Most recent updates: February 22, 2019

My Current Biweekly/Fortnightly PSB Survey
What is your early general impression of the Pet Shop Boys' new EP, Agenda? (Please choose the statement below that comes closest to expressing your opinion. And, rest assured, later on, when we've all had much more time to listen to and "digest" these new songs, I'll run another poll in which you can rate each of them individually.)

I think it's brilliant!
I wouldn't call it "brilliant," but it's good, and I'm quite pleased with it.
It's OK, not bad, but certainly not top-notch PSB.
In general, I'm not very fond of it.
I don't like it at all, and I find it extremely disappointing.
It's a real mixed bag. Some of the songs are great, but others aren't very good.
I think it's lyrically good, but musically weak.
I think it's musically good, but lyrically weak.
I can't say because I haven't heard it yet.
I have a very different opinion from any of those described above.*

Current Results            My Current PSB Survey

*Normally I would invite those of you who choose this "different opinion" option to describe your alternate viewpoint using the "Comments" feature on the "Current Results" page. But I've at least temporarily disabled the "Comments" feature because of recent abuses by one or more users. My decision to do this is not based on any perceived "negative opinions" shared by some voters—I actually often enjoy "negative opinions" because they generally demonstrate something other than blind loyalty—but rather on apparent impersonation of other voters, using their names to express opinions and make statements that are not their own, which is rude and deceitful. I don't want to facilitate fraudulent, potentially libelous activity. Believe it or not, it puts me into some legal jeopardy. So, for the time being, I'm not allowing voter comments. I deeply regret it has come to this after all these years. But for those of you who would still like to share your specific alternate opinion, I invite you to use email to do so. I'll note appropriate comments along with the final results when I post them at the end of this survey.

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 22, 2019.

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