Watch what happens when a singer meets the street performer covering his tune

For a few moments, homage became collaboration.

 

Audra Schroeder

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Published Nov 4, 2013   Updated Jun 1, 2021, 2:41 am CDT

British group Bronski Beat had a hit in 1984 with the synth-pop single “Smalltown Boy,” which became even more well-known in Germany. The band’s singer, Jimmy Somerville, just happened to be in Berlin when he (and his adorable dog) heard a familiar sound.

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This video, uploaded by Onkel Bernis Welt, shows what happened next. As a busker performs “Smalltown Boy” on the street, Somerville pops into the frame. The busker is a bit confused, but he goes with it. The two begin an impromptu duet, and together they nail the harmonies.

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Of course, this could have been staged, or the two might know each other. Spin points out that the man with the guitar is Jonas Mann, who cohosts a German webseries called Onkel Berni’s Butze. The other host might have been filming. Somerville posted the clip to his official Facebook page, but said little else.

Still, for just a few moments, homage became collaboration.

Photo via antaean/Flickr

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*First Published: Nov 4, 2013, 5:15 pm CST