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Jimmy Somerville (born June 22, 1961) is a Scottish pop singer, born and raised in Glasgow. He had considerable success in the 1980s with the pop groups Bronski Beat and The Communards, and has also had a successful solo career.[1]

In 1983, Somerville co-founded the synth pop group Bronski Beat, which proceeded to have a number of hits in the British charts. Their biggest hit, "Smalltown Boy", which reached #3, was considered groundbreaking because of its lyrical content regarding homophobia. Somerville played the song's titular character in the music video, leaving his hostile hometown for the city.

Somerville left Bronski Beat in 1985, and formed The Communards with classically trained pianist Richard Coles. They had a number of hits, including a cover version of Thelma Houston's "Don't Leave Me This Way", which spent four weeks at #1 in the UK charts, and became the biggest-selling single of 1986 in that country. He also sang backing vocals on Fine Young Cannibals' version of "Suspicious Minds", which was a UK Top 10 hit.

The Communards split in 1988, and Somerville launched his solo career. He had several solo hits between 1989 and 1991, also singing on the second Band Aid project at the end of 1989. After releasing his 1989 album Read My Lips, which included a hit cover of Sylvester's disco classic "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" as well as a cover of The Bee Gees' hit song "To Love Somebody" a year later, Somerville left the limelight and was absent from recording for a number of years.

Somerville returned in 1995 with the album Dare to Love, which included "Heartbeat", a #1 hit on the U.S. dance chart. Another album, entitled Manage The Damage, was released in 1999, and its companion remix album Root Beer came out a year later. Most recently, his dance-oriented fourth solo album, Home Again, was released in 2005.

Somerville has also led an acting career, appearing in Sally Potter's 1992 film of Virginia Woolf's Orlando, in Isaac Julien's 1998 Looking for Langston, and in an episode of the cult science fiction television series Lexx ("Girltown").


Bronski BeatEdit

  • I Feel Love/Love To Love You Baby/Johnny Remember Me, London Records/Metronome 1985, single
  • Hundreds And Thousands, Forbidden Fruit/London 1985, LP/CD
  • EP Sampler, Old Gold Records Ltd. 1993, LP
  • The Essentials, Rhino Records 2002, CD

The CommunardsEdit

  • Communards, London Records 1986, LP/CD
  • Live In Italy, London Records 1986, LP
  • You Are My World '87, London Records 1987, single
  • Tomorrow, London Records 1987, single
  • "Never Can Say Goodbye", London Records 1987, single
  • For A Friend, London Records 1987, single
  • Red, London Records 1987, LP/CD
  • There's More To Love, London Records 1988, single
  • Storm Paris, London Records 1988, 3x12" set
  • Heaven, London Records 1993, CD


  • Read My Lips, London Records 1989, LP/CD
  • Comment Te Dire Adieu (with June-Miles Kington), FFRR London Records 1989, single
  • "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)", FFRR London Records 1989, single
  • Read My Lips (Enough Is Enough), FFRR London Records 1989, single
  • The Singles Collection, London Records 1990, LP/CD
  • Run From Love, FFRR London Records 1991, single
  • "To Love Somebody", FFRR London Records 1991, single
  • Smalltown Boy '91, FFRR London Records 1991, single
  • Dare To Love, London Records 1995, LP/CD
  • By Your Side, FFRR London Records 1995, single
  • Hurt So Good, FFRR London Records 1995, double single
  • "Heartbeat", FFRR London Records 1995, podwójny single
  • Safe In These Arms, FFRR London Records 1997, single
  • Master Series, FFRR London Records 1996, Compilation CD
  • Manage The Damage, Gut Records 1999, CD
  • Dark Sky, GUT Records 1999, single
  • Something To Live For, GUT Records 1999, single
  • Lay Down, GUT Records 1999, double single
  • Root Beer, Instinct Records 2000, CD
  • Why? 2000, Almighty 2000, single
  • Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You, Almighty/Atoll Musi 2001, single
  • The Very Best Of Jimmy Somerville, Bronski Beat and The Communards, Waner Brothers/London Records 2001, CD
  • It's So Good, BMG International 2004, double single
  • Come On, Hablando/BMG International 2004, single
  • Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Hablando/BMG International 2005, single

List of Jimmy Somerville songsEdit

This is a list of all Jimmy Somerville songs, including the song title, writer(s), and the album/single on which they first appeared. Solo, group, and duet vocals are included, but songs featuring Jimmy on backing vocals only are not.

