Eg White is pretty much unknown. Well, have you heard of him?
Initially he and his brother were in an 80’s band called Brother Beyond who had a number two hit with “the harder I try”.
He left the band and in 1991 released a masterpiece with Alice Temple (as Eg and Alice) called 24 years of hunger. It is one of my favourite pop recrords of all time. Beautiful, poignant and with superbly crafted electronic songs.
We’ve had to wat 18 years for its follow up, Adventure man, which I discovered in the secondhand section at Avalanche late last week.
But he hasn’t been posted missing totally, initially joining the Stock, Aitken and Waterman writing team in the late 80’s he has penned hits for Alison Moyet, Duffy, adele, Sophie Ellis Bexter, James Morrison, James blunt (rhymes with….), Emilianna Torrini.
He wrote ‘Chasing Pavements’ for Adele (the stand out track on her excellent album) as well as Warwick Avenue (the stand out track on Duffy’s debut.)
So the boy can write. (indeed he’s won a bunch of Ivor Novello’s)
And me, well I think he can sing too. On Adventure Man things pretty much take up where ’24 years’ left off. He doesn’t have a classic voice, it’s a bit on the thin side but it’s the songs that count and in ‘But California’,’ Broken‘ and ‘My People’ he has three songs that will finish the year among the top of the year.
But you know what? Unless you do something about it he will remain in public obscurity whilst being a megastar industry-side.