Most recent updates: November 24, 2017

This Week's PSB Survey
The following are all songs that the Pet Shop Boys recorded and released during the period 2002-2007 but which, as far as I know, they have never performed live in concert. Which five would you most like to hear them perform live, perhaps during their next concert tour? (You may choose fewer than five if you wish, but no more than that.)

Alone Again, Naturally Nightlife
Always Party Song
Between Two Islands A Powerful Friend³
Blue on Blue The Resurrectionist
Bright Young Things The Samurai in Autumn
E-mail Searching for the Face of Jesus
  Fugitive¹ She's Madonna
Girls Don't Cry Somebody Else's Business
I Cried for Us² Time on My Hands
I Didn't Get Where I Am Today Transfer
I Made My Excuses and Left Transparent
If Looks Could Kill³ Twentieth Century

Current Results*            This Week's PSB Survey

¹Several voters pointed out to me that I had carelessly included "Fugitive" among the choices despite the fact that the Pet Shop Boys have performed it live in concert. Yes, they have. So, about eight hours after this poll started, I removed it from the choices to prevent anyone else for voting for it—despite the fact that it was in first place when I did so. I offer those voters who picked it as one of their choices the opportunity to make an alternate selection. So if you did that and would like to send me your alternate fifth choice, please either email it to me or use the "Comments" feature on the "Current Results" page to tell me what other song you would like to choose in place of "Fugitive."

²Neil once performed this song live at a tribute concert for its writer, Kate McGarrigle, but Chris wasn't involved in that performance. Since this song has never been performed live in concert by the Pet Shop Boys (plural), I'm including it among the choices.

³These songs were once performed "live in the studio" for a John Peel radio broadcast, but I'm not counting that. I'm only counting songs performed live in concert. From that perspective, they both make the cut.

*As in all of my polls in which you can make multiple selections, my survey service provider automatically calculates the "Current Results" based on the total number of votes, not the number of voters. This results in extremely small, misleading percentages. When I post the final results at the end of this poll, I will calculate them based on the total number of voters, which will yield larger, more reasonable percentage figures.

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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