always Comes as a Surprise").

   "It may be your favorite on that album, Wayne, but it's my least favorite!"
Please - "Tonight Is Forever"
Actually - "What Have I Done to Deserve This?"
Introspective - "Left to My Own Devices"
Behaviour - "Being Boring"
Very - "I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing"
Relentless - "One Thing Leads to Another"
Alternative - "Shameless"
Bilingual - "To Step Aside"
Nightlife - "Closer to Heaven"
Closer to Heaven - "Out of My System"
Release - "Birthday Boy"
Disco 3 - "Somebody Else's Business"
Battleship Potemkin - "No Time for Tears"
Fundamental - "Integral"
Disco 4 - "Hallo Spaceboy"
Yes - "King of Rome"
The Most Incredible Thing - "The Clock 4/5/6"
Format - "I Didn't Get Where I Am Today"
Elysium - "Give It a Go"
Electric - "Vocal"
Super - "Into Thin Air"

"Actually, none of these songs is my least favorite from its respective album!"

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*As in all of my polls in which you can make multiple selections, my survey service provide automatically calculates the "Current Results" based on the total number of votes, not the number of voters. This results in greatly reduced percentage figures. 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, 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 April 22, 2018.

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