A Bronski Beat song came on the radio today, and it got me thinking about Jimmy Somerville. I wasn't even sure he was alive, but a little Googling showed that he's still around and recording.
Why hasn't he had a revival? A lot of '80s acts have found success recently going on tour, and with gay pride celebrations around the country, he would seem like a natural person to perform.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||07/03/2013|
Not sure, but "The Age of Consent" remains one of my favorite albums.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||07/01/2013|
back in the 90's , in San Francisco, there was a camp little tchotchke store called Uncle Mame's (later immortalized in the John Waters 'Simpsons' episode). in the window display sat a tv set that played videos.
you could veiw it from the street, and one night I strolled by and looked in the window and caught an episode of Ab Fab. I was enjoying it so much I didn't even look to see who else had stopped by to laugh with me.
it was Somerville
|by Anonymous||reply 2||07/01/2013|
I loved Bronski Beat's "Age of Consent."
Good question, why hasn't Jimmy Somerville had a revival with all the other 80s bands?
|by Anonymous||reply 3||07/01/2013|
I danced with Jimmy at a post-Christopher St. Day party in Berlin a few years ago. He was very short and very drunk with a thick Glaswegian accent.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||07/01/2013|
Post Bronski Beat and The Communards, his career slipped into tacky Hi-NRG covers of gay standards. However, his recent stuff from the last couple of years has actually been rather electronic and in line what passes for modern dance music.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||07/01/2013|
Truly one of the most spectacular voices ever. That "Live from Montreaux" performance of his is really really good.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||07/01/2013|
Somerville is known to sing a great falsetto since the Bee Gees.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||07/01/2013|
I though New Order sang "Age of Consent"?
|by Anonymous||reply 8||07/01/2013|
My friend met him in London. They were leaving the gay bar at the same time and my friend watched Jimmy get on his bike and pedal away.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||07/01/2013|
My friend and his partner met Jimmy Somerville in a bar in London. He was drunk and my friend said he seemed depressed.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||07/01/2013|
[quote]and with gay pride celebrations around the country, he would seem like a natural person to perform.
Hahahahaha. Most pride stages are full of 4th rate dance divas that club promoters/DJs think will break the next year. There's no place for originality at Pride(TM).
|by Anonymous||reply 11||07/01/2013|
Love Jimmy and think he's a special artist...
|by Anonymous||reply 12||07/01/2013|
I guess he has enough money to live.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||07/01/2013|
R9 and R10, my partner and I were vacationing in London 15 years ago and we had the same experience, including watching him pedal off on his bike at bar closing time. We talked with him for about 15 minutes. He seemed like a sweet guy, but there was an underlying sadness in his manner.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||07/01/2013|
R8, they did from the album Power, Corruption and Lies but Bronski Beat released an album called Age of Consent.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||07/01/2013|
[quote]tacky Hi-NRG covers of gay standards
The Communards version of Never Can Say Goodbye is the theme song of Ian McKellan's Vicious sitcom. Which is fine, but the volume is cranked up so damn loud I have to mute it every time it comes on.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||07/01/2013|
r11 you hit the nail on the head. SF Pride(tm) had lady ca-ca-phony before that bubble inflated into hyperdrive, so every Pride(tm) cut and pasted (just like ca-ca-phony) like sheep hoping to score the next 'breakout'.
I was there to see a friend perform, and when ca-ca-phony came on, it was like someone threw the power switch to thousands of robots. I escaped to Faerie Freedom Village
I don't know what's happened to society when extended car alarm re-mixes are considered listenable, let alone popular
|by Anonymous||reply 19||07/03/2013|
Your type like you escaped FROM the Faerie Village, R19.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||07/03/2013|