Jimmy Somerville’s 30th Anniversary of “Smalltown Boy” Will Give You Chills

Whenever I’m asked who I’m proud to have worked with over the years, the name Jimmy Somerville is usually near the list. It was 30 years ago that Jimmy-led Bronski Beat released “Smalltown Boy,” a heart-wrenching (but with a dance beat) song about a gay kid who is bullied by his peers, rejected by his parents and forced to leave town. If you think it’s a struggle to come out now, just imagine what it was like in 1984, becoming a pop star or not.

Jimmy has delivered a powerful 30th anniversary version of the song, with just his still-astounding vocals and a piano.

And then you’ll know why Jimmy is at the top of my list.