Music Video Details

Artist: Bronski Beat
Song: Smalltown Boy
Music Video Director: Bernard Rose
Album: The Age Of Consent
Record Label: London Records
Year: 1984

The music video for Bronski Beat’s “Smalltown Boy” was shot and released in 1984. Directed by Bernard Rose, the narrative video features band member Jimmy Somerville as the boy who has experienced the issues described in the lyrics. Seen on a train, he is contemplating his childhood through flashbacks and the events that have caused him to leave his parents home: at a local swimming pool, his friends (played by band members Larry Steinbachek and Steve Bronski) dare him to chat up a man that he fancies, for which he is later attacked in an alley by a gang of homophobes, and a policeman brings him back to his home. It is implied that the boy’s parents learn of his homosexuality for the first time through this incident and are shocked but only the father seems unsupportive. The boy then catches a train to London, on which he is reunited with his friends. The video ends with “friends” Steinbachek and Bronski joining him.