Bronski Beat

Bronski Beat was a Scottish–English synthpop band that released two albums and a remix compilation between 1984 and 1986 on Forbidden Fruit. The first album features singer Jimmy Somerville, who released two subsequent albums as one-half of The Communards.

Members: Steve Bronski (keyboards, percussion, acoustic guitar, programming), Larry Steinbachek (keyboards, percussion), Jimmy Somerville (vocals, 1983-85, 1987), John Foster (vocals, 1985-87, 1994-95), Jonathan Hellyer (vocals, 1989-94)


Formation

Bronski Beat formed in 1983 when Glaswegian multi-instrumentalist Steve Bronski teamed with fellow Scotsman Jimmy Somerville and English keyboardist Larry Steinbachek.

Bronski (b. Steven William Forrest; February 7, 1960) came from Castlemilk and first worked as a laborer. Steinbachek (b. May 6, 1960) was a native Londoner who studied music and worked as an electrician. He first heard Jimmy (b. James William Somerville; June 22, 1961, Ruchill) sing for the production of the 1983 docu-film Framed Youth: The Revenge of the Teenage Perverts.

At the time of formation, the trio shared a three-bedroom flat at the Lancaster House in Brixton. They first performed on a double-bill with Abandon Your Tutu at the Heaven club as part of a 9/12/83 event dubbed September In the Pink. After nine shows, Bronski Beat signed in early 1984 with London Records.


The Age of Consent (1984)

October 1984 London Records

1. “Why?” 4:04
2. “It Ain’t Necessarily So” George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, Dorothy Heyward 4:40
3. “Screaming” 4:13
4. “No More War” 3:52
5. “Love and Money” 5:08
6. “Smalltown Boy” 5:00
7. “Heatwave” 2:41
8. “Junk” 4:17
9. “Need-a-Man Blues” 4:19
10. “I Feel Love/Johnny Remember Me” Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte, Donna Summer/Geoff Goddard 5:59

Bronski Beat
Jimmy Somerville – lead and backing vocals
Steve Bronski – Yamaha DX7 and Memorymoog synthesizers, Roland MC-202 Microcomposer, LinnDrum programming
Larry Steinbachek – Pro-One and Memorymoog synthesizers, Roland MC-202 Microcomposer, LinnDrum programming
Additional personnel
Beverly Lauridsen, Jesse Levy, Mark Shuman – cello
The Pink Singers – choir
John Folarin – congas
Horns – Uptown Horns (Crispin Cioe (alto saxophone & solo, “Love And Money”), Arno Hecht (tenor saxophone), Richard Coles (clarinet solo), “It Ain’t Necessarily So”), “Hollywood” Paul Litteral (trumpet) and Bob Funk (trombone))
Caroline O’Connor – tap dance
Kevin Glancy – backing vocals
Technical
Recording engineers: Peter Griffiths (London), Carl Beatty (NYC) & Dominick Maita (NYC)
Mixing engineers – Harvey Goldberg and Julian Mendelsohn (“Why?”)
Recorded at The Garden (London), Skyline (NYC) & RPM (NYC)
Mixed at Maison Rouge, The Town House and Right Track Recording
Mastered by Jack Skinner (Sterling Sound, NYC) & Arun Chakraverty (The Master Room, London)
Producer – Mike Thorne
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“Smalltown Boy”
Released: June 1984
7″ single 820 091-7
“Smalltown Boy” – 3:58
“Memories” – 3:00
12″ single BITEX 1 / 820 996-1 / 9-29 017 / LDSPX 215
“Smalltown Boy” – 9:00
“Infatuation/Memories” – 7:38
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 1
Italy (Musica e dischi)[26] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[28] 1
US Hot Dance Club Play (Billboard)[10] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[19] 2
Italy (Discografia Internazionale)[27] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[30] 2
Europe (Europarade Top 40)[22] 3
UK Singles (OCC)[7] 3
West Germany (Official German Charts)[32] 3
Ireland (IRMA)[25] 4
US Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales (Billboard)[10] 4
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[29] 5
Australia (Kent Music Report)[20] 8
France (SNEP)[24] 8
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[21] 9
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[23] 15
US Cash Box Top 100[31] 32
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“Why?”
Released: 26 September 1984
12″ Vinyl US release – MCA Records MCA-23538
1. “Why?” (Extended Mix) 7:45
2. “Why?” (Radio Edit) 4:04
3. “Cadillac Car” 7:35
UK Airplay Top 20[30] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[23] 2
Spain Airplay[27] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[14] 3
Europe (Airplay Top 50)[16] 4
Europe (Europarade Top 40)[17] 4
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[18] 5
Italy (Musica e dischi)[22] 5
West Germany (Official German Charts)[33] 5
Ireland (IRMA)[21] 6
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[24] 6
UK Singles (OCC)[31] 6
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[26] 7
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[29] 7
France (SNEP)[19] 8
Australia (Kent Music Report)[13] 10
Germany Airplay Top 15[20] 10
Spain (AFYVE)[28] 10
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[25] 11
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[32] 20
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“It Ain’t Necessarily So”
Released: 5 December 1984
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“I Feel Love (Medley)”
Released: April 1985
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Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[22] 4
UK Albums (OCC)[31] 4
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[28] 5
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[21] 7
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[30] 7
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[25] 10
European Albums (Eurotipsheet)[23] 11
Italian Albums (Discografia Internazionale)[27] 11
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[20] 12
French Albums (IFOP)[24] 14
Italian Albums (Musica e dischi)[26] 14
US Billboard Dance[32] 20


Bronski Beat And Marc Almond

8 Apr 1985
A: Love To Love You Baby / I Feel Love / Johnnie Remember Me
B: Puit D’Amour


Hundreds & Thousands (1985)

September 1985 London Records

1. “Heat Wave” [remix] – 5:44
2. “Why” [remix] – 6:17
3. “Run from Love” – 8:14
4. “Hard Rain” – 7:52
5. “Smalltown Boy” [remix] – 5:54
6. “Junk” [remix] – 6:14 


Truthdare Doubledare (1986)

28 April 1986 London Records

1. “Hit That Perfect Beat” – 3:38
2. “Truthdare Doubledare” – 4:43
3. “C’mon! C’mon!” – 3:50
4. “Punishment for Love” – 4:14
5. “We Know How It Feels” – 4:13
6. “This Heart” – 4:19
7. “Do It” – 3:50
8. “Dr. John” – 4:41
9. “In My Dreams” – 4:17

10. “What Are You Going to Do About It” – 6:15
11. “C’mon C’mon” (12″ version) – 6:15
12. “Hit That Perfect Beat” (12″ version) – 6:21
13. “I Gave You Everything” – 4:00

Studio Music Works, The Scout Hut and Berry Street Studios.
Producer Adam Williams

Steve Bronski – 6- and 12-string guitars, double-speed guitar, accordion, synthesizers, keyboards, programming
Larry Steinbachek – drums, percussion, drum programming, keyboards, marimba
John Foster – vocals

UK, Australasian, and Japanese 12-inch single
1. “Hit That Perfect Beat” (extended version) 6:25
2. “I Gave You Everything” 4:00
Australia (Kent Music Report)[12] 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 3
UK Singles (OCC)[23] 3
West Germany (Official German Charts)[24] 4
Ireland (IRMA)[17] 5
Italy (Musica e dischi)[18] 5
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[21] 5

Feb 1986
A: C’mon! C’mon!
B: Something Special


Discography:

  • The Age of Consent (1984)
  • Hundreds & Thousands (1985)
  • Truthdare Doubledare (1986)

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