Let's Hear It For the Boy (Bands)
It's good to be back after a brief sabbatical. Get away from the music and just relax for
a while...Yeah, right...Seems like where ever I went everybody (young girls and middle-aged
women) wanted to know what my favorite boy band was or what I thought of this boy band or that
boy band. Give me a break...
Boy bands are a joke. At least by today's standards. Let's set the record straight right off
before I delve into the issues and start knocking these 'boy bands'.
BOY - Any male between the ages 0 and 100 who hasn't grown up yet. We may have matured
physically but mentally we still like to have our fun and don't care about the consequences.
BAND - Any group of individuals (usually 3 or more) that get together to play music with a
variety of instruments. Singing is optional, but is usually expected.
With that out of the way - Hey, people!!! 'N Sync and the Backstreet Boys are not 'boy bands'.
And neither are Westlife, BBMak, 98° and the like.
As far as I'm concerned they can't hold a candle to the first true 'boy band' that ever hit
the record industry - Buddy Holly and the Crickets. They played their own instruments as well
as wrote the majority of songs they recorded. And the music was fun. So they were still boys.
Fits both definitions from above.
The next big 'boy band' that came along would have had to have been The Beatles. All boys and
they played their own instruments.
So just when did this fallacy about boy bands occur? That being that any group of males singing
and dancing around could be called a 'band'. You could say the Monkees but you'd only be half
right. Yes - all members auditioned for their parts and they were thrown together into a
situation that created a pop phenom whose one purpose was to make a lot of money off
unsuspecting teenage girls. But they played their own instruments (though not on most of the
recordings) and wrote a couple of songs here and there. And while we're in the early 70's
you can't count the Jackson 5 or the Osmonds either.
So I guess it had to start with the dreaded New Kids On the Block and Menudo. Good looking,
pre-pubescent males that made girls (and a few boys) go ga-ga with their sappy love songs and
pounding syncopated back beats that grated on your mind after a couple of listens. But the
girls (and a few boys) didn't care. They just fantasized about their new found idols. And the
imitators followed to cash in on the new found market. Anything to bilk the public. Once the
overkill subsided the bands went the way of the dinosaur and the prairie schooner.
Unfortunately, like a bad dream they were resurrected in the 90's and now we have to live
through another 'I look good and can sing but don't know which end of the guitar to pluck'
era. Give me a break...Please!!! Wasn't once enough? Maybe if they learn to play an instrument
and stop the choreographed moves on stage I'll show them a little respect. Until that time
they're just a bunch of kids feeding the teen mania frenzy and making someone a good buck
doing it. Markie Mark you made the right choice...
In case you were wondering, here's my list of favorite all time 'boy bands' -
- Richard Blaine
- The Beatles
- Alice Cooper (up to 1975)
- Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
- Buddy Holly and the Crickets
- Led Zeppelin
- The Rolling Stones (up to 1975)
Quote of the Week
"Just as the song finished, Joey finished." - Charlotte Lasher
(Joey Ramone's mother) after her son died after listening to U2's "In a
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