Most recent updates: January 23, 2018

This Week's PSB Survey
What is the Pet Shop Boys' most "earwormy" single—the one that's hardest to get out of your head either after hearing it or, by contrast, if you haven't heard it for a while but for some reason you think of it and then can't stop thinking of it? (This could be true now or at some point in the past. If there's more than one, please try to settle on the one that strikes you as the most "earwormy.")

West End Girls I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More
Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money) New York City Boy
Love Comes Quickly You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk
Suburbia Break 4 Love (collaboration with Peter Rauhofer)
It's a Sin Home and Dry
What Have I Done to Deserve This? I Get Along
Rent London
Always on My Mind Miracles
Heart Flamboyant
Domino Dancing I'm with Stupid
Left to My Own Devices Minimal
It's Alright Numb
So Hard She's Madonna (collaboration with Robbie Williams)
Being Boring Integral
How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously? Love etc.
Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes Off You) Did You See Me Coming?
Jealousy Beautiful People
DJ Culture All Over the World
Was It Worth It? It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas
Can You Forgive Her? Together
Go West Winner
I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing Leaving
Liberation Memory of the Future
Absolutely Fabulous Axis
Yesterday, When I Was Mad Vocal
Paninaro '95 Love Is a Bourgeois Construct
Before Thursday
Se A Vida E (That's the Way Life Is) The Pop Kids
Single-Bilingual Twenty-something
A Red Letter Day Say It to Me
To Step Aside Undertow
Somewhere    
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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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