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Jimmy Somerville

By Andrew D. Hurley – Own work 

James William Somerville (born 22 June 1961) is a Scottish pop singer and songwriter. He sang in the 1980s with the pop groups Bronski Beat and The Communards, and has also had a solo career. He is known in particular for his powerful and soulful countertenor/falsetto singing voice. He is openly gay; many of his songs, such as “Smalltown Boy”, contain political commentary on gay-related issues.

The Very Best of Jimmy Somerville, Bronski Beat and The Communards is a compilation album covering Jimmy Somerville’s career in Bronski Beat, The Communards and as a solo artist. It was released in 2001 and reached number 29 in the UK Albums Chart.

The album features mostly the same tracks, although in a different order, to the 1990 compilation The Singles Collection 1984/1990. Only one track from that album, “Run from Love”, isn’t featured on The Very Best and is replaced with the newer track “Hurt So Good”.

Although Bronski Beat had three UK top 40 hits after Sommerville’s departure (“Hit That Perfect Beat”, “C’mon C’mon” and “Cha Cha Heels”) they are not included on the compilation as it is intended as a retrospective of Somerville’s career.

Smalltown Boy

You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)

To Love Somebody


Comment Te Dire Adieu

Hurt So Good

Can’t take My Eyes Off You (Almighty Definitive Mix)

I Feel Love

It Aint Necessarily So


Could It Be Love

Heaven here on Earth

A Dream Gone Wrong

Dark Sky

Back To Me


So there we go folks – 15 of Jimmy Somerville’s best – were you a fan also? What were your best tracks.


4 thoughts on “Theme Times – Jimmy Somerville

    1. He was famous for those high notes – big hit in the UK with both Bronski Beat and The Communards – remember meeting him once, very small guy 🙂

      1. I’m 6 foot, so almost everyone is small to me. LOL
        I don’t remember him or his bands, so they must not have made it into MTV heavy rotation with the rest of the “New Wave” groups from UK

        1. Bronski Beat – USA
          The Age of Consent, which was their only US Billboard Hot 100 single They were very much a British band.

          I don’t think The Communards ever had a USA hit.

          So you are quite right, their tracks didn’t make it into the rotation for the US.

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