Boy and girl bands, the measuring stick for the decline of the human race?

in General Discussion edited January 2014
I was obviously not going to befoul the John Lennon thread with this but may I ask you all. Is there anyone out there who actually thinks boy or girl bands are actually worth the amount of cash they're generating?

Personally, I have no beef with someone who is in a boy or girl band. Sure, I don't like they're music and I think what they stand for, the commercialization of art, is disgusting but in the end there is a big fat pay check that none of us would turn down. No, not even the puritan music lovers that say they would never!

My problem is actually with the people buying this trite. Fair enough, most of them are 15 year old teenage girls but still, 15 year old teenage girls didn't listen to that crap when I was a 15 year old teenage boy! Well, actually they did because New Kids on the Block had only just started but two years before that no one would be caught dead listening to that stuff. Music was about good tunes, lyrics that spoke out to you and you wouldn't give two fks what the person making that music looked like.

Nowadays, NSYNC (hope I got that right), are...apparently...DA BOMB!...because Justin Timberland or what ever is....apparently...SO CUTE! The worst of the lot have to be Westlife though. Those guys I actually do despise. Not because they pretend to be these sensitive lads singing from the heart (hey! I'm closing my eyes and clutching my fists ain't I?) but because it took them two albums full of (bad) covers and then they made a flippin BEST OF!!!!!!!!! album! Best of what??? Best of bad covers?

Anyway, back to my point. How on earth can people buy this? The bands and their managers have in the past actually come out and said that it's all manufactured just to get your money. Why would you give up your hard earned dosh that easily to people that are openly conning you??

I just don't get it.

So what is happening to the world? Are we all so obsessed with money that we don't care what we're being served for it anymore? Are we so indoctrinated that all we can think about is that we need to make more money rather than what we spend it on? Do we not care anymore about the effort someone puts in to their work or what it means to them or can mean to us as long as it sounds ok?

Basically, is this increase of boyband and manufactured music a small symptom of our declining values?

[ 12-11-2002: Message edited by: macfenian ]</p>


  • Reply 1 of 16
    A*Teens, man.

    <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> Where's a boy-band defender when you need him or her?
  • Reply 2 of 16

    Only "girl" band I miss...L7...Christ, did they rock. Now there web site's's dead...

    But I come from the Deborah Harry, Siouxsie Banshee and Chrissie Hynde age of rock... <img src="graemlins/smokin.gif" border="0" alt="[Chilling]" />
  • Reply 3 of 16
    emaneman Posts: 7,204member
    I don't know, it seems like a lot of these boy bands are for the most part done thankfully. NSYNC is done, especially since Justin started a solo career, the Backstreet Boys have been done for a while and one of them has a solo CD now too. Who knows whatever happened to 98 Degrees and the other ones that were around don't seem to be popular anymore except for maybe O Town. The worst boy band in the world IMO is B2K. The black wanna-be NSYNC. HORRIBLE
  • Reply 4 of 16
    I somewhat liked S Club 7...... :eek: <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />
  • Reply 5 of 16
    People have worshiped musicians for their ****ability for several generations now. Every decade has such people whether it is Elvis, the Beatles, the Bee Gees, New Kids on the Block, NSync or any other group or individual. John Lennon became famous in the first place became the Beatles were making panties soggy long before he was reknown for his musical acumen. It's the same as before, it's just that the circus of flesh is more brashly presented these days.
  • Reply 6 of 16
    DO you think they literally "soggied" panties or is that just a figure of speech?
  • Reply 7 of 16
    Google for a girl band called Tatu (or T.A.t.U.). And then you'll have your answer.....

  • Reply 8 of 16
    stunnedstunned Posts: 1,096member
    Sad to say, if there is demand, there is supply.

    But not all boy or girl bands are pathetic. I personally liked Michael Learns to rock and of course the Beatles.
  • Reply 9 of 16
    pscatespscates Posts: 5,847member
    [quote]Originally posted by Artman @_@:

    <strong>Only "girl" band I miss...L7...Christ, did they rock. Now there web site's's dead.. </strong><hr></blockquote>

    They're kinda hot! In a "we'll kill you if you cross us" kinda way, of course...

    I still have a soft spot for The Go-Go's. Kathy Valentine...yummy!
  • Reply 10 of 16
    satchmosatchmo Posts: 2,699member
    [quote]Originally posted by pscates:


    I still have a soft spot for The Go-Go's. Kathy Valentine...yummy!</strong><hr></blockquote>

    I had a thing for Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles!
  • Reply 11 of 16
    scottscott Posts: 7,431member
    I have a thing for T.A.t.U. now.
  • Reply 12 of 16
    [quote]Originally posted by satchmo:


    I had a thing for Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles!</strong><hr></blockquote>

    She's still hot, you know. Like one of those Mom's every guy in high school loves.

  • Reply 13 of 16
    rooroo Posts: 162member
    just be glad we don't have any groups like <a href=""; target="_blank">morning musume</a>. its the most popular girl group in japan right now. they have 13 members, and are constantly adding new ones, graduating old ones... its a revolving door! the weirdest part is that they break into subgroups with themes like "mini moni" (all members 5' tall and under) and "coconuts musume" (all members from hawaii). and its just to sell more records... there's not even the pretense of artistic integrity! i find their songs really annyoing, but "souda! we're alive!" is fvcking catchy...

  • Reply 14 of 16
    mimacmimac Posts: 872member
    "Boy bands", "Girl bands", in one word ... Shite.

    With all the really great music and proper singer/songwriters out there you'd wonder why people actually buy this crap?

    Manufactured bands thankfully have a limited lifespan (anything from 6 months - 2 years at the most) and after they have covered literally every decent song out there and destroyed the music in the process they fade into artist oblivion.

    Manufactured groups and solo artists (Popstars etc.) have only proved one thing, there's a lot of money to be made outta crap and the charts are an ill reflection of musical taste among the current younger generation.

    They can be sold to very easily, marketing at its best (worst).

    Sorry...thats 2 things!
  • Reply 15 of 16
    pscatespscates Posts: 5,847member
    It's definitely backwards and "not how it should be". When I lived in Nashville, I'd be out at some bar or whatever and hear the most incredible, soulful singer. Just playing for tips or whatever. Or hear some guy or girl sitting on a stool with an acoustic, playing songs they've written.

    AMAZING stuff.

    And they'll never be heard by anyone other than random bar patrons.

    MEANWHILE, some lame-brain from "American Idol" with a so-so voice, no writing ability and no "big picture" grasp of anything is rocketed to fame and fortune because she can hit a high note or two and has nice teeth.

  • Reply 16 of 16
    Rachel Stevens of S Club 7 is bangable.
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