Most recent updates: September 13, 2019

My Current Biweekly/Fortnightly PSB Survey
The following songs were "given" by the Pet Shop Boys to another artist to record (in some but not all cases, also produced by Neil and Chris), but were also subsequently officially released in versions by the Boys themselves. For which of the following songs do you personally prefer the version by the other artist to the PSB version? In other words, you don't like the PSB version as much as you like the other artist's version. (Please select all that apply. The name of the other artist in question is listed after each song's title. If you're not sufficiently familiar with the song in the PSB and/or other artist's version to make a choice, simply skip it.)

Please note that this list does not necessarily list all of the songs that might qualify for inclusion. I never claim to be perfect, but I do apologize for any oversights. Mere "remakes" in which an artist has covered a song previously released by PSB are purposely excluded, however. (In case you're wondering, the PSB version of "Friendly Fire" was indeed released before any rendition by Frances Barber.) Please note also that if you select the final "I don't prefer ANY…" option, it will automatically deselect any others, and vice-versa.

Baby (by Alcazar) Love Life (by Alcazar)
Confidential (by Tina Turner) The Loving Kind (by Girls Aloud)
Falling (by Kylie Minogue) Nothing Has Been Proved (by Dusty Springfield)
For All of Us (by Paul Keating) The Performance of My Life (by Shirley Bassey)
I'm Not Scared (by Eighth Wonder) Positive Role Model (by Paul Keating)
In Private (by Dusty Springfield) Run Girl Run! (by Frances Barber)*
Jack and Jill Party (by Pete Burns) So Sorry, I Said (by Liza Minnelli)
Listening (by Morten Harket)    

I don't prefer the other artist's version of ANY of these songs!

Current Results**            My Current PSB Survey

*If you prefer any of the versions of "Run Girl Run!" recorded by Frances Barber to the officially released PSB "demo" version, please make this selection.

**As in all of my polls in which you can make more than one choice, my survey service provider automatically calculates the "Current Results" percentages based on the total number of votes, not the total number of voters. This results in deceptively low percentage figures. When I post the final results at the end of this poll, I will calculate the final results based on the total number of voters, which will result in higher, more reasonable figures.

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 September 13, 2019.

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