By Mariel | April 11, 2012
No, not zombies or dinosaurs. Although that would be pretty cool and mostly terrifying. No. I’m talking about boybands. How can I make such a comment? You thought they were dead right? Wrong.
Exhibit A. Big Time Rush. A boyband created for a kids TV show, purely fictional, exploded onto the actual real life music scene last summer, playing to sold out arenas around the country. How does a fictional band sell out concerts? Well, probably because they’re all ridiculously good looking, funny, and if you watch the show, basically the world’s most perfect guys and most perfect potential boyfriends. They were created to be appealing to hoards of screaming pre-teens.
Exhibit B. One Direction. An actual boyband out of the UK who have just burst into the US music scene in a HUGE way. The song that’s constantly being played on the radio about you not knowing you’re beautiful that made you want to smile and hug someone and then dance around for a while? That’s them! I was kind of skeptical about them, mostly because they seemed TOO perfect and TOO cute. No one can be that adorable. However, they recently performed on SNL and my mind was made up. They’re perfect. They’re actually decent singers, really adorably awkward dancers, and they looked just scared enough on the SNL set to either be the world’s greatest actors or genuinely cute teenage boys who just want to make girls happy with their pop confections. I promptly went to my computer and downloaded their entire album. I wouldn’t recommend it because although there are some super catchy songs, a lot of it is just auto-tuned junk that the record label put in there to make it a “varied” sound.
So there you have it. Two prime examples of the start of a potentially devastating movement that could grip America in a boyband frenzy the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the 90′s brought us N*SYNC and the Backstreet Boys, 98 degrees, Dreamstreet, and S Club 7. Who by the way is touring this summer…
It’s gonna be an adorable ride. Buckle up.