28. Pet Shop Boys – ‘Being Boring’ (1990)

“When you’re young, you find inspiration
In anyone who’s ever gone
And opened up a closing door
She said, we were never being bored
‘Cause we were never being boring”

Written by Neil Tennant/Chris Lowe

Produced by Pet Shop Boys/Harold Faltermeyer

Taken from the album Behaviour

Also released on Discography: The Complete Singles Collection, Essential, Pop Art: The Hits, Party and Pandemonium

UK #20, AUS #82

I’m sitting here trying to think of where to start with ‘Being Boring’. What can you say about a song that has so many emotions attached to it, both from the creators and from the fanbase that made it their anthem? The greatest Pet Shop Boys song has so much more to it than a catchy melody or well-written lyrics. It’s a part of us, you know? There are feelings and history here that stretches out over decades, reaching out and touching millions of people. ‘Being Boring’ is an ode to experiences I never had, but it also there for me to take and make mine, to apply to memories of my own.

The song has a lot of nostalgic value, but then it doesn’t really because it’s not my nostalgia. The verses take us through the twenties, the seventies, and finally to the nineties, tracing lifetimes and bringing them back to one singular phrase: we were never being bored, ’cause we were never being boring. In a strange way that can go up there with ‘Man In The Mirror’ as lyrics to live your life by. The fact that this song manages to tell an evocative, emotional story is just a bonus.

“All the people I was kissing
Some are here, and some are missing
In the 1990s
I never dreamt that I would get to be
The creature that I always meant to be
But I thought, in spite of dreams
You’d be sitting somewhere here with me”

Nothing I could say would properly convey the emotions in that verse. It’s up to you to listen, as so many others have before you, and make ‘Being Boring’ your own.

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2 Responses to “28. Pet Shop Boys – ‘Being Boring’ (1990)”

  1. Popart » Blog Archive » Pet Shop Boys Albums: Fundamental, Yes, Nightlife, Behaviour, Bilingual, Popart: Pet Shop Boys – the Hits, Very, Release, Please, Introspective Says:

    […] 28. Pet Shop Boys – 'Being Boring' (1990) « The Gospel According … […]

  2. carlos barton Says:

    a work of considerable genius. immaculate production. like no other single around at the time. its not surprising that the masses were confused by such an intelligent lyric.

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