The first official remix I ever did was of this track for the Neon Genesis Evangelion AMV. I absolutely love doing these kind of projects! So the story goes like this:
Evangelion follows Shinji and EVA Unit-01 as he combats Sachiel, Bardiel, and Zeruel (The most favoritest ^_^), basically moping around and wondering why me? (Just like in the anime, the song itself is very true to Shinji’s mopility XD)… He also has to confront his father which was something I related to as a kid and had to do with my father as well. (Again this song is perfect).
We’ve also posted the original video of NEON GENESIS EVANGELION which was produced by Eddie Chen & Jerry Hsu. The video was voted 1st place runner up by CON OTAKON (Anime Music Video Contest) in 1998 for most Serious/Dramatic Anime Video.
The Facts: “It’s a Sin” was recorded by the Pet Shop Boys which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in 1987, and was their third top ten in the US when it reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100, and was the lead single by Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant, from the duo’s second studio album, Actually. Released in June 1987, it became the Pet Shop Boys second UK number one single. It was also a massive hit across Europe, supposedly the best-selling European single of 1987. In the United States it reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the duo’s third Top 10 hit in the USA. A demo of the track was actually first cut in 1984 with Bobby O, and the song’s form in the demo remained intact to the final version, although the released production is far more dramatic.
The song is a description of Tennant’s Catholic upbringing and education at St Cuthbert’s High School in Newcastle upon Tyne. The song uses extensive samples from Latin masses (specifically, Tennant reciting a part of the Confiteor, and other sounds recorded at locations such as Westminster Cathedral) and religious imagery throughout to reinforce the feel of the song. Tennant wrote the lyrics in 15 minutes, purging his emotions in a moment of frustration and anger. The Latin passage near the end translates as, “I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, act and omission, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault”.
Now for the Controversy: At the time of the single’s release, British DJ Jonathan King accused the Pet Shop Boys of plagiarising the melody for “It’s a Sin” from Cat Stevens’ 1971 hit “Wild World”. King went so far as to release 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 the Pet Shop Boys sued King, eventually winning out-of-court damages, which they donated to charity.