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Tuesday, April 05, 2005 

Why did this never happen?

So here at work an older song by the Backstreet Boys called "More Than That" comes on the radio. But all three of us in Tracing can't quite make out of the chorus vocals, and I'd swear they were singing "I'll love you more than death". And there is sort of a despairing echoey quaver in the Boys' voices.

Which brings to mind the utterly urgent and key question: Why has there never been a Goth boyband? Or are the Japanese ahead of us in the great insane race that is Progress in Pop?

I mean, yes, in the wider world they'd sell roughly nothing, but I'd love to see it nonetheless. Especially done well, no tongues in cheek.

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