Most recent updates: July 21, 2019

My Current Biweekly/Fortnightly PSB Survey
What are your three favorite Pet Shop Boys songs of the "Bilingual era"? (You may select fewer than three if you wish, but you shouldn't be able to select more.)

Discoteca The Truck-Driver and His Mate
Single (aka Single-Bilingual) Hit and Miss
Metamorphosis Confidential
Electricity Betrayed
Se A Vida É (That's the Way Life Is) How I Learned to Hate Rock 'n' Roll
It Always Comes as a Surprise The Calm Before the Storm
A Red Letter Day The Boy Who Couldn't Keep His Clothes On
Up Against It Delusions of Grandeur
The Survivors Somewhere
Before The View from Your Balcony
To Step Aside Disco Potential
Saturday Night Forever It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas
Paninaro '95 Hallo Spaceboy (with David Bowie)
Current Results*          My Current PSB Survey

Note: If you disagree with my inclusion of a certain song within this group of selections—and a few of them are admittedly debatable as to whether they belong to the "Bilingual era" or to some other period—no problem. Simply don't vote for it. If I've overlooked a "qualifying" song that should have been included and for which you would have voted, I apologize, but it's now too late to correct my oversight.

*As always in my polls in which you can place more than one vote, 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 deceptively small 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 larger, 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 21, 2019.

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