“Smalltown Boy” is the debut single of the British synthpop group Bronski Beat, released in June 1984. It would also appear on the band’s debut album The Age of Consent, released in December 1984.
The song was a huge commercial success, reaching number 3 in the band’s native UK. As well, it was a number one hit in Holland and Italy, and hit the top 10 in Austraila, Canada, France, and Switzerland.
The music video features band member Jimmy Somerville as a boy facing bullies, loneliness and family misunderstanding. He makes friends, but is attacked by a gang of bullies and a policeman brings him back to his home. He catches a train, where he is reunited with his friends. This plot is depicted in the video. In the video, he is seen making friends (played by band members Larry Steinbachek and Steve Bronski) near a swimming pool and they overlook the people swimming. They are later briefly seen at the changing room near the pool. The video ends with Somerville riding on the train to London as he was in the beginning, but this time Steinbachek and Bronski join him.
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