Most recent updates: February 1, 2015

This Week's PSB Survey
Of the following issues or topics, which three would you most like for the Pet Shop Boys to address in future songs? (If you like, you may choose fewer than three.)

Environmentalism / climate change Sustainable development
Poverty / economic inequality Child welfare / abuse
The "new cold war" Terrorism
Politics in general Biodiversity
Racial inequality Science and technology
Gender inequality Natural disasters
LGBT rights / issues Religion
Animal rights Privacy issues
Corporations Popular / celebrity culture
War / international conflicts Consumption / consumerism
Health issues History / historical persons or events
Population control Their own personal lives
Arms control / nuclear proliferation Some other topic not listed here*
Current Results**            This Week's PSB Survey

*If you choose this "Some other topic" option, please feel free to describe your alternate topic using the "Comments" feature on the "Current Results" page.

**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 confusingly small percentage figures. When I post the final results at the end of this poll, however, 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 February 1, 2015.

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