Tag Archives: 1960

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.

RIP RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ (late 1960 – 2010)

RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ was an American artist.

Somehow I missed this death. The passing of Pedro Bell brought it to my attention.

I want to show you three things:

RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: It’s Not Who But What (2018), a 9-minute documentary on RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ in which the art of Ramm is described as Transformers meets a mad scientist.
Beat Bop” (1983), an early hip hop recording in which Ramm raps.
Style Wars, a documentary on early hip hop and graffiti which features “Beat Bop” (above).