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A pop group that doesn't know what it should look like has asked the Hive Mind™ for help. Bella Diem describe themselves as a "Dreamy Pop Rock 5-piece from Birmingham", and have 339 Twitter followers. YouGov specialises in opinion polls and focus groups, and has got tipsy drinking the New Age internet Kool Aid about the "wisdom …

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The Hive Mind™ says....

The Hive Mind™ says, 'Destined to fail'.

If they don't know what they are, and they have no poop svengali to guide them, then how can they make their own musical statement? Give Cowell & Waterman (both great Midland musical experts*) their dues, they know how to make music* that sells. Likewise with the bands of old who developed their own style and because sucessful because of it.

*allegedly

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Re: The Hive Mind™ says....

The Hive Mind™ says, "A pop group with 300 twitter followers has an article about them in The Register - and probably about 360,000 other publications".

I also challenge the notion that the 'bands of old' developed their own visual and design styles. It might be hard to hear, but pop groups have been carefully prepared since year one. I could be wrong, but I doubt one of Pink Floyd's members designed the prism album cover, and I doubt that on of the Beatles planned and took the photo of them crossing the street. And I doubt that the band members interviewed and hired their own designers.

In this case, at least, one could argue that the band is doing at least -that- much - just from a rather wider and undoubtedly shallower talent pool.

Bands, alas, were not comprised of miraculous multimedia Rennaisance men just because theyy were popular when you were in your prime.

Consulting The Hive Mind™ may or may not yield worthwhile branding, and the band's music may or may not justify its ambition, but their gambit doesn't itself imply failure - and it has obviously already succeeded in expanding their audience. I suspect they'll have more then 300 followers by the end of the week.

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Anonymous Coward

popstrels

or wastrels ?

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Naked?

...depending on their natural appearance of course.

As you said, that city produced Ozzy Osbourne and I definitely don't want to see the likes of him in the Brummie-buff.

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Re: Naked?

I'd say probably not, this is no 'Girls Aloud' clone.

A quick look on google has shown that the 5 piece, is 3 guys and 2 girls, none of which are what I would call 'attractive'. We are all entitled to our own opinions of course.

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WTF?

"... independent musicians..."

You mean they're not the plastic product of some svengali and this isn't a cynical PR exercise?

I am gobsmacked!

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"what you think we should look like as a band, in terms of artwork, logo and fashion."

As Google's new AI recently discovered, the hive mind says... cats. Lots of cats.

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+ baby sloths *nods*

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Paris Hilton

So easy !

Tee-shirts with a big clock counting down their careers into obscurity.

Two digits should be plenty.

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Re: So easy !

I had to do a double-take before I saw the letter L...

I should get my eyes checked.

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@Oninoshiko Re: So easy !

You know, the t-shirt as you envision it would actually be quite spectacular.

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Anonymous Coward

You forgot Toyah

Toyah Willcox, that is. She will be the first on the "walk of fame" in the south Birmingham poptropolis which is (and was) Kings Heath.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-18477531

and

http://www.kingsheathfloraltrail.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=41:walk-of-fame-for-kings-heath&catid=7:news2001&Itemid=29

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Re: You forgot Toyah

Not forgetting her husband who is rumoured to be in line for the Wimbourne "hop of hoohe".

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How is this different from /b/?

Post ending in 69 gets to name my band!

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