Most recent updates: December 11, 2018

This Week's PSB Survey
Once in a very great while, I like to ask a question that really doesn't involve the Pet Shop Boys at all but instead is strictly about you, my site visitors. This week's poll is one such rare case. So I hope you will indulge my curiosity—

Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing your current feelings—not your feelings twenty years ago, ten years ago, or even a year or two ago, but your feelings right now—about exposing yourself to, listening to, and possibly even becoming a fan of "new music" (that is, music by artists that you're not already quite familiar with)?

I'm extremely interested in "new music," and I actively seek it out.
I'm fairly open to "new music" and will listen if the opportunity conveniently presents itself, but I don't actively seek it out.
I'm occasionally open to "new music" if there's something about it that links it to music I'm already devoted to, but otherwise I'm generally not very interested in it.
I know what I like and I like what I know. I'm really not at all interested in "new music."
I find it difficult to generalize about the subject of "new music" and my own feelings about it and/or relationship with it.
I have an opinion very different from any of those expressed above.
If you choose this option, please feel free to share your alternate viewpoint using the "Comments" feature on the "Current Results" page.
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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 December 11, 2018.

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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.