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Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy

Jimmy Somerville - The Communards

ByLarry Forrest

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Bronski Beat were a British synthpop trio who were big during the mid-’80s, including their hit Smalltown Boy, from their 1st L.P. The Age of Consent [1984], being their only US Billboard Hot 100 single. All members of the group were openly homosexual, their songs reflecting that, often containing political commentary on gay-related issues. Their initial line-up, which recorded the most of the band's hits, comprised Jimmy Somerville (born James William Somerville, 1961, Glasgow, Scotland, UK - vocals), Steve Bronski (born Steven William Forrest, 1960, Castlemilk, Glasgow, Scotland, UK - keyboards, percussion) & Larry Steinbachek (keyboards, percussion). Jimmy left Bronski Beat in 1985, going on to have hits as lead singer of the Communards and as a solo artist. He was replaced by vocalist John Foster, with whom the group continued to chart in the UK & Europe. John left Bronski Beat after their 2nd album, the band featuring a series of vocalists before breaking up during 1995. Steve revived the group in 2016, recording new material with ‘90s member Ian Donaldson. Larry passed away during December of that year then Bronski died on 7th December 2021.

Details

Publication Date
Dec 29, 2021
Language
English
ISBN
9781716054693
Category
Biographies & Memoirs
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Larry Forrest

Specifications

Pages
81
Binding
Paperback
Interior Color
Black & White
Dimensions
A4 (8.27 x 11.69 in / 210 x 297 mm)

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