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This Week's PSB Survey
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The following are my least favorite tracks on each of the Pet Shop Boys' albums, excluding hits compilations, live albums, the first two Disco albums, and a few other anomalies (although I am including Closer to Heaven and Disco 4). Please note that this doesn't mean that I dislike these songs—although in three cases (and only three), I do actually dislike them. It just means that I like all the other songs on those albums more. (For instance, I dearly love "Postscript" and "Electricity," but I love all the other songs on Very and Bilingual even more dearly.)

At any rate, which of my least favorites are your own favorites on those albums? In other words, in which of these cases could we not disagree more? (Please select all that apply. If you're not familiar with an album or song, or simply can't make up your mind, simply skip that one. Remember – Don't choose it if you merely disagree with me about it being your least favorite; choose it only if it's your favorite track on that album.) If none of them is your favorite from its parent album, there's a "None of the above" choice at the end. (Making that choice will deselect any of the preceding choices, and vice-versa.)

Please note that in a few cases my mind has changed since I voted in my "Rating Project" polls. For instance, back then I didn't consider "Always on My Mind" and "Only the Wind" my least favorite songs on their respective albums. But I do now. Tastes and opinions change with time. And I know I'm being near-heretical with regard to AOMM, but I really do like all the other songs on Introspective more. Please don't hate me for my preferences, and I promise not to hate you for yours. wink

   "It may be your least favorite on that album, Wayne, but it's my favorite!"
Please - "Opportunities (Reprise)"
Actually - "Hit Music"
Introspective - "Always on My Mind/In My House"
Behaviour - "Only the Wind"
Very - "Postscript"
Relentless - "We Came from Outer Space"
Alternative - "The Sound of the Atom Splitting"
Bilingual - "Electricity"
Nightlife - "Boy Strange"
Closer to Heaven - "K-hole"
Release - "Love Is a Catastrophe"
Disco 3 - "Try It (I'm in Love with a Married Man)"
Battleship Potemkin - "To the Shore"
Fundamental - "God Willing"
Disco 4 - "Hooked on Radiation"
Yes - "Legacy"
The Most Incredible Thing - "Physical Jerks"
Format - "The Former Enfant Terrible"
Elysium - "Ego Music"
Electric - "Shouting in the Evening"
Super - "Pazzo!"

"Actually, none of these songs is my favorite from its respective album!"

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*As in all of my polls in which you can make multiple selections, my survey service provide automatically calculates the "Current Results" based on the total number of votes, not the number of voters. This results in greatly reduced 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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