21st may 1985, just 35 years ago !
Very first ever concert of the duo Jimmy Somerville and Richard Coles
which is still called "Body Politic" at that time.
It was in Paris at the Bodyrok (30, rue Gramont - 75002).
They interpreted ten songs with only Jimmy's voice accompanied by Richard's piano. The audience discovers titles like You Are My World and La Dolarosa for the first time but also covers like Summertime and Sentimental Journey…
It was during this same period that Mark Ashton takes Jimmy and Richard to see where the original Communards were executed in 1871 in Père Lachaise cemetery and so the duo named himself after them.
35 years ago, today!
I feeL Love
out this day in 1985.
original artwork with giant sticker for promotional display in recordstore
original video directed by Connie Giannaris
TOTP appearance at n°7
Live at Golden Rose, Montreux, may 85
To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the album’s original release on CD,
Jimmy Somerville’s “Suddenly Last Summer”
sees its first ever release on vinyl.
Released March 27, 2020.
The extent of Jimmy’s unique vocal artistry is searingly evident on this acoustic showcase of some of his personal favourite songs which he succeeds, in spades, in making his very own. An emotional tour de force and a glittering jewel amidst his extensive back catalogue; Jimmy has always been an adept and talented creator of song; in “Suddenly Last Summer” he also became a legendary curator of song!
“Suddenly Last Summer” is a stunning collection of evocative cover versions in simple, beautiful and surprising acoustic arrangements. They are emotive, tender and intimate interpretations by one of pop music’s foremost song stylists, backed by crack musicians, led by pianist and producer Andrew Worboys. This newly remastered vinyl edition includes an exclusive track ‘The Gal From Joe’s’, a cover version of the Duke Ellington & Irving Mills masterwork composition that remained unreleased from the original album sessions… until now!
“Suddenly Last Summer” is an eclectic mix of modern classics reflecting Jimmy Somerville’s own broad musical tastes including Blondie’s ‘Hanging On The Telephone’, Dusty Springfield’s ‘I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself’, The Doors’ ‘People Are Strange’ and Nina Simone’s ‘Black Is The Colour Of My True Love’ among many other classics and songbook standards.
The recording sessions for this album rank among Jimmy’s happiest memories, he recalls the time as, “Six days of heaven… it was a whirlwind experience. It was, and I guess shall be, one of the best times recording I have ever had. It’s definitely up there with my first trip to NYC to record ‘The Age Of Consent’.”
1. IT’S LOVE
2. I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF
3. HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE
4. BLACK IS THE COLOUR OF MY TRUE LOVE’S HAIR
6. SWEET UNKNOWN
7. THE GAL FROM JOE’S
1. WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE?
2. MY HEART BELONGS TO DADDY
3. WAS THAT ALL IT WAS?
4. PEOPLE ARE STRANGE
5. BY YOUR SIDE
6. WALKING AFTER MIDNIGHT
pre-order exclusively from Cherry Red Records
LEARNED TO TALK
was released 5 years ago today!
This single is taken from Jimmy's solo album HOMAGE.
« It’s about understanding that if you allow yourself
to open up and connect to your heart
and have your heart and mind work together
you can actually be aware and be involved in much more
and allow yourself to be vulnerable. » (JS, 2015)
Jimmy Somerville - Learned To Talk
Jimmy Somerville chats about his new single 'Learned To Talk'
"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)