RIP Steve Bronski (1960 – 2021)

“Smalltown Boy”

Steve Bronski was a Scottish composer and keyboardist known for the project Bronski Beat.

I remember buying The Age of Consent (1984) at Free Record Shop on De Wapper.

There was something in the gay anthem “Smalltown Boy” that resonated with me. Today, I find it very hard to listen to that record.

I do not feel the same about “Don’t Leave Me This Way”, the 1986 cover of the philly hit by Jimmy Sommerville, after he’d left Bronski to form The Communards.