So Hard

Writers - Tennant/Lowe
First released - 1990
Original album - Behaviour
Producer - Harold Faltermeyer, Pet Shop Boys
Subsequent albums - Discography, Disco 2, PopArt, Smash
Other releases - single (UK #4, US #62, US Dance #4)

This funny-sad song about a couple's mutual infidelities and resulting distrust of each other was the first single from Behaviour and, in fact, came out in advance of the album (which is the Boys' general habit with their albums' first singles). You can't help but feel that the two characters described in the lyrics deserve each other. Best line: "We've both given up smoking 'cause it's fatal—so whose matches are those?"

Neil has confirmed in print the accuracy of the longstanding rumor that this track contains a brief sample lifted from a porno movie (although it may have been a "second-hand" sample; see the first bullet-point annotation below). Indeed, in many mixes (including the album and single versions, although you have to listen closely) you can at times hear what sounds like a man—though Neil stated it was a woman—essentially moaning the title. Largely because of this fact, the title is often cited as a double entendre, which the Boys have also freely acknowledged.



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