Pop As War

by Simon

I was discussing The Bay City Rollers of all people today.  I made the observation that boy band members look more and more like Vietnam vets as they get older, all 1000 yard stare, more frazzled looking than Mick and Keef.

Look at The Roller’s Les, or Robbie or George Michael.  They all look a bit …damaged, like they left some important part behind.

Set me off thinking about Pop as war.  Its there in the language of pop.  Conquering the charts, ‘The British Invasion’ Number One With A Bullet, words like explosion and hit.  And Im sure I remember some boyband manager calling the group cannon fodder.

Its probably no wonder they end up the way they do.