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The Communards
were a British pop duo active from 1985 to 1988. They are most famous for their cover versions of "Don't Leave Me This Way"[2] and "Never Can Say Goodbye".[3]


1 History 2 Discography 3 References 4 See also

History[edit] The Communards
formed in 1985 after singer Jimmy Somerville
Jimmy Somerville
left his earlier band Bronski Beat to team up with classically trained musician Richard Coles. Though mainly a pianist, Coles played a number of instruments and had been seen previously performing the clarinet solos on the Bronski Beat hit "It Ain't Necessarily So". They were joined by bass player Dave Renwick who had also played with Bronski Beat. Somerville was well known for his falsetto singing style, and for being openly gay during a period of increasing socio-political debate and conflict in the UK regarding lesbian and gay rights. The name Communards
refers to the revolutionaries of the 1871 Paris Commune. Karl Marx
Karl Marx
said of the uprising that "Yes, gentlemen, the Commune intended to abolish that class property which makes the labour of the many the wealth of the few... this is communism."[4] Somerville seems to have used the term to express his political sympathies while avoiding immediate connections to contemporary activism. However, the use of the term and Somerville's left-wing politics drew frequent accusations that he was a communist. The band had their first UK Top 30 hit in 1985 with the piano-based number 30 single "You Are My World". The following year, they had their biggest hit with an energetic Hi-NRG[5] cover version of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes' soul classic "Don't Leave Me This Way" (in a version inspired by Thelma Houston's cover) which spent four weeks at number one and became the UK's biggest selling single of 1986. It also made the US Top 40. It featured Sarah Jane Morris as co-vocalist, taking advantage of the contrast between Morris' deep and rounded contralto and Somerville's soaring falsetto. Morris performed both backing and co-lead vocals on many of the Communards' other recordings, and appeared in group photos as an unofficial third member. Later that year, The Communards
had another UK Top 10 hit with the single "So Cold the Night", which reached number 8. In 1987, they released an album titled Red, which was partly produced by Stephen Hague. Red featured a cover version of the Jackson 5
Jackson 5
hit "Never Can Say Goodbye" (in a version inspired by Gloria Gaynor's cover), which the Communards
took to number 4 on the UK chart. Their last released single was "There's More to Love (Than Boy Meets Girl)" in 1988, which reached number 20 and was their final Top 20 hit. Red is also noteworthy for "Victims" and "For a Friend" (also released as a single), which address people living with and having died from HIV/AIDS. They split in 1988, allegedly after Coles lied to Somerville that he had HIV/AIDS, a lie that would permanently strain relations between the two.[6] Shortly after, Somerville began a solo career. Coles followed his Christian leanings and, after periods as a journalist for The Times Literary Supplement and The Catholic Herald, he was ordained in the Church of England, spending time as the curate of St Botolph's (The Stump) in Boston, Lincolnshire, and as assistant priest at St Paul's Knightsbridge and chaplain to the Royal College of Music. In 2011, he became vicar of Finedon
in Northamptonshire. He is the regular presenter of the Saturday morning BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
programme Saturday Live. Discography[edit] Main article: The Communards

(1986) Red (1987)


^ a b c d Communards, The. Allmusic. Retrieved 07-31-2013. ^ The Communards
Don't Leave Me This Way
Don't Leave Me This Way
(Official music video) on YouTube ^ The Communards
Never Can Say Goodbye
Never Can Say Goodbye
(Official music video) on YouTube ^ Karl Marx, "The Civil War in France" contained in the Collected Works of Karl Marx
Karl Marx
and Frederick Engels: Volume 22 (International Publishers: New York, 1986) pp. 307–359. ^ "Bronski Beat-Communards-Jimmy Somerville". TrouserPress.com. Retrieved 2013-10-30.  ^ https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/oct/20/reverend-richard-coles-sex-pomposity-faking-hiv

See also[edit]

Jimmy Somerville
Jimmy Somerville
discography Bronski Beat discography Banderas – Communards
offshoot featuring backing musician Sally Herbert List of number-one dance hits (United States) List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart June Miles-Kingston

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Best-selling singles by year in the United Kingdom


1952: "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" – Vera Lynn
Vera Lynn
(UK) 1953: "I Believe" – Frankie Laine 1954: "Secret Love" – Doris Day 1955: "Rose Marie" – Slim Whitman 1956: "I'll Be Home" – Pat Boone 1957: "Diana" – Paul Anka 1958: "Jailhouse Rock" – Elvis Presley 1959: "Living Doll" – Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard
(UK) 1960: "It's Now or Never" – Elvis Presley 1961: "Wooden Heart" – Elvis Presley 1962: "I Remember You" – Frank Ifield (UK) 1963: "She Loves You" – The Beatles
The Beatles
(UK) 1964: "Can't Buy Me Love" – The Beatles
The Beatles
(UK) 1965: "Tears" – Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd
(UK) 1966: "Green, Green Grass of Home" – Tom Jones (UK) 1967: "Release Me" – Engelbert Humperdinck (UK) 1968: "Hey Jude" – The Beatles
The Beatles
(UK) 1969: "Sugar, Sugar" – The Archies


