Here’s my take..
Boy bands have changed the world forever.
It is impossible to tell the story of popular culture in the last 60 years without paying serious attention to what has been the most enduring creation of the second half of the twentieth century —boy bands.
From four young men from Liverpool who dared to take the world by storm to their London equivalent who sang watered down rhythm and blues and got their name from a Muddy Waters song, boy bands have revolutionized the way in which we listen to and appreciate music.
And it is no hyperbole to state that nearly all young men at one stage or another in their lives have fantasized about being in one.
I know I have.
There were bands like Boyz II Men, Jodeci, Intro who had my attention for a minute with their harmonies, melodies and all round performances.
And in the late 90s, you had the N-Sync and the Backstreet Boys, who actually sang really decent songs which have stood the test of time.
If you are in any doubt of the quality of music made by Backstreet Boys, please take a listen to the song below and tell me whether you agree or disagree.
But it has to be said that my favourite boy band of all time is New Edition which has ( yes they are still performing!) Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill, Ricky Bell, Ronnie Devoe and Michael Bivings. They came into our lives in 1983 with Candy girl, Cool it now and several other hits through the decades.
Through their personal dramas (Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown) and serious conflict among band members, which led to Brown being kicked out of the band and later restored, my love for this group of extraordinarily talented men has survived nearly 40 years.
So why is this article being written?
The recent split of BTS.