How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?

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"How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?"
US CD-single cover
Single by Pet Shop Boys
from the album Behaviour
B-side "Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)"
Released March 11, 1991
Format 7", 12", cassette, CD single
Recorded 1990
Genre Synthpop
Length 3:55 (album version)
4:10 (single version)
Label ParlophoneR 6285
Writer(s) Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe
Producer(s) Pet Shop Boys and Harold Faltermeyer
Pet Shop Boys singles chronology
"Being boring"
(1990)
"Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You) / How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?"
(1991)
"Jealousy"
(1991)
Remix 12" cover
David Morales promo sleeve

"How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?" is, together with double A-side "Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)", the third single from Pet Shop Boys' album Behaviour. It was released in the UK as a double A-side by Parlophone Records on 11 March 1991. It was subsequently released as a single in its own right in the United States and France. The single later peaked at a low #93 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

As "Being Boring" and "It's Alright" were not released in the US, tracks from these releases were used on a number of the American releases.

Of interest to collectors, EMI USA commissioned dance DJ David Morales to create 5 remixes that were released to clubs and DJs on a limited promotion 12". Morales would later work with the duo co-writing and co-producing the 1999 single "New York City Boy".

Neil Tennant later said that the track 'was inspired by a female popstar from 1989', it is strongly believed that the inspiration was in fact Transvision Vamp frontwoman Wendy James.

Track listings[edit]

Below is a listing of formats which featured "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" as the main song. Additional track listings can be found on the page about "Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)". The heavily remixed single version of "How can you expect to be taken seriously?", also used for the videoclip of the song, was only released on 7-inch vinyl and cassette-single. Due to its playing time of 4:10 minutes, it is often confused with the "perfect attitude mix", which has an identical playing time. However, this version has a different introduction, and misses out the "you've gotta have fun" exclamations.

7": EMI / 204291-7 (France)[edit]

  1. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (Perfect Attitude mix) – 4:10
  2. "Where the streets have no name (I can't take my eyes off you)" (7-inch edit) – 4:33

MC: EMI USA / 4JM-50343 (US)[edit]

  1. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (LP version) – 3:54
  2. "What have I done to deserve this?" – 4:17

12": EMI USA / V-56204 (US)[edit]

  1. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (12-inch mix) – 6:03
  2. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (Perfect Attitude mix) – 4:10
  3. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (classical reprise) – 3:05
  4. "Being boring" (12" mix) – 9:03
  5. "We all feel better in the dark" – 3:59
  • Track 1 aka "Extended Mix"

12": EMI USA / SPRO-4727 (US)[edit]

  1. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (Momo mix) – 6:48
  2. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (Ragga Zone mix) – 6:24
  3. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (Def mix) – 3:57
  4. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (Eclipse mix) – 3:38
  5. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (new 7" mix) – 4:10
  • labelled "David Morales Mixes"
  • extremely rare US promo 12"

12": Parlophone / 204254-6 (France)[edit]

  1. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (extended mix) – 6:03
  2. "Where the streets have no name (I can't take my eyes off you)" (extended mix) – 6:44
  3. "Bet she's not your girlfriend" – 4:26

CD: EMI USA / E2-56205 (US)[edit]

  1. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (LP version) – 3:54
  2. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (Perfect Attitude mix) – 4:10
  3. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (classical reprise) – 3:05
  4. "It's alright" (7" mix) – 4:18
  5. "We all feel better in the dark" – 3:59
  6. "Being boring" (12" mix) – 9:03
  • track 4 mislabelled "5:07 Trevor Horn mix"

CD: EMI USA / DPRO-4698 (US)[edit]

  1. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (LP version) – 3:54
  2. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (Perfect Attitude mix) – 4:10
  3. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (extended mix) – 6:03
  4. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (classical reprise) – 3:06
  5. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (Perfect Mood mix) – 4:10
  • US promo remix CD

CD: Parlophone / 204254-2 (France)[edit]

  1. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (extended mix) – 6:03
  2. "Where the streets have no name (I can't take my eyes off you)" (7" full length mix) – 5:45
  3. "Bet she's not your girlfriend" – 4:26
  4. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (classical reprise) – 3:06

Remixes[edit]

"How can you expect to be taken seriously?"[edit]

  1. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (extended mix) – 6:03
  2. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (Perfect Attitude mix) – 4:10
  3. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (Perfect Mood mix) – 4:10
  4. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (classical reprise) – 3:05
  1. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (Momo mix) – 6:48
  2. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (Ragga Zone mix) – 6:24
  3. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (Def mix) – 3:57
  4. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (Eclipse mix) – 3:38
  5. "How can you expect to be taken seriously?" (new 7" mix) – 4:10

"Being boring"[edit]

  1. "Being boring" (12" mix) – 9:03

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
French Singles Chart[1] 40
Irish Singles Chart[2] 2
Italian Singles Chart[3] 11
Polish Singles Chart[citation needed] 9
UK Singles Chart[4] 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 93
U.S. Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs Chart[6] 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steffen Hung. "Pet Shop Boys - How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously?". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  2. ^ Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Group - http://www.fireballmedia.ie. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  3. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: P". Hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  4. ^ "ChartArchive - Pet Shop Boys - Where The Streets Have No Name/Can't Take My Eyes Off You/How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously?". Chartstats.com. 1991-03-23. Archived from the original on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  5. ^ "Eurythmics Music News & Info". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  6. ^ Pet Shop Boys (2009-12-21). "Pet Shop Boys - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 

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