''Smalltown Boy was coming from a political ideal I had, and it was a narrative of social realism. Also it was one of the first pop videos ever to be made that was telling a story in 3 minutes, like a socio-documentary, drama narrative in the essence of British filmmaking, about social pop. That was kind of groundbreaking.'' - Jimmy Sommerville
''Smalltown Boy'' was about leaving Glasgow but it was also about the people I had come to meet on my journey, especially when I was squatting in London. These people had come from all over the country because London was the place to go if you were young, gay and needed to find your identity.'' - Jimmy Sommerville
''The thing about 'Smalltown Boy' is that it comes from the heart – and that’s why I think it resonates with people. People tap into the emotion of the song, and it was a real cry and that’s why I think it’s so powerful. The whole history of the song is that it comes from a passion for change in politics and society. It’s real heartfelt stuff.'' - Jimmy Sommerville
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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