Most recent updates: July 1, 2015
What This Website Is All About
This website has no "official" connection to the Pet Shop Boys. It merely presents my own personal commentaryoften including attempted explanations and interpretationson 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.
This site was originally posted on March 16, 2001, and was most recently revised on July 1, 2015.
by Yahoo! as a "Pick of the Week" (April 9, 2001)
and a "2001 Pick of the Year" (December 31, 2001)
Wayne Studer is the author of Rock on the Wild
Side: Gay Male Images in Popular Music of the Rock Era (1994: Leyland Publications).
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