For the past ten years, I have noticed a decline in groups. When I say groups, I mean those 4, 5, and 6 member groups that effortlessly snatched our souls single after single. Those groups that give us a recollection of memories today, bringing us back to the days when music had substance and the radio was LIFE! I miss those days when our R&B groups used to sang their ASSES AWFFF, while either doing a choreographic routine or gyrating their hips on somebody’s stage!
TODAY….it’s like R&B groups have become a thing of the past. While I can appreciate the solo artists out there doing their thing (namely Ne-yo, Monica, and Jill Scott…just to name a few), I’m convinced that nothing gets your five senses jumpin’ like a good solid soulful R&B group!
Groups were heavy duty in the nineties! From The Whispers to BoyzIIMen, my generation was definitely blessed to grow up as young adults during a time where music was created to transform you; lift you up, make you smile like your first love, and make you feel good like Saturday mornings. That’s what groups did for us!
Our girl groups sang lyrics that girls in love could only dream about saying and our boy groups were our perfect boyfriends in our heads. Groups gave us options to choose “our favorite”. Groups gave us an inside look at how a song can be created so beautifully with unified voices. Groups made us confident with singing their songs out loud with our friends without caring if we sounded terrible.
The vocal groups that dominated the nineties has left a tremendous impression on us. So much so, that we see how the vocal group phenomenon have all died down by the domination of pop and hip hop. Groups are indeed a thing of the past and I’m sad about all of it!
Today, the music that stay on rotation at our local radio stations is music birthed by computers, as opposed to five part harmony. The demise of vocal groups took place when the popularity of R&B music left. It hurts my heart to see that the music industry struggles to keep it alive. There’s a much need for groups today, considering the fact that the industry is saturated with solo artists who prefers to either work by themselves or throw in a “featured artist” on a couple of singles.
It’s like groups have faded away into a distant memory. We miss the harmony, the matching outfits, the charisma, the package of talent displaying the individuality of each member collectively, and the overall feeling they gave us when singing our favorite tracks.
There’s a saying when you begin to miss an old lover.
I want that old thang back
R&B music and the groups that sang them made me feel all giddy.
I remember the days when I couldn’t WAIT to rip open that new CD I had purchased, just to hear that 3,4,5 part harmony blasting from my stereo’s speakers. I can’t even remember the last time I experienced that.
Where have R&B groups gone?
Will they ever come back?