Bronski Beat were a popular British synthpop trio which 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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Featuring the groundbreaking pop hits ”Smalltown Boy” and “Why,” the 1984 debut album from the British synth-pop group was a transgressive moment—defiant, queer, and full of hooks.
via Pitchfork at November 26, 2017
Today we have the fabulous pleasure of premiering the trance and avant grade legend, Arnaud Rebotini’s new video for his remix of “Small Town Boy” by Bronski Beat. The original piece, now sitting at around 23 million plays on Spotify, is a dance…
via EDM Sauce at October 13, 2017
Founding member Steve Bronski revisits classic debut with a new twist.
via Music-News at July 30, 2017
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