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We all know the transformation story of Alanis Morissette, from a second rate dance pop princess to angry rock chick that did quite well for herself. And now other Canadian artist has done something similar.

Back in the late 90's, during the boyband craze, we had our own version called b4-4 (cheesiest name ever!) A trio of of boys from Thornhill, Ontario (York Region represent!), the group consisted of twin brothers, Ryan and Dan, and their best friend, Ohad. They were pretty successful here, double platinum, 3 hit songs. Then they signed with Lou Perlman (of BSB and NSync fame) and went to Europe. Did well in Germany but completely dropped out of the spotlight in Canada. And yes, I do own their CD.

The spiky hair! The coloured tips! The outfits!! *dies from the laughter* I went to down memory land and YouTube'd their old videos and, oh my gawd, words can not express how amusing that was. Just think old BSB and NSync but about 10x more cheese, lmao!

Fast forward almost 10 years later, I'm flipping through the channels and stopped to watch one of our entertainment shows. They were interviewing the twins and they looked so familiar but I couldn't place them until the interviewer mentioned b4-4. I almost fell off the couch! The strangest part was just a few days before, I was re-arranging my CDs and had a fleeting moment of wondering what happened to these guys.


The twins, who now go by RyanDan, have just released their debut CD of classical pop music. They've been described as a cross between Il Divo and Westlife. I purchased their CD and it's really good. Their voices are so clear and the harmonizing is absolutely amazing. It appears they are now based in London and doing really well in the UK. They've gone across the world doing promotion. Here, their CD debuted in the Top10 in the country and #1 in Quebec (those Quebecois always seem to be more in tune to what's happening in Europe before the rest of us). It seems Universal is really pushing them to be the Next Big Thing. It's strange and hard to explain but I actually feel proud that they're doing so well. Maybe it's the whole 'hometown boys done good' or part of the 'I knew them when'. When they come through on tour, I'm so there.

Canadian radio has been playing "The Face" as their single but the only video they have so far is for "Like the Sun" which was the international single. They've shot a video for "High" but it hasn't been released yet.

"Like the Sun" video:



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 2nd, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
That first picture is HILARIOUS. Who would have thought that boys with SUCH cheesy taste in hair and clothes could turn out so hot! And their voices are BEAUTIFUL!!
Dec. 2nd, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
That hair was COOL, yo! *laughs* Oh my, the late 90's was NOT a good time for hair and fashion.

I'm glad you liked them!
Dec. 2nd, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
My reaction to first photo: HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

My reaction to second photo: ... O_O

My reaction to video: Gosh. Not my kind of music so much, but very pretty in its way. Lovely voices.

My 7 y.o. son's reaction to video: "EW!!! WHY DO THEY SING LIKE GIRLS???"
Dec. 3rd, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
That picture is NOTHING compared to the hilarity that was their music videos. They've grown up quite nicely and thank goodness their fashion sense has improved.

LOL at your son's reaction. I'm sensing a pattern that a lot of artists I like either (a) sound like girls (b) look like girls or (c) sound & look like girls. :D
Dec. 3rd, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I remember seeing that same clip about their transformation on my teevee. Good for them! My reaction on seeing the second photo of them in the black was to do a double-take--did they accidentally switch one of the twins (the twin in profile) with John Stamos??? Something about the stance and hair. Haha! But yeah, good looking guys...
Dec. 3rd, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)
John Stamos? Really? LOL
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