Three Interesting “Where Are They Now?” Stories

Let’s begin with The Communards, an off-shoot of the Bronski Beat who, along with Jimmy Sommerville, included Richard Coles. Their big single was a cover that became a gay anthem.

Jimmy Sommerville is still in the music biz, but what of Richard Coles?  He’s now a celibate vicar.

Communards - Richard Coles


Remember the New Radicals? They had a huge hit with “You Get What You Give” back in the 90s.

That made them a pretty big one-hit-wonder. Whatever happened to leader/singer Gregg Alexander? He wants to get serious about writing music for movies. And he’s off to a good start. He wrote this one for the movie Begin Again. It’ll probably be up for an Oscar.

And finally, remember Clay Aiken from American Idol?

He’s now a politician running for the US Congress. See?

Clay Aiken


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Three Interesting “Where Are They Now?” Stories

  • October 16, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Gregg Alexander didn’t disappear all these years. He and Danielle Brisebois both stayed in the music industry and were successful after the New Radicals disbanded. Gregg co-wrote “Game of Love” for Santana and Danielle wrote “Pocketful of Sunshine” for Natasha Bedingfield as well as other hit songs.


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