Most recent updates: May 25, 2015

This Week's PSB Survey
This week's poll is sequel to one that I ran several weeks ago in which I asked voters to pick what they consider to be the strongest or most effective lead single from a PSB studio album. This time I'm approaching the subject of lead singles from a somewhat different angle—

Which of the following songs do you think were the best choice as the lead single from their respective albums, and in which cases do you think a different song from the album would have made a better choice as the lead single?

The best choice of lead single from its album
Lead single
NOT the best choice of lead single from its album*
Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)
It's a Sin
Domino Dancing**
So Hard
Can You Forgive Her?
I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More
Home and Dry
I'm with Stupid
Love etc.

Current Results***            This Week's PSB Survey

*It's beyond the technical scope of this poll to require you to designate which songs you believe would have made better lead singles. But if you wish to volunteer that information, please feel free to do so using the "Comments" feature on the "Current Results" page.

**I received a good deal of negative feedback (and understandably so) for my poll of a few weeks ago in which I designated "Always on My Mind" as the lead single from Introspective. So for this poll I decided to assign that honor to the alternate candidate, "Domino Dancing." As before, I fully expect some voters to disagree with this decision, but I've resigned myself to not being able to please everybody.

***Please note that, as in all of my polls in which you can make multiple choices, my survey service provider automatically calculates the "Current Results" based on the total number of votes rather than the number of voters. This results in confusingly small percentage figures. When I post the final results at the end of the poll, however, I will calculate them based on the total number of voters, which will yield far 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 May 25, 2015.

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