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getting away with it
uk 7" (fac257/7), 12" 1 (fac257), 12" 2 titled electromix (fac257r), cd (facd257) and double-play cassette (fac257c) released by factory records on 4 december 1989. us 7" (7-19880), 12" (9 21498-0), cd some in slipcase (9 21498-2), cassette 1 in card sleeve (9 19880-4) and cassette 2 (9 21498-4) released by warner bros on 12 march 1990. german 7" (113 537-100), 12" (613 537) and cd (663 537-211) released by virgin. canadian 12" (92 14980), australian 7" (543919880-7), 12" (7599214980), cassette in card sleeve (543919880-4) and cassette 2 (759921498-4) and philippine 7" (wb77-701) released by warner bros in 1990. getting away with it was edited on the uk cd and all us releases. lucky bag was unedited on the us 7".

7"
us cassette 1

getting away with it
lucky bag, edit

getting away with it (uk 7-inch)   getting away with it (us cassette 1)

uk 12" 1
getting away with it, extended
getting away with it, full length
lucky bag

getting away with it (uk 12-inch 1)

uk 12" 2
getting away with it, vocal remix
getting away with it, nude mix
lucky bag, miami edit
getting away with it, original version

getting away with it (uk 12-inch 2)

uk cd
full length
instrumental
extended version

getting away with it (uk cd)

uk cassette
full length
extended
lucky bag

getting away with it (uk cassette)

us 12"
getting away with it (extended version)
getting away with it (instrumental)
getting away with it (nude mix)
getting away with it (vocal remix)
lucky bag (miami edit)

getting away with it (us 12-inch)

us cd
us cassette 2

getting away with it (full length)
getting away with it (extended version)
getting away with it (instrumental)
lucky bag
getting away with it (nude mix)
getting away with it (vocal remix)
lucky bag (miami edit)

getting away with it (us cd)

promos
uk white label 7" (fac257/7), white label 12" 1 with press sheet (fac257) and white label 12" 2 with press sheet (fac257r) released by parlophone. us 7" (7-19880), white label 12" (0-21498) and 5-track cd (pro-cd-3987) released by warner bros in 1990. german 7" with press sheet released by virgin. hong kong one-track 12" released by wea in 1990. a white label test pressing of fac257/7 included the instrumental.

press
record mirror ad
uk 12" promo insert (1, 2)
nme, 9 december 1989
sounds, 9 december 1989

charts
uk #12
billboard #38
modern rock tracks #4
hot dance music #13
hot dance club play #7
canada #33
australia #40

credits
vocals by bernard sumner and neil tennant. guitars by johnny marr. synthesisers by bernard sumner. drums by david palmer. strings arranged and conducted by anne dudley. getting away with it produced by bernard sumner, johnny marr and neil tennant. recorded by stuart james and remixed by mike pickering and graeme park. original version recorded and mixed by stuart james. lucky bag produced by bernard sumner and johnny marr. recorded by stuart james and mixed by owen morris. miami edits and production by frank callari. art direction and design by peter saville associates. photography by sv&b productions — the image bank, london.

comment
electronic’s debut single was released on vinyl, cassette and cd in the uk. the quality was spread over all five releases, which collectively featured three remixes, early and instrumental versions of the a-side, and even a remix of the b-side lucky bag. the nude mix is so-called because mike pickering and graeme park, who remixed the track, dj’d at the haçienda club in manchester where a ‘nude night’ was held on fridays. the original version, meanwhile, has the live, excited feel of a demo, as anne dudley’s sweeping strings were yet to be added. in america the single was also issued on five formats, the best of which is the cd maxi-single which collated every remix and version bar the aforementioned early mix of getting away with it and the edit of lucky bag, both only ever released on vinyl. it’s the one to own.

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