The Famous Five Tell All!
Channel 4 Teletext (Oct 2006)
Five singer J Brown insists there is no cynical motive behind the decision to get his former boyband back together.
"Believe me this isn't about money, not at all. We've all got our houses and our cars and are comfortable", he says.
"We decided to get back together because we thought, Why not? We hadn't made music together for five years and the time felt right".
Five star J says he has enjoyed the last few years of his life away from the spotlight.
"We had a brilliant time when we were in the charts. But it all got a bit crazy and you start to forget who you are", he says.
"So I spent the last five years lying on the beach in India, reading books, chilling out and generally just getting my head back together".
"At the moment there are no plans to take Five on the road", says J.
"We're not out to con the fans or anything like that. We won't just book a tour and trot out the old stuff", he says.
"The first thing we're going to do is get into the studio and start working on a new album. If we're really proud of what we put together then we'll release it and tour it".
Ali G sounding Five star Abs Breen says he's kept himself busy in the years since Five last bothered the charts.
"I guess you could say I've just been busy partying in nightclubs, drinking and all the other stuff that goes with it. I've been having a brilliant time", he says.
"I reckon it's my job to get the rest of the lads back into party mode again. To show them how to have fun".
Five star Ritchie Neville admits the years out of the spotlight haven't been easy.
"At times I've been bordering on being an alcoholic. But I've got myself together and got fit again", he says.
"I've been up there, down there and I've been all around, you know five years is a long time to be away. But I'm really glad we're back together - but this time we're all angry".
First time round Five were famous for their energetic dance routines, but singer J says that leaping about is a thing of the past.
"Contrary to some lovely tabloid rumours we haven't been holed up in some room somewhere practising dance routines", he says.
"There'll be a lot less of all that this time. Our sound is going to be a lot more edgy".
Ritchie says Five's new sound will reflect the fact that the band have grown up.
"You know, we're all men now so it feels right that our music should reflect that", he says.
"We've been working with Guy Chambers, who needs no introduction, and that's been going really well. We've also found some DJs and producers from Paris and they're super cool".
Five's J is philosophical about the relaunch of the band.
"We're going to give it our all and if we like what we do and it goes well then we'll be really chuffed and we'll carry on", he says.
"But if it doesn't work out then so be it. We'll just have to see what the public makes of us and our sound. We just want to write new music and have fun".
Interview Typed Up By Lady P. Thank you!