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This Week's PSB Survey
Considering it was back in 1997 when the Pet Shop Boys first recorded and released (to their Fan Club members) their Christmas song "It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas," which they re-recorded and re-released on the Christmas EP in 2009—

Do you think the Pet Shop Boys ought to record and release another Christmas song at some point in the not-too-distant future—such as, say, next year?

Yes, as long as it's a new, original song that they wrote themselves as opposed to a cover of an older song.
Yes, as long as it's a cover of an older Christmas song as opposed to one that they wrote themselves.
Yes, and either a new, original Christmas song of their own or a cover of an older Christmas song would be equally acceptable to me.
Yes. In fact, I want them to put out an entire Christmas album—mostly covers of older Christmas songs, but with at least one or two new original songs that they wrote themselves.
No—been there, done that, no point in them doing it again.
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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.

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