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Bronski Beat (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, uncredited writer, Rock's Backpages audio, Spring 1985

The two-thirds Glaswegian trio talk about their relationship with the press: homophobia, and the fixation with their sexuality; not being a conventional band, and the developments in electro pop; Jimmy Sommerville discovering his voice; 'Small Town Boy'; on being a trio, and their stage show; the US release of album The Age of Consent; being gay in Glasgow, and on the London gay scene; the importance of Tom Robinson; Jimmy's lyrics, and on looking forward to their US visit.

File format: mp3; total file size: 37.2mb, total interview length: 38' 46" sound quality: ****

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Bronski Beat: St James' Church, London

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Bronski Beat: St James Church, Piccadilly, London

Live Review by Leyla Sanai, New Musical Express, 11 August 1984

THE BRONSKIS have a knack of being roped in to playing unconventional venues but they always manage to cut through the atmosphere. ...

Bronski Beat: Dark Side of the Beat

Interview by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 15 September 1984

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Bronski Beat: Bronski Beefs

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, 10 November 1984

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Bronski Beat: The Age of Consent (London/MCA)

Review by Ira Robbins, Rolling Stone, 28 March 1985

NOW THAT FRANKIE HAS PROVEN TO BE a remote-controlled sham with less depth (not to mention stage presence) than its sloganeering T-shirts, the gay-rock mantle ...

What Is Bronski Beat?

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Spin, May 1985

MEET WHAT IS perhaps the first real gay group in the history of pop. They’re not drag queens, not even sure they want to be ...

Jimmy Somerville: The Age of Dissent

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, 25 May 1985

In his first major interview since quitting pop stardom with Bronski Beat, Jimmy Somerville talks candidly to Paolo Hewitt about the political dilemmas success brings, ...

The rage dissent: Bronski Beat: Hundreds & Thousands (Forbidden Fruit)

Review by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, 14 September 1985

I'M NOT ENTIRELY SURE we should approve of this sort of thing. When a band of status splits up it's general record company policy to ...

Bronski Beat: Truthdare Doubledare (London BITLP3) *

Review by Chris Roberts, Sounds, 10 May 1986

THE POOR, confused homosexual teenager shaves his head and packs his rucksack. On the train south he stares through the window and impersonates melancholy, just ...

The Godfather of Pop: Steve Bronski

Interview by David Burke, Classic Pop, June 2019

SEMINAL SYNTHPOP outfit Bronski Beat – Steve Bronski, Jimmy Somerville and Larry Steinbachek – unwittingly became a mouthpiece for gay issues with their 1984 debut ...

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