Com­mu­nards star’s tribute to band­mate

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JIMMY SOMERVILLE has led tributes to his for­mer Bron­ski Beat band­mate Larry Stein­bachek, who has died at 56.

The key­boardist formed the synth-pop group with singer Somerville and Steve Bron­ski in 1983 and their hits in­cluded Why? and Small­town Boy.

He died last month from cancer, his sis­ter told the BBC.

Somerville, from Glasgow, ded­i­cated a ver­sion of the group’s 1984 track Scream­ing to Stein­bachek on his Face­book page, adding: “In mem­ory of Larry Stein­bacheck (sic) whose death was an­nounced yes­ter­day.

“We were young, brave and de­ter­mined. Too out to stay in! Thank you for that mo­ment Larry.”

The elec­tronic trio were known for cam­paign­ing on gay rights is­sues and their de­but al­bum, The Age Of Con­sent, fea­tured the con­sent age for males in var­i­ous coun­tries on its in­ner sleeve.

The al­bum also fea­tured a cover of Donna Sum­mer’s I Feel Love with singer Marc Al­mond. On Twit­ter Al­mond said he was “very sad” to hear of the death.

He added: “(I) en­joyed work­ing with Bron­ski back in the 80s and hav­ing a big hit with them.”

Af­ter The Age Of Con­sent, Somerville formed pop group The Com­mu­nards with Richard Coles.

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