Jimmy Somerville left his earlier band Bronski Beat to team up with classically-trained musician Richard Coles to form The Communards. The duo were active from 1985 to 1988.
Don't Leave Me This Way was the eighties band's biggest hit, and was a cover of Thelma Houston's song. The song was the third single to be lifted from the band's self-titled debut album. It spent four weeks at the top of the UK singles chart and lead vocals were provided by Sarah-Jane Morris.
The fourth single from the album, So Cold The Night, reached #8 and was the second top ten hit for the band. The only other track to break into the top ten was Never Can Say Goodbye which reached #4 in the UK in 1987 and featured on the band's second album Red.
Overall, the 80s band achieved success with nine Top 30 hits during the eighties (including a remix of You Are My World) before splitting-up in 1988.
If you're a Communards fan with 11 minutes and 15 seconds to spare, then you're really going to enjoy this mix by the legendary Shep Pettibone. However, I couldn't believe that it it had lasted that long when the video came to a halt, and that's the sign of a great mix - the original version is below.
Jimmy Somerville's voice is on top form on this Hi-NRG version of the song, which was the second single to be released from the duo's second studio album Red. The song reached #4 in the UK and was also a hit across Europe, and became their second biggest hit of the 80s, after Don't Leave Me This Way.
Never Can Say Goodbye was originally a hit for the Jackson 5 in 1971 and also for disco diva Gloria Gaynor almost four years later in 1975.
What great songs the Communards made, and Disenchanted is no exception. Sadly, due to WMG not allowing people to embed many Communards or Bronski Beat videos on their site, you can't view the video. That's despite the fact that you're given the option to purchase the songs from this site, and that non-official videos are allowed on Youtube. Talk about picking on the little guys!
Anyway, you can still listen to a snippet of the song which I hope will suffice.
was the Communards second single release taken from the 80s band's
debut self-titled album. The song reached #29 in the UK and was the
follow-up single to You Are My World which had peaked at #30. It's such a shame that this song didn't make the top ten, at least.
Two more songs were released from the album as singles; Don't Leave Me This Way which was the band's best-seller, spending four weeks at No.1, and my favourite Communards song So Cold The Night. A 1987 remix of You Are My World reached #21.
The 80s was the decade of the 12 inch, and this one is particularly good. As well as a very 80s bassline and drum track, it also features a wonderful piano arpeggio and electric guitar, and the latter came as a pleasant surprise, I must say.
Tomorrow was the first single to be released from The Communards second (and last) studio album Red. Released in 1987, the song reached #23 in the UK singles chart and also made #2 in the U.S. Dance Chart.