Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WRONG MOVE, YOU'RE DEAD:  Grantland goes deep with a boy band approval matrix and comprehensive history and q&a. Much discussion of Another Bad Creation, 'N Sync, 98 Degrees, Dru Hill, and others:
Bell Biv DeVoe is, as a case study, the most interesting boy band that’s ever been. The group was made up of holdovers from New Edition, and that’s not crazy, but none of the three were ever really the star in N.E. (it was always either Ralph or Bobby or, later, Johnny), and that’s definitely crazy. I’m saying, “Poison” is the greatest song by any boy band ever. When has that ever happened in history? When has a team lost its three best individual players and then gone on to even greater success? Bell Biv DeVoe is like if LeBron, D-Wade, and Bosh all left Miami, then Mario Chalmers, Birdman, and Udonis Haslem rattled off four or five rings in a row.
 Turk Dance is included.


  1. The Pathetic Earthling1:15 PM

    My favorite Boy Band right now is Sev'ral Timez.

  2. Jordan3:46 PM

    Not a boyband, but that's threatening Yardbirds territory. Have a breakthrough hit with "For Your Love," Clapton leaves to play with John Mayall. Replace Clapton with Jeff Beck, rattle off a string of hits. Beck leaves, bump Jimmy Page to lead guitar. Try to hold it together, but everyone but Page and the bassist leaves. Hire Robert Plant, who comes as a package deal with John Bonham. Bassist quits. Hire John Paul Jones. Realize there are no Yardbirds left, so rename the group New Yardbirds, since they're mostly sticking to the canon. Get a cease and desist order over the name, decide to have a clean slate and rename band Led Zeppelin.