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Give them a fair chance...then slate them!
Member Name: Sparky101
Date: 19/11/00, updated on 19/11/00 (51 review reads)
Advantages: They do produce some good music
Disadvantages: Rely too much on the teenage market
These days we like to label people/things/groups. Not just in the music industry but in other walks of life. You only have to pick up a tabloid and you'll see people pigeon holed. That's why the likes of Britney, Christina Aguilera, Mandy Moore and Jessica Simpson are always compared because they're all teenage American girls then their music must be exactly the same. Boybands and girlbands get the same sort of thing. If you're a group of 3 or more guys who aren't bad looking then you're a boyband, full stop. I don't think girlbands get the same sort of thing. You don't hear the Spice Girls being called a girlband.
When it comes to their music, they also get harshly treated in my opinion. If you don't play an instrument then you are labelled as having no talent. In the music industry, singing is the main talent. Writing and playing instruments is not as important a talent as singing is. You can't deny these guys can sing otherwise they wouldn't be where they are now. They also get labelled as being 'manufactured' bands. So what? What's the difference if a management company audition people for a band to put it together or if 4 mates decide to form a band? None in my opinion.
The only thing I would criticise boybands for is appealing to much towards the teenage girl market. They are the main reason that boybands are so successful. They'd get a lot more respect if they tried to appeal to a wider audience.