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

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albums did not debut at #1 very often in general in the pre-'90s pre-SoundScan era fwiw

internet somebody (some dude), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

seeing as charts have always been part of marketing strategy, i guess that reflects changes in the way music is marketed as much as anything

red is hungry green is jawless (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's more of a change in how sales were tracked and how quick things move compared to then -- everything was a slow build back then, even for established artists, now the whole idea is you have to come out of the gate with a big hit, have big first week numbers.

internet somebody (some dude), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah that's what i'm getting at really tho - the expectations for how you would build an audience are different. obviously the process of gathering the stats will have a big effect on this too?

red is hungry green is jawless (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

i don't know how things work in the States but for example UK radio will play a tune for up to 2 months before it's officially "released"

red is hungry green is jawless (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

I'm having trouble judging their SNL performances due to being distracted by the biggest collective tonsorial disaster I've ever seen in a musical group.

1 of paper = 4 of coin (Deric W. Haircare), Sunday, 8 April 2012 04:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

second song was dope

they don't dance

J0rdan S., Sunday, 8 April 2012 04:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

My three art classes are designing album covers. Four or five girls are doing covers for these people. They're not allowed to copy an actual album cover. If they do, I will not know.

clemenza, Sunday, 8 April 2012 15:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

obviously we have a long history in the US of not caring at all about UK Boy Band Sensations like Take That, Westlife, etc....

This is what's interesting to me about the big push behind these guys.

I'm tempted to think that the landscape has changed so that Brit boy bands can make a splash here like they never have before, but then there are plenty of Brit stars (like Cher Lloyd) who are total unknowns on these shores.

Cuba Pudding, Jr. (jaymc), Sunday, 8 April 2012 15:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

Man, these guys couldn't have given less of a shit about each other on SNL. They were a bunch of solo contestants forced into a boyband by the Simons at X Factor, right? They act like it. Though their lack of stagecraft is still more explicable than when the Black Eyed Peas just stand in a line, despite several members allegedly being dancers.

da croupier, Sunday, 8 April 2012 15:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's funny to have rockist pinings for when boybands were made of eager Orlando residents who couldn't wait to dance and harmonize.

da croupier, Sunday, 8 April 2012 15:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

who couldn't wait to sleep over Lou Pearlman's house.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 8 April 2012 15:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

lols

iatee, Sunday, 8 April 2012 17:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ok so apparently they have to change their name from one direction to 'the brooke'

owenf, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 21:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

i kinda liked their second song and i thought they were kinda cute and goofy, like when one of the dudes poked the other guy in the cheek while he was singing his couple of lines

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 11 April 2012 22:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol, from an article about the potential name change:

The court documents claim the Americans are entitled to three times the profits made by the British band...

i'm actually kind of curious to hear the justification behind that claim

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 11 April 2012 22:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

bargain down to "everything"

preternatural concepts concerning variances in sound and texture (contenderizer), Wednesday, 11 April 2012 22:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

good point

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 11 April 2012 22:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Respect if they were biding their time for when the one direction name was established and set to bring in big bucks before filing suit

owenf, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 22:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

Going to their gig tomorrow night, will report back.

Popture, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 00:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

where is Popture's report???

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Friday, 4 May 2012 12:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

"what makes you beautiful" hook is so massive

fapper don (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 27 May 2012 23:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

More like One Dimension, aren't I correct?

Captain Jean-Luc Godard (Leee), Sunday, 27 May 2012 23:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol @ url in tpp post

flopson, Sunday, 27 May 2012 23:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

"what makes you beautiful" hook is so massive

― fapper don (J0rdan S.), Sunday, May 27, 2012 7:05 PM (3 hours ago) Bookmark

this is what i have been saying!

some dude, Monday, 28 May 2012 02:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's definitely the only one of these BOY BAND RESURGENCE songs that just punches you right in the face with a hook like some of those old bsb/nsync songs

fapper don (J0rdan S.), Monday, 28 May 2012 02:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

i like how the first half and second half of the chorus are basically the same thing but there's this perfect little shift in dynamics that makes the energy ramp up up up. also having all those chunky triplet accents in the rhythm makes it feel so divorced from bland four-on-the-floor shit like "glad you came."

some dude, Monday, 28 May 2012 02:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah i feel that -- it's a LONG chorus but it puts every second to good use

fapper don (J0rdan S.), Monday, 28 May 2012 02:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Not a big fan of either of the 1D songs I've heard, but yes, def better than what I've heard from The Wanted.

