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
Length 9:23 (album version)
4:18 (7" remix)
4:47 (10" remix)
Label ParlophoneR 6220
Songwriter(s) Paris Brightledge (lyrics), Marshall Jefferson & Sterling Void (music)
Producer(s) Trevor Horn
Pet Shop Boys singles chronology
"Left to My Own Devices"
"It's Alright"
"So Hard"
"Left to My Own Devices"
"It's Alright"
"So Hard"

"It's Alright" is the 13th single from Pet Shop Boys and was released in the UK by Parlophone Records on 26 June 1989. It reached number 5 in the UK and, as of February 2009, it is the Pet Shop Boys' 8th best-selling single. The song was originally written and performed by Sterling Void, Chicago Vocalist and lyricist Paris Brightledge and Marshall Jefferson and came to the attention of Pet Shop Boys on a house compilation issued by DJ International records in 1987.

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".


"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. On the album version, the song concludes with a touch of doubt as Neil Tennant repeats (apparently over the telephone): "I hope it's gonna be alright".

After significant remixing including the addition of extra synthesizer melodies, the song was released as a single. An additional verse (the second verse) in the Pet Shop Boys single version, which expands the song's concerns beyond the purely political into environmental issues (specifically desertification), was written by Neil Tennant.

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".

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.

Sterling Void remixed the Pet Shop Boys recording on the second 12" single, titled the "DJ International Mixes".

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


  • 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
Australian Singles Chart[1] 70
Austrian Singles Chart[2] 27
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[3] 17
Dutch Singles Chart[4] 41
Germany Singles Chart[5] 3
Irish Singles Chart[6] 2
Italian Singles Chart[7] 12
Japanese Singles Chart[citation needed] 82
Spanish Singles Chart[8] 20
Swiss Singles Chart[9] 12
UK Singles Chart[10] 5


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