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"In Private" was the third single in a row to be a charting success for British singer Dusty Springfield, after an absence of nearly two decades from the charts. Both "In Private" and Springfield's previous single, "Nothing Has Been Proved" were produced by Pet Shop Boys, who helped return Springfield to prominence with their 1987 hit collaboration "What Have I Done to Deserve This?". Both Springfield singles were included on her 1990 British album Reputation.

"In Private"
Dusty Springfield - In Private.jpg
Single by Dusty Springfield
from the album Reputation
B-side"In Private" (Instrumental)
Released20 November 1989
Format7", 12" vinyl, CD single
Songwriter(s)Chris Lowe
Neil Tennant
Producer(s)Chris Lowe
Neil Tennant
Julian Mendelsohn
Dusty Springfield singles chronology
"Nothing Has Been Proved"
"In Private"
Audio sample

Releases and chart performancesEdit

"In Private" peaked at #14 in the British charts.[1] Though not released as a single in the United States, it proved to be popular with club DJs on both coasts and charted on the Hot 100 Dance/Club Play charts, also at #14.[citation needed] A separate remix single with an orange cover - as opposed to the other formats' colours of green (see right; also used for 12" and 7" versions) and purple (for the CD single) - was also released both on 12" and CD in certain territories, featuring three radically rearranged and remixed dance versions by Shep Pettibone.

Cover versionsEdit

The song was later re-recorded and released in 2006 on Fundamentalism, the limited edition second disc released with the Pet Shop Boys' album Fundamental. A different mix of this recording appeared as the b-side to the single "Minimal", released the same year, and was subsequently included in the b-sides compilation Format. It is performed as a duet between Neil Tennant and Elton John. The fact that both of them are openly gay men makes all the more pointed the song's subject of a hidden relationship that one of the participants is ashamed to admit to, especially on the following lines: Tennant: "What you gonna say when you run back to your wife?" / John: "I guess it's just the story of my life...!" / Both: "What are you gonna say...?"

The song was also recorded by the Swedish pop group, Nouveau Riche, as a hidden track on their 2007 album "Pink Trash". In 2008, it was covered by another Swedish band, Sahara Hotnights, peaking at 7th position at the Swedish singles chart.[2]

In 1996, a Dutch cover version of the song was a big comeback hit for Flemish singer, Liliane Saint-Pierre.

Track listingsEdit

7" single / Cassette
  1. "In Private" — 4:21
  2. "In Private" (instrumental) — 4:21
12" maxi / CD maxi
  1. "In Private" (12" version) — 7:12
  2. "In Private" (7" version) — 4:24
  3. "In Private" (instrumental version) — 4:24
12" maxi / CD maxi - Remixes
  1. "In Private" (remix) — 8:53
  2. "In Private" (dub) — 6:34
  3. "In Private" (bonus beats) — 3:56


  • Written and produced by Pet Shop Boys
  • Backing vocals by Carol Kenyon and Katie Kassoon
  • Co-produced and mixed and engineered by Julian Mendelsohn
  • Assistant: Danton Supple
  • Keyboards and programmations by Gary Maughan
  • Remixes by Shep Pettibone
  • Artwork by 3a
  • Catalog#:
    • on spine: 20 3618 6
    • on back sleeve K: 060 20 3618 6
    • on labels: 060-20 3618 6



  1. ^ a b "The Gallup Chart > December 10 – 16 1989". (original document published by Record Mirror). Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  2. ^ " - Discography Sahara Hotnights". Hung Medien. accessdate: 9 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 28 April 2017". Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Ultratop Vlaanderen > Dusty Springfield – In Private" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  5. ^ " > Dusty Springfield – In Private (chanson)" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Dusty Springfield – In Private (single)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for 'In Private'". Fireball Media. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1990" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  9. ^ " > Dusty Springfield – In Private" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  10. ^ " > Dusty Springfield – In Private". Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 April 2017.

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