Okay, so as you already know from my post on Heart2Heart's debut song 'Facebook Official', I am not a boy band fan. When I was younger, I listened to some Westlife and Boyzone, but that was pretty much as far as I got. I was a Britney Spears fan, I worshipped the ground that S Club 7 walked on, and I loved the Spice Girls. I never really cared for a group where the male was excessively dominant, which is probably why I am so in love with girl groups even today.
But, per request of the fun and charming Ray from International Wota, I have decided that I will "dabble" in the likes of... oh lord... Boy Bands. Japanese Boy Bands, to be exact, because suddenly delving into Kpop boy bands would be far too fast for me in general, seeing as I am still not overly keen on Kpop (I like SNSD, but not to the point where I religiously listen to them like I do with Morning Musume or C-ute) itself. Then again, I am a rather reserved individual when it comes to music still. I have never been vastly interested it until recently, so I'm a newb when it comes to these things, so you must bear with me on this.
So I have decided that, for 3 days, I will challenge myself to listen to a few different groups from Johnny's Entertainment in order to try and open up my mind more towards male groups, and to see how much they can win me over as well as to see how much my general view of boy bands changes.
In order to start this post off, I will explain why I don't like boy bands, or at least why I think I don't like them. So here we go:
I think that when Boy Bands were big in the 1990's onwards, I was far too young to be too influenced by them: Boy Bands were there for girls to idolise and scream over, more so, teenage girls. I was a kid back then, considering I am a 90's baby/kid, and not a teenager, thus not being influenced by the boyish charm that the girls fawned over. At that time in my life, I was more interested in Mario and Pokemon thanks to having two older brothers and a gamer sister, so music wasn't really that important to me. I only really listened to Britney Spears and, most likely, Ronan Keeting, who's songs helped me sleep at night when I had nightmares or when I didn't know what else to do. That was pretty much my musical knowledge as a child, though I liked S Club 7 a great deal as well during that time in my life.
But when I became a teenager boy bands had suddenly died out, and girl groups like Girls Aloud were big and the new thing to go after. I actually didn't really care for Girls Aloud, but I liked them. I just stopped caring about music all together, until 2009 when I found Koharu Kusumi - and that's when the fandom started.
Sadly, this was also the same time when Boy Bands started to make a move onto the scene again; the thing is, I was older than some of the newer boy bands (One Direction, yuck) that came about, or I was far too influenced by girl groups to even care about them any more. I have a feeling that if I had been a teenager back in the 90's, I would be singing a totally different tune right now, but I'm not. I'm singing the Jpop tune, and thanks to Jpop, I don't like English pop any more.
No idea why, but even my nephew, who hates Japanese music, agrees that English music sucks now. So I have a little ally on my side.
So, that's why I think I don't like boy bands - I was young enough to be influenced by it, BUT I was also too young to be taken in by good looking, topless men dancing around and singing about how much they love me, or her, or maybe him. I wasn't at all taken in by it, or influenced, and so I didn't care, which is probably why I don't care today. Or maybe I'm just broken, I dunno.
Anyway, to start me off on my new journey into Boy Band Heaven, Ray kindly sent me three links, two of which are for different Johnny's Entertainment boy bands, and another is a solo song which is quite humorous to watch video wise. This is pretty much starting off easy, I guess, because all of these videos are light hearted and fun in terms of how the video goes, much like the pastiche that is Heart2Heart's 'Facebook Official', which I did enjoy, despite the extreme cheeseyness that it has throughout the entire video. So I think that it was really sweet of Ray to try and find some rather humorous videos that would make me giggle and might just tickle my fancy.
Song 1: Arashi: Kitto Daijoubu
The first link was to a song by the group Arashi, and it is Kitto Daijoubu, and when the first scene opened my immediate reaction was 'What the fuck?'. I guess the rainbow kind of astounded me in a way, but I didn't know what to think about the video. In fact, the first time I saw it I clicked the x button and left it before deciding that I would have to watch it if I really did want to broaden my horizons, and so I finished it.
The video is definitely playful, and I laughed a few times because of the cute playful tone that the video showed me, however the song was the main problem - it didn't interest me at all, and bored me a little. It was the song that killed it for me, sadly, but the video was wonderfully camp and funny, and makes me want to see what other videos Arashi has to offer. That, and the one who was in Hana Yori Dango has suddenly peaked my interest.
