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Thursday, 5 May 2016

MUSIC | Busted are Coming Home

Yesterday, I discreetly plugged my headphones into my phone on my lunch break at work and, expecting something upbeat but not surprising, typed up a blog post whilst listening to Busted's first song in 12 years.

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I was wrong.

Their new single, Coming Home, is surprising - then again, the three-piece that hail from Southend-On-Sea have been announcing lots of surprises lately.

No one expected them to reform. No one expected them to reform with Charlie. No one expected a new tour, album or single. And I certainly didn't expect a single like this.

This blog post is not a review - however I will say this on the subject of the single - it doesn't sound like the old Busted AT ALL, however, if it had, would we be disappointed that after 12 years, they still sound exactly the same? It's a more grown up and matured version, more from what you'd expect from a band 12 years on, even though we didn't expect it at all. Of course we all hoped for a similar sound to what we heard when they were first together, but would that have worked? It's different - but is it too different?

Nonetheless, it gets my vote. I really bloody like it.

Anyway. I gave it a listen. Then a few more listens. Then I drove home that evening, the sun high in the sky and their first debut album blaring out of my speakers, a smile on my face as I sung along at the top of my voice.

I still knew all the words.

And it got me thinking - how much had changed between then and now?

A bloody lot, it would seem.

Busted had such a huge impact on my life back in the day - they were who really introduced me to music (but not rock music - I have one or two other special bands to thank for that). Until then, I didn't really get music. I just liked the same old sh*t that everyone else liked for the sake of it.

But then they came onto our TV screens and I remember the day like it was yesterday. I'd headed round to my best friend Nichola's house to do what our 14 year old selfs did best - play Neopets, visit Habbo Hotel and generally get into trouble. She insisted on showing me a band she'd heard and really liked and when they came on MTV or The Box (I can't remember which), I stood in front of the TV to watch.

Big mistake.

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One of the oldest photos in existance of me as a teen, likely at the height of my Busted obsession
I was instantly blown over by their poppy-but-still-slightly-edgy (for me, anyway) sound, that seemed ever so different to Westlife and whoever was popular then. They had guitars. They played guitars. I was hooked instantly.

It didn't take me long to fall for Matt's bad boy persona and James ever so sweet charm, and it took even less time for me to convince myself I would one day grow up and marry Charlie (and those ever so sexy eyebrows).

Every girl needs her first (or only) fangirl phase and that phase was Busted for me. It has since grown to The Maine, who I adore on that level, but who couldn't replace Charlie, Matt and James.

The thing is, Busted really tapped into our younger audience back then and they did it well. Sex sells, and to girls my age at the time, it really did. I'd never had a crush on a celebrity like that before, or a crush like at all. It worked and tapped into that lust filled side we all had - I mean, just listen to All The Way. It didn't make me want to go out and have sex, but it certainly got me thinking about it in a way I hadn't before.

Sure, they were the typical boy band targeted at teenage girls and we loved them for it. But they also gained other fans too, which I'll touch upon later.

They had the romance on point, too. I cried a hell of a lot over Losing You and 3am - hell, I even found Psycho girl romantic. In a world we live in now where if you text a guy one too many times you are deemed psycho and thrown aside, back then, the Busted boys sung about it. They sung about still loving their psycho girl and wanting to fight for that relationship.

Busted were different - they wrote their own songs and played their own instruments for a start. They also single handledly launched the idea of street teaming in the UK, a term that was relevantly unheard of until then. 

The thing is, since then, I've noticed loads of other people liked them too. They were successful and always in media - on the TV, on the pages of newspapers, but not in an over-the-top love-hate way like with One Direction. Looking through a UK Pop Punk group on Facebook now shows guys in their 20s openly admitting they were fans of Busted once and they're pleased that they are reforming.

There's even a Busted tribute band.

Because even though some of us had our fangirl phase over the band, even though I sometimes cringe at my behaviour back then, it wasn't uncool to like Busted. Liking Busted was a phase nearly everyone went through and now that they're back, we're reminiscing in a way that reminds us of not only their music, but who we were back then.

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Back then, their style & look was a hell of a lot different too, although I can't say they've aged much since then!
So in conclusion, a hell of a lot has changed between then and now. Back then, I was young and naive and cared nothing more about enjoying being young, one day being a writer and getting a boyfriend.

And now? I've had all of those things. I have my dream job. I still enjoy being young. I've had boyfriends and those '3am' moments.

Thank you, Busted, for helping remind me of that and what I should be grateful for.

Oh, and thanks for reforming and bringing out new music. I can't wait to dance along to it on Wednesday at Wembley Arena!

Welcome back, Busted.

We missed you.

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