Sometimes I reminisce back on The Neon Years™ and think about what a great time it was musically and all the amazing bands it produced. I still have fond memories of the days when All Time Low and Forever The Sickest Kids were first blowing up and fighting for the Neon Pop throne. Of course this meant that a lot of replicas followed suit. Far more bands ultimately ended up taking the All Time Low route, probably because their music is way less intricate and easier to make. But in the same scene, there was a handful FTSK clones, most of which were totally awesome and went unnoticed. From this batch, Boys Will Be Boys easily stand out in my mind as the quintessential FTSK rip-off band (with maybe Friday Night Fever as a close second).
Even though the FTSK emulation is blatantly clear here, everything about this song is also so distinct at the same time: the opening line about his fans (despite this being their first single), all of the glitchy vocal effects and overuse of auto-tune that would make 1998-era Cher blush, the faux-urban slang (“that’s what’s up, to all my playaz, let’s just not worry about them hataz”). I think I might go out on a limb and say that I actually like this more than any song by FTSK.
This song is about the singer cheating on his girlfriend with one of her friends, blaming her friend for it and how their relationship has been shaky since it happened, but that she should just forget about it because her heart is all he needs. I also love the manipulative lyrics (“stop talking to your friends cause I hate them”) that sound like something a dude would say to a girl in an abusive relationship (ironically, the one cover that this band did was by Chris Brown).
Jaded (Forget You) is a sick track about the singer getting fucked over by a girl and him moving on from her. I love the part when he’s all like “lol jokes on u cause i had another girl that i was fuckin on the down-low”. Also note the surprisingly talented guitar solo that most people wouldn’t expect to hear in a Neon Pop song (ala Friday Night Boys – High School).
The moment when they admit to it ^
I wasn’t too familiar with their newer stuff so I went searching and found this song they uploaded to their MySpace in early 2011 (I didn’t even know they had material from that recently). Sounds closer to straight up Radio Pop (which I think is basically what Neon Pop evolved into) and it’s actually really awesome.
I’m not really sure what happened to Boys Will Be Boys or why they never blew up. I guess it’s just one of those mysteries of life that we’ll never figure out. For all that are interested in this crucial part of Neon Pop history, you can stream their entire discography on their purevolume page.
RIP BOYS WILL BE BOYS </3