Most recent updates: April 23, 2019

My Current Biweekly/Fortnightly PSB Survey
Back in May 2005, I ran a poll in which I asked my site visitors to choose the PSB single b-sides that they actually preferred to the respective singles themselves. One of my site visitors recently asked me to ask that question again. But rather than repeat all of those singles up to May 2005, I'll just ask about the singles/b-sides since then. So, to that end—

Which of the following post-May 2005 Pet Shop Boys single "b-sides" do you prefer to its "a-side"?

Please select all that apply. Each of the b-sides listed below (roughly in chronological order) is followed, in brackets, by the title of its corresponding single a-side to which you should compare it. Note that I don't include every "bonus track" accompanying each single, such as remixes of the a-side and alternate versions of much older songs—although, regarding the latter, I do make a couple of exceptions ("In Private" and "No Time for Tears" because the Boys themselves confirmed their "b-side status" by including them on Format). Please note that, if you don't prefer any b-sides to the a-side, you can submit this survey without making any choices, which will result in the percentages for each choice being reduced accordingly.

The Resurrectionist [I'm with Stupid] I Started a Joke [Winner]
Girls Don't Cry [I'm with Stupid] Hell [Leaving]
Blue on Blue [Minimal] In His Imagination [Leaving]
In Private (with Elton John) [Minimal] Baby [Leaving]
No Time for Tears (7" mix) [Minimal] Listening [Memory of the Future]
Bright Young Things [Numb] One Night [Memory of the Future]
Party Song [Numb] Inside [Memory of the Future]
Gin and Jag [Love etc.] Entschuldigung! [Love Is a Bourgeois Construct]
We're All Criminals Now [Love etc.] Get It Online [Love Is a Bourgeois Construct]
After the Event [Did You See Me Coming?] No More Ballads [Thursday]
The Former Enfant Terrible [Did You See Me Coming?] Odd Man Out [Thursday]
Up and Down [Did You See Me Coming?] In Bits [The Pop Kids]
Fugitive (7" mix) [Beautiful People] One Hit Wonder [The Pop Kids]
Glad All Over [Together] The White Dress [Twenty-something]
I Cried for Us [Together] Wiedersehen [Twenty-something]
A Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi" [Winner] A Cloud in a Box [Say It to Me]
The Way Through the Woods [Winner] The Dead Can Dance [Say It to Me]

Current Results*            My Current PSB Survey

*As always in my polls in which you can place multiple votes, my survey service provider automatically calculates the "Current Results" based on the total number of votes, not the total number of voters. This results in deceptively small percentage figures. When I post the final results at the end of this survey, I will calculate them based on the total number of voters, which will yield much 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 April 23, 2019.

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