Bronski Beat were a popular British synthpop trio who achieved success in the mid-1980s, particularly with the 1984 chart hit "Smalltown Boy". All members of the group were openly gay and their songs reflected this, often containing political commentary on gay-related issues. The initial line-up, which recorded the majority of the band's hits, consisted of Jimmy Somerville (vocals), Steve Bronski (keyboards, percussion) and Larry Steinbachek (keyboards, percussion). Somerville left Bronski Beat in 1985, and went on to have success as lead singer of The Communards and as a solo artist. He was replaced by new vocalist John Foster, with whom the band continued to have hits in the UK and Europe through 1986. Foster left Bronski Beat after their second album, and the band used a series of vocalists before dissolving in 1996.
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Larry Steinbachek, a founding member of the band Bronski Beat, has died after a short battle with cancer at the age of 56. Reports
via Music-News at January 16, 2017
Pioneering synth-pop trio scored big hits in the early '80s with 'Smalltown Boy' and 'Why'. Larry Steinbachek, keyboardist with pioneering synth-pop trio Bronski Beat, has died at the age of 56. Steinbachek (pictured far left …Continue reading » The…
via NME at January 13, 2017
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