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

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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

With ilxor Corey in it

fuck deathcore and metalcore (Algerian Goalkeeper), Saturday, 17 March 2012 23:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

If it weren't for his atrocious hair, Niall would be the cutest

Tay-Tay Brooklynpants (Murgatroid), Monday, 24 November 2014 20:20 (4 days ago) Permalink

Anyway, this piece seems relevant to the "who will go solo?" discussion: http://penguinrandomhouse.ca/hazlitt/blog/changing-minds-nick-jonas-one-direction-and-rare-act-pop-transference

Tay-Tay Brooklynpants (Murgatroid), Monday, 24 November 2014 20:23 (4 days ago) Permalink

zayn co-wrote a few tracks for the album but they were all shelved. probably because the music direction he wants to go in is counter to the stadium rock ting they're doing now (which has been largely shaped by louis & liam).

prolego, Monday, 24 November 2014 20:23 (4 days ago) Permalink

but no one's really itching to hear a louis tomlinson album i assume (ok except brad)

his songs are great!

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Monday, 24 November 2014 20:24 (4 days ago) Permalink

his voice is kinda thin, though, not sure i could take a whole record

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Monday, 24 November 2014 20:25 (4 days ago) Permalink

Which songs are Louis'?

Tim F, Monday, 24 November 2014 20:27 (4 days ago) Permalink

Yeah there's a reason he gets the least solos by some margin

Tim F, Monday, 24 November 2014 20:27 (4 days ago) Permalink

a lot of his credits are cowrites with liam + producers, but on the new record: "steal my girl," "ready to run," "no control," "fireproof," "clouds," "spaces"

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Monday, 24 November 2014 20:29 (4 days ago) Permalink

"no control" would be one of their best songs ever if louis wasn't leading the chorus; as important as it is for the larrybait.

harry is self-evidently the solo star.

prolego, Monday, 24 November 2014 20:30 (4 days ago) Permalink

Haha that list makes perfect sense.

Tim F, Monday, 24 November 2014 20:31 (4 days ago) Permalink

nah i love the way louis sings the chorus

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Monday, 24 November 2014 20:32 (4 days ago) Permalink

is Louis the other brunette with fucked-up hair and the stupid tattoo? IIRC he's the one who super-embarrassed himself on SNL

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Monday, 24 November 2014 20:33 (4 days ago) Permalink

with fucked-up hair and the stupid tattoo

i honestly don't know

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Monday, 24 November 2014 20:35 (4 days ago) Permalink

"no control" is dope, in an alternate reality they go off in that direction and make the good third strokes album that never existed

J0rdan S., Monday, 24 November 2014 20:37 (4 days ago) Permalink

I think so but dan that arguably describes three of them.

Tim F, Monday, 24 November 2014 20:37 (4 days ago) Permalink

louis is the one that looks like someone who gets stopped on the street and told he looks like harry styles

J0rdan S., Monday, 24 November 2014 20:38 (4 days ago) Permalink

I looked him up and yes, he's the one I'm thinking of

His part of the SNL performance of "Story of My Life" is hilariously bad

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Monday, 24 November 2014 20:38 (4 days ago) Permalink

J0rdan u mad.

Not as mad as Alfred saying that "no control" is like anco but pretty mad.

Tim F, Monday, 24 November 2014 20:39 (4 days ago) Permalink

"no control" is dope, in an alternate reality they go off in that direction and make the good third strokes album that never existed

would love this if they also kept their fake queen jams and whatever "fireproof" is (amazing)

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Monday, 24 November 2014 20:40 (4 days ago) Permalink

Hah, the verses on "No Control" do kind of sound like the Strokes. I don't know if they'd write a chorus like that, though.

timellison, Monday, 24 November 2014 21:24 (4 days ago) Permalink

Actually I feel like One Direction at their most rock are approaching Fall Out Boy at their most pop - the distance between "No Control" and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" and "Miss Missing You" or "Where Did The Party Go?" seems pretty small to me.

Tim F, Monday, 24 November 2014 22:34 (4 days ago) Permalink

who sang the anthemic sounds like "Diana" -- is that Zayn?

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 24 November 2014 22:36 (4 days ago) Permalink

*songs

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 24 November 2014 22:36 (4 days ago) Permalink

i'm very impressed at how they've managed to avoid most of the pitfalls of boyband maturation - no attempts to go solo, no attempts to go macho, etc (and whatever your personal taste in dreaminess nobody's gone chris kirkpatrick on us). but while it's interesting they're moving towards folk balladeering rather than r&b balladeering (maybe there's more precedent for this in uk boybands), these guys just have too many ballads for my tastes.

da croupier, Monday, 24 November 2014 22:40 (4 days ago) Permalink

Actually I feel like One Direction at their most rock are approaching Fall Out Boy at their most pop - the distance between "No Control" and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" and "Miss Missing You" or "Where Did The Party Go?" seems pretty small to me.

