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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

"threat"

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:32 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

why are they wearing kiddie pajamas?

Laura Lucy Lynn (La Lechera), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:35 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

thought this was an Alex in NYC thread

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:36 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

No.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:41 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

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

Mark G, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:42 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

No.&#nbsp;

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

Gah

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:45 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

who?

fuck deathcore and metalcore (Algerian Goalkeeper), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:48 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

The Wanted seem quite a bit better.

Une semaine de Bunty (ShariVari), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:51 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

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

goole, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:56 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

or in x factor alumni

lex pretend, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 17:01 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

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

thuggish ruggish Brahms (DJP), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 17:20 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

Probably a surplus of Zane dolls though...

a dramatic lemon curd experience (snoball), Saturday, 17 March 2012 09:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

got it in one :(

Kony Montana: "Say hello to my invisible friend" (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 17 March 2012 09:55 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

Oh wait, Gukbe already noted that.

lag∞na beach: the real ∞range c∞unty (beachville), Saturday, 17 March 2012 10:39 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

like early Spandau Ballet?

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 17 March 2012 21:59 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

visually they remind me of LFO more than anything

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

listening to "spaces" on repeat and crying :'(

prolego, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 19:08 (2 months ago) Permalink

man these articles are written to bring the crank hits.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 25 March 2015 19:38 (2 months ago) Permalink

and it's working! (fwiw i am not against or for this band/group/assemblage of young britishers/whatever the proper term is)

A search for the phrase “IM CRYING” yielded the most pathos-drenched view of the despair, with between four and six tweets per second, most in capital letters. Some users claimed to be crying at school, others spoke movingly of crying in cars, crying in public or crying in the bathroom.

are... are you saying you fucked a gazelle? (slothroprhymes), Wednesday, 25 March 2015 19:50 (2 months ago) Permalink

would've sworn the first to leave would be harry!

lex pretend, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 19:58 (2 months ago) Permalink

still more dignified than the anguished hysteria of middle-aged men over the jeremy clarkson sacking

prolego, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 20:00 (2 months ago) Permalink

I'm in favor of a little Soviet style touching up of their past tbh

, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 20:11 (2 months ago) Permalink

Did you shop horns onto second-from-the-left too

He's got horns

Leonard Pine, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 20:14 (2 months ago) Permalink

:'( bye favorite

but i am glad he is doing what he wants, i'm sure wriggling his way out of the group and their contractual obligations must have been extremely tough

dyl, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 20:37 (2 months ago) Permalink

isn't it not-so-subtly implied in the PR that he got kicked out, not left on his own

katherine, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 21:34 (2 months ago) Permalink

more like dumb direction

ienjoyhotdogs, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 21:34 (2 months ago) Permalink

like, this came two days after a cheating scandal, plus the cited reason is "stress" which is celebrity pr-speak for drugs, booze, etc. I'm all for taking fans seriously but at some point feet have to hit earth again

katherine, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 21:35 (2 months ago) Permalink

i dunno considering what their recording and touring schedule has been like it seems pretty plausible that he just got tired of the lifestyle and wanted out

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 25 March 2015 21:36 (2 months ago) Permalink

good luck being a "normal 22 year old", super-famous guy

― Leonard Pine, Wednesday, March 25, 2015 6:17 PM (3 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

CJ Fam knows his pain

kriss akabusi cleaner (seandalai), Wednesday, 25 March 2015 21:58 (2 months ago) Permalink

was the 'cheating scandal' serious? i didn't pay much attention to it

dyl, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 22:55 (2 months ago) Permalink

obviously we don't know for sure but j0rdan otm i think, their management has run them into the ground (they're literally never not on tour or recording) and to be honest i'm surprised something like this hasn't happened sooner what with the intense nature of their fanbase and the scrutiny that comes with that.

bae sremmurd (monotony), Thursday, 26 March 2015 05:22 (2 months ago) Permalink

the band can not go on without his adlibs, i'm devastated

uberweiss, Thursday, 26 March 2015 06:47 (2 months ago) Permalink

is Lance Bass still in orbit?

flappy bird (spazzmatazz), Thursday, 26 March 2015 06:52 (2 months ago) Permalink

http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2015/mar/26/without-zayn-malik-one-direction-four-goofy-white-guys-shouting

"Malik’s function in the band was in some ways obscure or invisible. He didn’t write for the band often, and when he did he usually appeared among a galaxy of co-writers on the group’s most gelatinous ballads (Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne are responsible for the majority of the group’s internal songwriting). His modesty and the economy of his expression gave him the reputation of the “quiet one” and the “mysterious one” among the boy band taxonomies. In the One Direction documentary, This Is Us, he features minimally compared to the rest of the group; when the band takes a break from their aggressive and interminable touring schedule, Malik is depicted in isolation, in a room he’s decorated entirely with graffiti. In another scene, he streams by the camera on a Segway. His smile seems to materialise slowly and almost imperceptibly across his face, composing itself atom by atom."

