Most recent updates: August 17, 2017

My Current Biweekly PSB Survey
We often pay a good deal of attention to the choice of first single released from an album, and sometimes the second as well. But we rarely pay much attention to the choice of final single. So, this time around, let's consider that subject—

Each of the following songs was the final single released from its respective studio album. For each of them, please select the statement with which you most strongly agree.

It was a good choice for the final single
It should have been an earlier single, not the last
It shouldn't have been a single at all
I don't agree with any of these statements
From Please, "Suburbia"
From Actually, "Heart"
From Introspective, "It's Alright"
From Behaviour, "Jealousy"
From Very, "Yesterday, When I Was Mad"
From Bilingual, "A Red Letter Day"
From Nightlife, "You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk"
From Release, "London"*
From Fundamental, "Integral"
From Yes, "All Over the World"
From Elysium, "Memory of the Future"
From Electric, "Thursday"
From Super, "Undertow"

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*Please note that, in a few cases, the "final single" designation may be debatable. "London" was released as a single only in Germany, but a music video was created for it and, thanks to the internet, PSB fans around the world were able to purchase a copy of the single. "Integral" was released only as a promo and downloadable single, but again the fact that a video was created for it lends credence to designating it the final single from Fundamental. "All Over the World" was released as part of the Christmas EP, but again a video was created for it, suggesting that it, too, should be regarded as the final single from Yes. There may be debatable aspects about one or two other "final singles" as well, but by their very nature of being "debatable," arguments can be made one way or the other. I have to choose, so I beg your understanding and indulgence if you happen to disagree with my choice.

**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 number of voters. This results in deceptive small, confusing percentage figures. When I post the final results at the end of this poll, I will calculate them based on the total number of voters, which will yield larger, 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 August 17, 2017.

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