For those Boyzone fans out there I’m sure I don’t need to tell you this. However, if like me, the Boyzone magic passed you by, you probably need telling that they have a new single out in December. The single is called ‘Better’ and it is groundbreaking or at least the video is. As the Guardian G2 section reports today, it’s the first time that Stephen Gately, and in doing so, any member of a boyband has openly expressed his sexuality in a video. The Guardian states it’s the first time a boyband has ever done that but I seem to remember an all gay boyband a few years ago that briefly passed through and I can’t remember if they ‘publicly expressed’ their sexuality in a video. So in the video for ‘Better’ you see the various members pair off with their fictional partners and Stephen Gately pairs off with his fictional partner.
It sounds horrendously naff but also significant. Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s you just didn’t see this kind of thing and it certainly helps establish in the minds of the audience a different view of sexuality. That said, would a new boyband do this today? If you’re desperate to hear the single (it sounds pretty awful to me) you can hear it below: