Nowadays Boy Bands and Pop Idols are all the rage. But it’s nothing new. Boy Bands come and go with each generation. If you look far back enough you may discover the Boy Band/Idols of your parents’ generation and trust me when I say that their hair styles were just as weird as ours are today.
Boy Bands and Teen Idols didn’t become a highly produced mass marketed consumer good until the 60′s. Elvis kicked open that door in the 50′s with his advisory banned swivel hips and blue suede shoes. But he was the King with a guitar. One in a million. That kind of luck wasn’t going to cut it with the Baby Boomer generation that came of age in the sixties.
Someone somewhere had a brilliant idea. Instead of one musician for the teenage horde to follow, why not a group of musicians? Better the odds, triple the market value, expand the appeal. And thus the Boy Band phenomena was hatched.
One Direction, Backstreet Boys, and N*SYNC are just other names for The Monkees, The Jackson 5, and The Beach Boys. The only difference was that in the Sixties the musicians had to actually play their instruments and sing without the aid of vocal enhancing software and over-used dance moves. Talent was a must and if they were good looking, that was a bonus. If they were super successful then they got their own television show. Pretty cool, ya dig?
It wasn’t just the guys getting all the attention. The Female Pop Star category was kicking off in psychedelic colours that may seem tame by today’s standards but triggered some serious eyebrow twerking back in the day. Miley Cyrus? Oh please. Nancy Sinatra, daughter of famed crooner Frank Sinatra, did it first with her Boots are Made for Walking and she didn’t need a wrecking ball. Just a really short dress/long shirt and a pair of leather go-go boots. Parents everywhere were outraged.
So the next time you watch another new Boy Band/Teen Idol music video on YouTube just think…that ain’t nothing new.
Until Next Time, Happy Listening.