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A bit of an outlier for me, I’m not usually a fan of Ben Liebrand’s work, but I will make an exception for this particular mix. Took a pretty good 70’s rock track and smashed the UK clubs with it in 1990! You could easily put this in a sequence with UK indie rock dance tunes of the time too. And indeed I did, this was a real floor-filler at the time.
The 12″ Extended Version was remixed by Steve Thompson and features a great extended intro which was a really useful tool when DJing at the time, enabling it to be faded in with the previous track without loss of beat. Remember, this was in the days before digital samplers were freely available.
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.