In celebration of the launch of Russell T. Davies’ eagerly awaited new Channel 4 show starting tonight, Years & Years are proud to share their cover of the Pet Shop Boy’s widely acclaimed hit “It’s a Sin”.
Front man Olly Alexander leads the charge in the cast of the surefire hit show of the same name which follows the story of the 1980s, the story of AIDS, and charts the joy and heartbreak of a group of friends across a decade in which everything changed. It’s A Sin is multi-BAFTA Award-winning writer Russell T Davies’ (Queer As Folk, A Very English Scandal, Years and Years, Doctor Who) brand new 5-part drama.
To mark the occasion Alexander and his band Years & Years decided to cover the famous song in ode to the series. A stripped back version allowing space for Alexander’s vocals to shine with only a piano as accompaniment. You can check it out below.
On the track Alexander said “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 Keeley Hawes, Stephen Fry, Neil Patrick Harris, Tracy Ann Oberman, Shaun Dooley, Omari Douglas, Callum Scott Howells, Nathaniel Curtis and Lydia West.
“I’d like to draw people’s attention to the George House Trust and the great work they do”, Alexander said. A portion of the proceeds for the single will be donated to this incredible charity, which has been providing HIV support, advice and advocacy services to improve health outcomes since 1985.
George House Trust added: “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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