On Saturday night I had quite a strange experience involving my girlfriend, a bottle of Jack Daniels and ‘N Sync… Trust me people you have no idea.
Anyway the next day when my headache had started to subside, that frankly bizarre set of events from the night before got me thinking. How good were boy bands back in the day!
I mean really, for my money there was a golden era between like 1995 and 2004, give or take a few years either side depending on your taste. This isn’t an exact science folks it’s a man with a laptop. Here’s a roll call for you…. East 17, Take That, Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync, Five, Blue and Busted. (I don’t care if Busted held guitars or not they were a damn boy band!)
Fast forward to 2013 and we have One Direction who are just about the biggest thing on the planet right now, The Wanted are still hovering around and JLS have just departed. Now you have to give respect to 1D (Yeah I know) they are marketed to absolute perfection and they have created the closest thing to Beatlemania we have seen since the 60’s. But and this is a huge but…. The music doesn’t seem to have that same poppy, make you smile quality that the songs from back in the day did. I know there is a great deal of nostalgia involved but still… as a kid I loved Five ‘Keep on Movin’ when it came out.
Look, don’t get me wrong there was some absolutely horrendous stuff released over that ‘golden era’ too but I think the good outweighed the bad. Pop music especially by boy bands is designed to get stuck in your head and obligatory ballad aside to make you smile like an idiot.
Never ever underestimate the power of a good pop record. And definitely never be ashamed to love it. I mean who couldn’t love this lot!