StillAdvance, Thursday, 26 March 2015 15:24 (2 months ago) Permalink

no control!

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 26 March 2015 15:42 (2 months ago) Permalink

seriously Brad this is awesome

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 26 March 2015 15:42 (2 months ago) Permalink

when the band takes a break from their aggressive and interminable touring schedule, Malik is depicted in isolation, in a room he’s decorated entirely with graffiti

zayn malik, the rust cohle of one direction

bizarro gazzara, Thursday, 26 March 2015 15:43 (2 months ago) Permalink

*scrolls down* why does the guardian still have one of the worst comment sections on the internet idgi

dyl, Thursday, 26 March 2015 16:22 (2 months ago) Permalink

like, this came two days after a cheating scandal, plus the cited reason is "stress" which is celebrity pr-speak for drugs, booze, etc. I'm all for taking fans seriously but at some point feet have to hit earth again

― katherine, Wednesday, March 25, 2015 5:35 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i dunno considering what their recording and touring schedule has been like it seems pretty plausible that he just got tired of the lifestyle and wanted out

― J0rdan S., Wednesday, March 25, 2015 5:36 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

my (baseless) theory is that he's been trying to get out since shortly after the beginning but wasn't able to until he breached a morality clause in his contract w/the cheating scandal

swae lee is the sremmurd for rae dad (crüt), Thursday, 26 March 2015 16:30 (2 months ago) Permalink

or he just got tired of terrorist 'gags' or stupid people like those in the guardian comments boxes

StillAdvance, Thursday, 26 March 2015 16:36 (2 months ago) Permalink

my (baseless) theory is that he's been trying to get out since shortly after the beginning but wasn't able to until he breached a morality clause in his contract w/the cheating scandal

― swae lee is the sremmurd for rae dad (crüt), Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:30 PM (7 minutes ago) Bookmark

i like this theory

J0rdan S., Thursday, 26 March 2015 16:38 (2 months ago) Permalink

"an enduring image of One Direction is of Malik in the Night Changes video, the soft and intricate cascade of his hair merging with a dense knot of spaghetti"

this is so beautiful <3

prolego, Thursday, 26 March 2015 16:54 (2 months ago) Permalink

i don't think there was any morality clause lol - he's already cheated on perrie publicly before so this is nothing out of the ordinary - but he's clearly hated the whole experience for sometime and was recording with naughty boy solo a few months back, so he probably just used the uproar to cite stress and get out now.

prolego, Thursday, 26 March 2015 16:58 (2 months ago) Permalink

although there's already a broad consensus within the directioner stanbase that their management keeps them in loveless closeted relationships so this could feed into those theories.

prolego, Thursday, 26 March 2015 17:01 (2 months ago) Permalink

which of the Directioners would Zayn have been boinking on the sly?

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 26 March 2015 17:03 (2 months ago) Permalink

[insert slash fic]

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 26 March 2015 17:04 (2 months ago) Permalink

prolego, Thursday, 26 March 2015 17:06 (2 months ago) Permalink

A: Harry Slyles

swae lee is the sremmurd for rae dad (crüt), Thursday, 26 March 2015 17:07 (2 months ago) Permalink

xxpost OMG prolego

Tim F, Thursday, 26 March 2015 19:57 (2 months ago) Permalink

The teacher who looks after our entry music used "Best Song Ever" this morning, and then I heard it again in a record store on the way home. Now I know why. (It's a song I always enjoy hearing.)

clemenza, Thursday, 26 March 2015 21:09 (2 months ago) Permalink

loved brad's piece, also this one

http://noisey.vice.com/blog/the-star-that-burns-twice-as-bright-burns-half-as-long-goodbye-zayn-malik

lex pretend, Friday, 27 March 2015 07:57 (2 months ago) Permalink

, Friday, 27 March 2015 12:12 (2 months ago) Permalink

crey forever

Tim F, Friday, 27 March 2015 16:56 (2 months ago) Permalink

he gave an interview indicating he's working on solo material right now apparently

dyl, Friday, 27 March 2015 16:59 (2 months ago) Permalink

but that is normal life for a singer who left a band

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 27 March 2015 20:23 (2 months ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

An excerpt from Brad's article makes it into Pseuds Corner in the current Private Eye - wear it as a badge of pride

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Thursday, 16 April 2015 19:13 (1 month ago) Permalink

no idea what that is, not investigating

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Thursday, 16 April 2015 19:26 (1 month ago) Permalink

the geode part?

nakhchivan, Thursday, 16 April 2015 19:45 (1 month ago) Permalink

okay i investigated.

that's awesome

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Thursday, 16 April 2015 19:46 (1 month ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

^^ Saddest moment of my life.
I could live without them solving their problems through social media.

Nourry, Thursday, 7 May 2015 03:46 (3 weeks ago) Permalink


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