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  • Big Name Fan: Gained one in Joni Mitchell, who was impressed by "You Get What You Give". Mitchell wrote in the liner notes of her Starbucks Artists Choice compilation that the song was "The first thing I had heard in decades that seemed to be inspired by something greater than personal ambition."
  • One-Hit Wonder: To extreme proportions - the band only lasted long enough to release two singles: one ("You Get What You Give") was the hit and the other ("Someday We'll Know") wasn't given a fair shake due to being overshadowed by the band's breakup and is nowhere near as well-remembered. Ironically, Gregg broke up the band partially out of fear that they would become a one-hitter, making the whole thing a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.
  • Reclusive Artist: Big time. When Gregg went back into writing and producing, he dropped off the pop culture radar and we mean way off, with very little known about his current status. Songs of his popped up now and then by different performers ranging from Rivers Cuomo to Boyzone, but otherwise, Gregg just disappeared.
    • In 2013, he came out of retirement to co-write most of the soundtrack to the film Begin Again. Several of the songs (including the Oscar-nominated "Lost Stars") he co-wrote with his regular songwriting partner Danielle Brisebois, who was the only other permanent member of New Radicals. Therefore, it was more or less like a whole new album.
  • What Could Have Been: Alexander previously mentioned that the songs "Life Is A Rollercoaster" and "Lovin' Each Day" were supposed to be the lead singles on the second (never made) New Radicals album, before he gave them to Ronan Keating. Admittedly, they were huge hits.
    • The same goes for any song where Alexander gives the song to another artist. He leaves his mark on all of them, but nobody can sing them better than him. His most obvious ones, aside from the Ronan Keating examples, were Murder On The Dancefloor (by Sophie Ellis Bextor) and Inner Smile (by Texas), the latter which he did leak a demo of him singing. Fans naturally felt this way about the Begin Again soundtrack, which had a whole album's worth of new Gregg Alexander songs on it (plus two he didn't write), including four that he sings himself (for the first time in years).
      • There's also Alexander's c. 2002 demo for "The Game of Love", later a hit for Michelle Branch and Santana. If the New Radicals had stuck around for a few more years and recorded the song themselves, it could have very easily been the second hit that Alexander sought for the group.
      • Danielle Brisebois was set to release her second solo album Portable Life in 1999. The album was effectively the second New Radicals album, as Brisebois and Alexander wrote all but two of the songs, and Alexander produced it. The album seemed like it was destined to be a hit, but it was abruptly cancelled by RCA after promo CDs were released. The album was briefly made for official download in 2008 before disappearing, but it's since been added to most streaming websites.

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