1970: "The Wonder of You" – Elvis Presley 1971: "My Sweet Lord" – George Harrison
George Harrison
(UK) 1972: "Amazing Grace" – The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Band (UK) 1973: "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" – Tony Orlando and Dawn 1974: "Tiger Feet" – Mud (UK) 1975: "Bye Bye Baby" – Bay City Rollers
Bay City Rollers
(UK) 1976: "Save Your Kisses for Me" – Brotherhood of Man
Brotherhood of Man
(UK) 1977: "Mull of Kintyre" / "Girls' School" – Wings (UK) 1978: "Rivers of Babylon" / "Brown Girl in the Ring" – Boney M. 1979: "Bright Eyes" – Art Garfunkel 1980: "Don't Stand So Close to Me" – The Police
The Police
(UK) 1981: "Don't You Want Me" – The Human League
The Human League
(UK) 1982: "Come On Eileen" – Dexys Midnight Runners
Dexys Midnight Runners
(UK) 1983: "Karma Chameleon" – Culture Club
Culture Club
(UK) 1984: "Do They Know It's Christmas?" – Band Aid (UK) 1985: "The Power of Love" – Jennifer Rush 1986: "Don't Leave Me This Way" – The Communards
(UK) 1987: "Never Gonna Give You Up" – Rick Astley
Rick Astley
(UK) 1988: "Mistletoe and Wine" – Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard
(UK) 1989: "Ride on Time" – Black Box


1990: "Unchained Melody" – The Righteous Brothers 1991: "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" – Bryan Adams 1992: "I Will Always Love You" – Whitney Houston 1993: "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" – Meat Loaf 1994: "Love Is All Around" – Wet Wet Wet
Wet Wet Wet
(UK) 1995: "Unchained Melody" – Robson & Jerome (UK) 1996: "Killing Me Softly" – Fugees 1997: "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" / "Candle in the Wind 1997" – Elton John
Elton John
(UK) 1998: "Believe" – Cher 1999: "...Baby One More Time" – Britney Spears 2000: "Can We Fix It?" – Bob the Builder
Bob the Builder
(UK) 2001: "It Wasn't Me" – Shaggy featuring Rikrok
(UK) 2002: "Anything Is Possible" / "Evergreen" – Will Young
Will Young
(UK) 2003: "Where Is the Love?" – The Black Eyed Peas 2004: "Do They Know It's Christmas?" – Band Aid 20 (UK) 2005: "Is This the Way to Amarillo" – Tony Christie
Tony Christie
featuring Peter Kay (UK) 2006: "Crazy" – Gnarls Barkley 2007: "Bleeding Love" – Leona Lewis
Leona Lewis
(UK) 2008: "Hallelujah" – Alexandra Burke
Alexandra Burke
(UK) 2009: "Poker Face" – Lady Gaga


2010: "Love the Way You Lie" – Eminem
featuring Rihanna 2011: "Someone Like You" – Adele
(UK) 2012: "Somebody That I Used to Know" – Gotye
featuring Kimbra 2013: "Blurred Lines" – Robin Thicke
Robin Thicke
featuring T.I.
& Pharrell Williams 2014: "Happy" – Pharrell Williams 2015: "Uptown Funk" – Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson
(UK) featuring Bruno Mars 2016: "One Dance" – Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla (UK) 2017: "Shape of You" - Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran

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Jimmy Somerville


Studio albums

Read My Lips Dare to Love Manage the Damage Home Again


The Singles Collection 1984/1990 The Very Best of Jimmy Somerville, Bronski Beat and The Communards For a Friend: The Best of Bronski Beat, The Communards
& Jimmy Somerville


"Suspicious Minds" "Comment te dire adieu" "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" "Read My Lips (Enough Is Enough)" "To Love Somebody" " Smalltown Boy
Smalltown Boy
('91 Remix)" "Gimme Shelter" "Heartbeat" "Hurt So Good" "By Your Side" "The Number One Song in Heaven" "Why? (Almighty Mix)" "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"

Other songs

"Love to Love You Baby" "Johnny Remember Me" "Lover Man" "Do They Know It's Christmas?" "From This Moment On" "Someday We'll Be Together" "But Not Tonight" "I Was Born This Way" "Tell Me Why"

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