My first job was as a foot messenger for an optical house in Soho called Geoff Axtellls, at the age of 16. I would find myself in the company of top directors as well as cool music industry types, after a short time I found myself in a reggae band with my sister Teeda, as well as shooting the front titles for the movies ‘ Sid & Nancy, A Letter To Brezhnev, and Michael Mann’s ‘ The Keep. But the lure of the record industry was too strong and soon I was to front a band with a major record label deal.
Brother Beyond was signed to EMI records in 1986, but it would take 2 years and four singles for the band to achieve their first hit!, in 1988 whilst working at the studios of PWL ( The home of Kyle, Rick Astley and Jason Donovan ) A chat over a pint with Pete Waterman and along with a bizarre auction where EMI would bid £25k for their production services resulted in the band working on two songs with Pete, Mike and Matt. The first song crafted was the Motown influenced ' The Harder I Try '.
The song became a huge hit for BB peaking at number 2 spot in the UK and narrowly missing the # 1 spot but for Phil Collins and ' A Groovy Kind of Love '. Just before the song was released Egg White left the band and was replaced by the bands regular drummer Steve Alexander, Egg went on to become a top songwriter and producer, penning 'Leave Right Now ' for Will Young and producing tracks for Adelle, Duffy and James Morrison to name but a few.
The Second single from SAW was ' He Ain't No Competition ' which charted at #6, this was followed by two singles that were written by the band ' Be My Twin ' #14 and ' can You Keep A Secret ' #21, the album ' Get Even ' was a top ten hit selling over 400'000 copies in December 88 in the UK.
In 1990 after the release of the bands second album ' Trust ' the group split.
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