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Jimmy Somerville

Jimmy Somerville achieved fame in the summer of 1984 as the voice of Bronski Beat, whose single "Smalltown Boy" reached number three in the UK singles chart. The song was unusual at the time as its lyrics and music video directly addressed the issue of gay life and homophobic violence. Somerville quickly became famous for his openness about his ... See full bio »
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 2014/I Pride (writer: "Why?", "Tell My Why", "For a Friend")
 2013/I Test (writer: "Smalltown Boy" - as James William Somerville)
 2009 House of Boys (performer: "World of My Own")
 2008 Zack and Miri Make a Porno (writer: "Smalltown Boy")
 2006 Another Gay Movie (performer: "I Was Born This Way")
 1998 Edge of Seventeen (writer: "Why", "Small Town Boy")
 1994 Postcards from America (performer: "So Long, Babe", "Postcards From America Suite")
 1992 Orlando (performer: "ELIZA IS THE FAIREST QUEEN", "COMING") / (writer: "COMING")
 1986 Parting Glances (writer: "Love and Money", "Smalltown Boy", "Why")
 1985 Avenging Angel (performer: "Why?")
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Bronski Beat | The Communards | Jimmy Sommerville


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[in 1988] The way that the media has really treated people who die from AIDS is either they're kind of like seen as junkies, or just like queers, or people who are actually outside. It's never actually seen as like people who are actually just like people, human beings. It's not just statistics and figures, it's actually people who are dying. People who have friends and relationships and they do ... See more »


Now a solo performer, Somerville was the singer for Bronski Beat and duo The Communards (with Richard Coles) in the 1980s.

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