Music That Inspired A Movement

With the advent of HIV/AIDS came music that defined a generation.

BY Tracy E. Gilchrist

February 07 2013 7:47 AM ET

The Communards “For a Friend”
A pioneer of queer synth-pop music Jimmy Sommerville and Bronski Beat released the seminal album Age of Consent in 1984, on which Sommerville sang openly about gay love and sex. By the late ‘90s he’d left Bronski Beat to form The Communards with classical musician Richard Coles. Their elegiac “For a Friend,” off of the 1988 album “Red” is nothing short of heart rending.  In his unmistakable falsetto Sommerville pines, “As I watch the sun go down, watching the world fade away / All the memories of you come rushing back to me / As I watch the sun go down, watching the world fade away / All I want to do Id kiss you once goodbye, goodbye.”

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