Most recent updates: April 15, 2014

This Week's PSB Survey
Which of the following statements comes closest to describing how you would feel about the possible discontinuation (as has recently been rumored) of the official Pet Shop Boys Fan Club and/or its publication Literally?

It wouldn't matter to me since I'm not a member.
I'm not a member, but I still think it would be very unfortunate.
I'm a member, but it really wouldn't bother me if they were discontinued.
I would be disappointed if they were discontinued.
I would be very upset if they were discontinued.
If the paper edition of Literally were discontinued, I wouldn't rejoin a continuation of the Fan Club.
If the paper edition of Literally were discontinued but it continued to be published in electronic/digital format for members, then I would continue as a member of the Fan Club.
I would continue as a member of the Fan Club if it were an option, even if Literally ceased publication, period.
I have a very different opinion than any of those listed here.*

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*If you choose this "different opinion" option, please feel free to share your alternate viewpoint using the "Comments" feature on the "Current Results" page.

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 15, 2014.

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