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5 years of sucess
JLS aka Jack the Lad Swing have well jacked it all in to go there separate ways. For once in my life I was not surprised by this break up. Since the rise of 1D the boys popularity declined resulting in them resorting to becoming the latest trend of Americanization.
Back in there debut days the boys were unstoppable with thier cheeky charm and catchy songs. Their music was pop but pop at its best with a clever hint of rnb.
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Than its like the boys got bored and along came the sampling and changing of vocals on songs. JLS have four incredible voices and to hear them using voice enhancers really annoyed me.
They took the road changing their sound that I just didn't like and many fans were loosing interesting as every album was different. Too much to take if you ask me.
Why they didn't stick to the sound of their early days confuses me.
So we have lost another boy band but this one I don't think will be missed in the music industry bar the legions of fans who are short of killing themselves by the twitter updates there posting. But another boy band is ready to take on their crown (Union J )
A Frankfurt School critique of boy bands
Man Bands - Westlife, Boyzone, Take That
Boy Bands - One Direction, Lawson, JLS
The Frankfurt School is best known for their theories which when I read the work of Adorno made me think of the music industry in a way that I never thought of before.
I have always known the music industry appeals to the mass cultures of the population with genres appealing to both high and low cultures. Taking my love for boy bands of the latest generations I am aware of the hidden agenda. This agenda been money and the breaking of teenage girls hearts.
Adorno said that you didn't need a brain for pop music as it was just mass produced. Yes he is right especially when it comes to boy bands. They are all one in the same and the theory of the boy band has become standardized.
We'll start the man bands that are like the fathers of pops. If i played you a song by all three bands (check out below) you could mistake all three to be the same. Same beats melodies and topic of love to appeal to all the girls swooning at their feet. To make us think that they are singing and writing these songs just for us. You can call it mass produced rubbish because that is exactly what it is but teenage girls fall for the melodies and bam you have the power of the boy band.
Even when you take the new era of boy bands like JLS, 1D and Lawson they are still releasing the same mass produced stuff that the industry spits out because as a business they know what sells. Why break something when it ain't broken.
To win the battle of the boy bands they have to fight to seem like they are individual to the rest of them on the pop circuit. Take new boy band on the block Lawson using their guitars to try show they are not a standardized boy bans. JLS have thier colours of red, blue, yellow and green, Westlife had thier suits and stools to keep them up away from the rest of the competition.
You can see that Boy Bands are a standardized product of the music industry. Pop Boy Bands are just mass producing the same beats, rhythms, looks and attitudes across the genre but hey it works so why change it?