Most recent updates: June 26, 2016

This Week's PSB Survey
Which of the following Pet Shop Boys albums do you own in vinyl (LP) format?* (Please choose all that apply.)

*Please note that, to the best of my knowledge, a few of these albums have never been officially released in vinyl format. But to lessen the possibility of inadvertent oversights, I'm listing all of the official albums here—just in case. And, yes, I realize that some fans don't consider Closer to Heaven a "PSB album." But if were to omit it, I'm sure I'd get some complaints, so I'm including it among the choices. Finally, please don't overlook the "bonus question" below.

Please PopArt
Disco Closer to Heaven
Actually Battleship Potemkin
Introspective Fundamental
Behaviour Concrete
Discography Disco 4
Very Yes
Relentless Pandemonium
Disco 2 Ultimate
Alternative The Most Incredible Thing
Bilingual Format
Nightlife Elysium
Release Electric
Disco 3 Super
Bonus question:
Which of following statements do you agree with, at least with regard to PSB releases in vinyl format? (Again, please choose all that apply.)

I don't own any PSB albums in vinyl format.
I bought one or more early PSB albums in vinyl format before CDs really "took off," but no PSB albums in vinyl format since then.
I don't own any early PSB albums in vinyl format, but I have bought some of their more recent vinyl releases in the wake of the recent resurgence in vinyl.
I think the recent resurgence in vinyl is a fad, and I don't expect it to last much longer.
I think vinyl is here to stay, and we can expect all future PSB albums to be released in vinyl format.
I genuinely believe that vinyl is the best-sounding format for listening to music.
I personally think it's rather silly to buy vinyl albums in this day and age, except perhaps as a collector's item that you'll never actually listen to.

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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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