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 (4 years ago) Permalink

"threat"

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:32 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

why are they wearing kiddie pajamas?

Laura Lucy Lynn (La Lechera), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:35 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

thought this was an Alex in NYC thread

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:36 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

No.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:41 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

Mark G, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:42 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

No.&#nbsp;

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

Gah

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:45 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

who?

fuck deathcore and metalcore (Algerian Goalkeeper), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:48 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

The Wanted seem quite a bit better.

Une semaine de Bunty (ShariVari), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:51 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

goole, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:56 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

or in x factor alumni

lex pretend, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 17:01 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

thuggish ruggish Brahms (DJP), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 17:20 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

Probably a surplus of Zane dolls though...

a dramatic lemon curd experience (snoball), Saturday, 17 March 2012 09:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

got it in one :(

Kony Montana: "Say hello to my invisible friend" (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 17 March 2012 09:55 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

Oh wait, Gukbe already noted that.

lag∞na beach: the real ∞range c∞unty (beachville), Saturday, 17 March 2012 10:39 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

like early Spandau Ballet?

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 17 March 2012 21:59 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

visually they remind me of LFO more than anything

3hunn O))) (J0rdan S.), Saturday, 17 March 2012 22:05 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

With ilxor Corey in it

fuck deathcore and metalcore (Algerian Goalkeeper), Saturday, 17 March 2012 23:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

kinda excited for the kehlani collab.

Nourry, Monday, 7 March 2016 23:39 (2 months ago) Permalink

"it's you" still sounds to me like a song frank ocean might write for a disney movie

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 8 March 2016 00:00 (2 months ago) Permalink

otm all of you

MrExplorer, Tuesday, 8 March 2016 07:28 (2 months ago) Permalink

and now an upbeat one. it's nice. just nice.

Nourry, Thursday, 10 March 2016 12:56 (2 months ago) Permalink

my wife said she spent an hour listening to One Direction yesterday. SUCCESS!

ODD FUTURE WOLFGANG VAN HALEN ON BASS (some dude), Thursday, 10 March 2016 12:59 (2 months ago) Permalink

this is more like what i was expecting. kinda coasts on vibe but i can see myself really falling for it

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, 17 March 2016 15:46 (2 months ago) Permalink

BeFoUr>LIKE I WOULD>PiLlOwT4lK>>>>>>>>>>>iTs YoU

Greer, Thursday, 17 March 2016 16:53 (2 months ago) Permalink

this stuff is all pretty middling

J0rdan S., Thursday, 17 March 2016 16:56 (2 months ago) Permalink

the typography of the song titles ;_;

i'm sort of surprised he can't sell any of these songs memorably, they're forgettable and i think it's largely due to him. "like i would" is just wooden oversinging from start to end

cher guevara (lex pretend), Thursday, 17 March 2016 17:16 (2 months ago) Permalink

like it's really not a great sign when i'm thinking "man, nick jonas would sound so much better on this"

cher guevara (lex pretend), Thursday, 17 March 2016 17:16 (2 months ago) Permalink

(jojo covered "pillowtalk" live last week and it was the first time i'd thought it was a half-decent song)

cher guevara (lex pretend), Thursday, 17 March 2016 17:18 (2 months ago) Permalink

yeah as y'all can probably tell i am really struggling to like a zayn song

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, 17 March 2016 18:38 (2 months ago) Permalink

he's really not a good singer

J0rdan S., Thursday, 17 March 2016 19:00 (2 months ago) Permalink

his "no type" cover was the signal for me

J0rdan S., Thursday, 17 March 2016 19:00 (2 months ago) Permalink

I actually really like Be4uR, but remain cold to pretty much everything else he's released.

Greer, Thursday, 17 March 2016 19:08 (2 months ago) Permalink

this is the most thrilling song zayn released, but it still isn't enough for me. i liked it, but i don't think i need to hear it many more times, so that must mean something...

Nourry, Thursday, 17 March 2016 19:56 (2 months ago) Permalink

i feel like there should be a Zayn thread just because i click on this thread because it's a One Direction thread and i'm still pretty dubious about his solo stuff

― ODD FUTURE WOLFGANG VAN HALEN ON BASS (some dude), Monday, March 7, 2016 3:57 PM (1 week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i wish i used bookmarks so i could dramatically remove one from this thread

ODD FUTURE WOLFGANG VAN HALEN ON BASS (some dude), Friday, 18 March 2016 03:49 (2 months ago) Permalink

sorry his solo stuff isn't good enough to give him a thread

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Friday, 18 March 2016 03:54 (2 months ago) Permalink

basically i want a Rolling Almost R&B thread where people can talk about Zayn and Nick Jonas far away from here and the R&B thread

ODD FUTURE WOLFGANG VAN HALEN ON BASS (some dude), Friday, 18 March 2016 12:59 (2 months ago) Permalink

sorry his solo stuff isn't good enough to give him a thread

― HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, March 17, 2016 11:54 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Funny given how this thread started off.

