One Direction - is this a legit new threat wrt to a new boy band invasion? y/n

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I was all, "wtf is a One Direction" when I saw the announcement on SNL last week, turns out its a British-Irish boy band. In 2012. UKers, are these guys a legitimate threat to bringing the boy band cycle around again? Are they really huge enough to justify an American push? Will we be forced to see copycats of these douchecanoes with regularity soon? Who will be the 98 Degrees to their Backstreet Boys? Important questions all.

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

There's always going to be boy bands, sorry.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

"threat"

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

At the Jukebox we kinda liked "One Thing" (I didn't).

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

why are they wearing kiddie pajamas?

Laura Lucy Lynn (La Lechera), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah, I mean my post was pretty much deadly serious and not at all tongue-in-cheek. i was just curious if these guys were really a "thing" or just another Jessie J for SNL.

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

thought this was an Alex in NYC thread

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

how would Another Boy Band threaten your world? I mean, the best pop released 1998-2000 was almost all boy (and girl) band.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

apparently I really have to crank up the sarcasm meter for you guys today, huh?

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

But since Alfred needs it spelled out, no I'm not "threatened" by these guys, I like some boy band songs, I don't know that these guys will be awful, I just wonder if these guys are a legitimate chance to hit it "big" (whatever that means wrt to boy bands in 2012). I mean, do they have a shot at Bieber-level?

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

No.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

apparently I really have to crank up the sarcasm meter for you guys today, huh?

what kind of crank are you using

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Somebody mentioned "The Beatles" this morning, in relation to the 'reaction' they got.

Mark G, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

My mom saw them on the Today Show and was smitten. O_o

Respectfully, Tyrese Gibson (Nicole), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

man, I get shit for being too earnest, then get shit when I start a thread with a "jokey" premise, you can't win around here, can you?

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

No.&#nbsp;

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Gah

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

god, americans, it is literally as if things don't exist for you until they actually land on your shores

lex pretend, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

you can act like you've only just been told about cher lloyd next

lex pretend, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

who?

fuck deathcore and metalcore (Algerian Goalkeeper), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

god, americans, it is literally as if things don't exist for you until they actually land on your shores

But why would we know who they are if they are only just now getting any sort of traction over here? Like, I enjoy a lot pop that comes out of the UK, but I'm not actively seeking out stuff like this. Much more likely to seek out the more R&B, female-fronted end of UK pop right now.

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

What a surprise, that people don't know about something until they know about it...

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Wanted seem quite a bit better.

Une semaine de Bunty (ShariVari), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

if i waited for my favourite US acts to get traction over here before paying attention to them i...would still not have heard any of them

lex pretend, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

well, yeah, the key part being "your favorite", I have no reason or desire, really, to seek out new boy band pop

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

lex would you have recommended someone outside the UK mediasphere look into One Direction?

goole, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

if they were interested in boy bands enough to start a thread when one emrges, yeah

lex pretend, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 17:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

or in x factor alumni

lex pretend, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 17:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Had the tv on and saw them the other morning:

from Rolling Pop Thread:

Rockefeller Plaza in NYC was packed this morning with young girls watching Brit/Irish boy band One Direction performing "What Makes You Beautiful" live on the Today Show

― curmudgeon, Monday, March 12, 2012 12:45 PM (Yesterday

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 17:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha looking at the results chart that must have been the most unsuspenseful season of X-Factor ever

thuggish ruggish Brahms (DJP), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 17:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

it wasn't suspenseful but it was actually the best XF season EVER i think - the entire top four were viable long-term pop acts (well arguably except the actual winner, lol) and in completely different ways, too. last year otoh, there were lots of voting surprises but you could imagine never hearing from any of them again.

lex pretend, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 17:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

gah X-Factor has taken me back down the Jedward rabbit hole:

On 11 February 2011, Jedward won the Irish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 on The Late Late Show with their entry single "Lipstick". They consequently represented Ireland at the contest in Düsseldorf, progressing through the second semi-final on 12 May, and performed at the final on 14 May 2011, achieving eighth place.[13] "Lipstick" was released as the first single released from their second album Victory. Both "Lipstick" and the following single "Bad Behaviour" reached number 1 in the Irish Singles Chart, while Victory also went to number 1 in the Irish Albums Chart.[14]

