Revealing the pain under the Bros boys’ stupid hats

Matt and Luke Goss of Bros
Matt and Luke Goss of Bros Credit: Fulwell 73

Before Christmas last year, the 1980s boy band Bros was mocked for the television documentary Bros: After the Screaming Stops. It was taken as a stupefying pastiche of This Is Spinal Tap and it went viral. Brothers Luke, who now stars in films such as War Pigs, and Matt, who is a lounge singer, fought bitterly, recited ludicrous personal mantras and talked about their favourite bandannas. Bros (Radio 2, Saturday) was the post mortem of this extraordinary documentary; and what emerged was a portrait of two boys who became so famous so young they had no idea who they were: people were so anxious to project onto them, no one thought to ask. 

Instead – and this was the comedy disguising the tragedy...

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