Teenage kicks

With One Direction rumoured to be taking a hiatus in March 2016, fans of the world’s biggest boyband may be forgiven for feeling a little heartbroken.

It’s certainly not a first for music fans. From the seismic split of the Beatles to distraught Take That fans who wept over the band's split in the 1990s, it may be a phase for some, but for others, a teenage dream’s so hard to beat.


When the 60s stopped swinging

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From high-pitched screaming to inconsolable sobbing – Beatlemania put fans through the full range of emotions.

The Beatles' break-up on 10 April 1970 brought Beatlemania to an end, and some fans found the split harder to deal with than others.

As dedication to the Fab Four reached fever pitch, teenage hysteria reached levels that not even Elvis had managed to inspire. High-pitched screaming and even the loss of some bodily functions were a by-product of the craze and, when some band members decided to get married, the reaction of some fans was frenetic as they looked for someone to blame.

BBC Music: The BeatlesBBC World Service: Witness, Beatlemania



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Around 50 fans had to be treated by ambulance workers and 20 were taken to hospital for bruising and shock at one Bay City Rollers concert.

While The Beatles captured public attention, their desire was always to be seen as credible artists.

In the 1970s record companies sought acts to specifically target the teen market. The Bay City Rollers created a fan frenzy not seen since the 1960s and sometimes police officers charged with marshalling concerts had to be rescued from crushes themselves. The demise of the Rollers coincided with the rise of the punk movement. Bands like The Sex Pistols, The Jam and The Clash eschewed teen appeal in favour of an edgier, more politicised approach.

What's it like to be in a boyband?BBC Music: Bay City Rollers


Virgin on the ridiculous

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Parents were concerned that young female fans would be influenced by the "boy toy" Madonna in 1985.

In the 1980s, the sexually charged image presented by major pop stars like Madonna provoked concern among parents.

As teenage girls began to copy her fashion and ape Madonna's provocative attitude, concerns were raised about whether the influence of pop stars was doing harm to the young women of the UK. For the most parts, the fans themselves were unperturbed by their parents' concerns as they remained intent on getting into the groove.

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Never forget

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Robbie Williams left Take That in 1995 but whatever he said, whatever he did, he didn't mean it as he reunited with the group temporarily in 2010.

When Robbie Williams left the group in July 1995, helplines were set up to help devoted Take That fans to cope with his departure.

The clean-cut image required of a typical boy band member proved too much for Williams. He dropped his wholesome image to go drinking with rock’n’roll rebels Liam and Noel Gallagher of Oasis. It signalled an era when Britpop helped to bury the credibility of boy bands for several years in the mid-1990s.

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Cold Spice

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The Spice Girls conquered the pre-teen market with a mixture of catchy songs, memorable catchphrases and a slick marketing campaign.

As Britpop’s star faded a new, and even younger, generation were captivated by The Spice Girls.

A lucrative pre-teen market was compelled by the message of ‘Girl Power’ and friendship preached by the all-girl group. Britain was booming again under New Labour and Geri Halliwell epitomised ‘Cool Britannia’ when she donned a Union Jack dress at the 1997 Brit Awards. It came as something of a shock to the fans when the friendship espoused by the group appeared to be lacking, as personal differences between members led to the exit of Ginger Spice.

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Different directions

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One Direction-themed hashtags trended worldwide on Twitter hours after Zayn Malik's departure thanks to their legion of fans.

Zayn Malik left One Direction in March 2015 and now the remaining One Direction members will take a hiatus, leaving fans across the world heartbroken.

Over the years super fans had traditionally lamented the demise of their favourite band by crying into their pillows at home. With the recent phenomenon of social media, however, fans themselves can garner the kind of attention that their idols usually receive.

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