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Smalltown Boy (1984) - Bronski Beat - All about the song ...

The story of one of the most controversial hits of the 1980s... How was Bronski Beat's biggest hit "Smalltown Boy" created?

Story of the song "Smalltown Boy" (1984) - Bronski Beat

Today, every avid music lover of the '80s will recognize this song... "Smalltown Boy" is a very intimate and heartfelt song that touches on a very, very topical issue for the homosexual culture of those years...

Bronski Beat band!
Bronski Beat band!

History and Significance

"Smalltown Boy" was the debut single by Bronski Beat. The composition about parental misunderstanding and homophobic attitudes in society was released in the summer of 1984. It was released afterwards on The Age of Consent!

The cover of the band's debut album...
The cover of the band's debut album...

This song is considered to be the main anthem of homosexual minorities. "Smalltown Boy" brought the young band great success and fame, becoming No. 1 in Holland and Italy, as well as No. 3 in their own country. As for the United States, the song about "Smalltown Boy" reached No. 1 on the US Dance Top Chart!

Its lyrics are filled with the basic problems of 1980s homosexual culture... Jimmy Sumerville, the band's lead singer, sings about how hard it is when even your closest people don't understand you, you are a stranger to everyone, in a word, an outcast...

Bronski Beat
Bronski Beat

Considering that the same attitude towards sexual minorities remains in many countries to this day, the theme of the song can be called "eternally relevant"... In addition, "Smalltown Boy" raises the issue of moral morality, spiritual values, touches on the problem of loneliness, alienation from society and even family...

Music video

Soon an atmospheric music video was made for "Smalltown Boy. Jimmy Summerville played the lyrical hero of the song, a young gay man. In many ways, his character's story is similar to his own...

Jimmy Summerville
Jimmy Summerville

In the clip, Samerville's character makes friends (played by fellow band members Larry Stabacek and Jonathan Heller) and comes home beaten by a gang of homophobes... The irony of the clip is much deeper than it might seem.

A boy falls in love with one of the swimmers in the pool, but confessing his feelings only perplexes him. Later, he and his friends are attacked on the street by a gang of homophobes, led by the swimmer in question. He is brought home by a policeman, where his negatively-minded parents are already waiting for him...

After a cold farewell to his family, the friends take the train and leave the notorious little town... The hero Jimmy intends to forever escape the memories of his childhood as a typical quiet boy from a small English town and the events that forced him to leave his hometown...

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