Most recent updates: March 2, 2015

This Week's PSB Survey
With the general election approaching in the United Kingdom and considering the Boys' (or at least Neil's) past endorsements (though not as prominent as other celebrities), now might be a good time to ask this question—

Would an explicit political endorsement by one or both of the Pet Shop Boys influence the way you would vote in an election? Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing how you feel about this?*

*This is regardless of how you might feel about PSB—or any other artist or celebrity, for that matter—making political endorsements in general. In other words, you may prefer that Neil and/or Chris not make any political endorsements, period. (I imagine many of us would agree.) But even if you feel that way, one of the following options should still be true for you in the event they did make an endorsement. Incidentally, this question is still valid even if you're not a citizen of the U.K. After all, the Boys could comment on elections in other countries as well.

It might cause me to change my mind in favor of a party or candidate they endorsed.
If I were undecided, it might sway me toward the party or candidate they endorsed.
It might encourage me to vote, but not necessarily for that particular party or candidate.
Actually, it might encourage me to vote against the party or candidate they endorsed.
It would have no effect whatsoever, either positive or negative, on how I would vote.
I don't vote and a PSB endorsement wouldn't change that.
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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.

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