with Bronski BeatEdit

Name Writer (s) Album Single
Cadillac CarSomerville/Steinbachek/BronskiWhy?
Close To The EdgeSomerville/Steinbachek/BronskiWhy?
Hard RainSomerville/Steinbachek/BronskiHundreds & Thousands
HeatwaveSomerville/Steinbachek/BronskiThe Age Of Consent
I Feel Love (w/Marc Almond)Moroder/Belotte/Summer/GoddardI Feel Love
I Feel Love/Johnny Remember MeMoroder/Belotte/Summer/GoddardThe Age Of Consent
Infatuation/MemoriesSomerville/Steinbachek/BronskiSmalltown Boy
It Ain't Necessarily SoGershwin/Gershwin/HeywardThe Age Of Consent
JunkSomerville/Steinbachek/BronskiThe Age Of Consent
Love And MoneySomerville/Steinbachek/BronskiThe Age Of Consent
MemoriesSomerville/Steinbachek/BronskiSmalltown Boy
Need A Man BluesSomerville/Steinbachek/BronskiThe Age Of Consent
No More WarSomerville/Steinbachek/BronskiThe Age Of Consent
Puit D'AmourSomervilleI Feel Love
Red DanceSomerville/Steinbachek/BronskiIt Ain't Necessarily So
Run From LoveSomerville/Steinbachek/BronskiHundreds & Thousands
ScreamingSomerville/Steinbachek/BronskiThe Age Of Consent
Signs (And Wonders)SteinbachekI Feel Love
Smalltown BoySomerville/Steinbachek/BronskiThe Age Of Consent
The Potato FieldsBronskiI Feel Love
Why?Somerville/Steinbachek/BronskiThe Age Of Consent

with CommunardsEdit

Name Writer (s) Album Single
Breadline BritainSomerville/ColesCommunards
C MinorSomerville/ColesRed
CzardasMontyYou Are My World
Don't Leave Me This Way (w/Sarah Jane Morris)Gamble/Huff/GilbertCommunards
Don't Slip AwaySomerville/ColesCommunards
For A FriendSomerville/ColesRed
Forbidden LoveSomerville/ColesCommunards
Heavens AboveSomerville/ColesCommunards
Hold On TightSomerville/ColesRed
I Do It All For LoveSomervilleHeaven
If I Could Tell YouSomerville/AudenRed
I Just Want To Let You KnowSomerville/ColesTomorrow
Johnny VersoSomerville/ColesDisenchanted
Judgement DaySomerville/ColesYou Are My World
La DolarosaSomerville/ColesCommunards
Loverman (w/Sarah Jane Morris)Davis/Ramirez/ShermanCommunards
Lovers And FriendsColesRed
Matter Of OpinionSomerville/ColesRed
Never Can Say GoodbyeDavisRed
Never No MoreRoss/Block/HechtSo Cold The Night
Romanze For Violin, Piano, And HedgehogColesTomorrow
SanctifiedSomerville/ColesDon't Leave Me This Way
Sentimental JourneyGreen/Brown/HomerYou Are My World
77 The Great EscapeSomerville/ColesNever Can Say Goodbye
So Cold The NightSomerville/ColesCommunards
Spanish RapSomerville/ColesThere's More To Love
There's More To Love Than Boy Meets GirlSomerville/ColesRed
When The Boy In Your Heart Is The Boy In Your ArmsBennettThere's More To Love
When The Walls Come Tumbling DownSomerville/ColesSo Cold The Night
You Are My WorldSomerville/ColesCommunards
You Are My World '87Somerville/ColesYou Are My World
Zing Went The Strings Of My HeartHanleyThere's More To Love

