So Hard

So Hard

Infobox Single |
Name = So Hard


Caption =
Artist = Pet Shop Boys
from Album = Behaviour
B-side = "It must be obvious"
Released = 24 September 1990 [http://www.petshopboys.co.uk petshopboys.co.uk] Singles - So Hard]
Format = 7", 12", Cassette, CD
Recorded = Munich, 1990
Genre = Synthpop
Length = 3:56 (7" edit)
Label = Parlophone - R 6269
Writer = Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe
Producer = Pet Shop Boys, Harold Faltermeyer
Chart position =
* #4 (UK Singles Chart)
* #4 (US Hot Dance Music/Club Play)

Last single = "It's alright"
(1989)
This single = "So Hard"
(1990)
Next single = "Being Boring"
(1990)
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"So Hard" is a song by the British pop group the Pet Shop Boys and was the first single lifted from the 1990 album "Behaviour". It peaked at #4 in the UK, and was the only single from the album to reach the Top 10. The song is about "two people living together; they are totally unfaithful to each other but they both pretend they are faithful and then catch each other out".

The video was directed by Eric Watson and filmed in Newcastle and North Tyneside. Filming locations included the Bigg Market, Newcastle Quayside, Railway Terrace in Wallsend, Byker, Whitley Bay and the Tyne and Wear Metro. The black and white video co-stars Paul Gascoigne's sister Anna Gascoigne.

The single's b-side was "It must be obvious", with the USA release also featuring the remix of "Paninaro", which was originally released on "Disco". Remixes were done by Julian Mendelsohn, The KLF and David Morales. The KLF remixed "So hard" and "It must be obvious", available on "The KLF versus Pet Shop Boys" single.

"So hard" has been covered by Momus.

Track listing

7": Parlophone / R 6269 (UK)

1. "So Hard" - 3:56:*Produced by Pet Shop Boys, Harold Faltermeyer:*Mixed by - Julian Mendelsohn:*Engineered by - Brian Reeves:*Additional programming by Dominic Clarke

2. "It must be obvious" - 4:21:*Produced by Pet Shop Boys:*Mixed and engineered by - Pete Schwier:*Additional programming by Dominic Clarke

Credits

*Artwork by - 3a, Mark Farrow, Pet Shop Boys
*Photography - Eric Watson

12": Parlophone / 12R 6269 (UK)

# "So Hard (Extended Dance Mix)" - 6:30
# "It must be obvious" - 4:21
# "So Hard (Dub Mix)" - 7:30:*Mix by - Julian Mendelsohn [ [http://www.discogs.com/release/508262 discogs.com - 12"] ]

12": Parlophone / 12RX 6269 (UK)

# "So Hard" (KLF vs. Pet Shop Boys) - 5:27
# "It must be obvious" (UFO mix) - 9:22

* Labelled "The KLF versus Pet Shop Boys" single
* Tracks 1,2 remixed by The KLF

CD: Parlophone / CDR 6269 (UK)

# "So Hard" - 3:56
# "It must be obvious" - 4:21
# "So Hard (Extended Dance Mix)" - 6:30:*Produced by Pet Shop Boys, Harold Faltermeyer:*Edited by - Danton Supple:*Engineered by - Brian Reeves:*Mixed by - Julian Mendelsohn [ [http://www.discogs.com/release/115842 discogs.com - CDR 6269] ]

CD: EMI / 560 204177-2 (Germany)

#"So Hard (12" Remix)" - 6:20
#"So Hard (Radio Mix)" - 3:25
#"So Hard (Red Zone Mix)" - 7:42
#"So Hard (Eclipse mix)" - 4:00

Credits

*Remixed by David Morales

CD: EMI / E2-56195 (US)

# "So Hard (Extended Dance Mix)" - 6:30
# "So Hard (Single)" - 3:56
# "So Hard (Dub)" - 7:30
# "It must be obvious" - 4:21
# "Paninaro (Italian Remix)" ["12-inch remix"] - 8:40:*Remix - David Jacob, Pet Shop Boys

Mixes

;Mixes by Julian Mendelsohn
*Album/single version (3:56)
*Extended Dance Mix (6:30):*Available on the Further Listening bonus disc with the "Behaviour" reissue
*Dub Mix (7:30)
*9" Edit (4:59)

;Mixes by David Morales
*Red Zone Mix (7:45):*An abbreviated (2:48) version of this mix appears on "Disco 2"
*12" Mix (6:26)
*Radio Mix (3:37)
*Dub (7:37)
*Eclipse Mix (4:02)

;Mix by The KLF
*The KLF Versus Pet Shop Boys (5:27)

Chart performance

Resources

* [http://www.psb-discography.com/default.htm Track listing data]
* [http://members.home.nl/kmalda/psb/index.html Single info]
* [http://www.geowayne.com/mixes/mix_sohard.htm Mixers info]


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