Most recent updates: November 17, 2018

This Week's PSB Survey
Of the individual songs (as opposed to entire albums) listed by the Pet Shop Boys on their official website's "Collaborations" page* that they have not yet performed live on tour or during their occasional "residencies" (as opposed to sporadic "one-offs"), which one would you most like to hear them perform live in concert? (The songs below are listed in the order in which they appear on the PSB site's "Collaborations" page.)

*Note: If an album is listed on the PSB site's "Collaborations" page but it contains only a single PSB collaboration, I list that collaborative track in this poll. But if a listed album contains more than one PSB collaboration, I list only those collaborative tracks that are also listed separately there. I also don't list a few other collaborations that are completely ignored on that page. Why? Simply to keep the number of choices in this poll to a more manageable number!. But I do include a "Some other collaboration" option if one of those other tracks would be your own personal preference.

Brick England¹ Confidential¹
The Loving Kind¹ Falling¹
She's Madonna¹ Do the Right Thing¹
Read My Mind The Crying Game
Sorry Disappointed¹
Walking on Thin Ice Love Pains
Love to Love You, Baby Getting Away with It¹
Mope In Private¹
Jerusalem Don't Drop Bombs¹
No Regrets Some other collaborative track not listed here**

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**Ordinarily I would ask, if you pick this "Some other collaboration" option, for you to use the "Comments" feature on the "Current Results" page to share your alternate preference with us. But I've discovered that the "Comments" feature isn't working for this poll. This function is controlled not by me but by my survey service provider, and my efforts to fix the problem have so far failed. I've submitted a "problem ticket" to my survey service provider, asking them to investigate and, ideally, resolve it. I have no idea, however, how long it will take for such a fix to be implemented.

¹These songs were written or co-written by Neil and/or Chris. The others listed were not.

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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