Most recent updates: July 1, 2015

This Week's PSB Survey
With apologies to our friends in the Southern Hemisphere, for whom this poll may seem rather "unseasonal"—

What, in your opinion, is the Pet Shop Boys' most summery* studio album? To put it another way, which album best evokes or reflects a warm, bright, enjoyable mood of summer, or at least reminds you most of summertime?

Please Nightlife
Actually Release
Introspective Fundamental
Behaviour Yes
Very Elysium
Bilingual Electric

Current Results            This Week's PSB Survey

*I'll leave it up to you to determine for yourself what constitutes an album's "summery" quality (or lack thereof). And, yes, I checked to verify whether the correct superlative form of the adjective "summery" is most summery or summeriest. It turns out to be "most summery"—which is a pity since I sort of like "summeriest" myself.

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 July 1, 2015.

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