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Friday, November 23, 2007

Varsity And Menudo Strike Up The Boy Band

Folks, this is Varsity, a teen-aged boy band who, despite this being the year 2007, somehow seem to have a major label deal with Virgin/EMI.

Varsity sing the typical fodder -- songs like "Complicated Girl," with the obnoxious refrain Lemme get, get, get that chick! which you can hear on their MySpace.

One of these boyz is named Jayk Purdy. I'm not really sure which one, but I'd like to think it's the blond in the green shirt with Cloris Leachman hair.

Varsity also appear to be into strange group S&M rituals, as evidenced by the following promo shot. Jayk Purdy seems to be enjoying himself.

What's more curious is that Ryan Tedder and Jesse McCartney are apparently writing songs for Varsity. Tedder, as we know, is the lead singer of OneRepublic ("Apologize"), and he and Jesse wrote "Bleeding Love" for Leona Lewis. So how the hell did this boy band -- whose songs include vocoder effects circa 2000 -- get a major label deal and classy songwriters? Or Jesse McCartney?

Maybe the labels are sick of watching old geezers like Take That and Backstreet Boys rake in the cash, and want a new crop of less-wise youngsters they can rip off. Speaking of which, here's a pic from DListed of the new Menudo that MTV slapped together.

Is it just me, or does the one in the middle look like Robbie Wiliams' much-younger/gayer brother?

* Also read Pop Poster Girl's update on all things Jesse McCartney

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24 Comments:

  • At 12:25 PM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    Great. Well, that looks promising. I just can't see any boy band (unless we include, say, the Jonas Brothers and their guitars' success in the Radio Disney demographic) really taking off in the U.S. right now pretty much regardless of quality, and...umm...well, maybe I'll be proven wrong, but I'm not really seeing that here. We never seem to get quality boy bands in the U.S. (or anywhere?) any more.

    Why do all labels seem to get styling for boy bands so wrong? And that's not even talking about the music.

    Thanks for the info, though--I'd never heard of them before yesterday! I'd love to be proven wrong and have them end up with some good songs.

    And yes, I'm aware of the irony of me being cynical about groups like these and then getting excited about Jesse McCartney news. And liking that Killian Wells song.

     
  • At 2:04 PM, Blogger paul @ www.thezapping.com said…

    oh the horrible styling. Someone needs to hire me (yes Boyzone you too) to sort out their dreadful fashions. I'm a total boyband whore, but even i have to draw the line somewhere...

    tragically, i'm not sure it will be here...

     
  • At 11:08 AM, Blogger J'ason D'luv said…

    I dunno, PG, NLT are #1 on TRL right now. It's so strange -- I would have said the same thing -- but could we be on the precipice of a boy band comeback? Lordy. Certainly Hannah Monatana/Miley Cyrus is the new Britney, so the door's wide open for a new NSync to walk through.

    I'm glad Jesse's turned to songwriting instead of heroine or f***ing old men in a beat-up Pinto now that his own former teen glory days have faded. He's quite the little Gary Barlow these days.

    Paul, you totally should do pop star styling!!! That should be a new recurring feature on The Zapping... restyling tragically-dressed pop stars!

     
  • At 5:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This post was pretty funny. I don't really like Varsity's music but boy is it catchy. That "lemme get get get get that chick" was stuck in my head all day yesterday. I'm seeing(or hearing) a lack of true talent in the group but they have the opportunity to grow on me though because I have a history of liking boybands. Love NLT though. Those guys can really sing and their music is better.

    BTW, Jayk Purdy is the one baseball cap. I actually think his style is well...interesting. The group overall does seem a little cheesy and gimmicky though unlike NLT who just look like normal guys doing their thing. Anyway, We'll see what happens with Varsity. And Menudo...NO. Just NO! why would you remake that band? CONFUSED.

     
  • At 4:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    yea nlt is amazing!!!

     
  • At 9:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    jayk purdy is pretty hot to me. i like his style, kinda punkish with a little boyband sprinkled on the top hehe :]

     
  • At 9:30 PM, Blogger intheknow said…

    Actually.. Jayk purdy is the blonde with black underneath. Drew is the one in the Green shirt. Yes Ryan Tedder has been working on songs with the band, but they also write a lot of the songs and music themselves. They also write for major artists like Bone Thugs n Harmony and aaron carter. The guys are all friends of mine and very talented. Many of them have had previous acting experience too.

     
  • At 1:37 PM, Anonymous CGirl said…

    Jayk Purdy is actually the one with the blonde and black/brown hair. the more buff looking guy with a hat.

     
  • At 4:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Varisty is dressed like a freak show if you ask me-not a marketable look what so EVER people!!...NLT deff DOES look like normal guys just doing their thing...agree with that comment. NLT is deff the Nysnc-they also have HUGE people on their album..Ryan Tedder wrote "Karma"(along with several other songs) which is being released on itunes this week!~Also, Timbaland, Pharrell etc...all the big names are on their album PLUS, they sing so much better, have better songs-not to mention they are way hotttter NLT is also on TOUR NEXT MONTH-www.bandemoniumtour.com! It's Johnny Wright's (Nysnc's & Backstreet's manager's)tour-so, yeahhh NLT is already starting to blow up!~TRL last week also! They have already toured with PCD & Danity Kane too! Not to mention..look at Varsity's labels website..and look at Geffen's (NLT'S LABEL) & you just can't compare!! Geffen has already spent a ton of $$$ on this group & when they wanna make someone or a group a star it usually happens b/c they are a label who don't stop when they believe in an artist! Geffen has ALLLLL the best acts out there so my money is deff on NLT to blow it up!

