Free Radicals: Gregg Alexander Disbands New Radicals

Attention, New Radicals fans: frontman Gregg Alexander has just given away the ending.

After producing one album, “Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too,” and a hit single, “You Get What You Give,” New Radicals has been disbanded.

In a statement released Monday morning, Alexander said he’s tired of fronting what he referred to as a “One Hit Wonder,” and that he was “more interested in being the next Mutt Lange than a performer.”

Alexander, the creative impetus behind the group, says he will now focus on forming his own production company and writing songs for other artists, including former New Radicals singer Danielle Brisebois. (Alexander produced and co-wrote Brisebois’ 1994 debut album, “Arrive All Over You.) Most of the remaining Radicals will serve as Brisebois’ backing band.

“It was an experience playing the artist,” Alexander continued, “but I accomplished all of my goals with this record, and I’m ready to move on and make the next step in my career.”

Rumors
about Alexander’s unhappiness with the live-performance aspect of New Radicals began to surface in mid-May, after the band pulled out of a high-profile gig at the first Hard Rock RockFest in Atlanta (see “New Radicals Cancel RockFest Appearance” ).

At the time, representatives for the group’s label hinted that Alexander had become tired of touring behind “Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too,” which was released in October 1998.

Monday’s announcement also hinted at Alexander’s growing disdain for the highways and byways associated with the music biz. “I’m going to be turning 30 next year,” he wrote, “and realize that the fatigue of traveling and getting three hours sleep in a different hotel every night to do boring ‘hanging and schmoozing’ with radio and retail people is definitely not for me.”

The group had shot a video for its just-released single, “Someday We’ll Know,” although both MCA Records spokespeople and Alexander’s
current publicists were unaware if the video would be completed in light of the band’s dissolution.

According to Alexander’s new handlers, lawyers representing the frontman and MCA Records reached an amicable settlement involving the Radicals’ demise a few weeks ago but have waited until now to make the breakup public.

The next project for Alexander will be producing the upcoming album by Brisebois, whom vintage TV watchers may remember as the child actress who played “Stephanie Mills” on “All in the Family” and “Archie Bunker’s Place.” Brisebois’ next record is expected to be released via MCA/BMG Records in September.