An Interview With -- Jimmy Somerville, Richard Coles

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I don't sense him in the room, none of that at all, he's just not here. Everything that was good about me and David, that's not finished, nothing in that has flickered or faded at all. By Jess Morcom What's on Reporter. Reverend Richard Coles Image: Wikimedia. Get the latest news from Northants straight to your inbox Sign up When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters.

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Show 0 comments. Sign up Already have an account? Update preferences. Comments Share your thoughts and debate the big issues. Already registered? Coming from these working class, Trotskyist politics to suddenly being famous and being in a situation where I was around people that were very upper-class and educated — like the record companies for example, felt pretty strange.

Some of them were very cynical and manipulative, and not very generous with whom they were. It was a very interesting period for me. But it was very intriguing because I was getting lots of attention. Where I am now as a person and when I look back, I can see why I liked it. It was tapping into issues around self-esteem. I could do no wrong really because everyone loved me at that time. It changes your perception of who you see in the mirror and what you think of yourself.

Can you tell us a bit about the story behind it? Was it inspired by the social politics of the time? In the GLC decided to fund a gay and lesbian arts festival, which was the first time in the country anything like that had ever happened. It was called September in the Pink.

Nobody had ever associated arts and culture with gay and lesbian people — they had always thought of us in terms of sex or in the context of clubs or somewhere behind dark windows. We were part of an underground scene that had broken away in around We took over a pub in Islington and formed a club called Movement in the basement.

It was on a Saturday night, and it was the first time Gay and Lesbian people could break away from a growing commercial scene. Because of that music, it started to bring people into that underground club with other political ideas which were to the left and became this cultural hotspot for ideas: social politics, music, and the politics of sexuality.

So from this little club called Movement a whole fashion change started to happen within the gay and lesbian subculture. When we first started going to this club we were squatting in Brixton and Larry from Bronski Beat, who was a telecoms engineer, loved synthesizers. But because of this festival, an advert went out in all the papers about making a documentary film by and for young gays and lesbians about what it means to be young, gay and lesbian. So we got involved in the making of this film, and during that process, Richard Coles The Communards and myself were good friends, especially in our politics.

Richard was classically trained and from a different social background and he helped me. I sang into a drum machine, and then one of the women in the film project knew Larry and Steve. I thought it was exciting so I agreed. The number in the HP column indicates highest position. Jimmy Somerville. Bronski Beat The Communards. Hidden categories: Webarchive template wayback links Webarchive template webcite links Use dmy dates from June Use British English from April Namespaces Article Talk.

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Richard Keith Robert Coles (born 26 March ) is an English musician, journalist and Church of England parish vicar of Finedon in Northamptonshire, he was formerly the multi-instrumentalist who partnered Jimmy Somerville in the s band The achieved three Top Ten hits, including the No. 1 record and best-selling single of , a dance version of .

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  1. Jimmy Somerville interview: 'I wanted people to love me' The Eighties star talks about his personal and musical rebirth. Laura Martin. Communards bandmate Richard Coles, now better known as.
  2. Feb 26,  · Coles was the one who wasn’t Jimmy Somerville. He got religion four years ago and at 32, has never felt happier Christianity had lurked in the background as a child but when Coles grew up he decided it was nonsense. He began to feel a new need for it when his life became unpredictable. At the time of the interview Richard Coles was a post.
  3. Oct 15,  · Reverend Richard Coles: I lied to Jimmy Somerville about having HIV October 15, The Reverend Richard Coles has made a frank admission about a rift with his former bandmate Jimmy Somerville.
  4. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the QC Cassette release of The 12" Singles / An Interview With Jimmy Somerville and Richard Coles on Discogs.5/5(1).
  5. Mar 09,  · The G2 interview Celebrity ‘My life is not over. But it feels like it is sometimes’: the Rev Richard Coles on losing his partner. Richard Coles and Jimmy Somerville in
  6. Apr 11,  · Soon after this initial success, Jimmy left the group and together with musician Richard Coles, formed The Communards. Their debut release “You Are My World” only made No in the UK and the follow up “Disenchanted” did one better in January making No
  7. Oct 08,  · The Communards, featuring multi-instrumentalist Richard Coles and falsetto Jimmy Somerville, reached number one in Neil McCormick, Music Critic 8 October • pm.
  8. Jimmy Somerville, curled on the massive settee, wearing camouflage trousers and faded T-shirt, with bare feet in open- toed sandals, fresh from cycling in from Islington, looks a touch incongruous.
  9. Oct 20,  · ‘You might find some of my book makes you think: Too much information, vicar’ Richard Coles (left) and Jimmy Somerville as the Communards, around

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