Most recent updates: August 23, 2019

My Current Biweekly/Fortnightly PSB Survey
What are your three favorite Pet Shop Boys songs of the "Actually era"—which is often regarded (including by Neil and Chris themselves) as their "imperial phase"? (You may select fewer than three if you wish, but you shouldn't be able to select more.)

One More Chance Heart
What Have I Done to Deserve This? King's Cross
Shopping You Know Where You Went Wrong
Rent A New Life
Hit Music I Want a Dog*
It Couldn't Happen Here Always on My Mind*
It's a Sin Do I Have To?
I Want to Wake Up I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too)
Current Results**          My Current PSB Survey

*Although "I Want a Dog" and "Always on My Mind" appeared on the next PSB album, Introspective, they were originally released on singles by the Boys during the "Actually era," even before the release of the final single from Actually, "Heart." The same can be said of "I'm Not Scared," but the PSB rendition of that song didn't appear until Introspective; only the Eighth Wonder version was released during the Actually period. Hence, I'm not including that song among the choices.

**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 August 23, 2019.

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