"It's Alright" was originally a house track recorded by Sterling Void. It came to the attention of Pet Shop Boys and producer Trevor Horn while they were listening to a dance music compilation. The original intention was for Horn to record the song with The Mint Juleps, who were another band that he was producing. They didn't take to it, so Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe decided to lay it down themselves adding a second verse about environmental issues.
The song's black-and-white music video was filmed in Notting Hill, London, with an assortment of babies. One of the little darlings vomited on Neil Tennant's expensive custom made leather jackets during the shoot. Tennant recalled to Spin magazine in 2013: "We got there, and all the babies were asleep - all the 50 babies. And then one of them cried [and] they all fu--ing woke up. It was Chris' idea, that video. I still think it's a very original idea, and it terms of the style, it was meant to be a tribute to Robert Mapplethorpe, the way it was lit in black-and-white."
This was the fourth and final single from Pet Shop Boys' third album, Introspective. They had a golden touch in their early years, with 10 Top-10 UK hits from their first three albums, including four #1s. Remarkably, they did it without touring - they didn't hit the road until 1989.
The song was covered by the New York Dance outfit Hercules and Love Affair on their 2011 album Blue Songs.