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Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

We had a discussion at work the other day about “boy bands.” What defines one? Where did this type of music originate from? Which band was the first? And who really cares?

A boy band is typically a vocal group of teenage male singers who sing sappy love songs marketed to teenage girls and dance in highly choreographed performances. That sound about right?

A few online searches on the subject of boy bands show there were three general eras when these types of musicians were most popular.

The first was in the 1960s and early 1970s with groups like the Jackson 5, The Bay City Rollers and the Osmonds. The second was in the 1990s when acts such as New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys and NSYNC dominated the pop charts. The last era was in the 2010s up to the present with the emergence of groups such as One Direction and BTS.

Some groups such as Backstreet Boys and LFO have expressed their dislike for the term “boy band” and prefer to be known as a “male vocal group.” Can you blame them? Boy bands have been scathingly accused of prioritizing their appearances more than the quality of their music in efforts to appeal to preteen audiences. I don’t know anyone who would argue with that.

Many boy bands formed on their own with some evolving out of church or gospel groups. Others are created by “talent managers” who hold auditions with young boys who mostly do not play musical instruments.

In the midst of this boy band discussion, a younger staff member said, “Surely you had boy bands in the 1980s.” My response was, “Not really. I don’t think anyone called Van Halen, Motley Crue or Quiet Riot boy bands.” Milli Vanilli doesn’t count. Thank goodness.

Were you a fan of boy bands? Did I miss your favorites? Send me a note and let me know.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media


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Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Valley Junction Restaurant
1. Cooper’s on 5th
2. G. Mig’s 5th Street Pub
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Terre Gibson

By Jackie Wilson

As Terre Gibson strums his bass guitar to “Kiss” by Prince — a favorite song by one of his musical idols — he insists on allowing the other musicians to shine, as he’s “not trying to be the star.”

However, Gibson, with a classically trained piano background, knows his job is to stay on key in any of his four bands, whether it’s funk, rock, jazz or Christian music.

Gibson began playing piano and taking lessons at age 5 when he lived in California. At age 14, his music tastes took a sharp turn when he attended a Rick James concert.

“I heard Rick play ‘Super Freak’ and ‘Give it To Me Baby.’ I heard the bass thumping and saw all that dancing,” he said. “I thought, ‘That’s an instrument I want to play.’ ”

... Read More In the October issue of CITYVIEW.

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