zyx records / RPM dance (south africa)
Bronski Beat - "Rainbow Nation" 1995.
After a groundbreaking, truly revolutionary debut album, 1984's THE AGE OF CONSENT, Scotland's Bronski Beat went through a period of turmoil occasioned by the abrupt departure of singer Jimmy Somerville, who formed the even more explicitly political Communards. Replacing Somerville with the much less distinctive singer John Jon, Bronski Beat released a few more albums in a less confrontational Hi-NRG dance style.
After several years of inactivity, Bronski Beat returned rather unexpectedly with 1995's RAINBOW NATION, a thumping dance album with skittering sequencers, booming bass, and all the classic characteristics of Giorgio Moroder-influenced Eurodisco. They even cover the disco-diva classic "I Love the Nightlife" in an unabashed celebration of their dance floor roots. Somewhat more surprisingly, the trio also cover themselves, recasting THE AGE OF CONSENT's "Why" into a dance floor prayer, as well as a new euro dance version of
"Hit That Perfect Beat"
Personnel: Jonathan Hellyer (vocals); F. Serra (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, programming, background vocals); Steve Bronski (acoustic guitar, keyboards, programming, background vocals); Stefano Menato (saxophone); Ian Donaldson (keyboards, programming).