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The artwork for the album has been fully restored. With the original files long since lost, the record label London turned to Bruce Gill, whose father created the original designs, and along with his Dad redrew the album text and worked on a new layout for CD, vinyl and picture disc. Also, Jimmy Somerville, producer Mike Thorne and Paul Flynn all contribute to new sleeve notes. Age of Consent" при поддержке этого сингла "Why" и кавера "I Feel Love" Донны Саммер были приняты очень хорошо. Альбом привлек внимание не только своим сочетанием убедительного написания песен и клубной поп-музыки; на внутренней стороне обложки указан возраст согласия на гомосексуальные отношения в различных странах Европы. Сомервилл смело покинул группу годом позже, прежде чем он смог записать продолжение; он начал более открыто политическое сообщество с Ричардом Коулсом. Бронски и Стейнбачек последовали за вокалистом Джоном Джоном, который ранее был на Bust. On 12 January 2017, it was revealed that Steinbachek had died the previous month after a short battle with cancer, with his family and friends at his bedside. He was 56. [6] Bronski died on 7 December 2021, at the age of 61, in a Central London flat fire. [16] [17] Members [ edit ] The promotional video featured Jimmy and Larry as inmates in a borstal with Jimmy and "Martin" (the "thought police" actor from "Why?") having a Christmas pie-eating competition which takes place during the Christmas religious service, which Jimmy wins. Steve plays a closeted prison warden who has a keen eye for one of the other prisoners.

Foster and Bronski Beat teamed up again in 1994, and released a techno "Tell Me Why '94" and an acoustic "Smalltown Boy '94" on the German record label, ZYX Music. The album Rainbow Nation was released the following year with Hellyer returning as lead vocalist, as Foster had dropped out of the project and Ian Donaldson was brought on board to do keyboards and programming. After a few years of touring, Bronski Beat then dissolved, with Steve Bronski going on to become a producer for other artists and Ian Donaldson becoming a successful DJ (Sordid Soundz). Larry Steinbachek became the musical director for Michael Laub's theatre company, 'Remote Control Productions'. From the dolled up, sly winking Boy George, to the in-your-face debauchery of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, there was no shortage of acts flirting with gender lines and sexuality. Named as a riff on Roxy Music, Bronski Beat played their first gig at the gay benefit September in the Pink in fall 1983, and performed just eight more times before being signed by London Records in 1984. Producer Trevor Horn and journalist Paul Morley’s Zang Tuum Tumb had also offered them the treatment that Frankie Goes to Hollywood got when Bronski said no. “Morley’s idea was to have us wear and market t-shirts that basically said that we were gay, because they’d have words like ‘QUEER’ or ‘POOF’ printed on them,” said Somerville, who was uninterested in controversy or reductiveness. For Bronski Beat, singing candidly about their sexuality wasn’t a means of provocation, but drawing attention to the still-very-real oppression that pervaded public life under Margaret Thatcher’s government. They valued activism over agitprop, and knew that the personal was political, qualities that made their first two singles their most urgent and enduring. Bronski Beat achieved success in the mid-1980s, particularly with the 1984 single " Smalltown Boy", from their debut album, The Age of Consent. "Smalltown Boy" was their only US Billboard Hot 100 single. All members of the band were openly gay and their songs reflected this, often containing political commentary on gay issues.


RPM's Top 100 Albums of 1985". RPM. Vol.43, no.16. 28 December 1985. p.14. ISSN 0033-7064– via Library and Archives Canada. The third single, released before Christmas 1984, was a revival of " It Ain't Necessarily So", the George and Ira Gershwin classic (from Porgy and Bess). The song questions the accuracy of biblical tales. It also reached the UK Top 20. [9] Dutch album certifications – Bronski Beat – The Age of the Consent" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers . Retrieved 16 July 2022. Enter The Age of the Consent in the "Artiest of titel" box. Select 1984 in the drop-down menu saying "Alle jaargangen".

Bronski Beat recruited John Foster as Somerville's replacement (Foster is credited as "Jon Jon"). A single, " Hit That Perfect Beat", was released in November 1985, reaching 3 in the UK. [15] It repeated this success on the Australian chart [13] and was also featured in the film Letter to Brezhnev. A second single, "C'mon C'mon", also charted in the UK Top 20 and an album, Truthdare Doubledare, released in May 1986, peaked at 18. The film Parting Glances (1986) included Bronski Beat songs "Love and Money", "Smalltown Boy" and "Why?". During this period, the band teamed up with producer Mark Cunningham on the first-ever BBC Children In Need single, a cover of David Bowie's " Heroes", released in 1986 under the name of The County Line. London Records have announced a remastered and expanded reissue of Bronski Beat‘s 1984 album The Age Of Consent and will issue the album on three physical formats. As the sole surviving founding member of Bronski Beat, Jimmy Somerville is the keeper of an important legacy. The song is dedicated to the memory of playwright Drew Griffiths, a victim of a homophobic murder in 1984. Age of Consent (film), a 1969 film directed by Michael Powell and loosely based on the Norman Lindsay novelThe inner sleeve of the album has a table listing the minimum age for lawful homosexual relationships between men in each country in Europe, accompanied by the telephone number of a service giving gay legal advice. It was removed from the United States release of the album by MCA Records on the basis of "past sensitivities of several record store chains". [9] Singles [ edit ] French album certifications – Bronski Beat – The Age of Consent" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique . Retrieved 2 May 2022. It showed. The Age Of Consent was a fine, vibracious synth-pop album in its own right, but it was so much more besides. It was an agitated, militant, campaigning document, spurred on by the sheer unfairness and hypocrisy Somerville perceived in the world around him. Equally mind blowing is that Somerville, who grew up on a steady diet of 60s women singers and disco divas, never had any ambitions of being a singer himself.

Top 100 Albums (January 5–December 28, 1985)" (PDF). Music Week. 18 January 1986. p.11. ISSN 0265-1548– via World Radio History. European Top 100 Albums" (PDF). Eurotipsheet. Vol.2, no.8. 25 February 1985. p.9. OCLC 29800226– via World Radio History. 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 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 were joined by Jonathan Hellyer before dissolving in 1995.


Nederlandse Top 40 – Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 20 December 2013. According to the Police and Criminal Evidence Bill, Britain’s outdated consent laws, and the impending Section 28 legislation (which forbid the so-called “promotion” of homosexuality in schools), the simple act of loving in public made gay men into potential aggressors. So Somerville turned his voice into a weapon, a weedy Scottish boy’s superpower that made him seem 100-feet tall. He’s said that his only vocal training was singing along to Donna Summer and Sylvester records. Apparently, this was strong enough to turn a short redhead from Glasgow into a bona fide diva, who recognized the transgressive potential of reclaiming this style from the female singers who made gay culture unthreatening to the mainstream. Not that it stopped Bronski Beat from crashing it, too: “Why?” peaked at Number 6 in the UK, and “Smalltown Boy” at Number 3. Day, Aaron (15 July 2013). "The PinkNews Guide to the history of England and Wales equal marriage". Pink News . Retrieved 20 December 2013. Steve Bronski – keyboards, synthesizers, programming, percussion, acoustic guitar, vocals (1983–1995, 2016–2018; died 2021)

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