The word ‘fangirl’ is first recorded in 1934, in a novel by humorist A.P. Herbert called Holy Deadlock. 'Fanboy' is found as early as 1919....
- Huffington Post
Have you ever wondered just how much of a struggle it was to become a dedicated music fan back in the day? Unlike these times, fans back then didn’t have the chance to get as updated with musicians as much as we are with artists today. Try fangirling with only a radio or a television set. That's got to be hard. We're pretty lucky to be able to easily reach out and connect with these famous people because of the internet. We're also lucky that we get to listen to different albums and artists at our own homes with just one click on our phones or computers. Fans back then had to buy records, cassettes, etc. just to be able to have their own copy of the music they like. Imagine how much of a hassle that was.
So best believe that when fans back then are given the chance to potentially see their favorite bands live, all hell broke loose.
The so-called Beatlemania in the 60‘s has got to be the craziest thing that has ever happened in the music fandom. How crazy? Well I think 300 fans being taken to the hospital because of The Beatles is pretty crazy. Boys and girls all went mad for the band to the point where each member possibly had to have more than five security guards with them at all times. Others would literally throw themselves on top of the band’s car and trespass in venues just so they could have a little glance of the famous quartet. There was even an instance where The Beatles were prohibited to look out the window of their hotel rooms for fear that they would cause a riot outside.
Here's just how crazy things were:
And who could deny that the King of Rock is a total hunk of burning love? Some would go far as to say that Elvis Presley was the one who brought dirty ideas into the minds of innocent teenage girls. His voice did ooze with sex and his moves did make girls weak so they were probably right. Girls would scream so loud for Elvis that no one could hear him sing anymore; and so he had to cover his ears just to hear himself. They say that watching him live was a "sexual experience" unlike any other. If that doesn't make you think of how mind blowing Elvis Presley is, I don't know what will.
Here's a [slightly disturbing] video of him kissing fans at a show:
But even though fangirling these days is much easier (with the help of technology and the World Wide Web), it seems like the intensity hasn't tone down at all. It is pretty obvious that there are a couple of overly obsessed, deranged fans out there who are willing to do anything just to meet their favorite artists, and we have probably accepted this existence of crazy fangirlism already; especially when it has been around for a very long time, but the sad and terrifying truth about fans these days is that THEY MIGHT EVEN BE CRAZIER.
Here's a video of fans doing just that:
Not to mention One Direction are constantly mobbed by fans everywhere:
You see these fangirl ways might never end, but let's pray that these fans won't become completely insane in the future. By the time a new hot, young, and world-dominating musician/band arises, hopefully there are better and safer security measures for everyone.
- Reign Gonzales
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