It's Alright (Pet Shop Boys song)

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"It's Alright"
Single by Pet Shop Boys
from the album Introspective
B-side "One of the Crowd", "Your Funny Uncle"
Released 26 June 1989
Format 7", 12", cassette, CD
Genre House
Length 9:23 (album version)
4:18 (7" remix)
Label ParlophoneR 6220
Writer(s) Paris Brightledge (lyrics), Sterling Void (music)
Producer(s) Trevor Horn
Pet Shop Boys singles chronology
"Left to My Own Devices"
(1988)
"It's Alright"
(1989)
"So Hard"
(1990)

"It's Alright" is the 13th single from Pet Shop Boys and was released in the UK by Parlophone Records on 26 June 1989.

The lyrics list a wide variety of serious political issues in the headlines at the time ("Dictation enforced in Afghanistan, revolution in South Africa taking a stand…"), and then offers the positive message of the title—that on its "timeless wavelength", "music is our life's foundation", it "shall last" and ultimately "succeed all the nations to come".

On the album (Introspective) version, the song concludes with a touch of doubt as Neil Tennant repeats (apparently over the telephone): "I hope it's gonna be alright". On the 10" single there are additional lyrics with Neil Tennant speaking: "there's a boy standing by a river, there's a girl lying with her lover, there's a statesman standing at a crossroads, there's a soldier polishing his gun".

The song was originally written and performed by Sterling Void & Paris Brightledge and came to the attention of Pet Shop Boys on a house compilation. In fact, Sterling Void remixed the track on the second 12", titled the "DJ International Mixes". Void's original version has only two verses (the first and third in the PSB version). The second verse of the Pet Shop Boys version, which expands the song's concerns beyond the purely political into environmental issues (specifically desertification), was written by Neil Tennant.

It's Alright was the last song on the Introspective album and with a length over nine minutes it is currently the Pet Shop Boys longest album track. After significant remixing including the addition of extra synthesizer melodies, the song was released as a single and reached number 5 in the UK. As of February 2009, it is the Pet Shop Boys 8th best-selling single.

In February 1989, following the song's inclusion on Introspective but before its release as a single, the original version by Sterling Void was re-issued and reached number 53 in the UK singles chart.

A cover was done by Hercules and Love Affair on their 2011 album Blue Songs.

Track listing[edit]

7": Parlophone / R 6220 (UK)[edit]

  1. "It's Alright" – 4:18
  2. "One of the Crowd" – 3:54
  3. "Your Funny Uncle" – 2:16

10": Parlophone / 10 R 6220 (UK)[edit]

  1. "It's Alright" (alternative mix) – 4:46
  2. "It's Alright" (extended dance mix) – 10:34

12": Parlophone / 12 R 6220 (UK)[edit]

  1. "It's Alright" (extended version) – 8:47
  2. "One of the Crowd" – 3:54
  3. "Your Funny Uncle" – 2:16

12": Parlophone / 12 RX 6220 (UK)[edit]

  1. "It's Alright" (Tyree mix) – 8:55
  2. "It's Alright" (Sterling Void mix) – 5:34

CD: Parlophone / CD R 6220 (UK)[edit]

  1. "It's Alright" – 4:18
  2. "One of the Crowd" – 3:54
  3. "Your Funny Uncle" – 2:16
  4. "It's Alright" (extended version) – 8:47

Remixes[edit]

  • Julian Mendelsohn:
  1. "It's Alright" (alternative mix) – 4:46
  2. "It's Alright" (extended dance mix) – 10:34
  • Tyree Cooper
  1. "It's Alright" (Tyree mix) – 8:55
  • Sterling Void
  1. "It's Alright" (Sterling Void mix) – 5:34

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[citation needed] 70
Austrian Singles Chart[1] 27
Belgian Singles Chart[citation needed] 13
Dutch Singles Chart[2] 41
French Singles Chart[citation needed] 6
German Singles Chart[3] 3
Irish Singles Chart[4] 2
Italian Singles Chart[5] 16
Japanese Singles Chart (Tokyo)[citation needed] 82
Spain (AFYVE)[6] 20
Swiss Singles Chart[7] 15
UK Singles Chart[8] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steffen Hung. "Pet Shop Boys - It's Alright". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  2. ^ Steffen Hung. "Pet Shop Boys - It's Alright". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  3. ^ "charts.de". charts.de. 2006-11-14. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  4. ^ Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Group - http://www.fireballmedia.ie. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  5. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: P". Hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  6. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. "Pet Shop Boys - It's Alright". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  8. ^ "ChartArchive - Pet Shop Boys - It's Alright". Chartstats.com. 1989-08-26. Archived from the original on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 

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