Push Album is by Bros, the British pop band. Their debut album was released on the 28th of March 1988 under the record label CBS Records, now part of Sony Music Entertainment.
It was recorded at the Hot Nights Studios in Fulham, South West London. Along with Bros, the studio has played host to a variety of recording artists including Paul McCartney and Massive Attack.
The Push album was produced by Nicky Graham, the South African born British music producer, musician and songwriter. Born in Durban, South Africa, in January 1945, he has worked with a range of artists including The Nolans, Shakin’ Stevens and Aaron Carter.
The album features ten tracks, all of which were written by Nicky Graham and Tom Watkins, known by their pseudonym The Brothers.
Lyrically the songs cover a range of social and personal topics from childhood poverty and AIDS to the loss of a father.
In the UK, the album has been certified 4x Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry ( BPI ) with sales of over 1.2 million copies.
In New Zealand, it has a certification of Platinum, with the Push album gaining a Gold disc in France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland.
The Push album has had mostly positive reviews since its release. In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Brendan Swift awarded it four out of a possible five stars. Writing that the album had ” Plenty of frothy fun, ” which ” covers the few low spots. ” However, he did feel the album had a ” lack of depth. “
Caroline Sullivan, writing retrospectively for the online version of the British newspaper The Guardian praised the album saying ” there was talent there ” and that ” Matt Goss could sing, and brother Luke held his own playing drums “
The lead single, ” I Owe You Nothing “, was released on the 31st of August 1987. Written by Tom Watkins and Nicky Graham, who also produced the track.
The original release failed to chart. It was later remixed and re-released on the 6th of June 1988.
” I Owe You Nothing ” entered the UK Singles Chart on the 18th of September 1988 and peaked at Number One, a position it held for two weeks. It spent five weeks in the Top Ten and seventeen weeks in the Top 100.
The single also reached the Top Ten in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Iceland, Belgium ( Flanders ), France, Ireland, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
In the United States, the single failed to make the Billboard Hot 100, but it did reach number ten on the Dance Club Songs Chart.
The Push album became a commercial success for Bros. In the United Kingdom, the album entered the UK Albums Chart on the 9th of April 1988 and peaked at number two. It spent sixteen weeks in the Top Ten and fifty-four weeks in the Top 100.
Elsewhere the album topped the RMNZ ( Recorded Music N Z ) album chart in New Zealand and peaked inside the Top Ten in Australia, Iceland, Germany, Finland, Italy, Norway and Switzerland.
Bros is an English pop band. They formed in 1986 in Camberley, a town in the English County of Surrey.
Now a duo consisting of twin brothers Matt and Luke Goss, the original line-up also included their friend Graig Logan, who quit the band in early 1989.
The trio began working together under the name of Cavier and the Gloss. They then met songwriter and producer Nicky Graham who introduced then to manager Tom Watkins. Although he did not like the trio’s look or music output, he soon realised he could promote them as a boy band for the teenage girl market.
Tom Watkins set about changing the name to Bros. Along with Nicky Graham, he wrote the songs for the trio using the pseudonym ” The Brothers “, a name to give the Illusion the twin Goss brothers were the songwriters.
Although their debut single failed to make an impact on the UK charts, they did start to build a following.
Bros’ second single, ” When Will I Be Famous “, was marketed extensively and reached number two in the United Kingdom. More Top Ten hits followed.
The music press named the hysteria surrounding the band as ” Brosmania ” and their teenage girl followers ” Brosettes “. Their fan club, called the Bros Front, had over six million fans worldwide.
Continuing as a duo after the departure of Graig Logan, the brothers Goss went on a sold-out world tour and released a further two albums, their third and final one being Changing Faces, which reached number eighteen in the United Kingdom.
In the United Kingdom, Bros had eleven Top Forty singles and three Top Twenty albums. It is estimated that Bros has worldwide sales of over sixteen million records.
Matt and Luke Goss officially split in 1992 and went on to form solo careers. Matt continued in the music business as a singer. He had several singles chart in the UK and took up residencies in Las Vegas performing at venues including the world famous luxury hotel and casino, Caesars Palace.
Luke Goss moved to the United States, where he became a successful film actor. He appeared in several films including the 2002 superhero movie Blade II and the 2008 Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
In 2017, Bros reunited and performed two dates in London at the O2 Arena, the former Millennium Dome. The Goss twins continue to record and perform.
To date, Bros’ Album releases are three studio, two Compilations, one Documentary video, three Video albums and one Remix album. They have also released thirteen singles and thirteen music videos. As award-winning recording artists, Bros have won one Brit award.
Push Album Track Listing:
1. When Will I Be Famous?
2. Drop the Boy
3. Ten Out of Ten
5. Love to Hate You
6. I Owe You Nothing
7. I Quit
8. It’s a Jungle Out There
10. Cat Among the Pigeons