"I wanted to do it as a tribute,
but I wanted to do it as a celebration." (JS, 2012)
YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL)
was released 30 years ago!
It spent three weeks in the UK top ten singles chart,
achieving a high of #5, higher than any other version of the song...
an album of
Love & Fight.
It was released on this day back in 1989...
30 years ago!
"on CD, Cassette & LP"
"A Limited Edition of this record comes in 4 Day-glo colours"
Just 30 years ago, today!
(30th october 1989)
COMMENT TE DIRE ADIEU was released!
Jimmy Somerville featuring June Miles-Kingston
It was Jimmy’s first solo single,
reaching n°14 on the UK Singles Chart,
n°3 in France and Ireland.
Even before The Communards disbanded Jimmy was working on a solo project. First in line was a song by Françoise Hardy [french lyrics written by Serge Gainsbourg] from 20 years previous, Comment Te Dire Adieu which had lyrics that took on added depth in light of the AIDS crisis. […] « When we started working on it, I thought it was be great to do a duet with June Miles-Kingston, and when I started working with Pascal [Gabriel, producer] and heard how it was sounding, I realized that yeah, this would make a great single. » [Graham Ames, June 2012]
French promo 12" | UK 12" | UK "n°1 in a series" 12"
UK "Greatest Hits EP" 12" | UK remix 12" | Canadian 12"
UK Tape | UK promo MCD | UK "n°1 in a series" MCD | UK MCD | Japan promo 7" | Japan 3"CDS
Just 15 years ago, today!
18th October 2004
The Hi-NRJ dance track COME ON was released as the first commercial single*
from the album 'Home Again'.
(* It's So Good, released in June was essentially a promotional single).
COME ON was co-written and produced with Peter Plate
(from the successful german duo Rosenstolz).
35 years ago, today!
WHY? the amazing second single
by Bronski Beat out this day in 1984.
« This was written for Martin, a friend of the Bronskis who was hounded out of the country by his boyfriend’s irate and violent parents. It’s a measure of what makes this lot speciel that they’ve managed to parcel up all their anger about Martin’s harrassment into a joyous disco record that’s almost certain to storm the dancefloors. » (Smash Hits, sept. 84)
The song was also dedicated to the memory of playwright Drew Griffiths, a victim of a homophobic murder in 1984. The case has never been solved and nobody has been brought to justice.
n° 2 in Netherlands
n° 3 in Belgium
n° 5 in Germany
n° 6 in UK and Ireland
n° 7 in Switzerland
n° 8 in France
n° 10 in Australia
n° 11 in New Zealand
n° 20 in US (Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales)
[in collaboration with Official Jimmy Somerville Fan Page]
MANAGE THE DAMAGE
(20th Anniversary Limited Edition)
Format: white vinyl
Label: Demon Records
(label of Demon Music Group specialized in vinyl reissue)
Summer is here!
Ten years ago, Jimmy gave us
S u d d e n l y L a s t S u m m e r
a collection of acoustic covers…
It’s time to (re)discover all these original classical songs:
« An amazing performance from the first track to the last, Jimmy’s voice touches the soul in places seldom visited, making ‘Suddenly Last Summer’ one of his sexiest and most heartfelt records yet. » (The Daily Ring, May 2009)
1. It’s Love by Blossom Dearie in 1959.
« ‘I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself’ takes me back to being a kid, being glued to the TV, watching The Dusty Springfield Show and wondering « is there an unknown world in her big hair? » »
2. I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself by Dusty Springfield in 1964.
« The most obvious song choice is Blondie’s ‘Hanging On The Telephone’ (originally written by The Nerves) though he again strips it of its disco overtones and reduces it to a finger picked guitar and piano ballad. It suits the song perfectly with Somerville’s soul intonations and effortlessly sweet tone and he brings a sadness to the song that is absent from Debbie Harry sung version. It is rare that a cover version can differ so radically from the original and still be as good. » (doubtfulsounds.net, June 2009)
3. Hanging On The Telephone by Blondie in 1978
« […] on ‘Black Is The Colour Of My True Love’s Hair’ Jimmy takes the traditional folk song popularised by Nina Simone and creates a smoky torch song paean to lovers. » (doubtfulsounds.net, June 2009)
4. Black Is The Colour Of My True Love’s Hair by Nina Simone in 1969
« The mad thing was, blimey… what songs?!! I have 5000+ songs on my i-toons, ARRRRGH!!!! It was so hard to choose. So these songs, they are about times and place for me. That’s the magic of music. » (JS, 2009)
5. Hush by Deep Purple in 1968
« After the album was finally mixed, I realised it really was the case that “Suddenly Last Summer” in Australia, I found myself on Mangrove Mountain, a great studio at my disposal for 6 days, the most wonderful bunch of fellas who are also very talented musicians and technicians, recording songs I have loved for many years. » (Official JS Fan Page, 2009)
6. Sweet Unknown by Cranes in 1997
« ‘Where Have All The Flowers Gone?’ is still as evocative as ever an anti war song. » (JS, 2009)
7. Where Have All The Flowers Gone? by Marlene Dietrich in 1965
« ‘My Heart Belongs To Daddy’... That is purely for da Bears out there!!! » (Official JS Fan Page, 2009)
8. My Heart Belongs To Daddy by Peggy Lee in 1953
Released 20 years ago today (24th May 1999),
the single ‘LAY DOWN’ was a few weeks ahead of
a new album ‘Manage The Damage’.
For Jimmy, to sample the song ‘Contact’
was to pay tribute to its author,
who was a true genius.
is available on
MANAGE THE DAMAGE
3 DISC EXPANDED EDITION
>> HERE <<
20th May 1984, so just 35 years ago!
"a touching lyric about leaving home,
a remarkably agile but controlled vocal
and a good song that recalls Yazoo or Eurythmics
in its effective use of electronic simplicity"
Smash Hits, May 84.
"Singer Jimmy Somerville adds a warmth and frailty
to the electronic disco backing which is irresistable."
N°1, May 84.
"If you make a check-list of
every element of great synthpop,
you can find it in this record.[...]
When something is as
perfect an example of an artform as this,
it simply... is."
Classic Pop, April/May 2014.
Original UK in-store promo poster
(album, 12" and remixed versions)
is available on
2018 Deluxe Remastered & Expanded
2CD | Ltd. Ed. Pink Vinyl | Ltd. Ed. Picture Disk
>> HERE <<
"Formed a year ago
with only a dozen concerts to his credit,
Bronski Beat was on NME front cover
19 May 1984."
So just 35 years ago!