What if a boy band could stay young forever? That was the brilliant concept behind the Puerto Rican outfit Menudo, who were orginally assembled in the late 1970s and stayed in business long after most boy bands have hung up their dancing shoes by cunningly replacing members every year or so. Their most famous component, Ricky Martin, lasted five years in the band, eventually bailing out in 1989, by which time Menudo had changed their all-singing, all-dancing, all-smiling all-the-time stance to something a tiny bit edgier. In 1996, the group changed it's name to MDO. This version endured until 2003. In 2015, MTV announced a new Making The Band-style fake-reality show about the construction of a brand new Menudo. However, the series, Making Menudo was short-lived and the band vanished without trace.
Menudo consumed and jettisoned so many singers that there are now entire football leagues worth of breakaway bands formed by former Menudo members making records and playing the nostalgia circuit.
The music industry is all about copying whatever is successful but no one ever made a serious attempt to xerox the Menudo formula. Maybe they knew that kind of lightning only strikes once.
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