can recall exactly when and where was the first time I ever
listened to Being boring. Even after ten years I can still
remember the excitement of getting the new Pet Shop Boys LP,
especially as in the pre-Internet era in my country every new
release was always a great surprise.
But even already a big Pet Shop Boys fan, I never expected one could create a collection of songs so unbelievably perfect that for the first time in my life I didn’t hesitate to call an album “masterpiece.” Behaviour went to my cassette player and never left it for a couple of months. I was listening to it at every possible occasion, amazed at its sheer beauty, once and once again reliving the magnificent tones of This must be the place I waited years to leave, calm sadness of Only the wind, Jealousy’s dramatic finale and the heartbreaking introduction of Being boring.
However, it wasn’t until two or more years later that I found myself playing the first track not just as a beginning of Behaviour, but as the song itself. As with many of the most rewarding things in this world, it took me a while to learn to fully appreciate it. And when later I have finally got to see the video, it became clear that Being boring was definitely something exceptional.
ontrary to its title, I never got bored with it. A decade later,
when for the thousandth time I turn on the same record, put on
the headphones, close my eyes and listen to the emerging first notes,
Being boring still sounds as fresh and miraculous as it
did almost half of my life ago.
Once again the music manages to bring tears to my eyes and
the lyrics cannot stop to amaze me at their timelessness.
But there is a difference. Today every single note and word of Being boring bring a lot of memories—both good and bad memories. It is not just another song anymore—as if it ever was one! It’s become something I can relate to. Something deep. Something touching. Something meaningful. It’s not my favourite song ever (without any doubt that title should be given to Pet Shop Boys’ another masterpiece, 1987’s King’s Cross), but it is most certainly one most personal.
During past ten years, Being boring was always there to share my happiness with, cheer me up when I was unhappy and make me stop and think of issues I would never otherwise occupy my mind with. And like nothing and no one else help me getting through the most dark periods of my life.
I won’t be able to share most of the feelings I have for it. Neither I think it would be appropriate, as I don’t believe such personal confessions should ever see the light of day. I will try, however, to present you with as many aspect of the song as possible. On the following pages you will see all the information about it I was able to gather—with invaluable help from many people around the world. To be honest, I’m not sure whether this website will actually interest anyone or just serve as a measure of my admiration for Being boring.
ut even in case of the latter, if one song made a cynical computer
scientist sit down and create over one hundred pages about it, it
undoubtedly means something. Probably that if any song in the world
deserves its own webpage, Being boring most certainly does.
I’ve been getting around to create this site for more than three years.
And now here you have it—the outcome of repeated listens, sleepless
nights, infinite searches and countless thoughts of what probably is my
only true and requited love ever.
Marcin Wichary, 2000.
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