To mark the 35th anniversary of The Communards Red album London Records will release a reissue on Friday October 7. A global smash upon its release in 1987, this remastered and expanded edition features an extensive array of B-sides, live tracks, demo versions and remixes, including classic mixes by legendary 80s club doyens Shep Pettibone, and Clivilles & Cole (better known as C&C Music Factory).
The album is preceded by the release of The 2 Bears remix of the duo’s smash hit Never Can Say Goodbye, which is out Thursday July 14. The remix is part of a double CD and vinyl release of Red on red and white vinyl, featuring previously unreleased tracks and new liner notes by Owen Jones.
In their first remix since 2014 The 2 Bears (aka Joe Goddard and Raf Rundell) deliver a ten-minute dance workout of Never Can Say Goodbye in three parts: a bubbling house intro with Somerville’s voice thrown to the top in glorious isolation, a spine-tingling dash of strings in part 2 before descending into a nihilistic outro of drilled down synths, grinding bass and totemic vocals.
The 2 Bears’ Raf Rundell waxes lyrical about their return to the studio, ‘We donned our ceremonial robes and headgear, lit the fire, and wound up our machines. Throwing out our dizzy hang ups we hailed G.L.O.R.I.A to Glasgow’s golden throated songbird. 2 Bears reunited in pursuit of the groove.’
Never Can Say Goodbye reached No 4 in the UK singles chart and heralded the release of The Communards’ sophomore album to be produced with Stephen Hague. It was Red which really encapsulated the genius of the partnership between Jimmy Somerville’s iconic countertenor / falsetto tones and Richard Coles’ magical piano skills.
‘We wanted to bring down Thatcher by doing cover versions of ‘70s disco classics and sort of supper club jazz music. It perhaps seems a rather over ambitious project now, but at the time it was a brilliant idea.’ recalls Richard Coles.
‘Before anything else, Jimmy and I were activists. We’d grown up gay in a hostile world and for us that was a matter of life and death – literally – so we weren’t messing about. We wanted to fight that fight,’ he continues. ‘And that was not just a fight on one front, it was a fight on all sorts of fronts. We thought that our liberation could only happen if it liberated others.’
That unique emotional response triggered by music has a powerful role in moving, inspiring, educating and dancing. In dark times, that’s what The Communards did: if only more artists shared their courage today.
THE COMMUNARDS RED
Out Friday October 7, 2022 – Pre-Order Here