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The Vienna Boys Choir Syndrome
What is the music-consuming public's obsession with young boys singing about love?

Take Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five, or from my generation, ABC (Another Bad Creation) or Kris Kross (they had dance songs, too, but they had their own collection of pop "Girl, I love you" songs).

Not only are their almost-whiny voices more obnoxious than enjoyable, but they don't have the depth or emotion about the subject matter that a mature, sultry voice can carry.

Sure, those kids may fathom puppy love and infatuation or perhaps even sexual longing, but I can't connect with it. Sure, they're kinda cute singing about their sweetheart on the monkey bars, but their songs don't invoke in me the feelings I experienced as an eight-year old dreaming about marrying the "older man" in the 5th grade.

But I even find their non-love songs annoying.

So it must be a completely managerial decision to construct such a music group and impose them on our radios.

Give me Al Green or Marvin Gaye any day.

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jopasm From: jopasm Date: April 17th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC) (link)
Because (at least in the case of Kris Kros and ABC, good ol' Mike was a bit younger) it creates a pubescent girl's fantasy of a boy who's romantic? So the girls buy the albums, which translates into more sales, etc?

igorxa From: igorxa Date: April 18th, 2006 08:45 am (UTC) (link)
i'd probably say it's more of a "what's marketable" situation. these kid groups are picked up because the label/producer/person in charge of the money decides they can make more money on the kids' talent. and, of course, love songs sell, not to mention our radios are replete with that kind of stuff, eg. al green, marvin gaye, etc. so the money people are all for love songs, and the kids are just reproducing what they hear all the time.

or something like that.
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