What Have I Done to Deserve This? (song)

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"What Have I Done to Deserve This?"
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Single by Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield
from the album Actually
B-side "A New Life"
Released 10 August 1987
Format 7", 12", cassette, CD
Recorded 1987
Genre Synthpop
Length 4:19
Label ParlophoneR 6163
Songwriter(s) Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe, Allee Willis
Producer(s) Stephen Hague
Pet Shop Boys singles chronology
"It's a Sin"
(1987)
"What Have I Done to Deserve This?"
(1987)
"Rent"
(1987)

"It's a Sin"
(1987)
"What Have I Done to Deserve This?"
(1987)
"Rent"
(1987)
Dusty Springfield singles chronology
"Something in Your Eyes"
(1987) Something in Your Eyes1987
"What Have I Done to Deserve This?"
(1987) What Have I Done to Deserve This?1987
"Nothing Has Been Proved"
(1989) Nothing Has Been Proved1989

"What Have I Done to Deserve This?" is a song by English synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys, featuring singer Dusty Springfield.

When released as a single in late 1987, it peaked at number 2 in the UK and also at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the fourth top ten hit for Pet Shop Boys as well as the biggest hit of Springfield's career in the US. It was kept from the top spot by "Seasons Change" by Exposé and "Father Figure" by their fellow British singer George Michael on that chart, while in the UK it was kept off the top by Rick Astley with his debut single "Never Gonna Give You Up". The single made it to number 1 on the Irish singles chart, where it was Pet Shop Boys' second number 1 hit in the space of just six weeks.

The song's success helped revive Springfield's career and led to a resurgence of interest in her music. Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield performed the song for the 1988 BRIT Awards. Following the duet the Pet Shop Boys wrote and produced the singles "Nothing Has Been Proved" and "In Private" for Springfield, both included on her 1990 album Reputation.

The music video was filmed in a music hall, featuring a female chorus line and male members of the pit orchestra. It made significant use of the theater drapes and stage curtains for dramatic effect. Like all of the singles taken from the Actually album, the song also appears on the film It Couldn't Happen Here, where it is briefly played in instrumental form, without vocals.

At the 2009 BRIT Awards where the duo were due to receive an Outstanding Contribution to Music award, Pet Shop Boys performed the song with American singer Lady Gaga.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

7": Parlophone / R 6163 (UK)[edit]

  1. "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" – 4:19
  2. "A New Life" – 4:55

12": Parlophone / 12 R 6163 (UK)[edit]

  1. "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" (Extended Mix) – 6:53
  2. "A New Life" – 4:55
  3. "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" (Disco Mix) – 8:13
  • also available on CD (Parlophone / CD R 6163)

12": EMI-Manhattan / V-56080 (US - First Issue)[edit]

  1. "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" (Disco Mix) – 8:17
  2. "Rent" (Extended Mix) – 7:06

12": EMI-Manhattan / V-56080 (US - Second Issue)[edit]

  1. "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" (The Shep Pettibone Remix) – 8:28
  2. "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" (Dub Mix) – 6:53
  3. "Rent" (The François Kevorkian Remix) – 7:04
  4. "I Want a Dog" – 4:48

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1987–88) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[1] 22
Austrian Singles Chart[2] 11
Belgian Singles Chart[citation needed] 4
Canadian Singles Chart[3] 3
Dutch Singles Chart[4] 2
Finnish Singles Chart[5] 2
French Singles Chart[6] -
German Singles Chart[7] 4
Irish Singles Chart[8] 1
Italian Singles Chart[9] 11
New Zealand Singles Chart[10] 6
Norwegian Singles Chart[11] 9
Polish Singles Chart[citation needed] 6
South African Singles Chart[12] 16
Spanish Singles Chart[13] 4
Swedish Singles Chart[14] 2
Swiss Singles Chart[15] 5
UK Singles Chart[16] 2
US Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart 14
US Billboard Hot 100[17][18] 2
US Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs Chart[18] 1

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

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