A Love like That
"A Love Like That" is a song by Gregg Alexander, released exclusively on MP3 format in 2003. It deals with heartbreak and inability to accept that a partner has moved on, and is the only song in which Alexander has a role as a singer/performer since the disbanding of the New Radicals in 1999. While Gregg's vocals and style on the song are unmistakable, the origins of the track remain unclear. It was first discovered to be charting obscurely in October 2003 on Beyond Radio, an American airplay chart, peaking at #1304, and remaining on the charts into November. It was later found downloadable on the now-defunct site, PicktheHits.com.
Official Warner Music publishing sites have confirmed that Alexander (together with longtime collaborator Rick Nowels) did indeed write a song entitled "A Love Like That" . The closing refrain of "Na-na na-na na" is very similar to that which opens "Life Is a Rollercoaster" by Ronan Keating, which Alexander and Nowels also wrote. A fan mashup MP3 is circulating in which the ending and beginning of the two songs are near-seamlessly blended together.
It is unknown whether "A Love Like That" was leaked by an industry insider, MCA Records or released personally by Alexander. Some believe that "A Love Like That" was written and probably recorded in the sessions for Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too, and is thus a leaked New Radicals studio outtake. This is supported by the fact that certain lyrics from the song - "I know I deceived you, I once told you lies/If you don't believe me, just look in my eyes" - appear in the booklet for Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too, interspersed with the lyrics to "Mother We Just Can't Get Enough".
The original MP3 was of quite low audio quality, and audibly skipped several times. In 2005, a much better-sounding version of "A Love Like That" appeared mysteriously on the LimeWire filesharing network.