Pop Genealogy: Busted

If someone had told me 3 years ago that I would be writing about Busted in 2017, I would have told them that it was more likely that pigs has learned how to fly. As an American, I don’t ever expect people to know who I’m talking about when I mention Busted, so he’s the Reader’s Digest version. Busted was a British pop-punk/rock band (depends on who you ask) in the early 2000s. Three dudes with who “straddled the line between blink-182-style punk and melodic, guitar-based song craft,” (Collar). In 2005, guitarist and singer Charlie Simpson abruptly left the band to focus on his Alt-rock outfit, Fightstar. And so began an icy decade between the Charlie and the other Busted members, James Bourne and Matt Willis.

Pre-break-up Busted

Sometimes nerdy, sometimes immature, Busted’s lyrics and usually somewhat off-beat pop-punk which prevails more over time with nostalgia that actual quality. James Bourne’s songwriting is an acquired taste overall, with well crafted melodies, but lyrics that can make you cringe when it comes on in the wrong company.

 

Somehow Blink-182 can tackle a similar lyrical style without it the cringe factor hitting 11.

A Reunion of sorts (McBusted)

In 2013, James Bourne and Matt Willis reunited with their friends in McFly for a reunion tour where they played a set composed of both bands material. The tour did so well that they went on to record an album all together that I would prefer not to discuss for my own emotional well being. Besides I would need a few thousand words for this topic alone to air my grievances.

Pigs can fly

2016  surprised us all by announcing a proper reunion with the complete original line-up. The success of McBusted seemed to inspire Charlie Simpson to go back to pop after alt-rock and his later folk music had run it’s course. And… damn… I love this record. James Bourne had finally matured (or Charlie reined him in, at least that’s my theory), and they seemed to have developed new shared interests over their decade of separation. 2016’s Night Driver show cased a blend of ’80s-styled disco-funk, new wave, and bass heavy alt-pop. Daft Punk was a clear influence in this new record.

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