The Wanted is a British-Irish boy band
that was formed in 2009 through a mass audition process. Their first big single in the UK was the song "All Time Low
" which surprised many by hitting number one despite a lack of traditional promotion. In 2012, they began accumulating popularity in North America with their song "Glad You Came
Their albums include their debut self-titled album, their second record "Battleground," and their US EP album, also entitled "The Wanted" which includes tracks from both of their European albums and two new tracks. Their singles to date are: "All Time Low," "Heart Vacancy," "Lose My Mind," "Gold Forever," "Glad You Came," "Lightning," "Warzone," "Chasing The Sun," "I Found You," "Walks Like Rihanna," "We Own The Night," and "Show Me Love (America)".
Aside from their commercial successes, they are most notable for defying many stereotypes of boy bands: they openly admit both to drinking more than they should and not being able to dance (and they don't dare dabble in actual choreography) and their sound is aimed primarily at an older teens, early twenties demographic. Because of this, they have been viewed as a "darker" version of rival boy band One Direction
In the beginning, The Wanted and One Direction were at equal popularity in the UK, but with Bieber Fever
still at its peak, neither band got much attention across the Atlantic. However, in the spring of 2012, the two bands turned their attention to the U.S., and teenage girls went absolutely crazy...but only over One Direction. The Wanted, on the other hand, sort of crashed and burned after "Glad You Came" finished its run, and have had very minimal success outside the UK ever since.
In early 2013, E!, in collaboration with Ryan Seacrest, announced that The Wanted were to be the stars of their own reality show. The show premiered in June of that year to below average ratings. The show didn't get a second season.
In early 2014, the band broke up due to creative differences. However, member Sykes has said that the breakup may not be forever and they may reunite someday soon.
Members are (from left to right as they appear in the photo):
- Thomas "Tom" Parker: b. August 4, 1988 in Bolton.
- Nathan Sykes: b. April 18, 1993 in Gloucester.
- Siva Kaneswaran: b. November 16, 1988 in Dublin, Ireland.
- Maxmillian "Max" George: b. September 6, 1988 in Manchester.
- James "Jay" McGuiness: b. July 24, 1990 in Nottingham.
- The Wanted (2010)
- Battleground (2011)
- The Wanted EP (2012)
- Word Of Mouth (2013)
- Affectionate Nickname: JayBird, Lil/Baby Nath, TomTom/The Boy, Seev
- Album Title Drop: Their album "Battleground" gets its name from a line in the song "Warzone":
- I throw my armor down, and leave the battleground, for the final time now.
- The Alcoholic: Jay but also Tom and sometimes Max. They do not try to hide the fact that they go out drinking. A lot.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Most of the boys are more "rough around the edges" in appearance than other traditional boy bands. They regularly have Perma Stubble and are less likely to shy away from cursing.
- Berserk Button: Two words: Tom. Tantrum.
- Big Brother Instinct: Nathan is the youngest and, to the rest of the band (and most of the fans as well), "Baby Nath" is more than just an Affectionate Nickname.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Nathan has some pretty prominent eyebrows
- Blind Without 'Em: Max has horrible vision but occasionally doesn't wear his glasses, forcing the others to read text for him.
- Boy Band: Obviously, their most defining characteristic.
- Brainless Beauty: Siva, according to the other four members. Compounded because he used to be a model.
- Breakup Song: "Say It On The Radio," "Last To Know," "A Good Day For Love To Die," and "Show Me Love (America)"
- British English: Interviews can get confusing if you are American.
- Career-Ending Injury: Max was on track to become a professional football player when he suffered a knee injury. Singing was his fallback.
- Catch Phrase: "Nicely!" is Nathan's. "No doy."
- Celebrity Endorsement: They have repeatedly thanked Ellen Degeneres for their stateside success which followed an appearance on her show. "Glee" also covered their song "Glad You Came" before it was well known in the US.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Pretty regularly on their reality series.
- Embarrassing Old Photo:
- This happens most frequently to Nathan because he was on a couple of televised singing competitions as a kid.
- The media also does this to Jay as videos of him dancing as a teenager have surfaced.
- Follow Your Heart: "Rocket"
- Genre Savvy: "Well we are in a boyband." They regularly refer to each other using fandom pairing names. They also occasionally read fanfiction out loud to one another for fun. Or, on one occasion, write it.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
- They've more or less admitted that "Glad You Came" was a purposeful Double Entendre.
- Many of their other songs include similar examples.
- Also, it is not uncommon for them to maneuver a Double Entendre or two into their interviews (though usually less noticeable than this).
- He Cleans Up Nicely: Aside from Siva, most of the lads' wardrobe consists of jeans and (often crude) graphic t-shits from fans. Thus, it's always a surprise when they show up to an award show styled.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Tom and Max, Jay and Siva, etc (See Portmanteau Couple Names below).
- Hurricane of Puns: Max is the king of the Incredibly Lame Pun and his "Dad Jokes" were usually followed by one of the other members jokingly telling him to leave. It has clearly rubbed off on the others.
- I Am Not Pretty: All of the members regularly call themselves "ropey" and "average at best" despite feedback from fans indicating the contrary.
- I Can't Dance: All of them say this regularly. It is not inaccurate...except in the case of Jay who actually went to a theater college for dancing.
- Intercourse with You: "The Weekend" ("Let's get down and uh some more") and "Glad You Came"
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: Siva with his coiffed hair and love for scented candles.
