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

"these two people might actually be dating rather than these two people" = "the U.S. government, for decades, has been kidnapping babies and brainwashing teenage girls using magical technology that works by conspiracy theory logic, for reasons nobody really gives a shit about explaining, in a manner that is suspiciously similar to anti-semitic tracts or bad porn"

katherine, Friday, 16 August 2013 17:40 (8 months ago) Permalink

sorry, let me rephrase:

the extent to which "lance bass stayed in the closet while in nsync" is like "larry stylinson is real, louis' girlfriend is a beard, anyone who expresses the idea that this is not true is being paid off by management to hush up their true love (but they nevertheless keep showing it in their body language so that we True Believers can recognise)"
is of a comparable order to the extent to which "jay-z has made a lot of canny business deals in order to have success" is like "jay-z has taken a blood oath and joined the devil-worshipping illuminati in order to have success (but he nevertheless keeps showing it in his accessories and aesthetic choices so that we True Believers can recognise)".

i.e. the order or magnitude i'm talking about is how much the conspiracy theory has exploded beyond the part that relates to known fact. i don't feel like i'm saying something very controversial?

confusion is sexts (c sharp major), Friday, 16 August 2013 18:33 (8 months ago) Permalink

lol

some dude, Friday, 16 August 2013 18:47 (8 months ago) Permalink

in that case then yeah

katherine, Friday, 16 August 2013 20:06 (8 months ago) Permalink

The thing about all the Larry stuff is that yes, at worst it's a weird form of fetishizing homosexuality that mostly straight people do, and at best it's based on very spurious to the point of being nonexistence evidence.

Spurious?

etc.

-- A smile on a dog, Stephen answered, (flamboyant goon tie included), Friday, 16 August 2013 20:46 (8 months ago) Permalink

Those aren't even the steamy ones

-- A smile on a dog, Stephen answered, (flamboyant goon tie included), Friday, 16 August 2013 20:47 (8 months ago) Permalink

Like, I'm pretty sure Larryshippers, mostly have a reasonable level of belief that This Relationship Exists. "Spurious evidence" is kind of beside the point. Like I said upthread, these guys are deliberately allowing fans to cultivate their shipping fantasies. Evidence isn't an issue.

-- A smile on a dog, Stephen answered, (flamboyant goon tie included), Friday, 16 August 2013 20:50 (8 months ago) Permalink

(apologies for shitty punc)

-- A smile on a dog, Stephen answered, (flamboyant goon tie included), Friday, 16 August 2013 20:50 (8 months ago) Permalink

also Amanda Hess who wrote about Larry shipping months ago: http://tomorrowthemag.com/articles/slash-and-burn

Roz, Saturday, 17 August 2013 07:48 (8 months ago) Permalink

So what song are they talking about? You know, "the best song ever"? They dance to it ALL NIGHT. What song could possibly be good enough to play again and again and again AND AGAIN AND AGAIN? AND DANCE TO? ALL NIGHT?

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:21 (7 months ago) Permalink

That one about Lucky.

Mark G, Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:26 (7 months ago) Permalink

we're up all night to dance to get lucky, all night

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:45 (7 months ago) Permalink

"Like, I'm pretty sure Larryshippers, mostly have a reasonable level of belief that This Relationship Exists. "Spurious evidence" is kind of beside the point. Like I said upthread, these guys are deliberately allowing fans to cultivate their shipping fantasies. Evidence isn't an issue.

yeah, an interesting thing about one direction is how shipping-aware they seem to be. not sure whether this is a new thing -- shipping was around (HOLY SHIT WAS IT AROUND) for bsb/nsync but I'm not sure how much they played to it. for all I know they totally did and I just didn't notice it.

katherine, Wednesday, 21 August 2013 17:47 (7 months ago) Permalink

It's like these 1D fans have never heard of fanservice or something

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 22 August 2013 03:08 (7 months ago) Permalink

"Best Song Ever" debuted in Billboard at number two, but then sunk into the bottom part of the top twenty in week number two and is now out of the top twenty in week number four. Haven't heard it on the radio.

timellison, Monday, 26 August 2013 03:36 (7 months ago) Permalink

It hasn't left the top 20 on iTunes since release, so at the very least, it's weekly sales have been relatively strong and consistent. But yeah radio seems hesitant to fully jump on board.

Greer, Monday, 26 August 2013 05:43 (7 months ago) Permalink

Came expecting to see a picture of a Joy Division t-shirt. Leaving disappointed.

Matt M., Monday, 26 August 2013 23:00 (7 months ago) Permalink

idg why VMA audience would boo them

what's up ugly girls? (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 26 August 2013 23:08 (7 months ago) Permalink

Disgruntled Joy Division fans.

