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

What's happening in this thread Is so important, for a long time I thought that I was the only fan here. 'Still the one' Is the best song ever (pun not intended), yass

Nourry, Saturday, 29 November 2014 15:10 (1 month ago) Permalink

Four's closing trio of "Spaces"/"Stockholm Syndrome"/"Clouds" is amazing

some dude, Saturday, 29 November 2014 15:31 (1 month ago) Permalink

i don't like the mumfordy 1d tracks very much at all. srry "through the dark"

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Saturday, 29 November 2014 16:28 (1 month ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

hey ok sorry alfred and others i have not actually listened to the new album yet.

what i want to know is, and maybe this has been discussed in this thread already, but harry + louis? thoughts? i feel like they are not really a thing, but did they maybe sorta fool around once? maybe.

jaymc, Thursday, 1 January 2015 08:51 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

reading the last few dozen posts in this thread makes me really love ilx

jaymc, Thursday, 1 January 2015 08:54 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

i feel like they are not really a thing, but did they maybe sorta fool around once? maybe.

"fool's gold"

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 1 January 2015 16:27 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

man i might have to buy a ticket for their stadium tour if "Clouds" is in the setlist

un chill goon (some dude), Thursday, 1 January 2015 16:31 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

this is about where i am with being able to remember which dude is which tho
https://twitter.com/MrGeorgeWallace/status/550532798881099777

un chill goon (some dude), Thursday, 1 January 2015 17:22 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

feel like "stockholm syndrome" is actually the key larry text on this album.

prolego, Thursday, 1 January 2015 23:31 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

you'll get there some dude. everyone gets there eventually.

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 1 January 2015 23:38 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

i dreamt about "still the one" recently

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 1 January 2015 23:39 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

They played a ballads set at the Rockin' NYE show last night, ugh

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 1 January 2015 23:41 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

"Best Song Ever" always sounds good when it turns up at one of our school assemblies--I'll definitely take it over the two Taylor Swift songs that hit #1 last year.

clemenza, Thursday, 1 January 2015 23:45 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

i love tswift and i love 1989 but "style" aside i can't really take it seriously as a harry styles breakup album when four exists.

prolego, Thursday, 1 January 2015 23:47 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

They played a ballads set at the Rockin' NYE show last night, ugh

― guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, January 1, 2015 6:41 PM (8 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

post-"What Makes You Beautiful," they only get traction on U.S. radio with ballads ("Story Of My Life" by far the biggest and "Night Changes" on its way to being much more successful than "Steal My Girl"), which i think is such a shame, all their best stuff is uptempo imo.

un chill goon (some dude), Thursday, 1 January 2015 23:55 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

I've puzzled over the decision making process behind that. Do programmers think there's some part of their audience demographic for whom those songs come off as too bubblegum or teenpop?

timellison, Friday, 2 January 2015 00:10 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

well, ballads in general have made kind of a comeback on pop radio in recent years. and their ballads fit in w/ the other ballads being played, whereas something like "Best Song Ever" sticks out like a sore thumb.

un chill goon (some dude), Friday, 2 January 2015 00:12 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

I'm not sure they would stick out more than "Rather Be" or Idina Menzel or maybe some other things.

timellison, Friday, 2 January 2015 00:15 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

perhaps. the format is pretty weird and varied at the moment. they just seem to slot in less easily either way.

un chill goon (some dude), Friday, 2 January 2015 00:21 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

"night changes" is their best single tho

J0rdan S., Friday, 2 January 2015 05:02 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

rock doesn't really get played on pop radio right now and they don't do pop influenced by dance music or R&B so that sort of leaves them in the ballad lane

J0rdan S., Friday, 2 January 2015 05:04 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

also they have classic rock influences whereas basically all crossover rock hits here are influenced by pitchfork indie rock

J0rdan S., Friday, 2 January 2015 05:06 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

"night changes" is their best single tho

:|

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Friday, 2 January 2015 05:10 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

well as clarified several times upthread they are garbage at picking singles so i guess i could see that

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Friday, 2 January 2015 05:10 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

it is however in no way better than "kiss you"

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Friday, 2 January 2015 05:11 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

"What Makes You Beautiful" is still a hell of a signature tune imo. "Night Changes" might be my least favorite on Four.

un chill goon (some dude), Friday, 2 January 2015 05:11 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

"Mirrors" is probably as classic rock as "Steal My Girl."

timellison, Friday, 2 January 2015 05:29 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

"what makes you beautiful" is really good but it kinda feels like a different group at this point

J0rdan S., Friday, 2 January 2015 06:02 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

"What Makes You Beautiful" is the band's N Sync-era preset.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 2 January 2015 13:16 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

fairly sure the rock-on-pop-radio stuff is a red herring -- no one who isn't a music critic sees one direction as rock or as anything but a boy band

katherine, Friday, 2 January 2015 13:40 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

right but among modern boy bands they have the almost singular distinction of having no R&B or EDM aspirations and lots of guitar in the mix on practically every song

un chill goon (some dude), Friday, 2 January 2015 13:46 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

true, but if a band is a boy band then all of that is simply not heard by most of the public, who still thinks they are that photo upthread. if anything, I'd venture that the lack of R&B/EDM aspirations contributes to that

katherine, Friday, 2 January 2015 15:02 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

yeah I wonder if sticking to ballads as singles, ship's remark about ballads making a comeback on pop radio notwithstanding, is the record company's way of not dealing with promoting rock tracks on top 40 radio.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 2 January 2015 15:04 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

