Yesterday, When I Was Mad

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"Yesterday, When I Was Mad"
Single by Pet Shop Boys
from the album Very
B-side "If Love Were All", "Euroboy", "Some Speculation"
Released 29 August 1994
Format CD single, 12", Cassette Single
Recorded 1992
Genre Eurobeat, Dance-pop, synthpop
Length 3:55 (album version)
4:01 (single remix)
Label Parlophone / EMI
Songwriter(s) Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe
Producer(s) Pet Shop Boys
Pet Shop Boys singles chronology
"Absolutely Fabulous"
"Yesterday, When I Was Mad"
"Paninaro '95"

"Absolutely Fabulous"
"Yesterday, When I Was Mad"
"Paninaro '95"
Alternative cover
Alternate UK single cover
Alternate UK single cover

"Yesterday, When I Was Mad" is a single by English synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys released as the fifth and last single from their 1993 album, Very. The single peaked at number 13 on the UK Singles Chart and number 4 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play charts. The song was remixed by Jam & Spoon for its single release, among other things removing a compression effect applied to Tennant's voice during the verses. The B-sides included a cover of the Noël Coward song If Love Were All.


The song is about the stresses of touring and how being away from loved ones can make musicians unwilling to trust others or carry on with their career, contrasting it with the humour of ironic, pretentious or rude things people say to touring musicians. Tennant has said that many of the lines in the song, such as 'And someone said, "It's fabulous you're still around today—you've both made such a little go a very long way!"' actually happened.


"Euroboy", a dance track written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe[1] in the Eurodance mould of such bands as Cappella and Livin' Joy, was released as one of the B-sides on "Yesterday, When I Was Mad". It later appeared on the US release of the album Disco 2, the B-side collection Alternative and the 2001 2-disc re-release of Very.

The track includes Chris Lowe in one of his rare lead-vocals performances, singing through a vocoder. The Boys claimed[citation needed] to have been unaware at the time of release that Euroboy was also the name of a softcore gay pornographic magazine.

It was occasionally performed live on the Asian leg of the band's 1994 Discovery tour.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD 1: Parlophone CDRS 6386[edit]

  1. "Yesterday, When I Was Mad" (Single Version)
  2. "If Love Were All"
  3. "Can You Forgive Her?" (Swing Version)
  4. "Yesterday, When I Was Mad" (Jam & Spoon Mix)

UK CD 2: Parlophone CDR 6386[edit]

  1. "Yesterday, When I Was Mad" (Coconut 1 Remix)
  2. "Some Speculation"
  3. "Yesterday, When I Was Mad" (Junior Vasquez Factory Dub)
  4. "Yesterday, When I Was Mad" (RAF Zone Dub)

US CD: EMI E2-58319[edit]

  1. "Yesterday, When I Was Mad" (Jam & Spoon Mix)
  2. "Yesterday, When I Was Mad" (Coconut 1 12" Mix)
  3. "Yesterday, When I Was Mad" (Raf Zone Mix)
  4. "Yesterday, When I Was Mad" (Junior Vasquez Fabulous Dub)
  5. "Euroboy"
  6. "Some Speculation"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[2] 13
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[citation needed] 25
Finnish Singles Chart[3] 4
Dutch Singles Chart[4] 28
German Singles Chart[5] 72
UK Singles Chart[6] 13
US Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs Chart[7] 4
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales Chart[7] 27


  1. ^ Ascap entry for song
  2. ^ Steffen Hung. "Pet Shop Boys - Yesterday, When I Was Mad". Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  3. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5. 
  4. ^ Steffen Hung. "Pet Shop Boys - Yesterday, When I Was Mad". Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  5. ^ "". 2006-11-14. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ a b Pet Shop Boys (2009-12-21). "Pet Shop Boys - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-23.