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January 23

‘Smalltown’ Man: Bronski Beat and Communards’ Jimmy Somerville Pays ‘Homage’

2014 saw the 30th anniversary of the 1980’s synthpop group Bronski Beat’s “Smalltown Boy.” Originally released in 1984 and based on frontman Jimmy Somerville’s own coming out experience, the song addressed key issues in 1980’s LGBT culture and brought homosexuality and homophobia into the pop mainstream. The song deals with loneliness, rejection, and bullying due […]