Suddenly Last Summer

Suddenly Last Summer

by Jimmy Somerville



Not exactly a stranger to the odd cover version, falsetto-voiced '80s maverick Jimmy Somerville has previously scored hits with other people's songs as part of Bronski Beat (a medley inspired by Donna Summer's "I Feel Love"), the Communards (Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "Don't Leave Me This Way"), and with his early solo output (Sylvester's "You Make Me Feel Mighty Real"). Now for the first time in his 27-year career, he dedicates a whole album to interpretations of his favorite tracks, cherry-picked from his iPod playlist, which includes artists as diverse as Deep Purple, Patsy Cline, and '80s gothic minimalists Cranes, as well as one of his own compositions, the 1995 single "By Your Side." Inspired by an acoustic tour of Sydney and Melbourne, his follow-up to 2005's Home Again, Suddenly Last Summer, focuses on a stripped-down vibe, often with just an acoustic guitar or grand piano accompanying Somerville's signature crotch-grabbing vocals. This back to basics approach pays dividends on his inspired retooling of Blondie's "Hanging On the Telephone," which eschews the post-punk disco leanings of the original in favor of a haunting string section, and twinkling but melancholic keys which heighten its sense of despair in the process. Elsewhere, there's an emotive and relevant-as-ever rendition of Pete Seeger's classic anti-war song "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"; musical theater stalwart Andrew Worboys' shuffling jazz production adds a sense of camp and drama to Cole Porter's Leave It to Me number "My Heart Belongs to Daddy"; while the heartfelt version of "Black Is the Colour of My True Love's Hair," a traditional Scottish folk song made famous by Nina Simone, allows Somerville's astonishing vocal presence to take center stage. His chaotic adaptation of the Doors' "People Are Strange," which ends in a bizarre blend of Shirley Bassey-esque brassy pop, Wild West guitars, and high-kicking rockabilly suggests he should definitely stick to the lounge-style torch songs, while Dusty Springfield's "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself" is given a rather mundane, workmanlike treatment which puts it at odds with the album's prevalent radical makeover nature. Suddenly Last Summer is perhaps too much of an acquired taste to appeal to anyone outside Somerville's small but loyal fan base, but it's an intriguing and often inspired affair which stands up comfortably next to 2000s solo efforts from the likes of fellow '80s extroverts Andy Bell and Marc Almond.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/22/2010
Label: Strike Force Ent.
UPC: 5013929841321
catalogNumber: 3

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Somerville   Primary Artist
Andrew Wilkie   Vibes
Ian Burdge   Cello
Marty Hailey   Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Matthew David   Background Vocals
Andrew Worboys   Piano,Background Vocals
Emile Nelson   Bass
Dave Hatch   Drums

Technical Credits

Pete Seeger   Composer
Joe South   Composer
Jim Morrison   Composer
Jimmy Somerville   Arranger,Liner Notes
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Ray Manzarek   Composer
John Densmore   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Rob Taylor   Producer,Engineer
Chuck Norman   Additional Production
Traditional   Composer
Dan Grech-Marguerat   Additional Production
Bernstein   Composer
Amanda Somerville   Composer
Andrew Worboys   Arranger,Producer
Richard "Biff" Stannard   Composer
Robby Krieger   Composer
Usry Jnr   Composer
Bart Fisher   Video Director

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