Confession time: I love boy bands.
… But not for the reason you may think. I love them because I am intrigued by how producers, managers, and studios alike have found a way to work the system. Boy bands, like pop stars, are entirely made up entities. Yes, they’re real people with real talent (well some are more talented than others…) but everything else about them is so finely and flawlessly crafted. Each member is similar enough to be part of the ensemble, but distinctive enough to fit all of the different “types” of boys the audience may be into.
This is why it is easy to think of members of boy bands as replaceable or expendable. But every so often there is a group that comes into our lives and turns our preconceived notions on their heads. A group that makes us feel a bit differently about boy bands.
A band that emulates the essence of this is the parody group from the 2001 film Josie and the Pussycats, DuJour. Although DuJour may be a fake band, their music is real. Their singles “DuJour Round the World” and “Backdoor Lover” are insanely catchy in that embarrassing hard-to-explain-why-you’re-humming-them-out-loud way.
The band consists of D.J. (played by Donald Faison), Travis (played by Seth Green), Marco (played by Breckin Meyer), and Les (played by Alexander Martin). They revelled in almost a year of short-lived fame until their evil manager, Wyatt, took the chevy to the levy and crashed their plane. DuJour means seatbelts. DuJour means crash positions. Why you ask? Because they found out the truth – they were being used as pawns to sell things through their music.
Through sheer determination, the band was able to land the plane. However they did not escape the unforgiving nature of the crowd of Metallica fans they landed in.
DuJour taught us many things. They taught us that DuJour means teamwork, DuJour means hygiene, and most importantly…
To this day, DuJour remains one of my all-time favorite fictional bands and I consistently listen to the Josie and the Pussycats soundtrack. What are some of your favorite boy bands? Real or fictional. Let us know in the comments!