->"Finally, there's a boy band for older, hairy gay men."
-->-- '''The Washington Post'''

[=Bearforce1=] is a dance music band, in the spirit of VillagePeople, from the Netherlands with four gay members. At a time when smooth boy band images were the norm, [=Bearforce1=] featured the popular gay stereotype of bears. "Bears" are usually mature gay (or bisexual) men with hairy bodies and faces; some are heavy-set. Bears often exhibit an masculine appearance. Bearforce1 was unapologetic about showing-off hairy, bearded band members shaking their moneymakers with their [[ShirtlessScene shirts off]].

The Belfast, Ireland–raised DJ-singer Robert Brown met Peter Johansson around three years ago, and while the pair were visiting UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity they spotted Yuri and Ian -- whom they already knew through Amsterdam’s Furball parties -- in a karaoke bar singing '80s hits. Inspiration struck. Back home in Amsterdam, with the aid of “plenty of alcohol” and prodding from producers Goldschmidt & Rockefeller, they officially became an act, recording the "[=Bearforce1=]" {{medley}} and making a first public appearance at Amsterdam’s gay pride festival this past summer.

[=Bearforce1=] got a lot of exposure by putting their video clips on Website/YouTube. In July 2007, their eponymous single, "[=Bearforce1=]", got more than 400,000 views in a few weeks because it was picked up by famous weblogs like [=PerezHilton=].com. The single was #20 on LOGO TV's most recent Ultimate Queer Videos Countdown. They also have released several other singles, many of which are medleys, and are available online.

As of November 10, 2009, [=Bearforce1=]'s Web site, Official [=Bearforce1=] Site, is closed. Although the band are no longer together, lead vocalist Robert Brown is pursuing a solo project and promoting a Gay Bear Night in his hometown of [[UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland Belfast]]. Former member Ian Turner has left the band in spring 2009 and is now producing a solo album in his own studio in Amsterdam,which will be released beginning of 2011.
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!![=Bearforce1=] songs:
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twQlpFrm5iM Bearforce1]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0vrsxg0naA Shake That Thing]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGwludVZ4jo Christmas is Here]]

!![=Bearforce1=] has examples of:
* BaldOfAwesome: 3/4th of [=Bearforce1=]
* CampGay
* ChristmasSongs: ''Christmas is Here''.
* {{Europop}}
* GratuitousSpanish: The countdown in the beginning of ''[=Bearforce1=]''.
* {{Medley}}: ''Bearforce 1''
* RealMenWearPink: or some other pastel colors.
* ShirtlessScene: All their videos have at least one scene of this in their videos.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [=Bearforce1=] did try to make a bid for the 2009 EurovisionSongContest on [=BBC=]'s ''Your Country Needs You''. However, it was dismissed as "hopeless".
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