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In Defense of Boy Bands


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.

All you people can't you see, can't you see NKOTBSB!!!

EW: Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block knock our socks off

Author: Amy H. Johnson

Amy H. Johnson is the author of The Fangirl Files a memoir about Boy Bands, TV Boyfriends and imaginary betrothals to 80s English pop stars. She prefers to be referred to as a "Cute Famous Boy Aficionado".

11 thoughts on “In Defense of Boy Bands

  1. you realize you cant attend this concert without taking me, right?

  2. Love the blog. I tweeted it, so maybe one of them will see it. It looks like you have a serious case of the Howie Wink going on, you really should get the checked out before it sets in permanently.

  3. Love it Amy! This grown ass woman will be having the time of her life at one (or more) concerts this summer. Hopefully we’ll finally connect again 😉

    The AMA performance was OUTSTANDING!

  4. I’m so excited for you!!!!! And honestly, I don’t know where I would be if I was never into a boy band. I feel like it’s the right of every girl to have been (and still be) obsessed them! Good times and memories indeed!

    And for real, I bet at all these shows it’ll be nothing but the girls who fell in love with them when they first started-no tweens allowed!!!!!

  5. I love how you ended on “crotch thrust” 😉

    This is a weird coincidence, although our conversation last night may have had something to do with it. I had a dream that I was watching some ComiCon style panel on which Brandon and Gary Barlow were talking! There was a bit of time at the end where we were all allowed to take photos and I was climbing over the chairs to get closer, cursing that I couldn’t get Brandon AND Gary in the same shot. So in the end I just said “Eh, I just photograph Brandon”. ^_^

    I applaud the fact that you still support bands you loved years ago. At the end of the day it’s about fun and friendship and it doesn’t matter what genre the music is.

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  7. Oh Amy, you know that cheesy music is my catnip rivalled only by the Vampire Diaries, so needless to say I was ridiculously excited to see this post.

    Thank you for arming me with some fabulous arguments the next time someone inevitably skewers my Boy Band fetish.

    God, I hope this tour extends to Australia – otherwise I might need to call one of those helpline centres they set up when Take That broke up to help me through the grieving process 🙂

    Loads of people pretend to hate 90s pop in general, but at this nightclub my friends and I frequent that plays cheesy 90s music only on Fridays, everyone sings the songs at the top of their lungs and has an absolutely blast. Can’t say the same for clubs playing “cool” hip hop, rap etc – this sort of music is all well and good but doesn’t make your heart sing the way 90s stuff does!

    • Take That were never big over here but damn do I love me some Robbie Williams! I was a bit jealous of the TT reunion/tour in Europe next year – only bc I know the joy and excitement and poptastic fun that can be had at a Boy Band concert!

      I hope NKOTBSB expand past the US so you can go. They are selling out and already booking second shows for cities they are already playing at!

  8. This is probably the most hilarious post I have ever read on a WordPress Blog . . . EVER! I laughed so hard, wine came out of my nose. And let me tell you, that BURNS! 🙂 If they don’t Freshly Press this puppy, I am never reading Freshly Pressed again!

    Do any of these Boy Band Dudes have Twitter? You simply MUST tweet this post to them! I can definitely see it going viral! No joke.

    OK . . . so I was never a particularly big Boy Band Fan, but I do vaguely recall liking that Hanson song “Mmmmmm Bop” during my “young and very stupid years.” So, who am I to judge anyone’s taste in music? 🙂

    • Hey now! Ain’t nothin’ wrong with Hanson! They actually were outside of the Boy Band trend – being that they were wee little boy song writers and didn’t do synchronized dancing 😉

      Plus “MmmmBop” is an awesome song. Period.

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