Mark G, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 07:58 (7 months ago) Permalink

"best song ever" is surely their best song since "what makes you beautiful"

dyl, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 14:00 (7 months ago) Permalink

nah, "kiss you" is their best work

monotony, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 14:04 (7 months ago) Permalink

oh yeah, i do like that one too

dyl, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 20:25 (7 months ago) Permalink

We have a "Hit Music" station and a "Star" station in the city where I live. Looks like it's #43 on the former and not in the top 100 on the latter.

timellison, Saturday, 31 August 2013 02:16 (7 months ago) Permalink

so what's this movie like, is anyone going to go see it

i didn't go see the justin bieber movie or the katy perry one either

dyl, Saturday, 31 August 2013 15:37 (7 months ago) Permalink

these movies are all 'recent concert footage interspersed with adorable home movies of the performers singing as little kids' right?

some dude, Saturday, 31 August 2013 16:03 (7 months ago) Permalink

Why can't we have another spiceworld is what I'd like to know

rooibos in disguise (wins), Saturday, 31 August 2013 16:06 (7 months ago) Permalink

you want Elvis Costello in a One Direction movie?

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 31 August 2013 16:15 (7 months ago) Permalink

Idk itvwas a pretty fun movie! As brit films of the nulab era go I like it more than oh trainspotting

rooibos in disguise (wins), Saturday, 31 August 2013 16:17 (7 months ago) Permalink

YES spiceworld is kind of wonderful

dyl, Saturday, 31 August 2013 16:48 (7 months ago) Permalink

Gabriel Agbonlahor
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Taking Out Twats is What This LAD does.

Gabriel Imuetinyan "Gabby" Agbonlahor (born 13 October 1986) is an English footballer of Nigerian-Scottish heritage who plays for Aston Villa and also an arsehole for hurting our louis

2 ℜ 4 u (Nilmar Honorato da Silva), Monday, 9 September 2013 01:35 (7 months ago) Permalink

A spew-inducing reducer. Beautiful.

tell it to my arse (jim in glasgow), Monday, 9 September 2013 05:18 (7 months ago) Permalink

Shame that guy's knee joint only works in one direction.

i'll be your mraz (NickB), Monday, 9 September 2013 08:52 (7 months ago) Permalink

I am privileged to have witnessed this first hand. Also, he runs like a girl.

ailsa, Monday, 9 September 2013 20:34 (7 months ago) Permalink

he must be in the bottom 5 players to have donned the hoops in your time, surely

... Jenkinson ... Neu! military spending ... snkkt! ... Özil ... ... (imago), Monday, 9 September 2013 20:35 (7 months ago) Permalink

idk there ought to be some unwritten rule that random slebs in a charity football game are not to be treated the same as (ex)professionals or targeted for bantz inducing comedy violence

although im sure having spent a year in chemotherapy stiliyan petrov appreciated watching an emaciated dude being sick in front of him

2 ℜ 4 u (Nilmar Honorato da Silva), Monday, 9 September 2013 20:41 (7 months ago) Permalink

the camera angle just doesn't seem to show the impact.

Wantaway striker (LocalGarda), Monday, 9 September 2013 20:42 (7 months ago) Permalink

agbonlahor had 3 different women pregnant at the same time when aged 20 or something iirc, he's not known for reserve

... Jenkinson ... Neu! military spending ... snkkt! ... Özil ... ... (imago), Monday, 9 September 2013 20:44 (7 months ago) Permalink

he must be in the bottom 5 players to have donned the hoops in your time, surely

Right down there with Gerard Butler, aye.

ailsa, Monday, 9 September 2013 21:37 (7 months ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

I can't find a good YouTube version to embed or anything but "Diana" off their new album is a jam.

Murgatroid, Wednesday, 20 November 2013 21:49 (4 months ago) Permalink

It is! A couple of the "rock" numbers are astonishingly confident; somebody's been listening to Def Leppard.

the objections to Drake from non-REAL HIPHOP people (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 20 November 2013 21:50 (4 months ago) Permalink

Yeah, some of them are a bit too reverent of the source material they're pulling from, but it's an interesting new approach from a band known for uptempo glossy power-pop and they mostly pull it off. Seems a few of current young popstars have one eye keenly on the rock acts of yesteryear between this album, Ke$ha's LP last year, and most of Demi Lovato's first two albums.

Greer, Wednesday, 20 November 2013 21:56 (4 months ago) Permalink

one track -- I forget which -- is the male version of Ke$ha's "Gold Trans Am," not like the world needed it.

the objections to Drake from non-REAL HIPHOP people (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 20 November 2013 21:58 (4 months ago) Permalink

Though "Diana" is still the "uptempo glossy power-pop" that Greer speaks of but it's pretty much the second best thing they've done in this vein (behind "Kiss You", of course).

Murgatroid, Wednesday, 20 November 2013 21:59 (4 months ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

, Tuesday, 18 March 2014 06:47 (1 month ago) Permalink

completely behind this

uberweiss, Tuesday, 18 March 2014 07:47 (1 month ago) Permalink

directioners otm

lex pretend, Tuesday, 18 March 2014 07:49 (1 month ago) Permalink

Thank you for reading, and justice for all!

this is either inadvertently genius or a tip-off that it's a gag

alpine static, Tuesday, 18 March 2014 07:56 (1 month ago) Permalink


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