Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Communards - 'Don't Leave Me This Way'

Jimmy Sommerville began his falsetto-driven musical career with Bronski Beat in the early eighties. Bronski Beat enjoyed short-lived success with its hit, 'Smalltown Boy.' 'Smalltown Boy' was memorable because its video showcased the mal treatment of gay youth in Britain during the eighties.

In 1985, Sommerville left Bronski Beat and formed The Communards. The very next year, the new band had the biggest selling single that year in Britain. That single was 'Don't Leave Me This Way,' a cover of the hit popularized by Thelma Houston.

The Communards version of 'Don't Leave Me This Way' is notable for several reasons. Sarah Jane Morris' lower ranged jazz vocals provide an obvious contrast to Sommerville's high falsetto. Horns and piano are much more prominent. And the tempo is much quicker than Houston's original.

Check out the Orwellian-themed video to 'Don't Leave Me This Way' below:

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