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Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy (Extended)

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This is number 27 in my occasional series of 12″ records from the 80s that had an effect on my life.

“Smalltown Boy”

A Powerful Anthem of LGBTQ+ Empowerment

In 1984, the British synth-pop band Bronski Beat released their debut single “Smalltown Boy,” a song that would become an iconic anthem for the LGBTQ+ community. The lyrics of the song describe the experiences of a young gay man growing up in a small town, facing discrimination and prejudice from his community. The chorus of the song, featuring the memorable line “Run away, turn away, run away, turn away, run away,” has become a rallying cry for those who have felt the need to escape their small town and find acceptance elsewhere.

For many, “Smalltown Boy” is more than just a catchy pop song. It is a representation of the struggles that LGBTQ+ individuals have faced throughout history. The lyrics of the song highlight the isolation and loneliness that can come with growing up in a small town and feeling like you don’t fit in. This feeling of being different can lead to feelings of shame, guilt, and self-doubt, which can be incredibly damaging to one’s mental health.

At the same time, “Smalltown Boy” is also a song of empowerment. The protagonist in the song ultimately decides to leave his small town behind and embrace his true self. This decision is not an easy one, but it is a necessary one in order to live an authentic life. The song’s chorus, with its repeated refrain of “run away, turn away,” speaks to the courage it takes to make such a decision.

The impact of “Smalltown Boy” on LGBTQ+ culture cannot be overstated. The song was released during a time when being openly gay was still considered taboo, and the LGBTQ+ community faced widespread discrimination and persecution. In this context, “Smalltown Boy” represented a beacon of hope and a call to action for those who were struggling to find acceptance and affirmation.

Even today, almost 40 years after its release, “Smalltown Boy” remains a powerful symbol of LGBTQ+ empowerment. Its message of self-acceptance, resilience, and courage is still relevant to anyone who has ever felt like they didn’t belong. For those in the LGBTQ+ community, it is a reminder of the progress that has been made in the fight for equality, as well as a call to continue that fight until all individuals are able to live freely and authentically, without fear of discrimination or persecution.

In conclusion, “Smalltown Boy” is more than just a song. It is a powerful anthem of LGBTQ+ empowerment and a reminder of the struggles and triumphs of the LGBTQ+ community throughout history. Its message of courage, resilience, and self-acceptance continues to inspire and uplift those who have felt marginalized and oppressed, and it serves as a call to action for all of us to continue fighting for a world where all individuals are valued and respected.

Top 50 12 Inches of the 80s What's it all about?

Inspired by all the lists you see on FaceBook saying “Post your favourite albums, but don’t say anything about them…” I thought, hell I’m gonna say a bit about them and why they’re special. As a general rule I have chosen particular extended vinyl versions of the tracks for various reasons, amongst them they extend the length I can listen to them, and they often add extra ambience to the Radio Friendly 7″ version.

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