Years & Years cover Pet Shop Boys’ ‘It’s A Sin’ for new TV drama

The British pop band have released their powerful rendition of the Pet Shop Boys’ acclaimed hit ‘It’s A Sin’, in celebration of HBO Max’s new TV drama.

Years & Years have shared their cover of ‘It’s A Sin’ by legendary synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys, out via Interscope Records.

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The song is a stripped-back version of the acclaimed hit featuring only a piano accompaniment to frontman Olly Alexander’s shining vocals.

The release is an ode to multi-BAFTA Award-winning writer Russell T Davies’ new TV drama of the same name, ‘It’s A Sin’, which premiered on HBO Max this past Friday, January 22.

Olly Alexander is also the main star in the cast of the new five-part drama which follows five 18-year-olds in the 1980s as their lives are affected by the AIDS crisis.

He comments on the track,

“I’ve always loved the iconic Pet Shop Boys and this song’s expression of the gay experience. My character Ritchie loves this song too so I’m really excited to put out our own version. I made this mostly from home just me and my piano so it feels pretty raw and exposed, it’s a really beautiful song to sing.” 

The cast of the show also features Neil Patrick Harris, Keeley Hawes, Stephen Fry, Tracy Ann Oberman, Shaun Dooley, Omari Douglas, Callum Scott Howells, Nathaniel Curtis and Lydia West.

Proceeds for the single will be donated to the George House Trust, a charity that provides HIV support, advice and advocacy services to improve health outcomes since 1985.

Olly says of the George House Trust,

“I’d like to draw people’s attention to the George House Trust and the great work they do. At George House Trust everything we do helps people living with HIV to live happy and healthy lives and be free from stigma and discrimination. We’re absolutely delighted that Years and Years have released this beautiful version of ‘It’s a Sin’ to mark the launch of this ground-breaking programme. It’s vital that this piece of history is told and understood and we’re excited to be working with Years and Years in tackling HIV stigma together.”

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