Monday, September 07, 2009

the so-called bsb problem...

The Boys have a problem.

There's this feeling in the world of pop music that they're damaged.

That they're old.

That they're adult.

Forget that red-one produced their new single...

"It's good I just wish it wasn't Backstreet Boys..."

Can I ask for a second why?

How many cd's have they sold worldwide?

How much have they done for pop radio?

How many lives have they impacted and how many people do they need today?

Oh, in the States? Not many.

So rightly so,  they're going where they're loved.

Over there. The UK. Russia. You know, the countries which launched their dominance.

It's sad, really. We're passing the buck because had Lady Gaga done the song with Red-One producing it, we'd be all over it.

Forget their talent.

Forget what they've done for a format, for a genre. For a generation of fans.

Yup. We'll pass on what made us.

So the world can embrace them again.

I guess it's true that prophets aren't known in their own land.

But I'll not ever understand why we can be delivered gold and cast it to swine.

It makes no sense to me that we won't even pay attention to a group which has done so much for the music we played and to the sound we claim as our own as one of those in the pop genre. We explain away their relevance as being that which made the past possible without stopping to think that our female fans might just want to hear a bit of nostalgia which speaks to their hearts.

Which is missing in the sound of now.

Which might be the sound of now if we just stopped to listen.

I'm not saying we owe it to them. I'm saying we owe them a listen.

Our fans. And their fans. Will take it from there.

So how do we make this happen?

We reach out. We make noise. We stand up on that which we can control - the online universe - and we make noise which is free from marketing machines and free from radio station content directors who protect the product from that which might actually show what fans want to hear...

... and we keep at it.

We make a case. We buy singles. We buy full lengths. We go to shows. We support with that in a capitalistic society ultimately speaks loudest:

Our pocketbooks.

Then, those who won't hear will have to hear. And when they do what we as fans hear will be clear.

This battle - although very clouded - is not lost.

Keep the faith.

Press on.

Voices which grow in chorus often resonate loudest...

... especially when it comes to the artists who make us feel.

Keep the faith, friends... this isn't over. It's just getting warmed up.



  1. Anonymous2:03 AM

    This is so true! thank you for posting! the boys deserve more credit than they get!

  2. Another great post. I also don't understand how the guys don't get rocognition from their own country after all they've done for the music industry in the US. Being a a fan for 13 years and being brazilian, I can tell you that they are absolutely right to go and reach for places that respects and give them props such as Europe and South America.

    Despite the whole boy band era and the fact that they are very good looking dudes, they've already proved their talents, so many times. What does it take for a an artist to be recognized for their talents instead of being recognized for being crazy, releasing a sex tape, being blond and huge boobies with no talent whatsoever.

    That's a mistery. In the other hand I also wish that their fans in the US would fight for them, not only attending their concerts but resquesting them on the radio, voting for them and requesting their videos on music channels. I'm not even from the US and I often find myself emailing DJ's from all over the world and voting for them on tv channels outside of my own country.

    The US should be proud to have them and should not let them go stale.

  3. many Kudos!

    <3 Backstreet Fan 11 years and counting

  4. wow you are so damm right! We have to stop o be ashamed o love them. Pop is in a huge part what it is now cuz of their hard work. Stop seeing them as a boy band that try desperatly to do a come back and see them as the unbelivable music group that find the way to re-invent themself albulm after album. A group of men that had a strong vocaly strenght. A group that didint need to sing on a playback as some of the pop stars of our new generation.

    I'm a fan of the BSB and i'm proud! And i'M sure 99% of you too all there are, so keep your chin up and stand for what you like!

  5. Anonymous11:39 AM

    Finally FINALLY someone speaks up in the name of great music , people that can actually SING and The BSB who are the coolest group on the planet imo.

    Thankyou .

    We WILL press on , because I'm sick of the good stuff getting passed by in favor of junk music.

    Thanks for your blog , it's about time somebody in the industy spoke up for the boys.

  6. But wouldn't you say those that DO love BSB in the states are supporting them?

    I agree with your points. The thought process of today's pop music listener and the music industry in the states is sad.

    BUT for BSB, from a business standpoint, they don't NEED everyone anymore. They can do very well and just need their core BSB fans that love them. Thanks to the internet, they're able to stay connected with their true fans and be able to give them what they want. They don't HAVE to entertain the masses.

    Let the masses love the flavor of the month. Those who are true to music will love the artists they do and have even better opportunities to connect and hear music in the future.

    Niche is here to stay and will continue to grow thanks to the power and systems of the Internet.


  7. I do seriousley wish I wrote that! Hats of to you!

  8. Tracy3:48 PM

    I 100% agree with you! They have been given the shaft from the US for much too long!

  9. Anonymous10:15 PM

    OMG I read this and kept nodding my head in agreement - U are speaking for the fan base. If STMH was recorded by any other artist it would have gotten MASS airplay. Great blog Toby