|It's not Abbey Road, but the parallels continue to be drawn, L-R: Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, and Niall Horan|
|One Direction, L-R: Liam, Zayn, Niall, Louis, and Harry|
I have to admit that I would have liked their latest song, "The Story of My Life," which has been getting quite a bit of airplay lately, whether or not I had all of the background information courtesy of the kid. It's a really good song. And the video is very clever, including the boys' actual family members in tableaux that are equal parts touching and creepy. These kids are definitely grateful for their sudden fame, but quite clearly also miss a bit of some of the freer aspects of their previous working class, less complicated lives. And it's a bit sad that in order to see their families these days they need to work them into a video shoot.
Pop idol stardom is fleeting, especially as one's teeny bopper fans grow up and search for other icons. One Direction should enjoy this phenomenon while it lasts. I do think that young Harry will be the one, a la a Timberlake, to have career longevity, but we'll have to wait and see.