Bronski Beat Singer Kevin Glancy Narrowly Avoids Jail
A singer who found fame with Eighties pop stars Bronski Beat has narrowly avoided prison after fiddling more than £30,400 in a benefit fraud scam.
Kevin Glancy, who also worked with The Communards, has lived in Grimsby for more than ten years and insists he has never lived the “rock star lifestyle” or earned hundreds of thousands of pounds from the music business.
He has told the Grimsby Telegraph he deeply regretted his actions and now wanted to turn his narrow brush with prison into a positive way of helping deprived and under-privileged people in the area keep away from trouble.
Glancy, 45, admitted three offences of producing false statements to obtain benefit and three charges of making false statements to obtain benefit.
He was given a one-year suspended prison sentence at Grimsby Crown Court but, realising he could be jailed, he arrived at court towing a case of belongings.
Outside court, Glancy laughed off suggestions in newspapers over the years that he had made a fortune from working with Bronski Beat, which had a top three hit with Smalltown Boy in 1984.
Other hits included It Ain’t Necessarily So and a version of I Feel Love. The band was fronted by Jimmy Somerville. Glancy worked with him as a sessions singer for Bronski Beat and The Communards, whose lead singer was also Somerville.
He also had dealings with Erasure and counted Andy Bell, from the band, as someone he knew well. But he claimed of Bronski Beat: “The band has haunted me for the last ten years. Even the court guards are asking me questions about it.”
Glancy said he got asked nearly every week about his links with Jimmy Somerville, but he insisted he now had no links with the music business. Most of those he worked with in the Eighties now lived in “California and Holland”.
He said he did not hanker after the fame of the music business and insisted he did not get any royalties from his days as a sessions singer.
He stressed he was not actually a member of Bronski Beat itself, despite what has been written about him in newspapers over the years.
“There were three officially in the band but there were seven on stage,” he said.
Glancy said he spent time with them, “was with them all and used to live with them” but laughed: “That was when I was young and handsome and had hair.”
He claimed he did not make huge sums of money from his singing with the iconic 1980s bands.
“The only people who have rock-star lifestyles are council officials and MPs,” he joked. “It’s a misconception that I am living a rock-star lifestyle. It’s all lies. I was a sessions singer, a backing singer.
“You just need to look at previous winners of the X Factor. It’s a false rock sense of security and a false perception. It’s a job. You are paid to do a job and it was years ago.
“People make you out to be a star. I make myself out to be a normal guy in society.”
There was no reference whatsoever in court to Glancy’s previous work in the music business.
He runs a video production company, based in Grimsby, making corporate videos for companies and is also part of the media team for the Victory Church in the town. His wife, Emily, is part of the pastoral team there.
Now he plans to use his experience of court to make a positive difference to the lives of under-privileged local people.
The couple want to help hard-up and struggling people in the Grimsby area steer clear of problems that could land them in trouble.
“There are a lot of vulnerable people in Grimsby and they need help,” he said.
He and his wife are keen to use their involvement in the Victory Church, which is sited not far from the Premier Inn on the Pyewipe estate, Grimsby, as a way of helping struggling local people.
“The next phase of our life is to go to the Victory Church and help vulnerable people,” he said.