― Tim F, Monday, November 24, 2014 5:34 PM (39 minutes ago) Bookmark

yeah "young volcanoes" could totally be on this album

J0rdan S., Monday, 24 November 2014 23:15 (4 days ago) Permalink

i'm very impressed at how they've managed to avoid most of the pitfalls of boyband maturation - no attempts to go solo, no attempts to go macho, etc (and whatever your personal taste in dreaminess nobody's gone chris kirkpatrick on us). but while it's interesting they're moving towards folk balladeering rather than r&b balladeering (maybe there's more precedent for this in uk boybands), these guys just have too many ballads for my tastes.

― da croupier, Monday, November 24, 2014 5:40 PM (34 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

there's definitely something that's too mumford about them -- even down to, like, harry's hat obsession -- but there's still a certain... essential boy band-y lightness to their ballads that i really like. in that certain sense they sort of feel like an updated version of the backstreet boys to me.

J0rdan S., Monday, 24 November 2014 23:17 (4 days ago) Permalink

i mean compared to bsb by album four it's just refreshing that they aren't aggressively trying to let us know what horny players they are while one jumps forward spewing melismas at the end of every song

da croupier, Monday, 24 November 2014 23:19 (4 days ago) Permalink

their peak backstreet boys moment will always be "they don't know about us"

prolego, Monday, 24 November 2014 23:21 (4 days ago) Permalink

THEY DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE UP ALL NIGHTS
THEY DON'T KNOW I'VE WAITED ALL MY LIFE
JUST TO FIND A LOVE THAT FEEL THIS RIGHT
BABY THEY DON'T KNOW ABOUT US

prolego, Monday, 24 November 2014 23:23 (4 days ago) Permalink

I'm trying to think of what would've been the equivalent of a boy band's going Pyromania in 2000 -- skinny ties before the Strokes?

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 24 November 2014 23:27 (4 days ago) Permalink

Hanson bringing out more Blues and Southern Rock influences on This Time Around?

MarkoP, Monday, 24 November 2014 23:35 (4 days ago) Permalink

Weird that we're talking about "no attempts to go solo" and that the band is in a good place when the only press I've read surrounding this album makes it sound like the band has maybe a year or two left before a split / haitus

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/nov/15/one-direction-boy-band-exclusive-interview-
http://jezebel.com/every-member-is-extremely-talented-a-somber-one-direct-1659825135

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Monday, 24 November 2014 23:38 (4 days ago) Permalink

also the order is clearly zayn > harry >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> louis >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> niall >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> liam

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Monday, 24 November 2014 23:39 (4 days ago) Permalink

even if it all ends tomorrow with one setting a hotel bed on fire and another recording an album of acoustic covers, making it THIS far without such antics would be impressive enough

da croupier, Monday, 24 November 2014 23:44 (4 days ago) Permalink

THEY DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE UP ALL NIGHTS
THEY DON'T KNOW I'VE WAITED ALL MY LIFE
JUST TO FIND A LOVE THAT FEEL THIS RIGHT
BABY THEY DON'T KNOW ABOUT US

― prolego, Monday, 24 November 2014 23:23

peak larry anthem <3

uberweiss, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 00:17 (3 days ago) Permalink

niall's hair is the worst

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 02:32 (3 days ago) Permalink

Weird that we're talking about "no attempts to go solo" and that the band is in a good place when the only press I've read surrounding this album makes it sound like the band has maybe a year or two left before a split / haitus

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/nov/15/one-direction-boy-band-exclusive-interview-
http://jezebel.com/every-member-is-extremely-talented-a-somber-one-direct-1659825135

― uxorious gazumping (monotony), Monday, November 24, 2014 6:38 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

The media has been predicting their split since their debut. Everyone expects it because it's so built into the conventional boyband arc. So they treat every moment of conflict as a potential breaking point. It's weird actually how hotly the media at large seems to be almost restless with anticipation for it.

