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.

http://default.media.ipcdigital.co.uk/11140%7C000015353%7Cfd60_One-Direction-21.jpg

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:22 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

"threat"

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

why are they wearing kiddie pajamas?

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

thought this was an Alex in NYC thread

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

No.

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

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

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

No.&#nbsp;

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

Gah

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

who?

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

The Wanted seem quite a bit better.

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

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

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

or in x factor alumni

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

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

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

Probably a surplus of Zane dolls though...

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

got it in one :(

Kony Montana: "Say hello to my invisible friend" (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 17 March 2012 09:55 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u120/kingkonggodzilla/Screenshot2012-03-15at54903PM.png

lag∞na beach: the real ∞range c∞unty (beachville), Saturday, 17 March 2012 10:30 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh wait, Gukbe already noted that.

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

like early Spandau Ballet?

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

visually they remind me of LFO more than anything

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

lex otm

maura, Saturday, 19 March 2016 16:15 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

Nourry, Thursday, 24 March 2016 00:40 (one year ago) Permalink

imo it's not very good at all

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

I actually liked the album

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

he should record an album in Urdu

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

That would be great, literally and simbolically.

Nourry, Saturday, 26 March 2016 12:19 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

one 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 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

oh noes

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CjoemhQWUAAoiZK.jpg

Jeff W, Sunday, 29 May 2016 16:55 (one year ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

At the gym today, whatever music service they were using got on a long string of 1D songs. Not a big fan of theirs, but I've heard what the radio plays and checked out an album in the past so I recognized a song here and there. Then I heard a song that sounded like some kind of awesome 70's Fleetwood Mac thing and thought "that couldn't possibly be 1D, right?" But it was. Now I have discovered "What a Feeling" :D

Vinnie, Friday, 3 March 2017 07:44 (six months ago) Permalink

We told you!

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 3 March 2017 11:29 (six months ago) Permalink

Is this the place to discuss how awful "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" is or?

MrExplorer, Friday, 3 March 2017 20:31 (six months ago) Permalink

it was potentially so obviously awful that it didn't merit discussion

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Friday, 3 March 2017 20:48 (six months ago) Permalink

xp there were too many Zayn posts in here, how am I supposed to filter through the noise

Vinnie, Saturday, 4 March 2017 01:32 (six months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

1. glad there's one 1d solo-career that's going to follow up sorta on "clouds"
2. the press release mentioned bowie + queen + produced by jeff bhasker, so i assumed it would sound like fun. don't think i was far off lol
3. feels like it needs like...another part

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 7 April 2017 12:24 (five months ago) Permalink

my first thought was "the nate reuss solo album that people will care about has arrived"

J0rdan S., Friday, 7 April 2017 16:47 (five months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uD6s-X3590

this is not exactly what i want from harry, although i can't say i wasn't expecting something ed sheeran like at this point of the game.

Nourry, Tuesday, 2 May 2017 21:29 (four months ago) Permalink

i wouldn't go so far as to invoke ed sheeran. it's a pleasant beatles pastiche

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 2 May 2017 21:35 (four months ago) Permalink

"beatles" meaning "blackbird" mostly

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 2 May 2017 21:35 (four months ago) Permalink

i've only listened to it once. i guess i want so much a new fleetwood mac pastiche that immediately i almost reject it. but i know there's a big probability of this song winning me over in a couple of days.

Nourry, Tuesday, 2 May 2017 21:39 (four months ago) Permalink

it's nice! but there's not a lot there. which is the theme of harry's solo work so far

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 2 May 2017 21:40 (four months ago) Permalink

that was pleasant and ignorable

austinb, Wednesday, 3 May 2017 01:22 (four months ago) Permalink

i'm starting to appreciate Zayn's Miguel rip better after these two songs, honestly—at least that was distinctive. this feels like pastiche without any of the palpable joy in pastiche-making that 1D itself had.

austinb, Wednesday, 3 May 2017 01:27 (four months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5FzCz8NC58

i wasn't expecting a DNCE-like song from Niall Horan. it's ok , i guess?
his voice is unrecognizable.

Nourry, Thursday, 4 May 2017 18:14 (four months ago) Permalink

Whoa! Very pleasantly surprised, I really like this.
Seems to me more like Jai Paul lite (the guitar/vocal editing in the verse) or Nick Jonas

bunny slopes, Thursday, 4 May 2017 18:45 (four months ago) Permalink

yes, i would put is somewhere nearby the jonas family.

Nourry, Thursday, 4 May 2017 18:53 (four months ago) Permalink

DNCE? it sounds like shawn mendes

J0rdan S., Thursday, 4 May 2017 20:35 (four months ago) Permalink

Harry's album leaked and it has a couple of bleatles-pastiches. I think i will love it in a matter of days (although the paramore album is not helping).

And Liam will release soon a single with Quavo. I'm expecting something JT-like.

Nourry, Thursday, 11 May 2017 19:50 (four months ago) Permalink

i hope liam tanks

dyl, Thursday, 11 May 2017 20:04 (four months ago) Permalink

my gut says it will

Nourry, Thursday, 11 May 2017 21:29 (four months ago) Permalink

the second song on this sounds like oasis. i've never been so quick to delete an album

lex pretend, Friday, 12 May 2017 14:41 (four months ago) Permalink

lmao at "carolina." "oh yeah for my first solo album i'm just gonna rewrite 'stuck in the middle with you,' seems fine"

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 12 May 2017 14:45 (four months ago) Permalink

this is enjoyably slight

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 12 May 2017 15:03 (four months ago) Permalink

I'm enjoying this with muted expectations. It all sounds very good but it's hard to get over Harry's shallows as a writer

bunny slopes, Friday, 12 May 2017 18:37 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

lmao at "carolina." "oh yeah for my first solo album i'm just gonna rewrite 'stuck in the middle with you,' seems fine"

― ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, May 12, 2017 10:45 AM (two weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

for a considerable portion of his audience, doing that is probs a novelty. places like music-writer twitter and ilx make it hard to forget that tweens/adolescents are the primary buyer demographic for this stuff (whether the solo stuff is being targeted at them anymore or not), but, like...they /arel lol

royce jung (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 30 May 2017 02:54 (three months ago) Permalink

*/are/

kid can't write lyrics for shit but otherwise the harry solo album is p solid pleasant 70s rock pastiche stuff. i listened to styles as well as the liam payne single for something i'm writing and i assure you the payne thing is 1,000x worse and more tryhard

royce jung (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 30 May 2017 02:57 (three months ago) Permalink

oh the liam payne single is dogshit, don't get me wrong. also i don't hate this record and am not blind to its audience

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 30 May 2017 03:02 (three months ago) Permalink

word. i was actually wondering who the audience is - fans who bought 1D records for the vaguely country-rock ballads? did they have those? I should clarify that I have never listened to more than like, two 1D songs, enough to understand the appeal but realize it wasn't my jam

royce jung (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 30 May 2017 03:10 (three months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

So many good songs..

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 17 June 2017 04:47 (three months ago) Permalink

My seven-year-old niece loves "What Makes You Beautiful," and hearing to her belt along with the chorus has earned the song a small place in my affections, but on the whole, idgi. Then again, I never liked the Backstreet Boys either.

some sad trombone Twilight Zone shit (cryptosicko), Saturday, 17 June 2017 04:53 (three months ago) Permalink


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