Most recent updates: March 27, 2017

This Week's PSB Survey
(The Second of Two Parts)
Last week, in Part 1 of this survey, I asked you to rate PSB albums as they compare to each other—not to other artists' albums. Now, in Part 2, we expand our universe, so to speak—

Please rate each of the Pet Shop Boys' albums* on a scale of 0 stars (a "bomb') to 5 stars as they compare with all the other pop/rock albums you're familiar with, regardless of the artists. Simply click the star below that corresponds with how you would rate the album. (Please click here for guidelines on the rating scale and other aspects of this poll.)

*Please note that in this poll I'm not including their hits collections and albums (like Closer to Heaven and Disco 4) in which most if not all of the songs are performed by someone other than PSB. I may include those in some future variation on this survey.

No stars
Disco 2
Disco 3
Battleship Potemkin
The Most Incredible Thing


Note: Because of the nature of this poll, current results aren't available. Please check back next Sunday to see the final results.

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 March 27, 2017.

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