Most recent updates: October 21, 2014

This Week's PSB Survey
Who do you think is/was the best producer from among those who have produced at least one-half of a Pet Shop Boys studio album (either "alone" or in production-collaboration with PSB), and of them, who would you most like to work with PSB again?

The best producer
Would most like him
to work with PSB again
Stephen Hague
Julian Mendelsohn
Harold Faltermeyer
Trevor Horn
Brian Higgins/Xenomania
Andrew Dawson
Stuart Price

Current Results            This Week's PSB Survey


  • Stephen Hague was the producer of Please (as well as of part of Very). Julian Mendelsohn produced precisely half of Actually. Harold Faltermeyer co-produced Behaviour with PSB. Trevor Horn co-produced Fundamental with PSB (as well as part of Introspective). Brian Higgins/Xenomania produced Yes. Andrew Dawson co-produced Elysium with PSB. Stuart Price produced Electric. All other PSB studio albums were produced by PSB and/or by various producers none of whom produced as much as half of the album.

  • As in all of 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 total number of voters, which results in deceptively low 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 yield more reasonable percentages.

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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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