Greer, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 05:37 (3 days ago) Permalink

I suppose One Direction's different enough from previous boy bands to consider their trajectory might differ from their predecessors. They are less single-oriented, more album oriented (that's probably the reason why Midnight Memories sounds less uneven than Millennium, the downside to this being nothing in their catalog is as explosive as Everybody, Larger than Life, The Call or Bye Bye Bye). They're less about the dancing and more about the songs and singing; one could assume that may help in a future transition into maturity. I can hear some Coldplay, some U2 in them, which makes me think they are to those bands what the Cheiron generation was to Bon Jovi, in the sense they captured the arena rock from the previous generation and distilled it into pop singles. The possible advantage to One Direction being that their particular type of arena rock influences may be more suited for displaying adulthood.

cpl593H, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 16:44 (3 days ago) Permalink

i'd argue bon jovi did a pretty fine job distilling arena rock into pop singles as it was - part of my problem with one-d's floor stompers is their relative smoothing out of what was already pretty damn smooth.

oddly enough, their inability to dance was actually one of the reasons i couldn't take them seriously initially. just five reality contestants hopping around awkwardly next to each other, reading the Non-Threatening Boys language given to them. That it's gelled to the the degree it has makes me wanna tip my hat for cowell for finding some collective chemistry that wasn't particularly obvious to me.

are there any album cuts one should check out if i love "kiss you" and "best song ever," i'm not fully on board with "midnight memories" and "steal my girl," and couldn't care less about the dorm-serenade ballads beyond noting some Sensitive Lad lyrical touches?

da croupier, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:04 (3 days ago) Permalink

Check out "Diana" and "Little Black Dress".

Tay-Tay Brooklynpants (Murgatroid), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:16 (3 days ago) Permalink

pox 1d deep cuts in that vein:

stole my heart
tell me a lie
they don't know about us
i would
heart attack
c'mon c'mon
strong
diana
stockholm syndrome
no control

+ bonus bonus tracks: stand up, nobody compares, change your ticket

prolego, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:20 (3 days ago) Permalink

thanks!

da croupier, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:21 (3 days ago) Permalink

Adding to that list, Loved You First and Nobody Compares are also up there. Little White Lies is also a potentially great song ruined by "Blurred Lines"-level lyrics.

Greer, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:06 (3 days ago) Permalink

"Diana" and "Midnight Memories" are awesome; the latter is Fisher Price "Pour Some Sugar on Me."

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:10 (3 days ago) Permalink

yeah i thought "sugar" was kiddie-friendly enough

da croupier, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:14 (3 days ago) Permalink

i'd argue bon jovi did a pretty fine job distilling arena rock into pop singles as it was - part of my problem with one-d's floor stompers is their relative smoothing out of what was already pretty damn smooth.

Yeah, I'd agree in that Bon Jovi did a fine job themselves. "Larger than life" is more of a sibling to "Livin on a prayer", rather than a descendant/evolution.

oddly enough, their inability to dance was actually one of the reasons i couldn't take them seriously initially. just five reality contestants hopping around awkwardly next to each other, reading the Non-Threatening Boys language given to them. That it's gelled to the the degree it has makes me wanna tip my hat for cowell for finding some collective chemistry that wasn't particularly obvious to me.

The first time I saw/heard One Direction I was sort of impressed, I suppose, it was in the Olympics closing ceremony and they were the best thing there by far. They sang What Makes You Beautiful, which is still my favorite and the one thing in their catalog that sounds as explosive as anything from the Cheiron/Maratone era, probably due to the Rami involvement.

However, after that I got more or less the same impression. They definitely didn't have that imposing, monolithic thing the Backstreet Boys, NSYNC or Britney had, which was I was looking for in a boy band. The lack of dance routines made them look weaker in stage. In hindsight, they were evolving into a different thing.

are there any album cuts one should check out if i love "kiss you" and "best song ever," i'm not fully on board with "midnight memories" and "steal my girl," and couldn't care less about the dorm-serenade ballads beyond noting some Sensitive Lad lyrical touches?

I'm only familiarizing with Midnight Memories and Take Me home, but C'mon C'mon sounds amazing. In their latest, I'm enjoying most tracks except for 18, though I suppose my favorites are Ready to run, Where do broken hearts go, Night Changes, No Control, Fireproof and Clouds. Change your ticket is my favorite of the the bonus tracks.

cpl593H, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:26 (3 days ago) Permalink

that one direction can't dance never really stood out to me, since they're part of a wider pop landscape where dancing well (if at all) is less valued than it's been in a couple of decades. i'm not sure whether that's due to sheer laziness from labels and artists, a pushback against the image of rigorously hyper controlled pop that bsb & britney embodied or a result of r&b's fading dominance over pop music where the mj/janet dancing template was the standard, or something else? it's an interesting discussion i think.

prolego, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 20:13 (3 days ago) Permalink

Credit to whoever decided to make a cute joke out of their bad dancing in almost all their early video clips.

Tim F, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 20:49 (3 days ago) Permalink


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