Song 2: Kanjani8: Wahaha
Kanjani8's song 'Wahaha' was the second pick from Ray, and I have to admit both the song and the video have proven to be really fun and interesting. The music video is extremely random and funny, and really intrigues me. I'm amazed that these guys are willing to pull faces, to look stupid and make fun of themselves in a video. It's really admirable, but it makes the video so much more interesting to watch, and it makes me like the group because of the risk they took in making themselves look a little stupid and clumsy. The bad point?
They're not really... that good looking to me Dx I have no idea why! But in the video, the bleach Blonde looked HOT! Which one is he?
Song 3: Shigeaki Kato: Shalala Tambourine
The last of Ray's picks, which probably the cutest one out of them all, and undeniably, the best. This song turns the notch up when it comes to absolute playfulness and fun, and I loved every moment of it. The cheeseyness and plyful nature of both the video and the song just makes me really happy and hyper in a way, and it makes me want to bang my head along to it and para para away. The comic book styled writing that appears is cheesey enough for the video, but we get more and more with the fake-nosed man, a cross-dressing school girl and punks going to karaoke. The fun is pretty much never ending for this guy, and I really did enjoy every moment of this video. It is fun and a good giggle. I feel crazy just listening to it, actually! XD
Oh, and plus, Shigeaki Koto is really adorable! I want one! BUY ME ONE NOW!!!!
Song 4: Hey! Say! Jump!: Magic Power
Surprisingly, I searched for this one by myself. I remembered that one of my friends liked this group, and so I decided to see what they were like, and when I looked up the name in the youtube search bar, this was the first song that popped up. Magic Power, I believe, is their latest single.
The video = BEATLES THROWBACK! Or Abba... both of them wore glitter, flares and campy costumes, right? The music reminds me of the Beatles too, actually. Dunno why.
The video is seriously quirky, and I was instantly reminded of the Arashi video I had previously watched. They are both so camp, so enjoyable, and so colourful. I really really like it! Lord, I don't want to, but I do! And Oh my god, this song! Magic Power is gonna be a new crack addiction, I swear! The song is crazy catchy, and the front guy, the one in red - Fuck. YES. PLEASE! He rocks one of the worst costumes ever, seriously. Camp makes him look so good! Fuck, you turned me guy in red, I love you.
Damned song. Makes me so damned happy! How dare it turn my opinions so freakin' quickly!
PS all of them are pretty cute, especially my new bitch, Yamada Ryosuke. Fuck, I wanna hug him and steal him!
Song 5: Kat-Tun: Yorokobi no Uta
Don't they look a little too delicious?
... Okay, so the next, and also the final, song for tonight is a Kat-Tun one, and this was sent to me via a friend of mine, Phob. She was more than happy to drag me into her world of absolute love for this boy band. Seriously, the amount of times she's talked about them is crazy... Okay, I'm derailing a little here.
Anyway, she also sent me two other songs, but I actually really didn't like them, and one of them was by Kat-Tun. This was her second attempt at getting me to like them, and honestly...
I really like this song. This is actually my favourite song out of all of the songs I have listened to today, surprisingly. And I have barely watched the PV to it, so yeah... I like the song enough to want to listen to it without having to force myself to watch the video to it. Actually... this song has been on about 6 times already, so I've been looping the damned thing!
I've decided I have watched enough of the video to know that they are all gorgeous, and that I want at least one of them. But I love the song so much, I don't care about the video - it's actually too dark for my liking, one of the reasons why I don't really watch Nanchatte Renai by Morning Musume much. I hate Dark PV's, give me rainbows and Beatles styled costumes any day.
PS Love the raps in the song, I dunno why, but Raps always strike a chord in my heart... despite the fact that my most hated song is a rap (Salt5's Get Up Rapper, to be exact), however this song is just really... awesome, and I really like it.
SO, this is the beginning of me stepping out into the Jpop world a little more and taking on boy bands. Tomorrow, I will try to explore Arashi songs a bit more, because in all honesty Kitto Daijoubu did nothing for me, other than the video being really cute and playful, and it was disappointing in a way. So, whilst I try and explore Arashi a bit more, I will also look through other JEnt. boy bands that might tickle my fancy, and who knows, I might find that I like them more than I thought I ever would.
So, any suggestions? Songs or JEnt. bands welcome~ As long as it isn't Kpop, I need to try and get myself into that one slowly (though Rainie Yang and Show Lou can help me along with that, despite being Taiwanese singers)
... is this going to be a long 3 days? Well, if I like the rest of them as much as I enjoyed the Kat-Tun video and Hey! Say! Jump like I did tonight, you might find me a converted fan by tomorrow... I guess :<
Oh, and meet Show Lou - he's my freakin' GOD!!!!! Lord, he's SEXY <3
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I am not gonna comment on the girl scout thing... XD