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Bros: After the Screaming Stops

Bros: After the Screaming Stops

“I like Bros, but I’m not sure I can endure 85 minutes of them,” declared one Twitter user, on being confronted with this gem in the schedules. With my passing knowledge of their hits, and having previously endured Luke Goss ‘acting’ in the straight-to-TV classic Eldorado: City of Gold, I decided I’d rise to the challenge.

Word of mouth had said this would be the Christmas TV highlight, so how did it fare? One summary would be Spinal Tap with more synths, a sublime Alan Partridge-esque milking of a small back catalogue for the sake of bashing two colossal egos together. But my word, it makes for compelling viewing.

We follow the brothers as they prepare for their reunion tour. Matt, looking disturbingly like a Benedict Cumberbatch waxwork, spends most scenes throwing strops over such varied things as Luke’s drumming, Luke patiently explaining that the ‘fake’ pyro on a stage plan photo will be real on the night, and Luke just sitting around pre-This Morning interview. Luke bears these undignified tantrums with the smug calmness of someone wearing a Kabbalah bracelet, meditating, and spouting chunks of philosophy.

Speaking of philosophy, there’s many nuggets of wisdom to enjoy. “I think the letters H-O-M-E are so important because they personify the word home,” Matt declares with a deadly serious face. Later, in some splendid proverb-ruining, Luke declares “Once bitten, twice shy. Twenty times bitten, a little shy.” I spent the first half hour wondering if this was Brian Pern all over again, but it’s no parody. Even when Matt rails against the elf-n-safety culture of not allowing kids to play conkers. (Luke’s deadpan “I can live with it” reply is glorious.)

Aside from the memeable content, there’s quite a few serious, poignant moments. The brothers discussing their late sister’s untimely death and their mother’s support are genuinely lovely, and Luke’s candid tale of asking his fiancée for the engagement ring back when money was tight is heartbreaking. There’s a real sense of brotherly love underneath the squabbling, something ripped away and stamped on by the music industry and tabloids. “Family can be challenging,” Matt explains. “You say stuff and hear stuff from your family that you’d never experience from a friend. For some reason family just abuse each other sometimes.” Ain’t that the truth. Under all the bickering, Matt admits that Luke is still “the love of my life”, very much evident by the time they take to the stage at the O2 with not an argument in sight.

So it turns out there’s more depth to this comedy treat after all.

Bros: After The Screaming Stops is available on iPlayer until 30 January 2019. Get watching it right away. After all, “Rome wasn’t built in a day, but we don’t have the time Rome had.”

Off The Chart: 8 December 1988

Off The Chart: 8 December 1988

We’re going back thirty years to this day in 1988 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of hits, headlines and house music – as well as rock, pop, reggae, soul and even some old time music … read more

Sound of the Crowd – a Discography of the ’80s: Fourth Edition available now!

Sound of the Crowd - 4th Edition cover

Sound Of The Crowd: a Discography of the ’80s is the ultimate record collector’s guide to the 1980s. In the era of multi-formatting, picture discs, coloured vinyl, multiple remixes, funny shaped records and tiny CDs you could lose down the back … read more

Virtual C90: September 2017

Virtual C90: September 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from George Michael, Michael Jackson, OMD, Sparks, Bros, The Fizz, Squeeze, The Waterboys, U2, The Blow Monkeys and Hue & Cry! Plus the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses, mixes and remixes. Enjoy! read more

Off The Chart: 29 October 1988

Off The Chart - 29 October 1988

We’re slowly dissolving in acid this week as we revisit the chart of 29 October 1988! Steve and Julian play some of the forgotten hits of the week, including acid house tracks of varying quality from D-Mob, Yazz and even … read more

Off The Chart: 23 July 1989

Off The Chart: 23 July 1989

It’s French week on Off The Chart for some reason, as Steve and Julian revisit the chart of 23 July 1989, playing a load of hits that you might not remember. There’s also three tracks from the featured album of … read more

Alphabet Street: B

Alphabet Street: B

In our new midweek podcast Tracey Binnie takes us through the ’80s alphabetically, with a little help and/or hindrance from obscure fact maestro Steve. Each edition of Alphabet Street features an hour or so of acts whose names begin with … read more

1989 Christmas Top 40

Andy Stewart

In many ways the last year of the decade wasn’t too dissimilar from the early years – people were still using synths and computers to make their records, except the computers were now the size of a suitcase rather than … read more

1988 Christmas Top 40

Kylie & Jason

Thanks to the increased availability of samplers and home recording equipment, in 1988 36% of the population was taking old records apart and welding them back together to make new ones. Bomb The Bass, Coldcut and S-Express were the most … read more