Bronski Beat / The Age of Consent CD and vinyl reissues

2CD deluxe • Vinyl picture disc • PINK gatefold vinyl • exclusives

London Records have announced a remastered and expanded reissue of Bronski Beats 1984 album The Age Of Consent and will issue the album on three physical formats.

A two-CD deluxe edition offers the original ten-track album appended with four bonus 12-inch remixes. A second CD features material from the London Records’ archive including radio sessions and unreleased material such as the unheard demo ‘The Other Side Of The Tracks’. This disc is completed with some new remixes.

A 12-inch picture disc of the album is also being made available and limited to just 1000 units, along with a gatefold PINK vinyl edition. The latter comes with both CDs from the deluxe (packaged in simply wallets) while the former includes an MP3 download of the same audio.

The artwork for the album has been fully restored. With the original files long since lost, the record label London turned to Bruce Gill, whose father created the original designs, and along with his Dad redrew the album text and worked on a new layout for CD, vinyl and picture disc. Also, Jimmy Somerville, producer Mike Thorne and Paul Flynn all contribute to new sleeve notes.

Most excitingly, London Records have collaborated with SDE and produced a extremely limited CD single edition of the original 12-inch single of ‘Smalltown Boy’! This 2-track single features the original near nine-minute mix of the song and the ‘Infatuation/Memories’ B-side (which isn’t on the new deluxe edition of The Age Of Consent).

A FREE CD single of the Smalltown Boy 12-inch while stocks last

Only 200 of these are being made available and anyone who pre-orders any edition of the new The Age Of Consent from the SDE shop, gets a FREE copy. Obviously, all Bronski Beat pre-orders on the SDE shop are only available only while stocks last!! Sorry, THIS HAS NOW SOLD OUT!

The Age Of Consent is reissued on 26 October 2018.

Although the SDE shop has sadly sold out of its allocation – and the exclusive ‘Smalltown Boy’ CD single – fear not, because you can still buy all of these physical formats of The Age Of Consent (2CD deluxe, PINK vinyl and vinyl picture disc) from the official Bronski Beat shop.In fact they have another great CD single offer- Why?, available free with all orders.

Shop for The Age Of Consent reissue at the official Bronski Beat shop

CD1: Remastered Album and Bonus Tracks

  1. Why? (Remastered)
  2. It Ain’t Necessarily So (Remastered)
  3. Screaming (Remastered)
  4. No More War (Remastered)
  5. Love & Money (Remastered)
  6. Smalltown Boy (Remastered)
  7. Heatwave (Remastered)
  8. Junk (Remastered)
  9. Need A Man Blues (Remastered)
  10. I Feel Love/Johnny Remember Me (Remastered)

Bonus Tracks

  1. Why? (12” Version)
  2. Smalltown Boy (12” Version)
  3. It Ain’t Necessarily So (12” Version)
  4. I Feel Love/Johnny Remember Me (12” Version)

CD2: Rare And Unreleased Tracks

  1. It Ain’t Necessarily So (Kid Jensen BBC Session)
  2. Memories (Kid Jensen BBC Session)
  3. Crazy Maraquitta (Kid Jensen BBC Session)
  4. Why? (Kid Jensen BBC Session)
  5. No More War (Demo)
  6. Up and Down (Instrumental demo)
  7. Heatwave (Demo)
  8. Ultra Clone (Instrumental Demo)
  9. Junk (Demo)
  10. The Other Side Of The Tracks (Demo)
  11. I Feel Love/Johnny Remember Me (Rough Mix) 

Bonus Tracks

  1. Smalltown Boy (Reprise 2014)
  2. Why? (Live at Stella Polaris)
  3. Smalltown Boy (Arnaud Rebotini Remix)
  4. Why? (Wax Wings Remix)
  5. Smalltown Boy (KDA Pink Triangle Remix)

EXCLUSIVE Smalltown Boy CD single

  1. Smalltown Boy (12” Version)
  2. Infatuation / Memories

The Age of Consent / PINK vinyl LP or Vinyl picture disc

Side one

  1. Why? (Remastered)
  2. It Ain’t Necessarily So (Remastered)
  3. Screaming (Remastered)
  4. No More War (Remastered)
  5. Love & Money (Remastered)

Side two

  1. Smalltown Boy (Remastered)
  2. Heatwave (Remastered)
  3. Junk (Remastered)
  4. Need A Man Blues (Remastered)
  5. I Feel Love/Johnny Remember Me (Remastered)

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Jimmy Somerville: Home Again, 3CD Expanded Edition
Released December 4, 2020.

