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This Week's PSB Survey
>> Part One of a Special Three-Part Poll <<
I've asked this question before, but it's been a long time. So, by popular demand, I'm asking again—

Which song from each of the Pet Shop Boys' first four studio albums that was not released as a single do you think should have been released as a single, or at least would have made the best choice for one? (Don't worry—in the weeks ahead we'll get to the other albums, too.)

Before you vote, you may wish to read the notes below, following the 'Submit Vote' button.

Please Actually
Two Divided by Zero Shopping
Tonight Is Forever Hit Music
Violence It Couldn't Happen Here
I Want a Lover I Want to Wake Up
Later Tonight King's Cross
Why Don't We Live Together? None of them
None of them    
Introspective Behaviour
I Want a Dog This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave
I'm Not Scared To Face the Truth
Neither of them Only the Wind
  My October Symphony
    Nervously
    The End of the World
    None of them
Current Results            This Week's PSB Survey

Notes:

  • Please make one choice for each album (although abstaining for any given album is an option). Note, however, that "None of them" is a perfectly good option if you don't believe that any of the non-singles from that album should have been released as a single (either in addition to the singles that were released or in place of any of them).
  • If you feel that more than one of the non-singles from an album should have been a single, please choose the one you feel most strongly about.
  • I realize that a few songs are questionable as to whether they were "singles." For instance, do "One More Chance" and "How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?" count as singles? It depends on your perspective. The guideline I'm using is this: if a song was released as a PSB single in either the U.K. or the U.S. (but not necessarily both), then I consider it a single and it's not included among the choices. But if it was not released as a PSB single in either of those countries, then I include it. Since "One More Chance" and "‚ĶSeriously?" were released as singles in one or both of those countries, I'm excluding them from among the choices. Please don't rake me over the coals if I include a song you believe shouldn't be included or don't include a song you believe should be included. It's really, really tough trying to please everyone.
  • I very intentionally chose to exclude "Opportunities (Reprise)" from among the choices for Please. I'm sorry, but it's simply unthinkable as a single. Besides, since "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" was a single, it's doubly disqualified in my book.
  • As noted above, this is the first of a three-part survey. Next week (barring some far more pressing event in the "PSB universe" that virtually demands a quick poll question) I'm planning to ask the same question about the next four PSB studio albums, and I expect to conclude the following week with the four most recent albums.
  • As always in my polls in which you can make more than one choice, my survey service provider automatically calculates the "Current Results" based on the total number of votes, not the number of voters. This results in unusually low percentage figures. When I post the final results at the end of this poll, I will calculate them based on the total number of voters, which will yield larger and more reasonable percentage figures.

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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