Most recent updates: October 22, 2018

My Current Biweekly/Fortnightly PSB Survey
What was the very first Pet Shop Boys/Tennant-Lowe "product" you ever bought (or owned after having received it, such as a gift)?

Please note that when I refer to "albums" and "singles" below, it's regardless of format: vinyl, tape, CD, digital (but please don't count unauthorized digital downloads, "rips," or copies), etc. If your very first PSB-related purchase was of more than one of the items listed below simultaneously, please simply select one of them, whichever you deem most appropriate.

It was one of their albums, namely: It was something other than an album, namely:
Please One of their 1980s singles
Disco One of their 1990s singles
Actually One of their 2000s singles
Introspective One of their 2010s singles
Behaviour A music video compilation (VHS/DVD/other)
Discography A live concert VHS/DVD/other recording
Very (or Very Relentless) Some other type of VHS/DVD/other video recording
Disco 2 One or more live concert tickets
Alternative A book or other publication strongly related to PSB
Bilingual Some other type of PSB "product" (such as clothing)
Essential
Nightlife I have no idea – I simply don't remember
Closer to Heaven
Release I've never bought or owned any PSB "product"
Disco 3    
PopArt    
Battleship Potemkin    
Fundamental    
Concrete    
Disco 4    
Yes    
Pandemonium    
Ultimate    
The Most Incredible Thing    
Format    
Elysium    
Electric    
Super    
Some other album (such as a promo release)    
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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 October 22, 2018.

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