Well, I still have the 12" vinyl version of this stored away somewhere - time to dust it off again!

There was much controversy when this was released in June 1987. DJ Jonathan King accused Pet Shop Boys of plagiarising the melody for It's a Sin from Cat Steven's 1971 hit, Wild World. He made the claims in The Sun newspaper, for which he wrote a regular column during the 1980s.

King also released his own cover version of Wild World as a single, using a similar musical arrangement to It's a Sin, in an effort to demonstrate his claims. This single flopped, while Pet Shop Boys sued King, eventually winning out-of-court damages which they donated to charity.

This powerful song was Pet Shop Boys second No.1 single and was about Neil Tennant's difficult Catholic upbringing and education. It spent three weeks at No.1 in the UK singles chart during June 1987. THe track was produced by Julian Mendelsohn and features on the album Actually.

Pet Shop Boys - It's A Sin (1987 vinyl sleeve)
This Ural DJ's remix keeps much of the drama of the original tune intact, while also bringing it to the dancefloor.


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