#ThrowbackThursday - Confessions of a (Former) Boyband Obsessive

Driving home from work listening to Capital FM, I find myself singing along to ‘Best Song Ever'. The song finishes and the DJ announces that Harry Styles just turned 20, and what sort of escapades was he partaking in to celebrate? I chuckle to myself, then a startling thought hits me: I’m a whisker away from being old enough to be someone from 1D’s mother. I am officially too old for boy bands. I quickly focus on my driving before I career into a hedge. 

I spent many of my teenage years in a state of incessant boy band worship. And not just one particular boy band either - over the years I have been known to frequent appearances of boy bands at every level of ‘celebrity’ - from Menergy to Bad Boys Inc. to Take That. (The first one in case you missed it was M-e-n-e-r-g-y - a particularly crap soft-porn style group with awful leather trousers. Although at the time, I thought they were gods).

I used to bunk off school to wait outside the television studios for a glimpse of my heart-throbs. I was convinced that one of them would spot me one day, and, recognising me as their biggest fan, whisk me away to be married in a ridiculously over-the-top pink meringue dress. I got to know which hotels they would stay in, and even managed to sneak in a couple of times - although I never got any further than the ladies loos - my trick was to pretend I was going to be sick on the hotel forecourt, and the porter would quickly usher me inside before I did something he’d have to clean up off the tarmac.

At concerts I would always strive to have the biggest, brightest, most witty banner in the crowd. It wasn’t enough for it to say ‘Mark - I love you!’; it had to involve some sort of clever or amusing quote from one of the band’s songs - ‘Dan - you’re my Everlasting Love’ was a personal favourite (World’s Apart, for those not in the know).

Of course, I wasn’t the only one. Hordes of girls at school would plaster fresh-faced boy band stickers all over their notebooks, or scratch ‘I love Robbie’ into their forearms with a compass and biro. Naturally, though, none of them were as dedicated as me. 

I can’t remember exactly when the banners and all-night hotel vigils died out - maybe around the time I got myself a job and didn’t want to be sacked for calling in with food poisoning or some other ailment every time Westlife were in town. But even then, I still managed to find the time to turn up to the odd TV appearance or concert. It’s true, the stalking stopped, but my interest in boy bands flickered on. Every time a new all-male group appeared on TV or in a magazine I experienced a small flutter of excitement , taking me back to my carefree early teenage years, when my greatest concern was whether or not the last bus would get me home before my mam realised where I'd been.
 
So here I am, a mere...ahem...twenty years later, getting ridiculously excited about The Big Reunion. The first series had me totally hooked, and I still haven't worked out whether that's because I liked the groups featured, or, more likely, that the music reminded me of a time when Blue's 'One Love' was a Baja anthem (If you don't know what I mean by Baja, see here). I've got to admit though, I am more than a bit disappointed that series 2 doesn't feature the aforementioned (and one of my favourite boybands) Bad Boys Inc. If you're reading, ITV2....!!!!
  

 
 
Who were your boyband faves?
 
xx

6 comments:

  1. Erm .... THIS IS ACTUALLY AMZING! I'm a former boyband addict as well :D Thanks for the BBI video, just been having a little listen ...MEMORIES! I had their album on tape ;) And I used to go boyband stalking too ... HA HA HA!!! I grew up in Norwich so London was quite an easy trip for me so I used to bunk off College to go see boybands! Priorities!

    I'm so hooked on the Big Reunion, I was trying to convince Simon to watch it with me last week but he wouldn't :( So I just kept running into the other room to tell him fun boyband facts :D

    My big band were (SHAME FACE) Boyzone ... I wanted to marry Ronan! I even went to Paris to see them once! I loved boybands for much longer than I should have done ... started off with TT, BBI, Let Loose then moved onto Boyzone and a1 .. I've probably loved all of them at some point or other!

    And whilst I obviously stopped boyband stalking and pretend that I've grown up I clearly haven't because poor Simon is accompanying me to the Metro Arena next month to see The Wanted, where I'm sure we'll be the oldest there and he'll be highly embarrassed :D I shall probably never fully grow up!

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    1. hehe! I was a total Take That stalker - I'm going to do a post on that alone soon as I have some totally cringey photos (obviously I'll cut myself out though -ha!). I love the Big Reunion too but I'm just worried this series won't be as good as the first :( I'd literally never heard of Girl Thing?!!!
      And...ah yes Let Loose!! I used to play Crazy for You over and over!!!!
      xx

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  2. I secretly love Girl Thing .. I'm one of the few who actually own their album .. I imported it from Japan or somewhere!

    I was a little bit too young to go Take That stalking :( I convinced my Mum to let me go to my first concert when I was 15, I wanted to go and see Take That but that ended up being the year they split up so I chose boyzone instead :D

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    1. Ha, so it was YOU who bought their album?!! Teehee! Take That came to our school when I was 13. I was freakin' OUT OF MY MIND with excitement. I went to a couple of Boyzone concerts too, but was never that into them for some reason. I went to a Westlife concert once, and one of them (Nicky, I think?) kicked a small football toy out into the crowd and it hit me in the face. I literally could have died with embarrassment. I should have sued!!!! :-O

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  3. Amazing post!! I've always been into boybands too! New Kids On The Block, Take That, Boyzone, Westlife and now back onto Take That haha!! So excited that Gary's now left XFactor, hopefully a new TT album and tour will be in the pipeline!!

    Oh and I'm loving the Big Reunion too! Can't wait for A1!! ;)

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    1. Teehee! I can see a #30sbloggers outing to the next Big Reunion tour on the cards!! :) xx

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