- The Klutz: Jay - even sober - has fallen, tripped, and/or stumbled during numerous performances, most memorably during their first largely televised live performance on The X Factor in 2010. This is the dancer.
- Looped Lyrics: "Glad You Came" has no non-repeating lines.
- Lyrical Dissonance: You couldn't tell from the music (let alone the fun, Coney Island video) but "Lose My Mind" is lyrically quite depressing. "A Good Day For Love To Die" is also quite upbeat for being about a doomed relationship.
- Mr. Fanservice: They have done a few photoshoots without certain◊ articles◊ of clothing and one◊ naked photoshoot to date.
- Tom in particular cannot seem to ride in a car without taking his shirt off.
- Max has posed nude in gay magazines for charity in the past.
- Naughty by Night: Nathan. Off stage he is kind of awkward and shy (he's gotten less so over the years) but once those stage lights come on...
- Obsession Song: "Lose My Mind," "Demons," and "Weakness"
- One-Hit Wonder: In the U.S., "Glad You Came" became a sudden hit in the spring of 2012; however, the mass hysteria surrounding rival boy band One Direction sucked almost all of their momentum dry. With no major fanbase to support them overseas, their self-titled EP flopped, and the group never reached the Hot 100's Top 40 again. As One Direction soared to heights never before reached by a British boy band and not visited since the days of the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC, The Wanted quickly tumbled into oblivion.
- Only Sane Man: He is occasionally Not so Above It All, but in terms of number of aside glances given to bystanders, Nathan wins hands down.
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Tom is the best example. On multiple occasions, it was him who let secret details slip. He is also the most likely member to be shockingly candid with the press which can lead to firestorms.
- Oop North: Max and Tom are both from Manchester and the latter has a very pronounced Bolton accent (so much so that Americans sometimes have trouble understanding him).
- Overly-Long Gag: Jay's inability to keep track of a phone for longer than four months since they were formed got ridiculous around #15. Unfortunately, he's nearly lost twice as many at this point.
- Performance Video: "All Time Low" was re-released to the US market with an accompanying mv of clips from performances over the past 3 years.
- Portmanteau Couple Name: Most commonly Tomax, Jiva, and Jaythan but they exist for all pairings.
- Proud to Be a Geek: Siva with Star Wars and Jay with Avatar
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Self-proclaimed.
- Rummage Sale Reject: Jay is almost exclusively dressed by fans. Unfortunately, at times is it very apparent that this does not extend to the matching phase of getting dressed. He doesn't seem to care though.
- Self-Deprecation: Pretty much their defining trait.
- Shirtless Scene: As mentioned, a lot of their photoshoots and music videos, specifically the beach scenes in "Glad You Came".
- Shout-Out: The music video for "Walks Like Rihanna" has Imagine Spots of the band in "Bye Bye Bye", "I Want It That Way", and "Back For Good".
- Squee: They are a boy band after all...
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Siva Kaneswaran and his cheekbones.
- Thanking the Fans: . Exhibit A.
- Three Plus Two: First formed through a mass audition process in 2009, the lineup was Max, Nathan and Tom. Jay and Siva would join later in the year.
- Token Minority: Siva is both the only Irish member and the only non-Caucasian member.
- Tough Guy With A Soft Center: Shaved-headed Max cried at the end of Jaws and he's not afraid to admit it. He also turns into mush whenever he sees a dog.
- True Companions
- Under New Management: There was backlash in parts of the fanbase when they left their original British management team for the American Scooter Braun's record label.
- Vocal Dissonance:
- Because Nathan is the youngest and looks it, people are generally surprised when something like this comes out of his mouth. He has the deepest voice of the group and usually does the low harmonies.
- Likewise, Tom is the oldest and has the Bad Boy look, but his voice is the highest.
- Vocal Tag Team: Each of them take turns doing lead vocals within a song and choruses from single to single. Additionally, they often sing in pairs and significant care is put into harmonies.
- Vulgar Humor: Tom usually.
- A Wild Rapper Appears: Dappy's "Bring It Home". The Wanted are only featured, but they dominate the entire track. Dappy gets a few lines in here and there, then raps for about four bars before the final chorus.
- What Did I Do Last Night?: Jay. Too many stories to fit here but nearly all involve losing his phone.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: They are basically a band of weird fears - and all for commonplace objects.
- Max is afraid of dry sponge - as in what is on most large microphones. Kind of awkward in the entertainment industry but very exciting for the other four when they want to torment him during interviews.
- Polka dots make Siva "feel weird." He insists he isn't afraid of them. Nonetheless, fans and the media sometimes tease him with it.
- Jay is afraid of polystyrene (or at least the noise it makes) which also makes him an easy target for tormenting.
- With Friends Like These...: All of them take turns harassing and tormenting each other in ways that may seem extreme.
- Most visible are Tom and Jay's frequent Twitter jacking wars. Tom's brand of humor has even gained media attention. They never seem to learn to not leave their phones unattended.
- Jay is very ticklish.
- As the youngest, Nathan is often the subject of teasing.
- In their reality series, Siva is teased for being whipped by his girlfriend.
- Your Cheating Heart: The entire song "Warzone":
- I can't believe I had to see, The girl of my dreams cheating on me. The pain you caused has left me dead inside, I'm gonna make sure you regret that night.