Most recent updates: April 16, 2017

Special "Sabbatical Edition" PSB Survey
(running throuh the end of April)
All the talk over the past few years of a "trilogy" of PSB albums consisting of Electric, Super, and one more yet to come has made me think not necessarily about "trilogies" but about groups of consecutive studio albums. So that's got me to wondering—

What do you consider to be the best series of three sequential Pet Shop Boys studio albums?

Please - Actually - Introspective Nightlife - Release - Fundamental
Actually - Introspective - Behaviour Release - Fundamental - Yes
Introspective - Behaviour - Very Fundamental - Yes - Elysium
Behaviour - Very - Bilingual Yes - Elysium - Electric
Very - Bilingual - Nightlife Elysium - Electric - Super
Bilingual - Nightlife - Release    

I like Electric and Super so much and have so much confidence in the Boys' collaboration with producer Stuart Price that I'm willing to predict that the planned "Price trilogy" of Electric, Super, and their next studio album will prove to be their all-time best series of three sequential albums.

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*Please note: As of Friday, April 21, my survey service provider appears to be experiencing an "outage," which prevents both voting and checking of current results. If you encounter this difficulty, please try again later. Unfortunately, this problem is completely out of my hands—and would be even if I weren't on a temporary website sabbatical for the remainder of April.

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 April 16, 2017.

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