Most recent updates: June 16, 2019

My Current PSB Survey
What are your three favorite Pet Shop Boys songs of the "Very era"? (You may select fewer than three if you wish, but you shouldn't be able to select more.)

Can You Forgive Her? KDX 125
I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing We Came from Outer Space
Liberation The Man Who Has Everything
A Different Point of View One Thing Leads to Another
Dreaming of the Queen Hey, Headmaster
Yesterday, When I Was Mad What Keeps Mankind Alive?*
The Theatre Shameless
One and One Make Five Too Many People
To Speak Is a Sin Decadence
Young Offender If Love Were All
One in a Million Euroboy
Go West Some Speculation
Postscript Absolutely Fabulous
My Head Is Spinning Falling
Forever in Love Girls & Boys*
Current Results**          My Current Pet Shop Boys Survey

*Although PSB recorded their version of "What Keeps Mankind Alive?" in 1988, they didn't officially release it until it served as a bonus track with the "Can You Forgive Her?" single. As for their rendition of "Girls & Boys," it was recorded live during the Very-dominated DiscoVery Tour and (after serving as the b-side for the "Paninaro '95" single) was released on the Very reissue Further Listening bonus disc. I plan on including "Paninaro '95" (as well as "Confidential," recorded during this period but released later) in a future similar poll for the "Bilingual era." These may seem like logical inconsistencies for inclusion in this poll, but I'm comfortable with them, and I'm the person I have to be most comfortable with. Quod factum, factum est.

**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 June 16, 2019.

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