Most recent updates: July 26, 2016

This Week's PSB Survey
To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement,* which was shared with me recently by a regular site visitor (who in this case has asked to remain anonymous)? –

*The following quotation isn't verbatim, but instead somewhat shortened and rephrased by me. But the bulk and gist of it comes from the site visitor who wrote to me about it and then granted permission for me to use his comments for this poll. Of course, please keep in mind that your own vote is also anonymous—unless of course you choose to reveal how you voted by identifying yourself and talking about it in the "Comments" section of the "Current Results" page.

"While the latest Pet Shop Boys albums produced by Stuart Price (Electric and Super) have been highly proficient, enjoyable, and even exciting, they seem to lack something—perhaps it's something akin to depth—that would give them 'legs.' After an initial infatuation, I've quickly grown tired of them and feel little desire to go back and listen to them time and time again, the way I do with other PSB albums. Older PSB albums, even those as recent as Fundamental and Yes, have a more timeless quality that makes them endlessly enjoyable. Maybe it's too soon to tell, but I think the latest albums are lacking this."

I strongly agree
I agree
I have very mixed feelings about this
I disagree
I strongly disagree
I have no feelings about this one way or the other
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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 26, 2016.

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