In August/September 2011, Jedward participated in Celebrity Big Brother 2011, finishing in third place.[15]

Jedward for the second time in a row, entered the Irish Eurovision national final and on 24 February won both the jury and public vote and will be representing Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan with their entry "Waterline".[16]

thuggish ruggish Brahms (DJP), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 17:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

if they were interested in boy bands enough to start a thread when one emrges, yeah

You do understand that people can be interested in an aspect of pop culture without really being invested in a specific subset, right? I mean, I can be fascinated by the rise of the Twilight phenomenon without ever wanting to watch a second of the films or read a single page of the books.

or in x factor alumni

Explain why I should be invested in a version of a program that isn't even aired in my country?

Like I completely understand your frustration with people set in a single-minded mode of absorbing pop music, but you do have to make certain allowances for where people are located and the aspects they are exposed to.

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 17:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

If lex did that he wouldn't be nearly as funny!

thuggish ruggish Brahms (DJP), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 17:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

I thought that "What Makes You Beautiful" song was alright when I heard it visiting the UK last year, but I was kind of shocked when I saw the SNL announcement as well.

I'm interested in the how of this. What was the marketing angle? Or was it a viral thing that picked up traction? We haven't had a major boy band in this pop mould (I know the Jonas Brothers etc, but there are arguments to be made about the differences) and obviously we have a long history in the US of not caring at all about UK Boy Band Sensations like Take That, Westlife, etc....

If anyone can illuminate me on how this happened (and I'm not begrudging their success or concerned about it in anyway...I think it's good for America) I'd be grateful.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Saturday, 17 March 2012 05:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

all the Harry dolls were sold out in Tesco the other day. my daughter has a bit of a crush on him.

Kony Montana: "Say hello to my invisible friend" (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 17 March 2012 09:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

Probably a surplus of Zane dolls though...

a dramatic lemon curd experience (snoball), Saturday, 17 March 2012 09:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

got it in one :(

Kony Montana: "Say hello to my invisible friend" (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 17 March 2012 09:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

I mean, the best pop released 1998-2000 was almost all boy (and girl) band.

good god no, all that boy band stuff was 100% pure garbage and I am boggled by people who defend it.

Sexess - Sexual Success Or; Successful Sex (crüt), Saturday, 17 March 2012 09:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

the best pop released 1998-2000 was almost all this is a thread for dope timbaland ripoffs from the late 90s ~bump--bump--bump-cack~

The Reverend, Saturday, 17 March 2012 10:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh good, they plastered themselves across the itunes store the other day and I was going to share on a shitty band photos, but got lazy.

lag∞na beach: the real ∞range c∞unty (beachville), Saturday, 17 March 2012 10:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm going to take a stab at the source of the lex/jonviachi confusion: in Britain, they probably have new boy bands popping up all the time, whereas the Jonas Bros are the closest we've had since NSync broke up.

lag∞na beach: the real ∞range c∞unty (beachville), Saturday, 17 March 2012 10:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh wait, Gukbe already noted that.

lag∞na beach: the real ∞range c∞unty (beachville), Saturday, 17 March 2012 10:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

Boy bands will probably be back once the get get sick of reality talent shows. Not that I've missed them, but I won't be missing those idol acts either.

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Saturday, 17 March 2012 10:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Why do 1D have to look like the Tory Youth Brigade in all those silly clothes?

boxedjoy, Saturday, 17 March 2012 21:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

like early Spandau Ballet?

