Boy Bands Are Back In Fashion, But Did They Ever Go Away?
One Direction, the newest UK pop import to make it to colonial shores, announced a full-scale summer tour Tuesday, including a Houston date on June 24 up at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.
One Direction have conquered the U.S. charts, and soon your youngest niece's heart.
Pretty big venue for a group that is just now breaking in America, and the Brit-Irish boy band just sold 176,000 copies of new album Up All Night, here upsetting Adele and Bruce Springsteen for the top spot on the Billboard chart. It's also the first time a British act has debuted at No. 1 with their debut album. No small shakes.
Is a country still mired in rap, faux-folk and Adele ready for another wave of boy bands?
Could this mean we will get another Britney Spears, like we got in the wake of the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync? What does this make Justin Bieber, if he is not a part of this next apocalyptic pop invasion? It seems like only a matter of time before American labels ramp up their counterassault to this fifth -- what, sixth? -- British invasion.
I concede that the boy-band model never really went away though, it just changed genres and attitude. Logically, once the girls (and some boys) grew bored with the late-'90s pop explosion, they walked out of the malls and bought a ticket to the Vans Warped Tour instead.
Bands like Fall Out Boy, Good Charlotte, New Found Glory and, to a small extent, blink-182 took up the slack once the kids moved on to greener and more heavily-tattooed pastures. Once it became cool again to like pop, Justin Timberlake showed up with two great albums that even a roadie for Mastodon could dig.
One could even make the case that the Strokes were a boy band in their own way. Obviously they weren't formed by a creepy impresario, bit for a few years they became stylish pinup boys for some of the same girls who had posters of Lance Bass and that one dude with dreadlocks on their bedroom walls.
Plus, they smoked cigarettes, did coke and drank beer, making them the perfect regrettable boyfriends.