O is Obviously for Boy Bands

B is for Boy Bands. And for Brother Beyond, and for Bros, and Backstreet Boys and for my latest crush, the Boys in the Band, who are a celebration of all boy bands! But maybe mostly for the BEATLES!!! Who were the first ever Boy Band!  Let’s take a brief walk through some known boy bands, and think about why they hold the appeal they do. I believe by understanding what appeals to people, we can begin to understand the problems in the world and possibly get to the solutions.

Yes, it’s true. John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. They broke ice, and became the first ever boy band, way back in the 60s. Without them, we’d still be listening to Bing Crosby and Paul Anka (not that there’s anything wrong with them either!) and the concept of the boy band may never have been born. Let’s face it, the boy band concept is pretty formulaic. Some handsome boys, nicely dressed, crooning how much they adore you, and at a certain time of their lives, teenage girls lap that up (all women do, really!) and you love that band for the rest of your life. So let’s celebrate some of the boy bands through the ages!

The Beatles, the first fresh faced boy band.

And the fans that went wild for them.

The Osmonds epitomised the 70s with their style and fashion. The group have sold 102 million records worldwide!

In the 80s, there were so many boy bands. Here’s New Kids on the Block. I loved these guys, specially Joe the youngest with his gorgeous blue eyes!

And Bros…they were crush city for me, specially Craig (can you tell which decade I grew up in?)

In the 90s Take That came along and they could do no wrong!!

And the fans not looking so different from their parents who were the Beatles fans! So where does the generation gap come from? The answer may lie in the fact that the Beatles generation have now grown up, become a bit more jaded and yes, forgotten that they too once screamed for some handsome boys. Or do we, in maturing, forget our sense of fun. Or is the music really that different? I don’t know, but I like to think I understand a little bit of what makes today’s teenager tick.

To today… things seem to have gone in One Direction right since the 60s!

Part of the point of this blog is to explore the golden thread of humanity which transgresses race, generations, gender – and I would say that one common thread is most certainly music sung by a handsome boy band into the ears of a teenage girl!

This post is part of a series of posts in the VA Tips and Tricks Blogging Challenge. I’m doing it using my two blogs, so for the next post in the series – C is Client Care which will be published on 11 January 2014  – and the previous one – A is for Africa – click through to Typewrite Transcription, and remember to follow this blog for further posts in the series on here.

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