Most recent updates: July 28, 2014

This Week's PSB Survey
If you could choose between getting, as a bonus disc, an a cappella (vocals-only) or instrumental version of each Pet Shop Boys studio album, which would it be in each case?

I realize, of course, that some PSB albums (such as Yes and Elysium) are already available in instrumental versions. No matter—please still indicate which you would prefer if you had to choose between an a cappella or instrumental version. And if you really wouldn't want either an a cappella or instrumental version of any particular album, simply don't make a choice for that album.

a cappella   instrumental

Current Results*            This Week's PSB Survey

*As in all of my polls in which you can place more than one vote, my survey service provider automatically calculates the current results based on the total number of votes, not the total number of voters. This results in unusually small percentage figures. When I post the final results at the end of this poll, I will calculate them based on the number of voters, which will render larger and 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 July 28, 2014.

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