I like to think I have good taste in music (Of course, we can argue about this. Taste is something very subjective, and what I think is brilliant you might think is total crap. For an idea of some of the stuff I like look here . Let’s just agree I do indeed have good taste in music). However, this wasn’t always the case.
When I was a young and innocent 12 year old I got sucked into an obsession known as the boyband phenomena. We’re talking 1989 here, long before being a boyband fan became trendy (not that that makes it any better). I think the term boyband did not even exist at this point. My total love, adoration and devotion (not to mention all my time and pocket money) was spent on what was probably the crappiest band in history ever, namely Bros.
Remember Bros? Two blond skinny short haired 20 year old boys named Matt and Luke Goss (ok they started out with a third member called Craig Logan, but they kicked him out of the band pretty quickly). They were most famous for hits like I owe you nothing and When will I be famous? back in 1988 and 1989.
Like I said, their music was pretty crap, but they had a huge fan base, especially in the UK. I absolutely adored them. Their posters covered my bedroom walls, I had the t-shirts, the shoes, the whole outfit. I even went to see them in concert and visited their houses. Oh and I was madly in love with Matt and wanted to marry him. Sigh.
As if one embarrassing boyband wasn’t enough, I soon discovered my next obsession: New Kids On the Block. They were huge in the early nineties. I don’t think there’s been any boyband since who was that popular (or who made as much money). I loved these boys and I loved their songs (The Right stuff, Hangin’ Tough, Step by Step).
Again my bedroom walls were covered in pictures of them, I went to see them in concert (I was in the front row and Donnie shook my hand and I nearly fainted), and I knew all their songs by heart including the rap parts (yes, I am very embarrassed to admit this).
I think I got over the whole boyband thing by the time I was 15 or 16. That’s when I discovered girls. Could it be that overexposure and obsession with boybands made me gay?