Final results of poll on three favorite songs of the "Bilingual era"

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Final results of poll on three favorite songs of the "Bilingual era"

#1 Post by geowayne » Sun 28 Jul 2019, 5:14 am

The final results are in for my poll of the past two weeks, in which I asked my site visitors to choose their three favorite songs from the Pet Shop Boys' "Bilingual era." And the three songs that received the most votes are:

* "A Red Letter Day," picked by 25.5% of the voters,
* "It Always Comes as a Surprise," chosen by 21.4%, and
* "Discoteca," selected by 20.8%.

Interestingly, the top vote-getter this time around received far fewer votes (in terms of percentage, at least) than the "winners" of my previous two polls, for the Very and Behaviour eras. Yet there were considerably more voters this time around than in those two surveys, and the "spread" of voting was much tighter, with the least popular songs receiving more votes than the least popular in the previous polls. As I said, most interesting. At any rate, to see the complete results, please visit my "Commentary" site at and select one of the "Past Survey Results" options in the top navigation bar or click the appropriate link on my "What's New?" page.

My new survey for the next two weeks continues the "pick three" pattern, but with a very different focus this time around. One of my regular site visitors, Jonathan Cooper, will be DJing a 1970s, '80s, and '90s dance soon and is compiling a playlist of dance tracks for that gig. He wants to include three PSB songs that will be good for dancing, and he wants us to help him make his choices through our votes. But he wants to make sure they're familiar songs to most of his audience, so he's limiting the selections to singles of that period. To that end, I've listed all of the Boys' U.K. and/or U.S. singles of the eighties and nineties, from which we're asking you to pick the three that may not necessarily be your favorites, but which you think will be best for a dance party. So please take a few moments to make your three choices right there on my home page. And thanks, Jonathan, for this terrific poll suggestion. I hope we prove a big help!

Thanks to everyone who voted in my previous survey! And I hope you all have a wonderful two weeks ahead!

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Re: Final results of poll on three favorite songs of the "Bilingual era"

#2 Post by retrofuturist » Mon 29 Jul 2019, 10:13 am


I actually DJ at a 70s/80s/90s night every Saturday and I picked the only three PSB songs in that list that can reliably draw some kind of a crowd here in Australia. (In order of viability...)

- Absolutely Fabulous
- Always On My Mind
- Go West

Different songs were bigger hits in different regions though, so what would work best may depend on where he is. For what it's worth, here's an "all killer, no filler" setlist from our 100th night special - perhaps he might find it useful for some non-PSB ideas... ... 1yfiqMpN0m

Good luck to Jonathan and feel free to pass this info on!

Retro. :)

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