[[caption-width-right:356:[[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou Gregg Alexander wants to hug you!]]]]

'''New Radicals''' were an American pop-rock band from TheNineties. Their [[IAmTheBand sole permanent member]] was multi-instrumentalist Gregg Alexander, who wrote and produced all their songs. Their only other constant member was former ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' actress Danielle Brisebois, who played percussion (and occasionally, keyboards) and sang backing vocals.

They released one album, ''Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too'', in 1998. A pop-rock album drawing influences from various rock and {{Funk}}[=/=]{{Soul}} acts like Music/ToddRundgren, {{Prince}} and Music/TheRollingStones, ''Brainwashed'' was greeted with critical acclaim. It also provided the band with their only hit single, "You Get What You Give". It's one of those one hit wonders that you are guaranteed to hear on the radio all of the time to this very day.

Alexander disbanded the group in mid-1999 out of fatigue with touring and the rock star life, declaring that he had "accomplished all of [his] goals". This greatly affected the performance of second single "Someday We'll Know", which got some airplay (and versions from people such as Music/MandyMoore) but not enough for the band to be considered a two hit wonder. He returned to his previous job of writing and producing for other musicians. He later won a Grammy for writing Santana and Michelle Branch's "Game of Love."

After 15 years intentionally shying away from stardom, Gregg Alexander [[http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/tv-film/6281763/found-star-new-radicals-gregg-alexander-grants-first-interview-in finally granted his first interview since his stint with the New Radicals in October of 2014.]] He also continues to collaborate with Brisebois, who has remained his musical and songwriting partner; The duo wrote the music for ''Film/BeginAgain'', earning themselves an Oscar nomination in 2015.

* ArcWords: "Two years ago" is mentioned consistently in the songs about breakups. The number 97 pops up every now and then due to the band being formed in that year.
* BittersweetEnding: "Someday We'll Know," a song about TheLostLenore is a DownerEnding, but the lyrics in the album booklet add an addendum, showing the narrator coming to terms with the relationship ending.
* BlackComedy[=/=]LyricalDissonance: "I Hope I Didn't Just Give Away The Ending," a bright, spirited power ballad about doing porno films for coke and overdosing.
** BreakingTheFourthWall: A particular gem from the same song:
--->"By the way this girl was sexy and she would touch you
--->That may not be true, but I said it so you'd feel involved with the song!"
* BreakupSong: "Someday We'll Know".
* CutSong: "A Love Like That." Some lyrics appear on the band's only album, but the song was only released online years later.
** The two {{B Side}}s "To Think I Thought" and "The Decency League", though "To Think I Thought" is on the Japanese version of the album.
** There are a whole load of these actually. Alexander was recording demos from 1995 to 1998, when the album was made. Some of them have leaked online, some of which were given to other artists, and some of which weren't.
** Quite possibly, the original version of "Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too," if the original/alternate lyrics in the album booklet are to go by.
* DrugsAreBad: "I Hope I Didn't Just Give Away The Ending"
* IAmTheBand: Half of the sources out there refer to the band as consisting of Gregg Alexander alone. The other half consider them to be the duo of Alexander and Danielle Brisebois backed by a series of studio collaborators, a la Music/SteelyDan.
* LyricalDissonance: Most of the songs feature energetic, sunshine-y guitar and melodies, even when they're talking about social change, inability to cope with a break-up, or accidental overdoses that result in death. That said, "You Get What You Give," even with it's lyrics about mind-numbing celebrity culture distracting from real-world issues, is otherwise a straightforward AwardBaitSong, complete with lyrics about ThePowerOfFriendship.
* NiceHat: Alexander. He admitted that he always wore one to partially hide his complete lack of enthusiasm during live performances.
* TheNineties
* NotChristianRock: They come close in "Jehovah Made This Whole Joint For You" and "Flowers" ("As real as our god, who has spoken, on how we can fly"), which both seem like attempts to convert a drug addicted girl to christianity. It's safe to say Gregg was not serious about it - he was brought up a Jehovah's witness and hated it.
* OdeToYouth: "You Get What You Give"
* OneManBand: Gregg played all the parts on "Technicolor Lover" by himself.
* [[OneBookAuthor One Work Author]]: Only released one album, ''Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too''
* PerishingAltRockVoice: Gregg had his moments (such as the 'won't you save me' part of I Don't Wanna Die Anymore, and the verses of Crying Like A Church On Monday.
* ScannableMan: Several pictures on the album art have a barcode on Alexander.
* TakeThat: Alexander included two verses towards the end of "You Get What You Give", one criticising the FDA, health insurance providers and others, and the other just bashing various celebrities. By his own admission, it was [[SecretTestOfCharacter an experiment]] to see if the media would focus on the celebrity-bashing more than the political issues of the first lines. He was right.
** "The Decency League" is one against MoralGuardians.
** The lyrics in the liner notes for the title track "Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too" are completely different than the actual song on the album. The booklet lyrics, which are all a giant TakeThat at society, end with "So hip, so young, so full of shit. The studio told us to shut up and write another hit." The song itself never had those lyrics, it is gibberish - this was a parody of censorship.

->''Social Security Number, please. Credit card number, please. Money, please. Money, please. Money, please. Soul, please. Please deposit 85 dollars for the next three minutes, please.''