Bros Biography

Twins Matthew and Luke Goss (29 September 1968, London, England), along with school friend Craig Logan (b. 22 April 1969, Fife, Scotland), formed a group called Cavier before changing the name to Bros. After securing the services of Pet Shop Boys manager Tom Watkins and producer Nicky Graham, they scraped into the lower regions of the UK charts in 1987 with ‘I Owe You Nothing’. Well groomed and ambitious, the trio were well marketed and soon attracted a fanatical teenage fan following. Their second single, the catchy, dance-orientated ‘When Will I Be Famous’ was promoted aggressively and climbed to UK number 2 in the early months of 1988. ‘Drop The Boy’ soon followed, again just missing the number 1 spot. By now established as the teen-idols of 1988, the trio’s first single, ‘I Owe You Nothing’, was re-promoted and reached the chart summit in June 1988. A string of UK Top 10 singles followed, including ‘I Quit’, ‘Cat Among The Pigeons’/‘Silent Night’, ‘Too Much’, ‘Chocolate Box’ and ‘Sister’. Their fortunes gradually took a downward turn, however. In January 1989, bass player Craig Logan was ousted and Bros subsequently became embroiled in an acrimonious legal battle with their manager (well documented in Luke Goss’ autobiography). Written off as mere teenybop fodder, they actively pursued a more serious direction and returned to the UK Top 20 with ‘Are You Mine?’ and the album Changing Faces in 1991. By 1993 the phenomenon had passed, with the twins now going their separate ways. Matt pursued a solo career and appeared on the UK television reality series Celebrity Chef while Luke Goss turned to acting, enjoying success as a stage actor and appearing as Nomak in Blade II.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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