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 17 March 2012 21:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

these dudes are pretty hilarious looking... i think it would be cool to have a boy band back but they're pretty uninspiring -- k-pop groups shit on them, obv

"what makes you beautiful" is pretty huge tho

3hunn O))) (J0rdan S.), Saturday, 17 March 2012 22:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

visually they remind me of LFO more than anything

3hunn O))) (J0rdan S.), Saturday, 17 March 2012 22:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

feel like their impact is kinda dulled by the fact that shit just sounds like tons of male-fronted dance-pop that's on the radio right now -- there's nothing really unique aside from the fact that they're a boy band

3hunn O))) (J0rdan S.), Saturday, 17 March 2012 22:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

They make me think of a Simpsons episode where Lisa buys a magazine and its called "Non-Threatening Boys"

boxedjoy, Saturday, 17 March 2012 23:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

love this

linda cardellini (zachlyon), Monday, 8 September 2014 23:18 (2 months ago) Permalink

on their nico & vinz wave i'm down

le goon (J0rdan S.), Monday, 8 September 2014 23:19 (2 months ago) Permalink

lovely

'midnight memories' is a seriously phenomenal album, it makes me emotional

uberweiss, Monday, 8 September 2014 23:31 (2 months ago) Permalink

when the night is coming down on you
we will find a way through the dark

uberweiss, Monday, 8 September 2014 23:33 (2 months ago) Permalink

maybe this is a wikipedia prank but if not...

6. "Our Girls"
Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Good Charlotte
7. "Little Rebels"
Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, John Legend
8. "Fire"
Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, 1975
9. "Feel This"
Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Fall Out Boy

le goon (J0rdan S.), Monday, 8 September 2014 23:34 (2 months ago) Permalink

almost definitely a well put-together fake tracklist, but they have been confirmed to be writing with all of those artists

uberweiss, Monday, 8 September 2014 23:41 (2 months ago) Permalink

"just can't let her go" was a leaked demo from before 'midnight memories' so severely doubt there's any truth to the song titles

uberweiss, Monday, 8 September 2014 23:41 (2 months ago) Permalink

This album is the Pyromania of boy band pop

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 8 September 2014 23:44 (2 months ago) Permalink

i am surprised to like this preview track as much as i do, wouldn't be surprised if the radio singles are nothing like it tho

dyl, Tuesday, 9 September 2014 00:00 (2 months ago) Permalink

their last big radio hit featured harry nilsson on guitar

linda cardellini (zachlyon), Tuesday, 9 September 2014 00:13 (2 months ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

prolego, Sunday, 28 September 2014 19:47 (1 month ago) Permalink

kinda liked "fireproof" better but not bad

dyl, Sunday, 28 September 2014 20:42 (1 month ago) Permalink

The piano bit reminds me of something I can't put my finger on.

Greer, Sunday, 28 September 2014 22:51 (1 month ago) Permalink

Faithfully by Journey?

MarkoP, Sunday, 28 September 2014 22:54 (1 month ago) Permalink

That's it!

Greer, Sunday, 28 September 2014 22:59 (1 month ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

Even if this never gets better than its opening chords that is still pretty great.

Tim F, Monday, 27 October 2014 13:31 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

What would this be?

cpl593H, Monday, 27 October 2014 14:07 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Tim F, Monday, 27 October 2014 14:10 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Blasting in the student union common area as I type.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 27 October 2014 14:39 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Here we go again.

Matt DC, Monday, 27 October 2014 17:03 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

No way, Steal My Girl is the lazy Journey rip off single...Fireproof is the Only The Fans Know How Good One Direction Really Are should-have-been single.

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 27 October 2014 23:45 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Like other people said earlier in the thread

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 27 October 2014 23:48 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

"Fireproof" is very good but I'm not sure how it's less derivative. At least journey ripoffs are the one thing 1D does that no other comparable group does. Whereas the "we play this in the middle section of the set on stools and one member playing acoustic guitar" songs are kind of a standard boyband maneuver aren't they? Even when done very well?

Tim F, Monday, 27 October 2014 23:52 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Although to be clear I prefer "Fireproof" as a song.

Tim F, Monday, 27 October 2014 23:56 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Oh c'mon, you can't ripoff an entire genre of music ("acoustic guitars on stools") the way you can ripoff a piano part from a particular pop song. The most you can say there is that the Laurel Canyon sound isn't a current pop sound, but you can't accuse the song of being lazy in the same way for that reason.

hurricane weather (forapper), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 02:32 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

I assume there's some nuance to your argument beyond "The Police wrote "I'll Be Missing You", not Puff Daddy" which I'm missing.