Look at how funky he is! (jer.fairall), Monday, 28 May 2012 03:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

djed a wedding last weekend and this 9yo boy just wouldn't shut up about wanting me to play frikkin one direction - like, some preteen girl in the party requested it, i played it, and then this kid was just on me to play it again for like 45 minutes. "you know i just played it, right" "yeah. play it again! now!" all snotty like after about half an hour of non-stop pestering i was so frikkin tempted to just tell him "you know that shit is for girls don't you?"

usually requests from 9 year olds is how i know what the grownups are gonna want to hear in about a year, to the point that if i don't have something they ask for, i'll write it down. in this case i hope to hell not though. not that the song is especially bad, just cause i'm gonna remember that damn annoying little brat every time i play it now.

messiahwannabe, Monday, 28 May 2012 09:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh shit. Forgot about this thread. I was reviewing. They were actually pretty good. I think I made a point in the review about how pop music has been running out the string on swagger culture and this was the big pendulum swinging back. That said, they all dress like they're threatening to throw a varsity picnic and they can't dance and they don't try, so they wander about on stage in highly choreographed aimlessness. A couple of the songs aren't bad either, whatever else you can say about One Thing, it has pretty solid dynamics, that whole acoustic guitar to harmonized swell trick is one that seems like it's been absent for a while.

Also, the place was a screaming mess. Teenage girls just completely losing their shit.

Popture, Monday, 28 May 2012 10:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't think I've actually heard this song

The Reverend, Monday, 28 May 2012 10:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

the other night, a few friends and i gave in and ranked the members of one direction

zayn
liam
harry
louis
[most of the rest of the world]
niall

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Monday, 28 May 2012 11:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

louls @ those being their names, i had no idea

some dude, Monday, 28 May 2012 11:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh it's "louis," zayn had me prepped for them all to be weird

some dude, Monday, 28 May 2012 11:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

zayn's status as first legit mainstream british muslim teen heartthrob is probably quite interesting

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Monday, 28 May 2012 11:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

It helps that Zayn is the one who looks actually hot as opposed to British-cute.

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Monday, 28 May 2012 15:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

The idea of - I think it's Harry - being a teen heartthrob makes me giggle. But then I remember what NSYNC looked like back in the day, so I guess the threshold is low.

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Monday, 28 May 2012 15:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Twas Entertainment Weekly, I think, who (correctly) called N Sync "the gawkiest looking boy and ever."

I'm still loling abt Alfred calling 1D "catamites" over at the Jukebox a few months back.

Look at how funky he is! (jer.fairall), Monday, 28 May 2012 15:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm now singing The Hooters' 'Satellite' in my head, with 'catamite' substituted for the title word.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Monday, 28 May 2012 17:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

And if you still can't see the light
Cowell's gonna make you a catamite

Radical Jedward (snoball), Monday, 28 May 2012 17:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

I refuse to listen to music by people named Liam on principle.

The Reverend, Monday, 28 May 2012 19:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

LEGIT NEW THREAT??

goole, Sunday, 24 June 2012 23:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

"low-class, young female fans who have sewers for mouths"

:D

bitch I'm on the 242 (lex pretend), Monday, 25 June 2012 00:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

legit new traet

some dude, Monday, 25 June 2012 00:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

In which SFJ explains One Direction to the New Yorker's audience:

The Internet isn’t the only change. The nineties cohort of boy bands performed music that was rooted in American R. & B. “Girlfriend,” ’NSync’s final single, was remixed as a collaboration with the R. & B. visionaries the Neptunes. In contrast, One Direction and other chart-topping bands are evenly split between guitar-heavy pop rock and generic club beats for drunk people to flop around to. This makes for a dramatic stylistic shift. “We’re five lads in a band,” Payne said. “Boy bands aren’t all about dancing and being structured and wearing the same clothes.”

Not only is this statement a dismissal of twenty years of unison dance routines and syncopated beats; it also signals One Direction’s desire to take its place in Britain’s lad culture, which has historically rejected boy bands, preferring rowdy acts like Oasis. Lads are now in boy bands, and they need not dance.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 28 August 2012 01:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

:(

The Reverend, Tuesday, 28 August 2012 01:23 (2 years ago) Permalink


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