Jimmy SomervilleEdit

Name Writer (s) Album Single
Adieu! (Madame Tata Mix)Gold/Gainsbourg/SomervilleRead My Lips
A Dream Gone WrongButcher/SomervilleDare To Love
Ain't No Mountain High EnoughAshford/SimpsonHome Again
AlrightButcher/SomervilleDare To Love
AmnesiaSomerville/GauderHome Again
And You Never Thought That This Could Happen To YouSomervilleRead My Lips
Because Of HimButcher/SomervilleDare To Love
Been So LongRowbottom/Somerville/StannardHurt So Good
BlameHerbert/SomervilleDark Sky
BurnSomerville/Winfield/Osborne/BuckleyHome Again
But Not TonightGoreHome Again
By Your SideRowe/Somerville/StannardDare To Love
Can't Take My Eyes Off Of YouCrewe/GaudioQueer As Folk 2 (Soundtrack)
Come LatelyButcher/SomervilleDare To Love
Come OnPlate/Sommer/Somerville/GreeveHome Again
ComingPotter/Somerville/MotionOrlando (Soundtrack)
Comment Te Dire Adieu (w/June Miles Kingston)Gold/GainsbourgRead My Lips
ControlSomervilleRead My Lips
Could It Be LoveSomerville/Gauder/SaleHome Again
CryButcher/SomervilleDare To Love
Dare To LoveButcher/SomervilleDare To Love
Dark SkySomerville/HerbertManage The Damage
DesireSomerville/ButcherRun From Love
Don't Know What To Do (Without You)SomervilleRead My Lips
EveSomerville/HerbertManage The Damage
From This Moment OnPorterRed Hot + Blue (Various Artists)
Gimme Shelter (w/Voice of the Beehive)Jagger/RichardsGimme Shelter (w/Voice of the Beehive)
Girl Falling DownSomerville/HerbertManage The Damage
HeartbeatRowe/Stannard/Watkins/SomervilleDare To Love
Heaven Here On Earth (With Your Love)SomervilleRead My Lips
Here I AmSomerville/HerbertManage The Damage
Home AgainSomerville/Picotto/RemondiniHome Again
Hurts So GoodMitchellDare To Love
I BelieveSomerville/Herbert/MonaghanLay Down
I Believe In Love (w/Arthur Baker)Angelo/Baker/SomervilleMerge (Arthur Baker)
It's So GoodMac/SomervilleHome Again
It Still HurtsPlate/Sommer/Somerville/GreeveHome Again
I Was Born This Way (w/Craig C.)Jones/SpiererAnother Gay Movie (Soundtrack)
I Will Always Be AroundSomerville/Herbert/Gauder/SajeHome Again
Lay DownSomerville/HerbertManage The Damage
LovethingButcher/SomervilleDare To Love
Love You ForeverButcher/SomervilleHurt So Good
Moving OnSomerville/HerbertLay Down
My Heart Is In Your HandsSomervilleRead My Lips
My LifeSomerville/HerbertManage The Damage
Nothing Said, Nothing DoneButcher/SomervilleBy Your Side
Not So God AlmightySomervilleMighty Real
One Fine Day (w/Carmel)OsapaninSet Me Free (Carmel)
Perfect DaySomervilleRead My Lips
RainSomervilleRead My Lips
Read My Lips (Enough Is Enough)SomervilleRead My Lips
RollingSomerville/HerbertManage The Damage
Run From Love (w/Claudia Brucken)Somerville/Steinbachek/BronskiThe Singles Collection 1984/1990
Safe In These ArmsButcher/SomervilleDare To Love
Selfish DaysSomerville/MarHome Again
Sing It To Your Heart?Home Again
So Long BabeHazelwoodPostcards From America (Soundtrack)
Someday SoonSomerville/HerbertManage The Damage
Someday We'll Be TogetherBeavers/Bristol/FuguaDare To Love
Something To Live ForSomerville/Herbert/MonaghanManage The Damage
Star (w/Weather Girls)?Star
StaySomerville/MerlinHome Again
StoneSomerville/HerbertManage The Damage
StrangerSomervilleRead My Lips
Tear FoolButcher/SomervilleDark Sky
Tell The WorldSomervilleComment Te Dire Adieu
The Last Infanta (w/Uno)ClermontetUno (Uno)
The Number One Song In Heaven (w/Sparks)MoroderPlagiarism (Sparks)
This Must Be LoveSomerville/HerbertManage The Damage
To Love SomebodyGibb/GibbThe Singles Collection 1984/1990
Too Much Of A Good ThingHague/Shear/SomervilleDare To Love
Under A Lover's SkySomerville/Uhrmacher/FornaroHome Again
Up And AwayButcher/SomervilleHeartbeat
What's Your Game?Somerville/Winfield/Osborne/BuckleyHome Again
You & Me (w/Blu-ray)Moyet/Somerville/Cole/Bronski/ClarkeYou And Me (w/Blue Ray)
You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)Warrick/JamesRead My Lips

See alsoEdit

References Edit

  1. Walters, Barry (2000-06-20). His beat goes on - singer Jimmy Somerville. The Advocate. Retrieved on 2007-03-22.

External linksEdit

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