Most recent updates: November 3, 2019

A Temporary "Hold" on My PSB Polls and Other Site Activity
For personal reasons, I need to call a temporary reduction and then short-term halt to my activity on this website. This will occur in two phases:
  • Phase 1 – Reduced activity, starting immediately and lasting until sometime in mid-November (precise date yet to be determined)

    No new polls and a reduction in the number and frequency of my usual site updates, although I should still be able to make occasional very important updates, especially those regarding new Pet Shop Boys releases and certain other news related to them and their music. I'll be so busy with other demands on my time that this website will need to take a backseat—a distant backseat.

  • Phase 2 - No activity, beginning in mid-November (again, TBD) and lasting from two to four weeks

    Because I'll have little if any computer/internet access during much of this second phase, this website will need to continue "on its own" in a static, unchanging format, fully functional and accessible, but with no updates whatsoever, no matter what happens in the "PSB universe." During part of this period I may not even have access to email. (I am, however, investigating the possibility of a new survey-type activity that may be able to run for a few weeks in my absence. Not sure about that yet, so stay tuned!)

Why is this happening? Because we're moving to a new home, a process that will mean a lot of work and tremendous disruption, including to our computer/internet access. But once we're resettled and have full computer/internet access again, this website should resume "regular" operations, just as it has for the past 18+ years (!).

I apologize for any inconvenience, but I'm sure you understand. Wish me luck in our move to a new home!

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.

This website will be most attractive and legible when viewed on a full screen at a resolution of at least 1024 x 768 pixels. But resolution much higher than that may result in the text being too small for your reading comfort; if you find that to be the case, you may wish to use your browser's zoom-in capabilities. In addition, this site makes extensive use of javascript; if your browser program isn't configured to use javascript or activescript, some features will not work properly.

This site was originally posted on March 16, 2001, and was most recently revised on November 3, 2019.

Honored by Yahoo! as a "Pick of the Week" (April 9, 2001)
and a "2001 Pick of the Year" (December 31, 2001)

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A note about this website being listed as "Not secure" in the URL/address bar of certain web-browsing programs:

I've decided against investing the additional time, effort, and (especially) money—an average of about $300 per year—that it would require for me to register, set up, and maintain a "secure" site (https as opposed to http). "Security" of this sort is generally important only for websites that:

I don't do any of those things. So my site really doesn't need to be "secure" in this way, particularly considering the costs involved. I hope this doesn't dissuade you from visiting.