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Friday Riffs: Who is your favorite teen idol?

[I'm on vacation through Wednesday, Aug. 8. If you have breaking music news, please contact Rodney Ho (rho@ajc.com) or Jennifer Brett (jbrett@ajc.com) in my absence. Thanks!]

Today we’re talking teen idols because this weekend, teen sensations Mindless Behavior will take over the Fox with shows on Saturday and Sunday. Last summer, the guys sold out a Fox date on what our reviewer noted was appropriately called the “Scream” tour.

If you’re not familiar with the guys, who were very sweet and polite when I talked to them last year and recently won the BET Viewer’s Choice Award, take a look at their video for “My Girl.”

Fellow teen heartthrob Jacob Latimore opens.

For those of us not overly interested in today’s crop of 15-year-olds, these were my guys during my teen years – and, actually, still are – but a big difference between them and a lot of other teen idols of their day is that all three write their own songs, play their own instruments, produce their own work, etc. Dance moves, though? Not so much.

Think back, if you will…who made your heart flutter (and guys, you, too, can answer) back in the day?


Rick Springfield, “Human Touch”:
Who knew that 30 years ago, Mr. Springfield would be so prescient about the world we would live in? And don’t you just love these alien costumes?

Duran Duran, “New Moon on Monday”: Oh, Simon, no matter how many years go by, “Shake up the picture, the lizard mixture” still only makes sense to you. I could do a whole post of Duran Duran videos alone, but for today, I’ll share my favorite.

Bon Jovi, “Livin’ on a Prayer”: I have a friend who loves to mock what he calls the “needless” key change in the song. He continues to be wrong. It is awesome, as is JBJ’s hair in this clip.

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JMG

August 3rd, 2012
9:44 am

YES! Loved Rick Springfield then, still love him now! He’s still touring about 100 shows a year and still draws in the crowds! A true showman, that’s for sure!

NobodyImportant

August 3rd, 2012
10:16 am

Davy Jones. No question. Got the chance to meet him last time the Monkees were at Chastain, and he was a class act. Extremely nice man.

Michigander

August 3rd, 2012
10:47 am

Michael Jackson. With Simon LeBon pulling a very close second.

Sluggo

August 3rd, 2012
10:50 am

You have to give Taylor Swift credit. She’s done pretty well and is awfully easy on eye. Additionally, Swift carries herself like a lady unlike Miley Cyrus.

Luv

August 3rd, 2012
1:20 pm

Justin bieber, Demi lavato and Lexi! She is a new singer here in ATL I follow her on twitter Leximusic411

Mrsbanks

August 3rd, 2012
1:41 pm

New Edition….NE 4 Life!!! My friends & I can’t wait to see them again at Chastain!!!

ABJB

August 3rd, 2012
2:03 pm

My favorite is ABJB…Anyone But Justin Bieber!

Denise66

August 3rd, 2012
3:51 pm

Shaun Cassidy, Leif Garrett, Rex Smith and Rick Springfield…..those were the days…

Me

August 3rd, 2012
3:53 pm

I’m a product of the 70’s. My idols were the Osmonds and the Bay City Rollers.

Pen

August 3rd, 2012
6:35 pm

The Osmonds, Bay City Rollers, Rick Springfield, Andy Gibb, and Shaun Cassidy. I guess ME and DENISE66 have much in common.

Toni

August 3rd, 2012
6:36 pm

New Edition all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr. C

August 3rd, 2012
9:16 pm

NEW Edition!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

missnadine

August 3rd, 2012
11:05 pm

I loved David Cassidy and Bobby Sherman!

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

August 3rd, 2012
11:20 pm

The Five Stairsteps, The Jackson 5, Little Stevie Wonder, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Frnkie Lyman. Frankie Avalon & Annette Funicello, Ricky Nelson, even Wayne Newton. I’ll be 60 this month.

Go Falcons!!!

itpdude

August 4th, 2012
1:25 am

Before my time but if you check out the vids and music, Ricky Nelson was something else.

White Trash Bill

August 4th, 2012
2:17 am

Man it has to be Tony DeFranco I got the 8-Track in the Trans Am. A heartbeat, it’s a lovebeat and a lovebeat is a good vibration…

3d

August 4th, 2012
8:55 am

What about the girls?

As a man, I had the hots for Stevie Nicks.

Yeah, those kissers at the Chick-Fil-A’s looked like a bunch of idiots out there. What a waste of media.

Judy

August 4th, 2012
9:28 am

The Osmonds!!!

Back2SchoolConcert

August 4th, 2012
11:37 am

Back to School TEEN Concert in Atlanta Friday Aug 17th at 7PM! Parents Lounge Available! Meet n Greet with performing artists! Charity Benefit Concert! check it out at http://www.GirlsRockLive2012.eventbrite.com

karen

August 4th, 2012
12:36 pm

Kirk Cameron back in the day, also Rich Springfield and of course Jack Wagner.

Name (required)

August 5th, 2012
9:01 am

Not 100% true. The actual teen idol is Autotune. The posers in the videos dancing and “singing” are just lip syncing.

Thanks for the clarification.