Release DateEdit

  • 7 September 1987 (album track)


Track three, from 'Actually'.


Neil says the song actually started out as a joke. "Chris and I [were] walking down Oxford Street singing 'S-H-O-P-P-I-N-G' when we were's such a common human activity, and in the Eighties it ceased to be presented as a necessity and instead became a leisure activity. The Eighties were very concerned with buying and selling. However I couldn't think of anything particularly interesting to say about shopping so the words are about the government selling off nationalised industries. We were obviously against it."


  • The song was meant to sound something like "Word Up" by Cameo, and Cameo's producer was indeed approached to work on 'Shopping' but it never happened. Keith Forsey was also approached.

Official VersionsEdit

  • 3:37 Shopping (album version)

Cover Versions by Other ArtistsEdit

  • 2006 West End Girls