[…] quite as cool as the SDE exclusive Bronski Beat ‘Smalltown Boy’ CD single (see this post) but still quite exciting. A seven-inch shaped picture disc was issued back in the day, but not a […]


Hello Paul, received the picture disc from the SDE shop today. Is the download included with the PD only thru the TM store? Thx. Picked up the CD version from you as well so DL not necessary.

Stefano Dalmonte

Hi Paul, hi everybody,
First of all, apologies for my bad English.
When I have seen the SDE mail with this announcement I tried to buy the vinyls, but every single format was already sold out. So I bought both the picture disc and the pink vinyl from the shop (under Paul suggestion) and now I have TWO copies of the numbered CD single “Why”.
So I thought: is there anyone who bought the same two vinyls from SDE store and subsequently have two copies of the CD single “Smalltown Boy”? In this case we may trade our advanced copy in order to collect both CDs….
Paul, if you have one copy that you can give away, you’re welcome to exchange it with me…
Please let me know
Cheers, and thanks to Paul for your great work

Phil Hale

The 2CD and Why single arrived today.

The Why single is a CDR rather than a normal pressed CD.

An Audacity comparison of the Why single tracks shows that:

Track 1 (7.44) looks identical to track 11 on CD 1
Track 2 (3.54) looks identical to track 15 on CD2 of the 2012 Remaster release
Track 3 (5.30) looks identical to track 15 on CD2
Track 4 (4.17)

I’ve uploaded scans of the disc and sleeve:



Note the SDE logo on the CD and rear!

David Allardice

Not only does the CD sleeve credit the “Kid Jenson BBC Session”, it also twice refers to “European laws regarding minimum age for lawful homesexual relationships…”

Doesn’t anyone proofread sleeves these days?

Neil Kelly

OK so i found out about this on afternoon one which was 12/09 but missed out like many on the SDE ‘Smalltown boy’ CD single edtion now i find out about the ‘Why’ CD single edition on the 21/09/18 and again it seems to be sold out (can’t see any mention on the official page ordering of the deluxe). Great! Obviously due to my disappointment i won’t be ordering this now.
Can anyone confirm the ‘Why’ edition is sold out? Also what was on it?


Tracklist “Why” CD Single:
1. Why (Extended Version),
2. Cadillac Car,
3. Why? (Wax Wings Remix),
4. Smalltown Boy (KDA Pink Triangle Remix Edit)

It seems “Cadillac Car” and track 4 aren’t on the 2CD re-re-re-release; however it looks like track 4 is an edit of track 16 of CD 2. Also assuming “Why (Extended Version)” is the same as track 11 on CD 1 (12″ Version)


Look’s like “why” limited cd single from the official Bronski Beat site has been sold out now.

Danny King

I have ordered the ‘pink vinyl’ format from the official website – it was sold-out here by the time I found out about it. However, if I’m correct, the two CD’s that come in a ’simple wallet’ with the ’pink vinyl’ format are the same as the 2 CD Deluxe version that is available separately. This seems strange, but, I can only assume that the inclusion of the CD’s with the vinyl format is for those who only wish to purchase this vinyl format, and not the CD, and likewise with the separate release of the CD is for those who only wish too purchase the CD, and not the vinyl format – correct. So, unless someone wants to, there is no point buying the 2 CD Deluxe edition when it comes with the two CD’s that come with the album. Their have been so many of these releases involving electronic acts/artists this year, it gets a bit confusing with all the various formats and bundles, that are available : )

Danny King

Hello Paul
Thank you for your reply, and clearing-up the confusion regarding the CD with the album.

Yes, I am aware, that the separate CD will have a proper cover and so forth in comparison to the CD that will be available with the album. However, I am more than happy in getting the two CD’s included with the album itself, that’s fine with me, especially with so many of these releases currently available, its impossible too buy every one of them.

Keep-up the excellent work with the website itself : )

For Now

Stevie B

Just ordered the Picture Disc and Pink Vinyl from the official site (didn’t want to be greedy on the SDE shop and deny anyone else the chance of the exclusive CD single but realised it’s one per order anyway so got the vinyl. Do we know if it’s the same deal as SDE site (simple wallet CD’s, and mp3 files)… hope so! Doesn’t say on bronskibeat.co.uk

The Innes

Hi, has anyone got any links where you can buy Bronski Beat’s 1987 album? This was released last year as Out & About but under Steve Bronski’s name (digital only). It was on bronskibeat.club website but this has now ceased, possibly due to Steve’s health issues. Thought emusic and amazon but no success. Would love all their singles to be collected on CD also, some cracking singles that were neglected after Hit That Perfect Beat.


