What makes a band a "boy band"? We know groups like 'NSync, Backstreet Boys, and One Direction are definitely boy bands.
But what makes them so unequivocally boy band-ish while groups like Blink-182, who also sing semi-pop-friendly songs (sometimes) and are comprised of boys, aren't technically "boy bands"? Is Blink-182 a boy band? Is Slipknot a boy band? Is Flight of the Conchords a boy band? According to the trusted source, Wikipedia:
Boy band - A boy band (or boy band) is loosely defined as a vocal group consisting of young male singers, usually in their teenage years or in their twenties at the time of formation. Being vocal groups, most boy band members do not play musical instruments, either in recording sessions or on stage, making the term somewhat of a misnomer. However, exceptions do exist. Most boy bands dance as well as sing, usually giving highly choreographed performances.
The truth is most "boy bands" do not like to be referred to as such. There's a stigma attached to being a "boy band" — that they really exist to be poked fun at, that they aren't making serious music, whatever.
Some argue that bands don't qualify as a "boy band" if they play their own instruments. But does that then make it so that Hanson and the Jonas Brothers aren't a boy band? I don't think so. To me, you know a band is a boy band just by looking at them. They're all boy bandy. (Quite frankly, I don't see anything wrong with boy bands.)
Fan, anti-boy band enthusiast, or just someone who accidentally ended up here: check out some boy band history below.
Having a name for a fan base isn't exactly new. Grateful Dead fans have been called Deadheads since at least 1971, when the name was featured on the sleeve of the band's second live album. I previously wrote about other fan names as well, including Fanilows (Barry Manilow), Little Monsters (Lady Gaga), Directioners (One Direction), Beliebers (Justin Bieber), and Juggalo/Juggalettes (Insane Clown Posse).
These days, however, it's almost unusual not to have a name for your fan base. Everyone from Katy Perry to Josh Groban have names for their fans. Here are 15 popular fan base names you should know.
Okay, I'll admit it: I obviously have a soft spot for little kids doing awesome things, but seriously, this is adorable. 3-year-old Kalee Buetow can not only name all of the Seattle Seahawks players, but knows what position they play and their jersey numbers. On top of that, she's got the sweetest little voice ever. According to an interview a local news station did with Kaylee, the reason she knows so much about the Seahawks is "Because I love them. Go Hawks!"
A few weeks ago, we directed you to an adorable 6-year-old break dancer. This week, an 11-year-old dancing to Lady Gaga's song "Applause" is so good, we kind of need him to star in Gaga's next video. Can she please make that happen?
It's the time of year when we enjoy the cool, outdoor weather by heading to state and county fairs. There's games, food, rides, crafts, and animals to enjoy.
While state fairs began in the 19th century for the purpose of promoting state agriculture, these days, fairs are about amusement rides, over-the-top fried foods, and entertainment. Most fairs keep the agriculture and livestock aspect in tact, but it's only one portion of a larger experience.
That said, the experience isn't always a great one. Here are the top 5 best and worst things about attending local fairs.