Song Review: Electronic – “Getting Away With It”

“Getting Away With It” was released as Electronic’s first single on December 4, 1989. The single peaked at number 38 on the <em>Billboard Hot 100</em> chart. Electronic was a kind of “alternative supergroup” that included Bernard Sumner from New Order and ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys provides guest vocals on “Getting Away With It.”

I was in the ninth grade and almost 15 years old when “Getting Away With It” was released. I fell in love with this song the first time I heard it, probably due in large part to already liking New Order and Pet Shop Boys. “Getting Away With It” has a musical arrangement that fits right in with those two bands, and the song itself as also rather catchy. Of the songs Electronic has released, “Getting Away With It” is still my favorite.

When watching the music video, it’s obvious that it was produced rather cheaply. In a lot of ways, it looks a lot like what I refer to as “club videos” (i.e. music videos that were made to be shown in dance clubs rather than on MTV and other music video channels). For a “club video” it’s not bad for what it is, but it’s just not a standout  video when compared to other music videos that were being made at the time.


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