I’ve always wanted this on vinyl – ordered from Bronski Beat shop with bonus “Why” CD single. Not cheap, but what the hell – great album!


Hi paul.
Is the exclusive cd single numbered?


OMG. It seems London Records and Bronski Beat are covering all the bases here providing everyone with the formats of their choice. As a minor concern maybe the MP3 could have been FLAC or something like that. Providing the CD single is like a cherry on a cake, especially making it available to Super Deluxe Edition.This work elevates Bronski Beat Status in 2018. The only remaining concern here is the use of “mostly excitingly” in a sentence. .Thanks to Paul for his work on this release!

Dave H

All 200 copies of the limited single sold out in a few hours, it must tell you how highly regarded this album is among SDE readers.

Hope you can secure some interviews or write an article about the making of the album Paul, I’m sure it’ll be an interesting read.

Andrew B in the place to B

or the scalpers on Ebay/Amazon/Discogs

Chris Squires

The limited single of 200 was exclusive to SDE, and as Paul has quite a strict “only one per person” policy, it’s unlikely that anyone did get more than one copy of it.

I missed out as didn’t check in fast enough (arranging a funeral – so a decent enough excuse) but well done to those that got in quickly enough.

Gary Anderko

Is Why? Extended Version same as Why? 12″ Version?


Hi Paul Sinclair
what are the differences on Why Extended Compared to why 12″


Re why?

sorry I meant on the cdr single that came with the first orders after smalltown boy exclusive ran out
the 12″ is a bonus on the 1st disc but you stated that they ‘added’ something to it for the extended version on the exclusive cdr see below

“””Gary Anderko says:
September 13, 2018 at 01:25
Is Why? Extended Version same as Why? 12″ Version?

Paul Sinclair says:
September 13, 2018 at 09:26
No, they’ve added some extra bits. I wanted to keep Smalltown Boy the same as the original 12-inch, even though that means only two tracks.”””””


There were two 12″ versions, same sleeve, the 2nd 12″ had a sticker.
London records did that with Fine Young Cannibals and Blancmange too.


oh cheers just thought you may know !!!
I’ll put it out to anyone else out here that may know….


The 2018 “Why?” cd single contains:
Why? (extended) 7.47 minutes / Why? (Wax Wings Remix) 5.33 minutes
Full info

Other “Why?” versions by Bronski Beat (with Jimmy as member) released on CD:
Why? Single Edit 3.56 – on Jimmy/Bronski compilations like The Singles Collection and The Very Best Of…
Why? Album Version 4.04 – on album The Age Of Consent
Why? Remix 5.10 – on 2012 edition The Age Of Consent
Why? Goldberg Remix 6.18 – on 2012 edition The Age Of Consent or CD Hundreds & Thousands
Why? Pascal Gabriel Remix 8.23 – on CD Single Jimmy: To Love Somebody and on 2012 edition of Jimmy’s album Read My Lips


Thanks for the reply.. what I would like to know is what the differences are in the extended version as it is supposed to be different than the 12″ original, same length so they have probably, someone asked:

“Is Why? Extended Version same as Why? 12″ Version?”

Paul Sinclair said
“September 13, 2018 at 09:26
No, they’ve added some extra bits. ….”It’s just some modern remix”!

not heard it so just wanted to know …upload anyone?


The “Extended Version” and “12” Version” are the same, I just played them together and I couldn’t hear any difference.


Thanks for clearing that up Walter ,
Having re-read Pauls reply to someone I think he was comparing the Smalltown Boy “Freebie” which was kept as the Original 12″ tracks, but then saying Why? had extra bits
so my confusion ..I can rest easy now!!

Andy Page

It’s good that the 12″ Smalltown Boy is on here (and the CD single) as it really is the definitive version and was missing from several other versions. The Dance and Desire release (mentioned above) had it too and is a really great 2CD + DVD package.


Ordered mine using the link to the bronski beat website..i think the postage with Paul SDE was cheaper..but hey ho


It’s annoying when you read this news in the evening and it’s sold out, normal people do have a day time job you know, you just can’t be online all day long and order at once when it’s posted


Still available in official store. Lots of bundles left.


The Arnaud Rebotini mix of ‘Smalltime Boy’ is all sorts of awesome. From the French film ‘BPM’.


How come everyone thinks its sold out?

In the link to the official store there’s still plenty to order.

