Ahhh Boybands. You either love ‘em or hate ‘em. Me, being a 20-something that was a teen from late 90s to early 00s- you KNOW I loved them! I started my obsession at the ripe old age of 5 when my cousins would play New Kids On the Block none stop & I haven’t stopped since! There was a type of guy in each band that all girls could gravitate towards- The Bad Boy, The Heartthrob, The Funny One, The Cute One, & The Shy One. And you know you would get mad if your friend liked to same boy you did! (I know I did!) Heck- if one of my sisters sang the part of an *NSYNC song that JC Chasez sang instead of me, ooohh was there gonna be a problem!
And even now, we still have that one group that we will defend to the end was the greatest boy band of all time. (By the way, The best was a tie between 2 *NSYNC & New Kids On the Block- so suck on that BSB fans! lol) But WHY were we teenaged girls OBSESSED with this music? Was it the lyrics that spoke to our souls? Was it the message in there music videos that we just Had to rush home to watch? No, I personally think its much much simpler & three letters- TRL. Total Request Live was a STAPLE in our lives. Before all the NOW CDS (Which they are on NOW 42….) Itunes, Ipods, Ringtones, YouTube, etc we had a 3pm appointment with MTV & Carson Daly to see which top ten spot our boy band’s latest video was at. But more on the amazingness that was TRL in another blog.
It also didn’t hurt that all these bands had really great marketing teams & Managers that just hit the scene at the right time. They sang songs about first love, breaking up, missing you, being with you, wanting to be with you, that you were the only one. All things that a 15 year old girl wants to hear a 15 year-old boy say to her.
Keep in mind that the Economy was very good at that time. We, as a teenage/Abercrombie & Fitch wearing culture, were starting to get jobs and could afford to buy as many things as we wanted to. There were magazines, t-shirts, accessories, fan clubs, all access passes, movies, TV shows, CDs that we could get our hands on. This is dating myself- But I still have a cabniet FULL of *NSYNC TV appearences that I phsycally taped on VHS just so I didnt miss a thing. (if only DVR was invented back in 99….) But then the inevitable happened. Our beloved bands started to take “breaks”, they wanted to do other things. Technically- *NSYNC has been on an extended break since 2002….. I’m still waiting!
So we had a decade of a mis-mash of music. Lots of genres began to blend together. Starting with J-Lo & Ja-Rule’s remix of “I’m Real” we started to hear Hip-hop, Rap & Pop mix together in ways never seen before. Back in the day you would NEVER think Snoop Dog would sing on a Pop song… Now we have him singing with Katy Perry on how he loves California girls. Thanks to “American Idol” & Senastions like Taylor Swift, Country music has become more Pop. And Rock Music has become less rock & roll and more mainstream.
But then, something happened. New Kids on the Block decided to come back & record a new CD. Everyone thought this was rediculous. Why reunite after all thistime? Would anyone listen? The answer was a resounding YES! They sold out arenas, something they hadn’t done in over 20 years. It gave fans that were too young the first time they toured a chance to see the magic live & those who saw them years ago a chance to see them again. They are STILL Touring after that 1 new CD, which was released in 2008. Not many Bands can say that they have been touring for 4 years off 1 cd. Backstreet Boys have now joined them on tour- creating the super group knonw as NKOTBSB. 98*Degrees is rumored to be reuniting, & 2Gether (MTV’s very one fake boy band) will be reuniting this year (minus the fact that original member Michael Cuccione passed away in 2001.
And New boybands are hitting the scene. We had the Jonas Brothers (or the JoBros as I like to call them) for a little while & now we are having a new British Invasion. Teens have One Direction & The Wanted to chose from. The format doesn’t seem dated, doesn’t seem overrated, doesn’t seem boring. We finally have come full circle again where we NEED Boybands- I mean the Beibs can only stay on for so long before we get over his luscious Canadian Locks…. And I am ok with it.
But why the need for this type of music? Its an escape. Its a chance to just put the windows down in your car, jam out & Dance. Who cares if the car next to you thinks your insane? In the immortal words of NKOTB- You gotta be Hangin’ Tough!
Thanks to the amazing blonde in the photo- My awesome cousin Megan- My boyband collection is complete with signed NKOTB 80s style buttons.
Until next time, Bye Bye Bye!