Se a vida é (That's the Way Life Is)

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"Se a vida é (That's the Way Life Is)"
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Single by Pet Shop Boys
from the album Bilingual
A-side"To Step Aside"
B-side
  • "Betrayed"
  • "How I Learned to Hate Rock & Roll"
Released12 August 1996 (1996-08-12)
Genre
Length4:02
LabelParlophone
Composer(s)
Lyricist(s)Neil Tennant
Producer(s)
Pet Shop Boys singles chronology
"Before"
(1996)
"Se a vida é (That's the Way Life Is)"
(1996)
"Single-Bilingual"
(1996)
Music video
"Se a vida é (That's the Way Life Is)" on YouTube

"Se a vida é (That's the Way Life Is)" is a song by English synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, released on 12 August 1996 as the second single from their sixth studio album, Bilingual (1996). The single was one of the most widely played records on UK radio in 1996, and peaked at number eight on the UK Singles Chart. It also reached the top five in Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary and Spain, and the top 10 in Denmark.

In the United States, the single was released on 1 April 1997 by Atlantic Records as a double A-side with "To Step Aside". 13 mixes of the track were commissioned and spread over various formats, several of them promotional-only. "To Step Aside" reached number one on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and number eight on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart.[1][2]

Critical reception[edit]

Ross Jones from The Guardian described it as "a sexy and vibrant song" and a "life-affirming lambada". He added that "it's still one of the freshest, most joyous things you've ever heard."[3]

Music video[edit]

The video for "Se a vida é (That's the Way Life Is)" was shot at the Wet 'n Wild water theme park in Orlando, Florida, and features actress Eva Mendes in a small role as a teenager with her friends at the park. The video, directed by Bruce Weber, entered heavy rotation on MTV and VH1 that summer.

Translation[edit]

The correct English translation of "Se a vida é" from Portuguese is actually "If Life Is...". ("That's the way life is" would be "É assim que a vida é..." or "A vida é assim".) The other Portuguese lyric is "Essa vida é..." ("This life is..."), which sounds very similar to "Se a vida é".

Track listings[edit]

  • 7-inch: Parlophone / RLH 6443 (UK)
  1. "Se a vida é (That's the Way Life Is)" – 4:01
  2. "Before (Single Edit)"
  • CD: Parlophone / CDR 6443 (UK)
  1. "Se a vida é (That's the Way Life Is)" – 4:01
  2. "Betrayed" – 5:18
  3. "How I Learned to Hate Rock 'n' Roll" – 4:40
  4. "Se a vida é" (Pink Noise mix) – 5:37
  • CD: Parlophone / CDRS 6443 (UK)
  1. "Se a vida é" (Mark Picchiottis Deep and Dark vocal) – 7:58
  2. "Se a vida é" (Mark Picchiottis Shelter dub) – 8:40
  3. "Se a vida é" (Deep Dish Liquid remix) – 9:57
  4. "Se a vida é" (Deep Dish dub) – 11:45
  • CD: Atlantic / 85430-2 (US)
  1. "Se a vida é (That's the Way Life Is)" (Album version) – 4:01
  2. "Se a vida é" (Mark Picchiotti's Deep and Dark vocal) – 7:58
  3. "To Step Aside" (album version) – 3:48
  4. "To Step Aside" (Ralphi's Disco vox) – 9:07
  5. "The calm before the storm" – 2:45
  6. "Betrayed" – 5:17
  • CD: Atlantic / n/a (US)
  1. "To Step Aside" (Hasbrouck Heights mix) – 8:59
  2. "To Step Aside" (Hasbrouck Heights radio mix) – 4:08
  3. "To Step Aside" (Quiet mix) – 3:46
  4. "To Step Aside" (Brazilian Anthem dub) – 9:00
  5. "To Step Aside" (Champagne beats) – 3:57
  6. "To Step Aside" (a cappella – verse 1 chorus) – 1:06
  7. "To Step Aside" (a cappella – verse 2 chorus) – 0:58
  8. "To Step Aside" (a cappella – bridge) – 0:18
  9. "To Step Aside" (a cappella – verse 3 chorus) – 1:19
  • US CD-R promo "Vinnie Vero Mixes" studio acetate
  • 2× 12-inch: Parlophone / 12RD 6443 (UK)
  1. "Se a vida é" (Mark Picchiotti's Deep and Dark vocal) – 7:58
  2. "Se a vida é" (Mark Picchiotti's Deep and Dark instrumental) – 7:58
  3. "Se a vida é" (Mark Picchiotti's Shelter dub) – 8:40
  1. "Se a vida é" (Deep Dish Liquid mix) – 9:57
  2. "Se a vida é" (Pink Noise mix) – 5:37
  3. "Se a vida é" (Deep Dish dub) – 11:45
  4. "Se a vida é" (radio mix) – 4:01
Limited edition, dayglow green/yellow vinyls
  • 2× 12-inch: Atlantic / 85430-0 (US)
  1. "Se a vida é" (Mark Picchiotti's Deep and Dark vocal) – 7:58
  2. "Se a vida é" (Deep Dish Liquid mix) – 9:57
  3. "To Step Aside" (Ralphi's Disco vox) – 9:07
  4. "To Step Aside" (Hasbrouck Heights mix) – 8:50
  1. "To Step Aside" (Davidson Ospina dub) – 7:30
  2. "To Step Aside" (Ralphi's Old School dub) – 7:33
  3. "To Step Aside" (Brutal Bill mix) – 7:30
  4. "To Step Aside" (Ralphi's House vox 2) – 7:32
  • 12-inch: Specialty Records / DMD-2412 (US)
  1. "To Step Aside" (Brutal Bill mix 2) – 10:03
  2. "To Step Aside" (Quiet mix) – 3:42
  3. "To Step Aside" (Ralphi's Old School dub 2) – 9:14
  4. "To Step Aside" (Davidson Ospina dub 2) – 7:29
Promotional test pressing only

Remixers[edit]

Deep Dish

  1. "Se a vida é" (Deep Dish Liquid mix) – 9:57
  2. "Se a vida é" (Deep Dish dub) – 11:45

Richard Morel

  1. "Se a vida é" (Pink Noise mix) – 5:37

Mark Picchiotti

  1. "Se a vida é" (Mark Picchiotti's Deep and Dark vocal) – 7:58
  2. "Se a vida é" (Mark Picchiotti's Deep and Dark instrumental) – 7:58
  3. "Se a vida é" (Mark Picchiotti's Shelter dub) – 8:40

Ralphi Rosario

  1. "To Step Aside" (Ralphi's Disco vox) – 9:07
  2. "To Step Aside" (Ralphi's Old School dub) – 7:33
  3. "To Step Aside" (Ralphi's House vox ii) – 7:32
  4. "To Step Aside" (Ralphi's Old School dub 2) – 9:14

Vinnie Vero

  1. "To Step Aside" (Hasbrouck Heights radio mix) – 4:08
  2. "To Step Aside" (Hasbrouck Heights mix) – 8:50
  3. "To Step Aside" (Brazilian Anthem dub) – 9:00
  4. "To Step Aside" (Champagne beats) – 3:57
  5. "To Step Aside" (Quiet mix) – 3:42

Davidson Ospina

  1. "To Step Aside" (Davidson Ospina dub) – 7:30
  2. "To Step Aside" (Davidson Ospina dub 2) – 7:29

Bill Marquez (Brutal Bill)

  1. "To Step Aside" (Brutal Bill mix) – 7:30
  2. "To Step Aside" (Brutal Bill mix 2) – 10:03

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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