Jakob Rehlinger

The exclusive CS single.


You are right.
But the limited 2 track cd single is no longer available.(Only 200)


The SDE edition with the exclusive ‘Smalltown Boy’ cd-single is sold out, it was only 200 copies.


Don’t know how much the article was amended from the original, but when I first read it I had no recollection of direction to the official store, just the SDE info. So, I just gave up after reading “sold out” on all the comments.
What a relief to come back and find that I could still get the CD, thought it was gone forever…


Paul, thanks for the clarification!

I have the audio for the Smalltown Boy 12″ so no bid deal for me, although I would have rather ordered from the SDE shop just for support! Not particularly bothered about the Why? single either!

I’m just happy to get more music (the 2nd cd) from the Jimmy Somerville era Bronski Beat!!

Wayne Olsen

Darn darn darn darn

Paul Foster

Where was my email about this. You email me about loads of other eighties reissues . Disappointing that I I have only just been able to read this only to be told the cds have all gone .


No chance to get a copy… I will wait to see the cd single show off on Ebay or Discogs…


Yes!.So happy.Got the 2 cd with limited cd single.

Neil Kelly

At 6:59pm? How?


Sorry i know.Got it at 16:02.Was on my way out the door when i ordered it.Wrote it when i came home.

Neil Kelly

Oh ok just seen the replies cause i’m looking regarding this ‘Why’ thing i’ve only just heard about


Sadly ALL sold out 46 minutes after receiving email. Obviously, a big demand. Would be interested to read stats regarding sales today following email. How many items total on sale? Guessing with only 200 cd singles – twenty plus of each choice. Was everything snapped up in minutes? Happy your store is a success Paul.

Stevie B

Managed to get the double CD and CD single.
Well chuffed, Great Price and no rip off P&P like most sites. Cheers :)

Andy Brookes

snap same here

Peter Bates

My SDE email only turned up just now …. pah. Absolutely no chance of a re-press on the pink vinyl? Ah well. Back to the crate, it’s a quid somewhere…


Shop for The Age Of Consent reissue at the official Bronski Beat shop.. I did

Rick Marino

So there’s no other way to get the cd single B-side “Infatuation/Memories”? And no repressings (due to popular demand)?


Glad I ordered when I did.

Saar Freedman

appears to be sold out, and I am guessing still no shipping to Israel :(


BTW it’s “Kid Jensen” – not “… Jenson”!

Cal M

His he related to cadbury’s dairy?

Stan Butler

I’m pretty sure that Jensen had dropped the “Kid” moniker by 1984.


Looking forward to my 4th version of this CD ;-)

Neil Kelly

Story only just broke yet EVERYTHING sold out? I was going to order the CD with the free CD single. Too bad i guess…


… and now that I know there was a free single then I won’t bother buying it elsewhere unless it ends up as a bargain. C’est la vie …

Neil Kelly

Yep me too!!

Robert Lett

This post has only been up a short while and it’s sold out, ugh.


Sold Out already, gutted.. :(


Are they really all sold out so soon?
Am beginning to think more people know about SDE than the usual posters. . .


Don’t worry – that’s the good news

carsten hansen

sold out before i received the mail

strange why bother sending out the mail

Big city girl

Is there a difference between the small town boy 12” on the cd single and on cd1


I must be the unluckiest person alive; lost internet for 1 hr…now sold out…#gutted

Marcel N.

Unfortunately …Too late !

Paul E.

The 2 CD deluxe is sold out…a great opportunity missed. My hourly SDE check in intervals need to be adjusted (every 30 minutes perhaps).


All editions sold out on the SDE store already? :(

Tony O

went out for an hour and missed the lot :-(


Well, all gone in less than an hour… Is there a chance for a repress?



All sold out in SDE store.


Marc Bijlsma

Already sold out?!


I ordered it right away. I’m delighted to get some unreleased stuff on the second disc. Thank you Paul for the great deal with the bonus CD Single !


Didn’t see this one coming. Very nice and better value than the upcoming Howard Jones sets, which put the real rarities and BBC sessions in a very expensive bundle.

Shame that the limited CD single is now SOLD OUT. Not fast enough.

I wonder if Steve Bronski had any input on this especially since he remade the album last year.

Who wants to see a deluxe Truthdare Doubledare with the 1986 Janice Long sessions, remixes and tracks from the unreleased 1987 album Out & About. Could also stick the 1989 Eartha Kitt collaborations on there to round everything up.

Jan V

Ordered. Well done, Paul!


Already sold out