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Push is the debut album by British pop band Bros and was released on 28 March 1988 on CBS. The album peaked at number two in the UK Albums Chart and was certified quadruple platinum in the UK. It was also a worldwide success, reaching number one in New Zealand, and the top ten in Australia and several countries in Europe.

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Studio album by
Released28 March 1988
StudioHot Nights Studio, Fulham, London
GenreTeen pop, dance-pop
ProducerNicky Graham
Bros chronology
The Time
Singles from Push
  1. "I Owe You Nothing"
    Released: 31 August 1987
  2. "When Will I Be Famous?"
    Released: 16 November 1987
  3. "Drop the Boy"
    Released: 7 March 1988
  4. "I Owe You Nothing (reissue)"
    Released: 6 June 1988
  5. "I Quit"
    Released: 5 September 1988
  6. "Cat Among the Pigeons"/"Silent Night"
    Released: 21 November 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[2]

In late 2013, a 25th Anniversary 3-CD remastered and expanded edition of Push was released on the Cherry Pop record label, a subsidiary of Cherry Red Records. The song "Silent Night", originally released as a double A-side single with "Cat Among the Pigeons", was included on the expanded edition, as well as B-sides and remixes from the five singles that were released from the album.


Writing and composition

All the songs were written by Nicky Graham and Bros' manager Tom Watkins, with Graham composing the music and Watkins writing the lyrics. The pair used the pseudonym "The Brothers" in order to imply that the songs had been written by the Goss twins, and that the group was not simply a manufactured pop outfit. In his autobiography Watkins described how he had deliberately come up with song titles and lyrics that the teen market could identify with, such as "Drop the Boy" being about a youth asking to be treated as an adult. Other themes included childhood poverty ("Ten Out of Ten"), the then-current AIDS epidemic ("Shocked"), and past relationships ("I Owe You Nothing"). One of the album's more serious lyrical subjects was the closing ballad "Cat Among the Pigeons", which Watkins stated was about a friend who had struggled to cope with the early death of their father, and as a result had embarked on tempestuous and doomed relationships. Watkins also admitted that his original, more explicit lyric for "When Will I Be Famous?", a song that had been created for his own short-lived band the Hudsons, had been written as a conversation between two gay men: a young man desperate for fame and attention, and an older, more experienced man giving his advice. When he and Graham decided to give the song to Bros to record, Watkins toned down the lyrics and removed the references to homosexuality.[3]

Graham composed the music using some basic equipment at his home in Wimbledon in south-west London, before taking the songs to his Hot Nights studio a short distance away in Fulham. There he played all the instruments and programmed all the keyboards, before inviting the group to the studio to learn their parts and record Matt Goss' vocals.[4]

Talking to Smash Hits in April 1988, Matt Goss explained why the album was titled Push: "Well, when we were in the studio recording it, if one of us was really, like, going for it we'd say, 'Right man, that's really pushing it.' It's a word we all latched on to, and Nicky latched on to it too. We'd all be going, 'Is that pushing it? Yeah, that's push. So the album couldn't really be called anything else."[5]

Chart performance

In the UK Albums Chart, Push was kept off the number one spot by the compilation album Now 11 for two weeks, and then by Tracy Chapman's self-titled album for a week, although Push went on to sell more copies than both albums in 1988 and ranked as the fourth best-selling album for that year in the UK.[6]

Track listing

All tracks written by The Brothers (a pseudonym for Nicky Graham and Tom Watkins).

Side one ("Push Side")
1."When Will I Be Famous?"5:02
2."Drop the Boy"4:08
3."Ten Out of Ten"4:06
5."Love to Hate You"5:17
Side two ("Pull Side")
1."I Owe You Nothing"3:40
2."I Quit"3:32
3."It's a Jungle Out There"4:14
5."Cat Among the Pigeons"4:05




Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[29] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[30] Gold 250,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[31] Platinum 15,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[32] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[33] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[34] 4× Platinum 1,200,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom & Europe
28 March 1988 CBS LP 460629 1
LP picture disc 460629 0
cassette 460629 4
CD 460629 2
limited edition picture CD 460629 9
Japan 22 June 1988 Epic cassette 25 6P-5022
CD 25 8P-5022
United States July 1988[35] LP E 44285
cassette ET 44285
CD EK 44285
Canada LP BFE 44285
cassette BFET 44285
CD BFEK 44285
United Kingdom & Europe 24 July 2004 Columbia remastered CD 460629 2/4606292004
United Kingdom 4 November 2013 Cherry Pop 3-CD deluxe version CRPOPT137


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