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What happened to your band was originally performed with Son of Dork way back in 2007 and then appeared on McBusted's album in 2014. Vote up content that is on-topic, within the rules/guidelines, and will likely stay relevant long-term. I first fell in love with this song when it was originally on MySpace under Bourne’s then band ‘Son of Dork’, then came the re-recording for McBusted and finally, as it was always meant to be heard we now have the Busted version.

James Bourne, Charlie Simpson and Matt Willis approached the project with a simple goal in mind: “How do we make the ultimate Busted album? Yes, at times, the album does feel dated – a drawback of an album based on nostalgia – and yes, it can be difficult to determine where the group fits into the modern musical landscape, but Half Way There is so uniquely Busted that it doesn’t really matter. It’s hardly even done subtly either; when the very first song is Nineties, in which Busted believe that listing off various ‘90s bands and pop culture references is a suitable substitute for real songwriting, it shows either the band’s lack of faith in their own writing abilities to construct anything that’s even marginally their own, or a level of laziness that’s set in when they know that such an effort-stripped approach will work. This is our first official single off the record, the other stuff was kind of given out to [the] fan base to kind of entice them, but this is the first 'big boy' single, so enjoy it.Is a eulogy for the Busted of old – penned by James Bourne following on from the era-defining breakup of the three-piece, a triumph in songwriting as Bourne cuts himself open and exposes his headspace at that time for all to see. We loved it, but I think for a fan wanting to hear Busted again, people had to readjust their mind as to what they were hearing. Each track’s a nod to the past, with comfortingly familiar riffs and hooks, whilst lyrics reflect on what could’ve been as the band long for the old days. With a tour coming up next month, fans have a lot to get excited about and Half Way There has a good chance of restoring the band’s commercial success and propelling back to the top of the charts. The highlight is the acoustic All My Friends, a song that veers into folk territory and laments growing up.

James Bourne said in an interview, "Once you get halfway through the album, you're officially half way there".

million copies in the UK alone and their 2003 follow-up A Present for Everyone came very close to matching it. But when that one concept is what your entire album is based on, it’s hard to get much enjoyment out of it, given that the only reason it actually exists is to remind the audience of how things were.

After months of speculation Busted finally confirmed their reunion in November 2015 and hit the road with their Pigs Can Fly Tour the following year. It's a proper pop-punk record, so I always feel like this album is the band that Busted could have been. Now a year longer than their original run into their career since their 2015 reunion with the ‘Pigs Can Fly’ tour, ‘Half Way There’ is their fourth studio album (so titled as it’s exactly half way to the ‘seventh album’ referred to in their hit single ‘Year 3000’), and one to be especially proud of.Factor in the dated electronic embellishments of Race To Mars and the face-screwingly twee twinkles on All My Friends, and what’s already the most sanitised, marketable approximation of the genre becomes even more difficult to stomach. Capturing the band’s larger-than-life personalities, the album cover was conceptualised and shot by Rankin, who also directed the video for ‘Nineties’. During this trip, they also continued writing and began recording for their planned fourth studio album. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. But as an album that "defines" the trío, this is the one, it runs light years around their first two albums, and then some.

All my friends’ is another weird one, both optimistic but sneering and doesn’t reflect really well on any of the singers.Only a few people I know within the music scene actually take umbrage with people asking about their old band and it being held as a point of reference for that person. The band’s hugely successful debut album ‘Busted’ featured hit singles ‘What I Go To School For’, ‘Year 3000’, ‘You Said No’, ‘Sleeping With The Light On’ and ‘Crashed The Wedding’. Bubblegum pop, exaggerated-Americana vocals, the soundtrack to many a millenial’s youth, Busted are what they are, and on ‘Half Way There’, they’ve completely accepted that. Today Busted release new album Half Way There and it moves away from the cooler, synth-pop feel of Night Driver and revisits the rebellious punk-pop hybrid the band explored on their first two albums.

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