Girls and Boys

Writers - Albarn/Coxon/James/Rowntree
First released - 1994 (Blur); 1995 (PSB)
Original album - Very 2001 reissue Further Listening 1992-1994 bonus disc
Producer (PSB version) - Pet Shop Boys
Subsequent albums - (none)
Other releases - b-side of single "Paninaro '95

After the Britpop band Blur recorded their original version of this thoroughly ambisexual song—which seems to celebrate every conceivable affectional preference and combination—they got the Pet Shop Boys to remix it into a rollicking dance track that became a huge international single success. The packaging of the remix single even mirrored the Very-era graphic style, making it look as much a PSB release as one by Blur.

Neil and Chris subsequently took to performing the song themselves during their DiscoVery tour. It was at one of those shows that the Boys' live cover of the song was recorded. It later appeared as the b-side of their "Paninaro '95" single. It also wound up on the Japanese edition of Alternative but, notably, not the U.K. or U.S. releases. The PSB version didn't find its way onto a U.K. or U.S. album until the Further Listening bonus disc accompanying the 2001 reissue of Very.

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Pet Shop Boys rendition:

Blur rendition – Pet Shop Boys mixes only:

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