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The boy bands that rocked our jocks off!

Melissa Imbesi by Melissa Imbesi
October 14th, 2020

You remember the time boy bands dominated the music world, yeah? They were typically a line-up of dudes singing and harmonising and rocking some seriously questionable hair styles, matching outfits and dance moves. In their film clips they were either a) walking along the beach and throwing pebbles into the ocean, b) dancing up to a row of mic stands in unison, c) pashing a girl in a skin tight satin dress and an elaborate up-do or d) all of the above.

They were a diverse bunch, ranging from good to great to downright BADD – as in Color Me Badd. Two Ds.

Monty and I brought three of our best picks each to our latest Blast from the Pre-Corona Past pod, which you can listen to below, or keep scrolling for some classic vids…


Bros:

Identical twins Matt and Luke Goss, together with ‘the other guy’ (Craig Logan, who is now a big time music producer) set the world on fire in 1987 with their Docs adorned with bottle tops, their Smash Hits magazine covers and their mega-hits such as ‘I Owe You Nothing’, ‘Drop The Boy’ and THIS cracker…

Wham!:

Look, in my humble opinion Wham! were the best of all the boy bands. George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley met in high school and quickly went on to kill it around the world with huge hits such as Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, Careless Whisper and Last Christmas. With their Choose Life t-shirts, blow-waved hair dos and songs that almost always had a big punch of cheeky to them, Wham! are one of the classics you can listen to over and over again. Everything She Wants NEVER gets old.

Color Me Badd:

A fave of the early 90’s, Color Me Badd said they were heavily influenced by the ‘doo-wop’ style of original boy bands from way back like The Temptations and The Four Tops. They nailed the matching outfits and cheesy tunes like no other, but had some huge success with songs like All 4 Love, I Adore Mi Amor and this sexual serenade…

Indecent Obsession:

It was a quick climb and even quicker descent for Aussie group Indecent Obsession, who hit number 6 on the ARIA charts in 1989 with their single, Say Goodbye. By 1992 it really was time to say goodbye to the original Aussie line-up, who mostly all went on to find success in their chosen fields. We’ll always have this though…

East 17:

In the mid-90’s, East 17 – the band described as a ‘grittier, more political’ version of rival BB, Take That, dominated the charts. With their tatts, beanies and hip hop sound with tunes like Stay Another Day, House of Love and of course, the cracker below. Let the light of love shine frooooooo…

New Kids On The Block:

Wrapping up the list with perhaps the biggest boy band to ever exist, NKOTB – the band who paved the way for BBs like NSync, 98 Degrees and Backstreet Boys, were ‘UGE. In 1991, Jordan, Jonathon, Donnie, Danny and Joey were listed as number one in Forbes’  list of highest paid entertainers, beating out Michael Jackson, Madonna and Prince! The band broke up in 1994 but re-kindled the magic in 2008, going on tour with the Backstreet Boys. They’re still listed as being together, but nothing will top this moment in history…

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