Most recent updates: September 4, 2015

This Week's PSB Survey
Which three of the following artists strike you as being the most stylistically or musically similar to the Pet Shop Boys? (You may select fewer than three if you wish, but you shouldn't choose more than three.)

ABC Human League
A-ha Hurts
Alphaville Howard Jones
Bronski Beat Kraftwerk
The Buggles Lightning Seeds
Communards New Order
The Cure Gary Numan/Tubeway Army
Daft Punk OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark)
Depeche Mode Roxette
Devo Savage Garden
Thomas Dolby Soft Cell
Duran Duran Spandau Ballet
Electronic (see note below)* Sparks
Erasure Tears for Fears
Eurythmics Ultravox
   *Not counting Electronic's collaborations with Neil/PSB
Some other artist not listed here

Current Results**          This Week's PSB Survey

**As in all of my surveys in which you can make more than one selection, my survey service provider automatically calculates the "Current Results" based on the total number of votes, not the number of voters. As a result, the percentage figures will be much smaller than you might expect. When I post the final results at the end of this poll, however, I will calculate them based on the total number of voters, which will yield far more reasonable percentages.

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 September 4, 2015.

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