|Genres:||Dance Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||80s new wave synth pop synthpop pop british electronic|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
This Anglo-Scottish band was formed in 1983 by Jimmy Somerville (James Somerville, 22 June 1961, Glasgow, Scotland; vocals), Steve Bronski (b. 7 February 1960, Glasgow, Scotland; keyboards) and Larry Steinbachek (b. 6 May 1960, London, England; keyboards). After establishing themselves in Londons gay community, the trio was awarded a support slot for a Tina Turner show, and subsequently signed to London Records. Their memorable debut single, Smalltown Boy immediately drew attention to Somervilles arresting falsetto vocal, which became the hallmark of their sound. The single climbed to number 3 in the UK charts and also fared well in Europe and in the US dance charts. The follow-up, Why?, another Top 10 single, emphasized their debt to producer Giorgio Moroder, whose Euro disco sound they so admired. The song was inspired by a paedophile friend of theirs, whose illegal sexual activities had forced him to flee the country. By the...