Most recent updates: February 26, 2017

This Week's PSB Survey
On more than one occasion Neil has described himself as a "lapsed Catholic." To what extent do you believe his Roman Catholic background has been a theme of or influence on the Pet Shop Boys' songs?

I think it's been a tremendous theme and/or influence—among the most predominant ones in their work.
I think it's been an important theme or influence, but not really "predominant."
I think it's been a noticeable theme or influence, but not really an "important" one.
I don't think it's been very much of a theme or influence at all.
I'm not really sure or I have no opinions about this one way or the other.
I have a very different opinion from any of those described above.*

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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 February 26, 2017.

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