So Hard (The KLF vs Pet Shop Boys)

Despite being approached by various artists during their career So Hard (The KLF vs Pet Shop Boys) is one of the very few remixes Bill and Jimmy did of other people’s tracks.

We did a re-mix of So Hard. They sent us as Mitsubishi 48-track digital machine but we only had our 12-track so we told them we had 48-track recording and charged them for it! When the Mitsubishi mixer arrived we said that for various artistic reasons we’d have to start again. Jimmy got one look from the DAT of their mix and we just completely recorded the whole thing again. Neil Tennant came down and did his vocals, whatever bits and pieces we were going to use. It was a complete remake, re-model, re-mix. The record came out as The Pet Shop Boys Versus The KLF.Bill Drummond, International Musician & Recording World, 1991

The story behind the single’s B-side, the ambient UFO remix of It Must Be Obvious, is just as strange.

Changing hats, [The KLF] agreed to remix the Pet Shop Boys single “So Hard/It Must Be Obvious” (issued as KLF vs. Pet Shop Boys), but applied predictably lateral thinking. The scenario, they explained, was this: UFOs come down to Earth and find a transistor radio with the Pet Shop Boys coming out of it, think “That’s the sum total of human culture? Sod that – we’ll blow up the world,” do so, and then leave.Chris Heath, Details, Sep 1991

Tracks & Formats

12rx 6269

12″ Single / Sep 1990
A So Hard (The KLF vs Pet Shop Boys) 5:27
B It Must Be Obvious (UFO Mix) 9:22

The original UK release of So Hard (KLF vs PSB) was issued as 12″ single only. A CD5 version was released in Germany the same year.

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