I’m probably going to destroy any credibility I have here – but I’ve always had a soft spot for McFly. I saw them play in Leeds last Saturday and it’s not the first time I’ve seen them live.
It may surprise a lot of people to discover that McFly have been around for as long as they have; they first emerged in 2004 giving them quite a long shelf life for a teen pop act. This is even more impressive when you consider how the music scene has changed in those eight years, a quick glance at the number singles from that year shows how different things were. So why have McFly endured? That’s a surprisingly difficult question to answer. It might be the music but – given that a lot of people would struggle to name any of their hits (a point I’ll return to) – it may not be.
What’s interesting to chart watchers is that pure pop music, the sort that appeals to readers of Girl Talk and (back in the day) Smash Hits, has become a niche genre that sells out quickly to its core fanbase and never outside of it. It used to be heavy metal that did this (Iron Maiden were notorious for it – their singles would enter in the top 5 and vanish to twenty something next week) but now it’s boy bands who pull off the stunt.
Another point – McFly’s main selling point (a boy band with guitars) was hardly unique when they emerged as Busted were at the height of their success and McFly were riding on their coat tails. Granted, Busted would implode messily by the end of the year but a subsequent guitar playing boy band has failed to emerge. Given that this shouldn’t be overly difficult to arrange, either McFly have the marked sown up or they’ve got something others don’t.
So having spent three paragraphs discussing why McFly shouldn’t be as big as they are – one has to face the reality; and it’s this defiance of the odds that, in part, makes me love the guys as much as I do. They have re-invented themselves slightly with every album and if the records are spotty they drop great songs in the right places. Listen without prejudice – they’re bloody good. By the time they release and finish promoting their next record they’ll have been selling out audiences for ten years. Who couldn’t give them credit for that?
Oh and the gig … the unreleased songs they previewed were the highlights and that is very, very rare. Unique in my experience in fact. The best IS yet to come. In the meantime, silly dracula intro aside, the link that follows may be their best