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We'll do it our way' say bad boys of pop

PUBLISHED: 18:18 13 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:41 25 August 2010

BAD boys of pop East 17 are coming to the borough to reveal their new liberated R&B sound.

BAD boys of pop East 17 are coming to the borough to reveal their new 'liberated' R&B sound.

Front man Brian Harvey, 34, and band mates John Hendy and Terry Coldwell are due to sing a 40-minute set at The Drayman, in Crook Log, Bexleyheath, on June 13.

Reformed without the influence of songwriter Tony Mortimer, Harvey told the Times that audiences would now hear the kind of music the band always yearned to sing.

Eating a cheeseburger, he said: "We're working on our new album and we think it will be the best we've ever made.

"We've been working with Jud Mahoney, who's worked with Babyface and Harvey Mason. He p***es all over my singing you know, and he's given us a spark to make something exciting.

"We're doing what we want to do now. A lot of the music we did in the past wasn't what we were really into."

The Steam singer caused a storm amongst parents and anti-drug campaigners in 1997 when he spoke freely about his own use of ecstasy.

The band will be supported on the Urban De-K night by House, Old Skool and Garage DJs including Pimp My Ride's Richie Don, K G B and Rtay.

The Drayman's management was pulled up for a licence review in April after a string of alcohol-fuelled clashes outside, including a man knocking a 21-year-old woman's teeth out.

Harvey said: "We want to end up with a deal so we understand we have to put it about as much as possible.

"We're not fussy about where we play. Whereever the crowds go we're happy."

East 17 will play most of their old hits at The Drayman along with a couple of songs from their new album, said Harvey.

Meanwhile, his friend Anthony Ghosh, aka DJ Talent from Beckenham, has found his musical success by making it to the second round of Britain's Got Talent.

He said: "We met through mutual friends but it was probably depression that brought us together. We just get on. It was one of those things.

"He is genuine, nice guy, and he's got a lot of balls to get up there and say the things he said.

"He just took everyone's ammunition away by being so up front about himself, by talking about all the things he's been through.

"I'm just really surprised to see him all over the telly and the red tops now."

The night is over-21s only. For more information contact 07535 709 548.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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