Although never taken too seriously, boy bands have been a force since The Beatles took to the stage on The Ed Sullivan Show and the world has witnessed female “hysteria” at its peak. In fact, some critics even argue that boy groups helped carve out a feminist space for tweens and teens to safely explore their sexuality.
Whether it’s the pop-rock genius of the early Fab Four, the groovness of the Jackson 5, the Latin flair of Menudo, the cheesy ’80s goodness of New Kids on the Block, or the totally’ 90s power. of the Backstreet Boys, there’s just something about boy bands that has kept the genre on fire throughout the decades. Here are 25 facts about some of our all-time favorites.
1. About 73 million people watched The Beatles make their American television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964.
Teenage girls in the audience screamed and hyperventilated, and the Beatles’ iconic performance of “She Loves You” may be The most important two minutes and 16 seconds of never-played music. âAlmost 50 years later, people still remember exactly where they were the night The Beatles appeared. The Ed Sullivan Show, says the Ed Sullivan website.
2. There was a Saturday morning cartoon in the 1970s about the Jackson 5.
Called The Jackson 5ive, it aired on ABC from 1971 to 1972 and featured music by Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Michael, although none of the animated characters were voiced by the actual band members due to their busy schedules. tours and recordings. It was one of the earliest cartoon representations of a black family, and animation director Robert Balser (known for his work on the 1968s Yellow submarine) was adamant that the series should be “fair and not resort to cheap gags and stereotypes,” according to one 2013 CNN article.
3. Justin Timberlake recruited JC Chasez to join * NSYNC.
Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez had been costars on The brand new Mickey Mouse club. Timberlake believes Chasez had the best voice out of the group.
4. The name * NSYNC was created using the last letter of each member’s name.
This, however, required Lance to go through “Lansten. “
5. The Backstreet Boys are the most successful boy band of all time.
The Backstreet Boys have sold 130 million records, which makes it one of the Top 50 best-selling artists of all time and the most successful contemporary boy band. Their first nine albums reached the Billboard 2000 top 10.
6. No, Ryan Gosling was not almost a Backstreet Boy.
Members of the Backstreet Boys lived in the same apartment complex as Ryan Gosling when he was on The Mickey Mouse Club. One day, during a basketball game, AJ McLean told Gosling the group was going to be huge, to which Gosling reportedly replied, “It won’t happen, my brother.” And that was about it. Gosling never auditioned; he just spoke a bit during a hoops friendly game.
7. Before Ricky Martin and Marc Anthony had successful solo careers, they were members of Menudo.
Formed in Puerto Rico in 1977, Menudo was the most group of successful latin boys in history. Unlike many other boy groups, the group went through several iterations and had a total of 39 different members before the group broke up in 2009. usually replaced when they hit 16.) Ricky Martin was a key member of the band and a fan favorite, and Marc Anthony was a backing vocalist for a time.
8. The Take That members fell ill with the flu after filming the music video for “Back for Good”.
Too much walking and dance in the rain for bad black and white video from 1995 gave these Brits the sniffles.
9. Bobby Brown’s stage fright led to the creation of New Edition.
Bobby brown muffled while performing at a local talent show, and his friends Ricky Bell and Michael Bivins, who were in the audience, performed alongside him. Of course, Ralph Tresvant and Ronnie DeVoe quickly joined the group, followed by beloved hits like “Candy Girl” and “Cool It Now”.
10. New Edition’s “Candy Girl” was written in the Jackson 5 “ABC” style.
11. The Monkees started out as a fictional TV group and then evolved into a live group.
The Monkees ran from 1966 to 1968 and capitalized on Beatlemania. They even have oversold The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined in 1967, although they ultimately couldn’t shake off the stigma of being seen by many as a âfakeâ band.
12. David Bowie changed his name to avoid being confused with Davy Jones of the Monkees.
David Bowie was born David Jones, but so was Davy Jones of the Monkees. “In answer to your questions, my real name is David Jones and I don’t have to tell you why I changed it”, Bowie written in a letter to his first American fan in 1967. “‘Nobody is going to make a monkey out of you,’ my manager said.”
13. One Direction was formed after competing as solo artists on a UK show The X factor.
British boy band One Direction was conceived by the notoriously grumpy Simon Cowell. The five members of the group competed as solo artists on The X factor, but were brought back to compete as a group under the name One Direction. Although they ranked third in the competition, the group has enjoyed tremendous success around the world.
14. Harry Styles, formerly of One Direction, has four nipples.
It is apparently a common state, and it’s called polythelia.
15. Nick Lachey created a 98 Degree Coronavirus version of âThe Hardest Thingâ.
It’s inside the honor of quarantine, which sometimes gives the impression of at least a of the most difficult things. The song mentions hand washing, isolation and social distancing.
16. The Hanson brothers, best known for their 1996 hit âMMMBopâ, now have a beer business.
Their first beer was named – no kidding –Mmmhop. It is a smooth-bodied lager with 7.5 percent alcohol. “The average beer is closer to 5 percent alcohol”, TIME wrote. “So don’t think the Hanson brothers don’t know how to get tough.”
17. BTS is the very first K-Pop group to top the US charts.
Formed in 2013, the group borrowed its name from the Korean phrase “Bangtan Sonyeondan”, which translates to “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”. In 2017, they decided to get closer to the American translation corresponds to the acronym, by replacing it with “Beyond the stage”. They were quickly achieve world domination.
18. BTS has the most commented YouTube music video in the history of the platform.
The 2017 hit video “DNA” has over 5.07 million comments, according to Forbes. The honor was previously held by Psy’s “Gangnam Style”.
19. Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers is the subject of a meme called “Lonely Kevin”.
Kevin Jonas can be seen standing in a corner, holding his phone, and looking somewhat desperate or confused. “It’s actually a really funny story, because we were legitimately late for something and Kevin was waiting around the corner,” Joe Jonas Explain during a Reddit AMA in 2016. âNick and I were both together and we were going to meet up with Kevin and he was just waiting around the corner looking at his phone, and now thatâs part of the memes family. I am really proud. “
20. The mother of the Osmond brothers published a cookbook.
It was called, and rightly so, The Osmond Brothers Mother’s Cookbook. Oh, and this’ 70s band was from Utah and even wrote songs about Mormon theology. They too dabbled in R&B and heavy metal, and had opinions on air pollution.
21. The Osmonds record company thought their song “Crazy Horses” was about drugs (presumably marijuana).
But it was not. It was the aforementioned air pollution. Singer Jay Osmond Recount The Guardian, âIt’s a song about ecology and the environment: these ‘crazy horses, smoking the sky’ are gas guzzlers, destroying the planet with their smoke. we shot the album cover in a junkyard, surrounded by big old cars.
22. Mark Wahlberg was an original member of New Kids On The Block.
23. New Kids on the Block was originally called Nynuk.
It was a meaningless word that producer Maurice Starr came with. Fortunately, it was short-lived.
24. NKOTB’s “Hangin ‘Tough” was written with the Boston Celtics in mind.
The band hoped it would become a stage song, much like Queen’s âWe Will Rock Youâ. according to to Donnie Wahlberg.
25. A member of the Scottish boy band Rewind made headlines for having passed out.
Typically, it is the fans who are known to pass out. But in 2015, boy bander James McElvar passed out on an easyJet flight due to wearing 12 layers of clothing. He did it to try to to avoid pay baggage fees.