Most recent updates: May 29, 2016

This Week's PSB Survey
Do you think the Pet Shop Boys would have been even more popular and/or more successful in their commercial career overall if they had chosen a different name for their duo? What about right now as opposed to throughout most of their career? Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing your views about this?

No, I don't think it would've made any difference if they had chosen a different name.
I don't think it would've made much difference for most of their career but, yes, they might be more popular right now if, for instance, they had chosen a more "age-neutral" name than something with the word "Boys" in it.
I think they would've been even more popular and successful for most of their career with a different name, although ageism would probably greatly limit their success right now regardless of what they called themselves.
I think a different name would've made them even more popular and successful throughout their career, and might very likely have helped ensure their continued popularity and success even today.
It might have made a difference in some countries (such as the United States), but probably not in the U.K. and most of the rest of the world.
I have a very different opinion from any of those expressed here.*

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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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