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.
As I sit down to write this blog post, I am transported back in time to the mid-80s when the synthpop hit “Together in Electric Dreams” was released. I remember the excitement I felt when I first heard the song on the radio, at the time I was in Germany on an exchange visit, and managed to get the 12″ version of the record from a local mall.
Okay, this one is a bit of rule breaker again. The exact remix I have chosen, although released on 12″ single, it wasn’t a commercial one. Allegedly remixed by Pete Slaghuis, I first came across as an extra track on a DJ Only MegaTrax label release, ostensibly bought for the Pet Shop Boys megamix, I was blown away by the Maria Vidal remix. I ended up playing this track more than the PSB track at the time.
I should point out here, that I harbour no love for Morrisey, and if you’d have asked my contemporary self whether I liked any of their music I would have unfriended you pretty quickly … but time is a healer, and I can now in my tender years appreciate the sublime production and Johnny Marr’s amazing guitar work, not just hate it because it features Morrisey.