Irresistibly catchy, unapologetically inauthentic, sexy and they know it - the boy band is the most fabulously pre-fab of all musical outfits. From the scripted TV shenanigans of the Monkees to the surprisingly grown One Direction, as long as there are junior high school notebooks to deface, there will be outfits providing pop spectacle in its purist, least filtered form.
Swedish songwriters Andreas Carlsson and Max Martin were still working on their English when they came up with the couplet "You are my fire/The one desire." "The lyric doesn't really mean anything," the former would eventually admit. "The record company was like, 'We need to bring in maybe another lyricist to help work on this.'"
What was the biggest selling record in the year of "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Light My Fire" and "Respect"? The answer is a TV sitcom band's take on a Neil Diamond song.