'Behaviour' was the fourth studio album released by the band.

Production and Recording Edit

'Behaviour' was released worldwide, and spawned 3 UK singles, 'So Hard', 'Being Boring', and 'Jealousy'. A fourth single for North America was released as well, 'How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously?'. Remixes of this were originally offered in the UK as part of 'Where The Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes Off You)', but they split these two tracks up as separate releases in America. '...Streets' was not included on the Behaviour album.

The songs on the album are low-key. Says Neil,

This is basically a sad album, from 'Being Boring' through to 'Jealousy', with the exception of 'How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously?' which is a satire. I suppose 'So Hard' which is about the end of a relationship, is funny as well. But otherwise they're all rather sad songs.
'Miserablism' was originally slated to be on this record, but was at the last minute removed in favour of 'The End Of The World'. 'Miserablism' was later made the b-side to 'Was It Worth It?' in 1991.

Tracklisting Edit

6:48 Being Boring Single Release
5:30 This Must Be The Place I Waited Years To Leave
5:33 To Face The Truth
3:55 How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously?
4:19 Only The Wind
5:17 My October Symphony
3:59 So Hard Single Release
4:07 Nervously
4:41 The End Of The World
4:47 Jealousy

Personnel Edit

The band worked with Harold Faltermeyer for this album, who is of course best known for his work on the Beverly Hills Cop movies and his instrumental hit, 'Axel F'. He worked on all the tracks for the record, something the band hadn't done since Please; work with just one producer. The decision to approach him in particular was their desire to do a complete record without the use of samples, and using very analog sounds and synths. Neil said,

...Even by the beginning of 1990 everything was mega-samples, and we wanted to make something much cleaner. We thought it would sound fuller and more original if all the sounds were programmed for it.
Over 10 weeks, they recorded the album at Faltermeyer's studio in Munich.


Behaviour Japanese limited edition box

Design and Packaging Edit

The photography was again done by Eric Watson and complimented by the design of Mark Farrow. A minimalistic design, in terms of typography and color; white and red.

The idea to photograph them holding roses for the front cover was inspired by a photograph of Judy Garland they saw in Liza Minelli's home, while they were producing her 'Results' album.

A highly sought after item is a Japanese release of the album packaged with a bonus 3" CD containing three tracks, included a 9:30 version of 'This Must Be The Place I Waited Years To Leave' which is the only source for this cut. The entire item is done in a white velvet slipcase with goldleaf lettering.

Reception Edit

Chart Performance Edit

Country Peak Position
Australia 27
Austria 22
Canada 34
Europe 51
Finland 6
Germany 5
Holland 4
Hungary 21
Japan 9
New Zealand 47
Sweden 9
Switzerland 12
UK 2
USA 45

Certification Edit

Behaviour achieved Platinum in the UK and Gold in Canada, Finland, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

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