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on 2/24/02 9:35 PM, John Wilkins at email@example.com wrote:
> On Monday, February 25, 2002, at 12:55 PM, Wade T.Smith wrote:
>> On Sunday, February 24, 2002, at 08:39 , Scott Chase wrote:
>>> the phylogeny of boy bands
>> If you had daughters you would not think this is funny....
> I do. I don't.
> But a proper phylogeny would involve a capella groups and ensemble vocal
> groups going back decades... Paging Bill Benzon...
Cultural phylogenies are hopelessly reticulate. Ultimately we end up with
Medieval European Church music, on the one hand, and various West African
musics on the other (and they, in turn, probably get their vocal melissma
from the Near East).
In general I suppose boy bands go back to 1950s do wop and then we go back
to 1890s barbershop quartets (recently revived in an episode of "The
Simpsons") and I have no idea of all the crossing and recrossings in
between. I suppose the turn to the kiddie demographic (niche) happened with
the Jackson 5, the Monkees, and the early (pre disco) Bee Gees.
> John S Wilkins
> Head, Communication Services
> The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
> Parkville, Victoria, Australia
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