Communards star’s tribute to bandmate
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.