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Name:Being boring (album mix).

T his the first and original mix of Being boring. Although it hasn’t ever been named album version, it is better to do so in order to distinguish between this and the also unnamed 7” mix.

This mix can be found on the widely available Behavio(u)r albums, including the 2001’s reissue.

(High quality, 9 MB)

Name:Being boring (7” mix).
Remixed by:Pet Shop Boys and Harold Faltermeyer.

7 ” mix of Being boring (again, never officially named this way) differs from the album version, although it isn’t a complete redo of the song, as was—for example—the case of 1986’s Suburbia, 1989’s It’s alright, 1993’s I wouldn’t normally do this kind of thing or 1997’s A red letter day. It is an edit, almost 2 minutes shorter than the original, with intro and outro cut and one last repeat of the chorus missing.

This mix can be found on practically all the records bearing the name Being boring and on 1991’s compilation album Discography.

(High quality, 7 MB)

The promotional release of Discography included commentaries to each song by DJ Mark Goodier. His introduction for Being boring was:

    The next single, Being boring, is actually about the joy in not being boring. It’s perhaps the Pet Shop Boys’ favourite of their own songs.

The version is otherwise identical to 7 inch mix, only a little bit shorter (many tracks were faded early to make room for the commentary on the already full CD).

(High quality, 6 MB)

Name:Being boring (extended mix).
Remixed by:Pet Shop Boys and Harold Faltermeyer.

E xtended mix of the song is available on Being boring 12” vinyls and CDs. It was also issued on 1998’s US/Japan compilation CD Essential and the bonus disc accompanying the 2001’s reissue of Behaviour, as well as the promotional CD Sampler released earlier the same year.

This is the extended mix in a classic sense of the word—there are slight changes in sound here and there, but the real difference can be heard after second chorus, when the long instrumental bit starts, and then again in the heavily lengthened outro with additional guitars.

(High quality, 15 MB)

Name:Being boring (remix).
Remixed by:Marshall Jefferson for On The House Productions.

T his is the only remix of Being boring by a person “from outside.” Marshall Jefferson, American DJ, didn’t depart far from the song’s original style, but restructured it and adjusted many instruments to sound more clubby and electronic. As a result, most of the DJ service remixes were based upon this mix.

Marshall Jefferson mix (labeled only “remix”) is available on Being remixed 12”s and CDs. American releases of How can you expect to be taken seriously? also include this track, labeled as “12” mix.” There was also a cassette from Abbey Road Studio issued with only that track.

(High quality, 12 MB)

Name:Being boring (instrumental edit).
Remixed by:Pet Shop Boys and Harold Faltermeyer.

T here never was an instrumental mix of Being boring officially issued. However, on the end credits for 1992’s Performance video, the last two minutes of the song can be heard—without Neil singing.

(High quality, 3 MB)
(Medium quality, taken from
Performance video, 2 MB)

I n addition to the aforementioned mixes, they’ve been some interesting versions of Being boring performed live, especially the exclusive mix performed at Creamfields Festival in 1999 and Peter Schwartz’s version created for 1999’s-2000’s Nightlife tour. However, studio versions of these mixes are and will probably remain unreleased.


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