Most recent updates: August 29, 2016

This Week's PSB Survey
In the wake of my recent increase of the number of PSB songs that I don't like from two to three, one of my site visitors suggested that I ask the following question—

How many Pet Shop Boys songs* can you honestly say that you don't like? (If you're not sure, what is your best estimate?)

*When I say "songs," I don't mean certain remixes. I mean that you don't like the song itselfany version or mix of it. And when I say "don't like," I don't mean that it's merely not among your favorites and you like many other PSB songs far more. I mean that you truly dislike it, period, to the extent that you generally avoid listening to it and you wish the Boys had never written or recorded it. Also, please don't count collaborations with other artists released under the other artist's name. Only outright, indisputable Pet Shop Boys songs released under their own name should count in this poll.

None!  I like every PSB song I've ever heard! Seven to ten (7-10).
Just one (1). More than 10 but no more than 20.
Two or three (2-3). More than 20 but no more than 30.
Four to six (4-6). More than 30.
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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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