     
  • At 4:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    cheeessy and gimicky 100% after looking at youtube & their myspace---no way no how no thanks.

     
  • At 8:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This post is too funny!!! I can't see all these boy bands all hitting it big...its just not gunna happen. There are too many right now that are trying.

     
  • At 11:11 AM, Anonymous Julia said…

    Well to the person that wrote this article...wow that is really shallow of you to say such a thing. Yeah Varsity isnt the best in the world but I think they're ok. NLT of course is a great band, they are very talented and well rounded. They are also very good-looking. The Bandamonium tour has had great success. And I'm sorry to whoever doesn't like Menudo, you are kinda dumb, especially if you are latino. The group that was started in the 70s and 80s was actually pretty good. It even jump started the career of Ricky Martin, and look at how much he has accomplished in the main music industry as well as in the spanish music industry. Menudo is also a well-rounded, talented group of young men. Im a huge fan and the show was very successful in showing how hard it is for artists to get where they are today. It takes determination, heart, and a lot of hard work. Menudo is a legendary group that has resurfaced itself into being history in the making. The More Than Words EP has been a hit and that isn't even the first album. The show just ended in November of 2007 and look at how successful these boys have become. They have given their all into working on the album as well as the Bandamonium tour. And they have shown some much love and gratitude towards their fans. I believe they have the best fans, more than Nsnc and Backstreet Boys, and that is A great accomplishment because I was a big fan of both of those groups in the 90s. Please don't judge those who are trying to make it in this world. Menudo has given the Latin community a great opportunity to show what we have to offer and we should be thanking them. I hope that they are successful in all they do.

    keep it up Menudo...WE ARE BEHIND YOU 200%!

     
  • At 11:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    jayk purdy is the one with the hat.i knew him from school in las vegas.if you really look at all his pictures, you will notice he is always wearing a hat or he has a nice trump style comb-over.that's because he has a receiding (sp?) hairline!yup no joke!and it says the members are 17-21?ummm ya right jayk has to be at least 24. i know, i went to school with him.no im not hatin', just thought it was kinda funny how fake the music biz really is!!

     
  • At 3:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Also, his name is JAKE NOT JAYK.LOL

     
  • At 5:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    stop hating... at least their out there doing it. Why don't you try pursuing something instead of coming up with ways to waste your time writing a fucking NOVEL on other people. you're obviously not creative.

     
  • At 5:00 PM, Anonymous Judy said…

    this is hilarious. Im actually related to JAYK and know he's 21 turning 22 in August. Now, I have no clue what you might have against him but I asure you that you could careless. He's living his dream right now, I'm sure you couldnt say the same

     
  • At 5:02 PM, Anonymous SAMANTHA said…

    I think jayk is actually the hottest one out of all of the boybands now and easily has the most charisma

     
  • At 2:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ya right o.k jayk is 21?that means when i started high school with him he was 11.i dont think so!!take your hat off jayk!!

     
  • At 1:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i love varsity fanclub! vfc and nlt both are really talented! you have to see them live OMG theyre so great! vfc actually co-wrote 6 songs from their album too cool!

     
  • At 8:02 PM, Anonymous VarsityFanclubAddict said…

    First off I have to give Varsity Fanclub AND Menudo mad props! Both groups have AMAZING harmonies in their songs. Both groups also have tight dance moves that they do during each of their songs. 2008 seems to be the year of Boy Bands. Sorry to all the people that don't like Boy Bands, that's just the way it's turning out this year.

    Bobby, Jayk, David, Drew, and Thomas are extremely cute and have worked their butts off to get to where they are. They have not been a group for very long and they have already been on a TV show (The Middle Man) so they are getting widely known. Their album releases on Jan. 13 and they had a lot of amazing writers collaborating with them on all of the songs (like Ryan Tedder) but they did help write a lot of the songs and they had a lot of input on what was put on the album. Their songs are EXTREMELY catchy and you can definately dance to them. From what I've heard of the album so far, there is a great variety in the songs that are on the album. And as for the picture that you posted...they are guys between the ages of 20(Bobby) and 22(Jayk), they were just goofing off for a photo shoot, plenty of other groups do that too. And personally I think that their sytle is pretty cool. They each have something distinct that sets them apart from each other.

    And the same goes for Menudo. But you can't judge them on the previous Menudo. They are a completely separate group and I think that they have the potential to make it really big!!!

    Lots of LOVE and LUCK to VFC and MENUDO!!!!!!!

     
  • At 9:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Varsity fanclub is great and jayk is hot u guys wouldnt know talent if it hit you in the face a and maybe someday you'll be lucky to find it

     
  • At 9:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You really need to do your research. The one in the green shirt is not Jayk. It's Drew, the one next to him on the right in the red shirt is Jayk.

     
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