Rich Beale formed a band called Apache Dropout after Head broke up, and recorded an album for Postcard Records in 1993, but it went unreleased. Abandoning both his commercial aspirations and his sanity, Beale rejoined Gareth Sager in a new band called Pregnant, and they produced a 1997 album called Unusual Lover. Jonathan Seal ("the sixth Head") was a member of Pregnant, as was Dave Hunter.
"I've been very unwell," Beale confesses, "in the rock and roll sense of the word." Head's lyrics had mostly been written by Sager; but in Pregnant, Beale indulged his gift for loony lyrical improvisation. He rambles about John Cooper Powys, Biggie Smalls, and Gary U.S. Bonds, and begs Bono to "leave Eno alone".
One reviewer wrote that listening to Beale is "like being locked up in a padded cell with someone who can mimic the voices of a thousand rock stars." Another wrote, "Explaining the charms of Pregnant would be rather like explaining a magic trick -- it can only cheapen it." Pregnant delivered a wide-ranging repetoire of rock, reggae, funk and suave R&B balladry. The influence of sea shanties is once again evident in "O'Cassey's Minibar".
The last three songs are from Rich Beale's group Apache Dropout, his trip-hop duo Receiver (1996-2001), and the band Applecraft (2000-2004). Beale adopted the alias Don Mandarin in Applecraft, and released a Don Mandarin solo album in 2000 called This Was Quo Country. Sager soldiered on post-partum with a new group of comrades.
Refuel at Hamburg
The Romance of Rock
Higher Type of Mind
Rock of Rice Scum
Fallen for Bowey
Red West Coast Sunsets
Bono Leave Eno Alone
Bewigged Unmarried Bizarre Car
It's Time for the Plants to Talk
God's Chosen Language
Francis (by Apache Dropout)
O'Driscoll's Curse (by Receiver)
The Benefactor (by Applecraft)