Most recent updates: October 13, 2018

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Assuming that the video for "Domino Dancing" was (as has often been theorized, including right here on this website) a prominent factor in wrecking the Pet Shop Boys' success as a major mainstream singles act in the United States (admittedly, a highly debatable point for which there can be no definitive "truth"), which of their subsequent singles through "the Nightlife era" do you think would have been their biggest U.S. hit single and/or would have stood the best chance of being a huge U.S. hit under other circumstances—that is, if the "Domino Dancing" video had NOT been released, or perhaps if it had been a different, less "homoerotic" video?

Left to My Own Devices Absolutely Fabulous
It's Alright Yesterday, When I Was Mad
So Hard Paninaro '95
Being Boring Before
How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously? Se A Vida E (That's the Way Life Is)
Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes Off You) Single-Bilingual
Jealousy A Red Letter Day
DJ Culture To Step Aside
Was It Worth It? Somewhere
Can You Forgive Her? I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More
Go West New York City Boy
I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk
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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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This site was originally posted on March 16, 2001, and was most recently revised on October 13, 2018.

Honored by Yahoo! as a "Pick of the Week" (April 9, 2001)
and a "2001 Pick of the Year" (December 31, 2001)

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I've decided against investing the additional time, effort, and (especially) money—an average of about $300 per year—that it would require for me to register, set up, and maintain a "secure" site (https as opposed to http). "Security" of this sort is generally important only for websites that:

I don't do any of those things. So my site really doesn't need to be "secure" in this way, particularly considering the costs involved. I hope this doesn't dissuade you from visiting.