Be My Twin is the last Top 20 hit for Brother Beyond, and the last of an extraordinary seven singles from their debut album Get Even barring a remixed version of earlier release Can You Keep A Secret?. Having taken three years to get there, their time as a Top 20 act spans barely six months; the lead single from their second and final album only just makes the Top 40 and they call it a day in 1991. But what next for the members?
In the 1990s, Steve Alexander returns to his former career as a session drummer for an eclectic list of clients including genre-spanning guitarist Jeff Beck, Soukous legend Papa Wemba, 80s pop royalty Boy George and “frizzoblee wigwoman” (as Smash Hits puts it) Bonnie Tyler; he is also a member of Duran Duran’s touring band for several years. Carl Fysh moves into PR, joining the press department for Sony. Nathan Moore is hired by boyband Worlds Apart who enjoy their greatest success in continental Europe. David White gradually withdraws from the music industry altogether. His brother, former bass player Francis ‘Eg’ White (who left the group shortly before the peak of their popularity) releases two albums of his own: 24 Years Of Hunger with Alice Temple (critically well-received but a commercial failure) and a solo work five years later, Turn Me On I’m A Rocket Man. A talented multi-instrumentalist and producer, he also collaborates with other artists but chart placings elude all his projects.
Today, Fysh is co-director of Purple PR and, having set up its music division in 2004, has provided services for acts including Goldfrapp. A stint in artist management representing clients such as opera crossover singer Keedie Babb led to Moore briefly becoming a reality TV star; he continues to perform as a solo singer and as part of a reformed Worlds Apart. Over the past ten years, Eg’s song writing promise has finally yielded the hits, and his have been the most notable successes for any past member of the group. He wrote Will Young’s Leave Right Now in 2004 which made #1 in the UK and won an Ivor Novello award for ‘Best song musically and lyrically’, and has followed it with at least one major chart hit every year. His track with Adele, 2008’s Chasing Pavements, earned her a Grammy nomination and his catalogue of Top 10 hits gave him a second Ivor Novello award for Songwriter of the Year in 2009. In the same year he launched his own record label, Split Milk Records, and issued his third solo album Adventure Man. Now known as David Ben White, his brother is a professional artist and sculptor.
NEW SINGLES on sale from Jan. 9
SPANDAU BALLET The Freeze (Reformation CHS2486)
ULTRAVOX (Midge Ure) Vienna (Chrysalis CHS2481)
The MISSION (Wayne Hussey) Wasteland (Mercury MYTH2)
PEPSI AND SHIRLIE Heartache (Polydor POSP837)
The STYLE COUNCIL It Didn’t Matter (Polydor TSC11)
BROTHER BEYOND Be My Twin (Parlophone R6195)
Julian COPE 5 O’Clock World (Island IS399)