Tim F, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 03:12 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Man, I love this track. I think it does get better than the opening chords. The chorus - I love their unison singing.

timellison, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 06:24 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah I've been won over by the song qua song. I like the relative restraint of Harry's variations on the final chorus too.

Tim F, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 06:32 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Both kinda perfect. Luv the shania twain outfit chosen by harry for the video.
Fireproof reminds me of fleetwood mac which makes me every happy.

Nourry, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 12:17 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

I really like the middle 8 on this:

https://soundcloud.com/izzynolan8/02-ready-to-run

Greer, Thursday, 6 November 2014 19:31 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

"Story of My Life" was big on U.S. radio, but "Best Song Ever" was not (at least not that I heard). Have not heard "Steal My Girl" at all as of yet.

timellison, Sunday, 9 November 2014 03:25 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Change Your Ticket and Stockholm Syndrome are pretty ace here.

Greer, Saturday, 15 November 2014 05:18 (1 week ago) Permalink

Greer check out the 1975 thread we're kinda crossing streams here

J0rdan S., Saturday, 15 November 2014 05:24 (1 week ago) Permalink

i like the new record a lot! "night changes" and "spaces" are a little goopy but otherwise this is a lot of fun. "girl almighty" alone synthesizes two paul simon songs and a fleetwood mac riff

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 18 November 2014 22:37 (5 days ago) Permalink

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Tuesday, 18 November 2014 22:42 (5 days ago) Permalink

this is prob my favorite jam on the record

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 18 November 2014 22:56 (5 days ago) Permalink

Fireproof > change your ticket > no control > stockholm syndrome. all perfect, tho.

Nourry, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 23:01 (5 days ago) Permalink

Really enjoying this, made me reconsider Take me home and Midnight Memories and don't sound dull at all now (though I think this one's better).

Personal favorites are Ready to Run, Where do broken hearts go, No Control and change your ticket. And Clouds sounds totally like "The Wolf"-era Andrew WK.

cpl593H, Wednesday, 19 November 2014 12:46 (4 days ago) Permalink

I still think that Take Me Home is the best. Kiss You is kinda perfect.

Nourry, Wednesday, 19 November 2014 13:57 (4 days ago) Permalink

No Control second listen > No Control first listen > Change Your Ticket > No Control third listen

cr4bdbgs, Wednesday, 19 November 2014 17:55 (4 days ago) Permalink

all i hear when i listen to "18" is "a-team". such a terrible sheeran rip

everything else is good.

prolego, Wednesday, 19 November 2014 18:11 (4 days ago) Permalink

"fireproof" is still basically soty

prolego, Wednesday, 19 November 2014 18:12 (4 days ago) Permalink

This album is almost perfect when you replace "18" with "Change Your Ticket." Would be awesome for "Girl Almighty" to have more than one verse (either very lazy -- likely -- or subsequent verses got too dicey with the religious imagery).

cr4bdbgs, Wednesday, 19 November 2014 18:34 (4 days ago) Permalink

Yeah, 18 is the only unequivocal clunker here.

cpl593H, Wednesday, 19 November 2014 18:37 (4 days ago) Permalink

all i hear when i listen to "18" is "a-team". such a terrible sheeran rip

lol sheeran wrote it

i was surprised by how not-terrible it was but it's still kind of terrible

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 19 November 2014 18:45 (4 days ago) Permalink

i love that the guy who co-wrote/co-produced this entire album + guests on that one pitbull song looks like this

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 19 November 2014 18:50 (4 days ago) Permalink

The Tears for Fears moment on Stockholm Syndrome is so unexpected but so great.

Greer, Wednesday, 19 November 2014 18:57 (4 days ago) Permalink

I kinda love "18" but I don't hate Ed Sheeran.

Tay-Tay Brooklynpants (Murgatroid), Wednesday, 19 November 2014 19:54 (4 days ago) Permalink

18 feels like the weakest ballad here.

Greer, Wednesday, 19 November 2014 20:07 (4 days ago) Permalink


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