Full confession: I love Boy Bands.
Yeah, I said it!
And don’t give me all the usual crap:
- But they’re manufactured! – So are the American Idols yet people luuurve them
- But they don’t write their own songs! – Neither did Elvis
- But they can’t sing! – That’s just bullshit
- But they’re hardly Boys or Kids anymore! – Why the hell does no one ever brat about the Beastie Boys changing THEIR name?
- Only teenyboppers like that kind of music! – Not true. I don’t know any teenyboppers, but I know a lot of grown ass women who love Boy Bands
Back in the day of the late 90’s my former roommate and I were obsessed with The Backstreet Boys and ‘NSync. How old were we? Old enough to hold jobs, pay taxes, drink alcohol, vote and not have curfews. But we loved the music and the merchandise and the Crush Crafting possibilities (in fact she is probably the Crush Craft inspiration – some of the stuff she made us was pretty amazing.) And we loved all the boys, and having a favorite boy and getting way too invested in the outcome of each day’s TRL results.
But surely, you say – now that you’re older and wiser you realize loving Boy Bands is just silly? Um. No. The last time I saw The Backstreet Boys was this summer (and the audience was JUST as insane for them as they were in the heyday.) And to say that I am excited about this NKOTBSB Mega Boy Band Summer 2011 Tour is an understatement!
Oh, you have heard haven’t you? New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys are going on a tour together!! Sunday night they performed together for the first time at the American Music Awards and it was pretty damn awesome:
I was not into New Kids at all – well sort of retroactively because Joey and Jordan had solo careers during the late 90’s Boy Band Era and so they got swept up in our obsessing. But damned if I didn’t squeal my head off when they started doing that You Got It (The Right Stuff) dance!
Listen people – it’s called Pop Music because it is short for Popular. Why is it popular? Because it’s catchy and fun and light and frothy and usually you can dance to it. What’s wrong with that? And don’t tell me you don’t know the words to I Want it That Way because I won’t believe you 😉
So yes, come this summer I will be at one or more of these shows with a bunch of other crazy women of all ages who love pretty boys who sing about never breaking your heart while dancing their cute butts off as cannons shoot off confetti and our ears bleed from the decibel busting screeching levels reached every time one of them does a crotch thrust.