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The Communards is an English group formed in 1985 by Jimmy Sommerville, ex Bronski Beat and Richard Coles.

The name "The Communards" would be a reference to the Parisian uprising in 1871 during the Commune.

Their first single "You are my world" was released in 1985 and was a definite success.

But it was a year later, in 1986, that they knew their biggest hit with the cover of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes "Don’t leave me this way".

Single which makes a huge success on the planetary level and will become at the same time the best-selling title of the whole year 86 across the Channel.

The single "So cold the night" which came out shortly afterwards also performed well.

In 1987, the album "Red" was released, an album from which a new mega hit was to be extracted with "Never can say goodbye", a version inspired by the title of Gloria Gaynor in 1974.

1988 will be the year of their last major success with the single "There’s more to love". But it will also be the year when Jimmy Sommerville takes his freedom to sail towards a solo career.

To discover or rediscover.

Discography (among others ...) :

  • You are my world 1985

  • Disenchanted 1986

  • Don’t leave me this way 1986

  • So cold the night 1986

  • Tomorrow 1987

  • Never can say goodbye 1987

  • For a friend 1988

  • There’s more to love 1988


Clips :

1985 ... the Bronski Beat page being closed, place now for this new adventure which will prove to be extremely prolific and rich in hits of very large caliber

1986 ... a unique voice to serve a project that is no less so. The big fireworks will not take place on this title but it is for very soon ...

1986 ... the HUGE resumption of the hit by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes which makes Communards one of the flagship values of the moment. The duo here simply deliver one of the biggest Dance hits of that year and the decade itself. MAS-TER-FUL !

1986 ... a XXL quality suite version Tales of a Thousand and One Nights. An inspiration constantly renewed and which hits the target every time !

1987 ... another excellent title, with a more confidential route and which deserved much wider recognition from the public

1987 ... new intergalactic revival this time of Gloria Gaynor's tube dating from 1974. The title which makes them definitively enter the musical legend of the 80s !

1988 ... finished the mega Dance hits, make way for sweetness with this magnificent ballad where Sommerville's voice still does wonders. MA-GIC !

1988 ... definitely, nothing to throw away in all their discography. A melodic quality omnipresent from start to finish !


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