As the spring semester concludes, The Chair is eyeball deep in reading his student’s final screenplays and TV pilots. So in his temporary absence this week he suggests the coolest and gayest thing on the internet – Elton John and Olly Alexander (lead singer of the group, Years and Years) doing their remake of the classic Pet Shop Boys hit “It’s A Sin.”
Alexander starred this year in Russell Davies’ insightful HBO Max five episode limited series, “It’s A Sin,” set at the height of the AIDS epidemic. That story chronicled four friends in what the Chair still considers the worst decade of the twentieth century – the 1980s. (Check out the Chair’s take here).
But this performance takes that eighties tune to a whole new post modern level and raises it to an ironic anthem of defiance. Even better, all proceeds from this version will go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
It’s campy, ferocious and most importantly faaaaaabulous.
You’re welcome. A+ from the Chair.
Till next week…