Brother Beyond

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Brother Beyond
Years active1985 (1985)–1991 (1991)
Past membersNathan Moore
David Ben White
Carl Fysh
Steve Alexander
Eg White

Brother Beyond were a British boy band who had success in the pop rock genre in the late 1980s.


The group's first four singles, "I Should Have Lied", "How Many Times", "Chain-Gang Smile" (produced by Don Was from Was Not Was), and an early version of "Can You Keep a Secret?" (which was later remixed and hit the charts), were all written by band members Eg White (then substituted by live session drummer Steve Alexander), or David Ben White in collaboration with Carl Fysh, and performed together by the band, ideally led by vocalist Nathan Moore (though he never took part in the composition process on any of the songs, nor played any of the instruments). These early singles, released between 1986 and 1988, were minor chart successes in the UK Singles Chart.[2]

When the songwriters and producers Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman, known as Stock Aitken Waterman (SAW), auctioned off their services to charity, Brother Beyond and label EMI won the auction. The first song to be released from this session was "The Harder I Try", a UK No. 2 hit,[2] that was only kept off the top by "A Groovy Kind of Love" by Phil Collins in September 1988. "The Harder I Try" samples the drum intro of The Isley Brothers' "This Old Heart of Mine", and indeed the song as a whole has a distinct Motown feel, as does its successor "He Ain't No Competition", getting to No. 6 in the UK.[2] The following releases from the Get Even album failed to make the UK Top Ten: "Be My Twin", which got to No. 14,[2] and "Can You Keep a Secret?", hitting No. 22.[2] All these singles were taken from the two different editions of their first album Get Even.

After a brief hiatus, they returned with a brand new single in late 1989, "Drive On", which peaked at No. 39 in the UK,[2] from their second album Trust. They then released a cover of the ballad by The Three Degrees, called "When Will I See You Again?", which peaked outside the UK top 40 at No. 43.[2] The final release from their second album was the title track, "Trust", completely self-written, but only peaked at No. 53 in the UK.[2]

EMI America issued the album Trust in the USA mid-1990 adding two new songs which the group recorded in the USA and with a more American sound to break the US market. Both were released as singles there, with the lead single "The Girl I Used to Know" achieving success, peaking at No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100.[3] The follow up single was "Just a Heartbeat Away", released commercially in Australia and as a promotional single in the US, which failed to chart. "The Girl I Used to Know" was released as a non-album single in Europe in early 1991 and peaked at No. 48 in the UK.[2] The group disbanded that same year, with Moore joining another boyband, Worlds Apart.

In January 2011, an expanded edition of Get Even was released, featuring the original line up of the album, along with four bonus tracks. The bonus tracks are extended versions or remixes of "I Should Have Lied", "The Harder I Try", "He Ain't No Competition" and "Be My Twin".[4]

Band members[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • Eg White (bass) – born Francis Anthony White, 22 November 1966

Brother Beyond discography[edit]



Year Single Peak positions Album


1986 "I Should Have Lied" Get Even
1987 "How Many Times" 62
"Chain-Gang Smile" 57
1988 "Can You Keep a Secret?" 56
"The Harder I Try" 2 78 20 32 1 20 15 13
"He Ain't No Competition" 6 53 32 39 4 19
1989 "Be My Twin" 14 53 13 10
"Can You Keep a Secret? (1989 Mix)" 22 157 18 31
"Drive On" 39 74 Trust
"When Will I See You Again" 43
1990 "Trust" 53
"The Girl I Used to Know" 48 27
"Just A Heartbeat Away"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

After the split[edit]

Lead singer Nathan Moore went on to sing with another boy band, called Worlds Apart, successful in France in the mid-90s, and worked as a manager to such acts as Jessica Garlick. He was also a contestant on ITV's Hit Me Baby One More Time, and part of Lisa Scott-Lee's Totally Scott-Lee programme set up on MTV.

Drummer Steve Alexander toured with Duran Duran for six years, before going solo. He has since worked with Jeff Beck and formed a musical collaboration called Flashman [2] with vocalist Renn. His new project is a collaboration with bassist Simon Little called Little Alex.[13]

Carl Fysh now works for Purple PR, a public relations agency in London. He became manager to male duo Fierce Girl, as well as working with acts including Goldfrapp, Coldplay and Adele.

David White obtained a BA degree in Fine Arts at Central St. Martin's College in London and is currently studying for his Master of Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design. He has shown his paintings all around England and Israel.

Eg and Alice[edit]

After leaving Brother Beyond, Eg White formed the duo Eg and Alice with artist Alice Temple. Their production was critically acclaimed but a commercial failure, and none of their singles ever entered the UK Top 75. They released one album (which also didn't chart) for WEA in 1991, before Eg decided to go solo, covering the Jellyfish hit "Stay Home". Eg White won an Ivor Novello award for writing Will Young's "Leave Right Now", and has written songs for a variety of artists including Natalie Imbruglia, Joss Stone and Adele.

Eg and Alice discography[edit]

  • "Indian" (1991)
  • "Doesn't Mean That Much to Me" (1991)


  1. ^ "Brother Beyond – Artist Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Official Charts > Brother Beyond". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Billboard > Artists / Brother Beyond > Chart History > The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  4. ^ [1] Archived 27 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:
  6. ^ a b German chart peaks:
  7. ^ "Ultratop Vlaanderen > Brother Beyond in Ultratop Vlaanderen" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for 'Brother Beyond'". Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  9. ^ " > Brother Beyond in Dutch Charts" (in Dutch). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  10. ^ " > Brother Beyond in New Zealand Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  11. ^ " > Brother Beyond in der Schweizer Hitparade" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Brother Beyond Chart History > Dance Club Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Little Alex". Facebook. Retrieved 4 May 2012.[non-primary source needed]

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