Most recent updates: July 26, 2015

This Week's PSB Survey
Which of the following Pet Shop Boys albums do you usually (that is, more often than not) listen to all the way through at one sitting, and with which ones do you usually (more often than not) skip one or more tracks while listening to it?

For this poll, I've decided to expand beyond my usual limitation to the studio albums, but still not to include the hits collections, the live albums, Disco 4, and the "Tennant-Lowe" special projects. If you're not familiar with a particular album or listen to it so rarely as not to be able to make a choice, feel free simply to skip that album and not cast any vote for it.

Usually listen to
all the way through
Usually skip one
or more tracks
Disco 2
Disco 3

Current Results*             This Week's PSB Survey

*As always in my polls in which you can make more than one selection, my survey service provider automatically calculates the current results based on the total number of votes, not the total number of voters, which results in extremely small, misleading percentage figures. 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 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 July 26, 2015.

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