'Shopping' is an album track from Actually.

Production and Recording Edit

The song was meant to sound something like "Word Up" by Cameo, and Cameo's producer was indeed approached to work on 'Shopping'. Keith Forsey was also approached but neither collaboration happened.


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.

We're buying and selling your history
How we go about it is no mystery
We check it with the city then change the law
Are you looking forward?
Now you want some more

We're S-H-O-P-P-I-N-G
We're shopping

It's easy when you've got all the information
Inside help, no investigation
No questions in the house
no give and take
There's a big bang in the city
We're all on the make

We're S-H-O-P-P-I-N-G
We're shopping

Our gain is your loss
That's the price you pay
I heard it in the House of Commons
Everything's for sale

We're S-H-O-P-P-I-N-G/ We're shopping