Greer, Friday, 18 March 2016 13:40 (2 months ago) Permalink

"it's you" is my fav of the zayn crop. i kinda like "pillowtalk" too and the rest i can do without. generally disappointing, yeah.

rolling almost r&b thread is a good idea

dyl, Friday, 18 March 2016 15:53 (2 months ago) Permalink

rolling r&bleh

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Friday, 18 March 2016 15:54 (2 months ago) Permalink

^^^ that has to be the title

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Friday, 18 March 2016 16:00 (2 months ago) Permalink

we could prob just give zayn it's own thread, i have a hard enough time keeping up w/ the rolling threads for music i actually like

J0rdan S., Friday, 18 March 2016 16:00 (2 months ago) Permalink

rolling bootleg miguel thread

maura, Friday, 18 March 2016 16:06 (2 months ago) Permalink

dunno why rolling pop isn't good enough for either zayn or jonas

am perched for a budget jeremih to pop up so i can call him jeremeh

cher guevara (lex pretend), Friday, 18 March 2016 17:39 (2 months ago) Permalink

been there done that

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 18 March 2016 17:42 (2 months ago) Permalink

this zayn stuff isn't good but neither is 1D so

Hey (Extended Mix), Friday, 18 March 2016 20:07 (2 months ago) Permalink

i'm way more into the idea of zayn as a popstar than the reality of zayn as a popstar

art baengels (monotony), Saturday, 19 March 2016 01:02 (2 months ago) Permalink

yeah :( oh well

dyl, Saturday, 19 March 2016 06:40 (2 months ago) Permalink

i'm way more into the idea of zayn as a popstar than the reality of zayn as a popstar

― art baengels (monotony), Saturday, March 19, 2016 1:02 AM (9 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this really sums up twitter culture of stanning for popstars despite continually underwhelming actual material

cher guevara (lex pretend), Saturday, 19 March 2016 10:42 (2 months ago) Permalink

we'll always have that face i guess

art baengels (monotony), Saturday, 19 March 2016 13:29 (2 months ago) Permalink

lex otm

maura, Saturday, 19 March 2016 16:15 (2 months ago) Permalink

we'll always have that face i guess

― art baengels (monotony), Saturday, March 19, 2016 1:29 PM (10 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

why would you need it, there is more than one pretty person in the world

cher guevara (lex pretend), Saturday, 19 March 2016 23:31 (2 months ago) Permalink

leaked

r|t|c, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 21:35 (2 months ago) Permalink

it's better than i predicted but it also should be better.

Nourry, Thursday, 24 March 2016 00:40 (2 months ago) Permalink

imo it's not very good at all

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, 24 March 2016 00:41 (2 months ago) Permalink

i appreciate some of the songs: 'befour', 'she', 'drunk', 'wrong', 'borderz', but in the end it lacks charisma. the songs aren't really there and most of the time it seems he doesn't know how to enhance them.
i didn't hear the deluxe songs.
it could be worse, i guess, i don't want to be too harsh on him, i suppose.

Nourry, Thursday, 24 March 2016 01:01 (2 months ago) Permalink

i also would like to read a review of the album that doesn't have such a reductive point of view about one direction as this one:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/27/arts/music/in-zayn-maliks-mind-of-mine-a-singer-eager-to-reclaim-parts-of-himself.html

Nourry, Thursday, 24 March 2016 01:04 (2 months ago) Permalink

I actually liked the album

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Thursday, 24 March 2016 01:38 (2 months ago) Permalink

i've only heard pillowtalk which didn't do much for me. a katherine recommendation is probably good enough reason to dive in tho

art baengels (monotony), Thursday, 24 March 2016 02:49 (2 months ago) Permalink

most of the production on this is pretty one-dimensional i think... in general it just seems like a safe album. that said, "drunk" is one of the better songs i've heard this year. i listened to it like 30 times today. that one gets the gauzy atmosphere right while still also having some actual production details (backing harmonies & stuff) that give you something to chew on. he really should never be let around an electric guitar tho. "she" is also good!

nothing else has stuck w/ me except for "truth" but that one might be a tad too on the nose as a frank ocean album track rip off. that "it's you" is pretty treacly disappointing cuz there's a really nice simple and direct song in there somewhere.

J0rdan S., Saturday, 26 March 2016 07:18 (1 month ago) Permalink

agree with most here, overlong/oversung/ultimately pretty boring album where all the songs blur into each other. alt-r&b's attempts at profundity have always tended to the laughable so this pro forma, very try-hard attempt to replicate it falls pretty flat

i guess i'm most surprised at how uncharismatic and wooden a presence he is. it feels like he's singing so loudly all the time, no sense of dynamics at all, and you'd think that someone so indebted to mopey wispy alt-r&b would at least know to tone it down vocally

cher guevara (lex pretend), Saturday, 26 March 2016 11:29 (1 month ago) Permalink

"that "it's you" is pretty treacly disappointing cuz there's a really nice simple and direct song in there somewhere.

― J0rdan S., Sábado, 26 de Março de 2016 7:18 (4 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

otm. I even prefer the live version, when he performed at the tonight show. if he had more songs like 'she' this could have been a way better album.

http://youtu.be/HVoiZolj78c

Nourry, Saturday, 26 March 2016 11:40 (1 month ago) Permalink

he should record an album in Urdu

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 26 March 2016 12:13 (1 month ago) Permalink

That would be great, literally and simbolically.

Nourry, Saturday, 26 March 2016 12:19 (1 month ago) Permalink

he should drop the echo though -- as signifier of depth, as tip of the hat to "alt" R&B, as a way of obscuring a pretty but uninteresting voice

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 26 March 2016 12:22 (1 month ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Most unlikely 1D-related review yet.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/435404/taking-temperature-american-pop

The audience was extremely pleasant, polite, well-behaved, and united in its appreciation for the artists. (The only time when there seemed to be a disproportionate response from one sector of the audience was for the performance of a guy named Zayn, whose romantic songs sparked an especially impressive level of frenzy from the females present. His songs were fine, but I think there was some “heartthrob” effect at work in the response. I don’t deny that he’s a handsome chap, but his work didn’t make me mark him as someone whose recordings I should seek out. Yes, I recognize that this is exactly the sort of thing that will be quoted back at me in the future if this guy becomes the Elvis or Sinatra of the 2020s.)

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 15 May 2016 15:27 (1 week ago) Permalink


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