Most recent updates: March 24, 2019

My Current Biweekly/Fortnightly PSB Survey
When I run polls focusing on PSB albums, they almost always deal with their studio albums. But what about the others? To that end—

Of the Pet Shop Boys' official "non-studio" albums, which three are your personal favorites? (You may choose fewer than three if you wish, but you shouldn't be able to select more than three.)

Disco Battleship Potemkin
Discography Concrete
Relentless Disco 4
Disco 2 Pandemonium
Alternative Ultimate
Closer to Heaven* The Most Incredible Thing
Disco 3 Format
PopArt    

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*I realize, of course, that Closer to Heaven isn't strictly a "Pet Shop Boys album"—nor, if we're being even more strict about it, are Battleship Potemkin and The Most Incredible Thing, and maybe not even Disco 4—but I'm including them for the purposes of this poll. If you don't consider them PSB albums, you certainly aren't obliged to vote for them.

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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