"What Makes You Beautiful" is still a hell of a signature tune imo

otm. fucking timeless pop tune imo

The Complainte of Ray Tabano, Friday, 2 January 2015 15:11 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Well, is that true? "Steal My Girl," the first single from the album, was not promoted? Or it just wasn't added by programmers.

timellison, Friday, 2 January 2015 17:56 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Well they sent Midnight Memories to US pop radio despite it not at all sounding like anything a top 40/pop station might play. They had at least 3 songs on their last record that would've been the perfect follow-up to their last hit on top 40 and they went with the Def Leppard homage.

Greer, Friday, 2 January 2015 20:35 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

"night changes" starts off so exquisitely but the key change is so unnecessary

dyl, Monday, 12 January 2015 05:34 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I'm into "Night Changes". Even though their uptempo numbers are still my favorite of theirs, in their post-Midnight Memories era their ballads fit better with the rest of their more romantic, stadium filler output. I'm also finding "Fool's gold" and "Spaces" two very satisfying ballads, the only real clunker being "18".

cpl593H, Monday, 12 January 2015 11:09 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

i like "night changes"

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 12 January 2015 11:12 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Best bit about "Night Changes" is Harry's growly chorus - such a great marriage in terms of voice/delivery with lyrical content (ironic given he's the youngest dude in the band).

Tim F, Monday, 12 January 2015 11:52 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

"Four" is an awesome album, I listened to it twice today on a drive to and from rural bumfuck Vermont. Night Changes, Girl Almighty, No Control, Spaces, Clouds at least are all classic. Also love the vocals on the verses of Where Do Broken Hearts Go...and basically everything else who am I kidding.

Anybody else thing the lead guitar on Clouds sounds a lot like the work on Paul McCartney's Ram album? My first listen had me checking if Hugh McCracken had really passed away or not...

MrExplorer, Friday, 23 January 2015 07:20 (5 days ago) Permalink

And since its 2 in the morning and nobody's on lemme just off for a bit:

This thread is such a delight and part of why I've just joined ilx in an era where forums have gone the way of the telegraph. Getting to just sit down for 2 hours and read a 2+ year journey chronicling a community's collective discovery, indignation, second thoughts and final embrace of One Direction is a joy (call it Stockholm Syndrome?)

MrExplorer, Friday, 23 January 2015 07:23 (5 days ago) Permalink

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

― cr4bdbgs, Wednesday, November 19, 2014 5:55 PM (2 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

This is so otm but I still think in the end (after 10+ listens and beyond) No Control is the better tune. Also to whoever said upthread that Louis's vox on the chorus ruin it for him I soon disagree with. The charm of utilizing his thinner more dainty vocals for a massive hook is just so novel and really makes the song for me

MrExplorer, Friday, 23 January 2015 07:26 (5 days ago) Permalink

Question: who the hell is singing the "Am I the only? Only believer?" bit in Girl Almighty? Rapgenius doesn't say and I can't tell if its Harry or Zayn. My gut says Zayn but sometimes I hear it otherwise

MrExplorer, Friday, 23 January 2015 07:29 (5 days ago) Permalink

Another Question: Does anyone else with the CD feel like the mastering is much worse/thinner/quieter on Steal My Girl than on the rest of the tracks?

MrExplorer, Friday, 23 January 2015 07:31 (5 days ago) Permalink

To insert myself clean into the narrative now: I was very 1d skeptic since they dropped, but I dug WMYB and Little Things. Then the one-two punch of Best Song Ever and SOML hit me like a rocketship and I had to buy Midnight Memories on release day. The rest is stanning alone on the internet history

MrExplorer, Friday, 23 January 2015 07:33 (5 days ago) Permalink

Also to comment on one thing way upthread re: personal 1d power rankings.

I think how you rank the band members is one thing, and the power rankings are spirit. The one is your solid favs list and is filled with your own biases and the latter is a more fluid thing.

For me my 1-5 is:
Harry
Louis
Liam
Niall
Zayn

But I think the current (Jan 23 2015) 1d power ranking is:
Harry
Zayn
Louis
Niall
Liam

C/D?

MrExplorer, Friday, 23 January 2015 07:36 (5 days ago) Permalink

*sits on hands*

MrExplorer, Friday, 23 January 2015 07:37 (5 days ago) Permalink

"Question: who the hell is singing the "Am I the only? Only believer?" bit in Girl Almighty? Rapgenius doesn't say and I can't tell if its Harry or Zayn. My gut says Zayn but sometimes I hear it otherwise"

It's Zayn, i'm pretty sure.

Nourry, Friday, 23 January 2015 09:27 (5 days ago) Permalink

FUCK

MrExplorer, Sunday, 25 January 2015 06:55 (3 days ago) Permalink


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