Bad Boys Inc


Very briefly in 1993/94, Bad Boys Inc. were the alternative to Take That, so why has their longevity not lasted the same?

In 1993 producer Ian Levine, who worked with Erasure, The Pet Shop Boys, Kim Wilde among others, advertised for a new boy band in British pop. Levine had already produced Take That‘s first three singles and was now thirsty to create his own, rival boy band. The four winners of the auditions held were David Ross, Matthew Pateman, Tony Dowding and Ally Begg. With the name Bad Boys Inc. chosen, the boys embarked upon a tour of nightclubs ‘displaying’ their dance moves and vocal abilities and released their debut single “Don’t Talk About Love” in the Summer of 1993.

The single broke the UK top twenty, just as Take That scored their first UK chart topper with “Pray”. This was quickly followed with “Whenever You Need Someone” in the early Autumn of 1993 but, for whatever reason, the song stalled at No.26. That Christmas a third single “Walking On Air” came out and did slightly better in reaching No.24 in the UK, not bad considering it was released at a time seen as separating the good from the not so good with record sales at their absolute peak.

As 1993 saw Bad Boys Inc. established, 1994 would see them crowned. Their first release of the year, “More To This World”, went to No.8 in the UK and would become their highest chart position attained. By now the boys were also finding fans and record sales outside of the UK, in Japan, Denmark and Finland chiefly as well as on the cover of all the teen mags, much to the delight of many thousands of girls, and I’m sure the boys too!

The success of “More To This World” lead to a third UK top twenty hit that Summer with “Take Me Away”. Their self titled debut album followed soon after and would peak at No.13 in the UK. A sixth single, “Love Here I Come”, was issued that Autumn making No.26 in their home country, making a tally of six top thirty singles achieved! But for whatever reason, the boys decided to go their separate ways in 1995 and leave the stage as fans were waiting with bated breath for more.

David Ross would become an actor, working largely out of Los Angeles. Matthew Pateman has continued to record, if perhaps not so successfully as before. He competed to represent the UK at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, but sadly was not chosen. That same year he released the single “Nine Days”. Tony Dowding returned to fashion modelling as well as some small acting roles on British television. And Ally Begg…well he’s done rather well as a sports TV producer and writer, as well as indulging in his lifelong love for Aberdeen FC! So maybe there is “More To This World” than being in a boy band?!

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!