's manifesto was simple: "we're queer, we're here, get used to it." The album art of The Age of Consent
is emblazoned with a pink triangle, the original liner notes included a list of nations paired with legal age of consent for homosexual acts, Jimmy Somerville
sings in an effeminate falsetto and they even throw in a cover of a show tune for good measure. All in all, the band's 1984 début was a great big "fuck you" to the establishment in the most stylish and danceable way possible. While Frankie Goes to Hollywood
and Soft Cell
were balls out and in your face, none was more direct in the "we're not going to take it anymore" category than Bronski Beat.
The album bears repeated listens to reveal all of the layers within. Also, some might find that Somerville's voice takes a bit of getting used to, though this voice would reach epic proportions in the Communards
' ten minute rendition of "Don't Leave Me This Way