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Of all the radio stations that I listen to on a regular basis, only one—the Sirius/XM station 1st Wave—plays Pet Shop Boys songs with any great frequency. Interestingly, when they play "West End Girls," they play the original Bobby O-produced version of it more often than the much bigger hit version produced by Stephen Hague. It must be that somebody at 1st Wave prefers the Bobby O version. So that makes me wonder—

Which single version of "West End Girls" do you prefer: the original 1984 Bobby O-produced single, or the 1985 big hit single version produced by Stephen Hague?

I much prefer the Bobby O version!
It's close, but I think I prefer the Bobby O version
It's a toss-up – I like them both equally
It's close, but I think I prefer the Stephen Hague version
I much prefer the Stephen Hague version!
I don't know or can't say (for whatever reason)
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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 September 28, 2016.

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