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Why your kids shouldn’t listen to The 1975

The 1975 Crowd

It’s a cold and windy Friday night in Maplewood, Minnesota. The venue parking lot was full and overflowed into other nearby businesses. The entrance to The Myth Nightclub was blocked by thousands of teenage fan girls trying to keep warm. I had ditched my jacket in the car before grabbing a spot in line, and quickly began to regret doing so. Doors opened at 7:00 P.M. and it couldn’t come fast enough.

Seven O’ Clock hit and fans immediately rushed the entrance. Screaming girls jamming themselves though one door as the crowd pushed like a wave to the left, which resulted in teens knocking over the barricades with many falling to the ground. Security quickly controlled the situation and the crowd embarrassingly regained composure.

As each person was granted admission, kids walked in with seemingly permanent smiles on their faces, as if they were lucky to attend the show; As they should be. It was a sold out show.

The 1975 crowd

 Within The Walls

The room filled quickly. The supporting acts did their best to warm up the crowd. They sounded basic…certainly nothing groundbreaking. It was clear everyone was waiting for the headliner of the night.

The 1975 was up next. I took my place front and center in the photo pit, ready with my camera. White lights and fog spilled from the stage and onto the faces of eager youngsters. One by one, the band members made their appearance to prepare their instruments. Each musician received a cheer as they walked out, but the largest welcome was reserved for front man, Matthew Healy.

 Healy walks out and the crowd loses it. He makes his way to the edge of the stage holding a bottle of booze in his right hand. With people screaming for him, Matthew raises the bottle above his head – The cheering became louder. At this point, I’m wishing I had purchased ear plugs.

What Parents Need To Know

Three quarters into the show, the band ends one of their songs and the lights go out. Enough time goes by to where it seems as if the band is provoking an encore chant. Right on time, their teenage fans began chanting “WE WANT SEX!” The average show go-er might’ve been confused, however “Sex” is a hit song from their self-titled album released in 2013.

At one point, Healy asks the crowd to put their cell phones away. I enjoyed that he was making an attempt to assess the technology overload of peoples everyday lives. But! Just as he finished asking them to put their phones away, he lights up a cigarette, and the crowd goes wild, once again. There goes a good chunk of money that helpful organizations have spent on anti-smoking advertisements.

I know what you’re thinking, “He’s a rock star, what do you expect?” Superstars like Rolling Stones, The Beatles and The Doors have promoted drugs and alcohol for years. Some might even say the rock star lifestyle is as natural as the music itself.

Lets change the perspective. You are a musician. Not just a musician; a pop star. Thousands watching you each night. You see the age of your fan base. You understand your sole ability of affecting a mass amount of young people in whatever way you wish. My question is, why promote addiction?

The 1975 alcohol

The 1975 cigarette

 Why Target The 1975?

If you’re a parent who stumbled across this article and have no idea who The 1975 are, let me put their popularity into perspective for you.

The 1975 were nominated for two Radio 1 Teen awards, in competition with One Direction and Bastille. Now, think of the impact One Direction has on their young fans. How would you feel if One Direction promoted negative habits to your children? They certainly have the ability to, but they (and their label) choose to keep it clean when in the public eye.

It is becoming widely known that their hit song “Chocolate”  is written about drugs. Chocolate is a slang word for marijuana. Healy’s lyrics “..guns hidden under our petticoats”, refers to hiding heroin syringes under their coats.

Its clear society isn’t heading in a positive direction, and I do not believe this issue is solely the responsibilty of the parents. Kids are having sex at a young age, and the age is becoming younger as years go by. Lets face it; Most teens associate their parents and teachers as discipline, (which is totally uncool).

FACT: Kids like things that are cool. Bands are cool. The clothing bands wear is cool. Suddenly alcohol is cool, smoking is cool and sex is cool. Now, their superiors (parents, teachers, ect) have gained a level of such uncoolness, that they’re convinced parents just don’t understand, (as noted by The Fresh Prince).

The 1975 - Girls Music Video

Healy has openly admitted to his many vices, whether it be sex, drugs, alcohol or “listening to the sound of his own voice”. Their song “Girls”, (recently cracked 10 million views) randomly features a still frame of a hydrocodone pill bottle, prescribed to non-other than Matthew Healy.

If its up to anyone to make a serious change in this world, it’s in the hands of the people our children look up to; The artists.

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          • I’m sorry, but you’re insight on Matty Healy is complete and utter nonsense, you clearly don’t know what real music is, at the end of the day its about the music, and his music speaks to people on different levels, he has helped such a wide range of people and i praise him for that. For example songs like “me” and “Menswear” are all reflective songs, i guarantee you if you listen to the song “me” you will be in tears, it speaks to you in a way that i can’t describe, so you know fuck you for bringing this great musician down, so what if he smokes so what if he drinks, thats his choice so who are you to tell parents not to let your kids listen to him, if your kid is too immature and stupid to follow the actions of a 26 year old man than clearly your kids need to get their life in order, at the end of the day speaking from personal experience he helped me get through suicide with his music, because he has experienced self hate, my father left my family and when i listened to the 1975 he knew exactly what i was feeling because he had been through that as well, so instead of bashing another band, appreciate the music

          • All I have to say is that you have no right to tell people what to listen to and what to not listen to. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but not everyone is going to enjoy or find the ‘amazingness’ of the music you listen to, just as you aren’t going to find it in what we listen to. The fact that not all teenagers are going to smoke because their idol does it. Like really? If anything they would want them to stop because they know the horrible effects. The band doesn’t hand choose who they want in their fanbase, it just so happens to be teens AND adults. Coming from a teen, teens today aren’t easily persuaded to do bad things, not even by their idol. We know right from wrong. And say, yes, someone is influenced by it and does those things. It really isn’t the bands fault. Not saying it’s the person’s fault either but they let themselves slip. It was their choice. Btw, The 1975 isn’t the only band/artist to talk about doing drugs, weapons or sex. Please take a look around you. There’s artist Fetty Wap who raps “I’ve got a glock in my ‘rari” and “Got 50, 60 grams prob’ 100 grams though” and there are children who are singing/rapping his songs. Why hasn’t that been addressed instead of bashing a band? Nice talk.

          • Bo weber is the lamest person ive ever read online…and that includes reddit posters….like i cant imagine anyone being his friend or girlfriend or boyfriend…he really seems pathetic…how he got a job writing about music is beyond me

          • You tell parents to imagine what if one direction where to do this see there impact… Well I’m sorry to break it to you but they do… Videos and pictures of them smoking joints and do everything else Matty does and on a side note it’s not just teen girls when I went it was four 30 year old couples around me only 4 rows from the stage and a group of 18 year old guys going crazy pumping up the crowd

          • This is so ignorant! You can’t speak in behalf of fans when you aren’t one! It’s not like if The 1975 didn’t exist every teenager in the world is going to turn into virgin Mary. If you even knew the band at all, you’d know the emphasis in on art and love; drugs and sex can mess that up and this is addressed in the music! I think before you go pointing out flaws of the band you should remember that they have millions of fans whose lives have been enriched by their music, they didn’t get all those fans by smoking weed, they got them by being talented and caring about their fans.

          • I have just stumbled across this and I’m not happy at all. I don’t care if you want to correct my grammar or spelling that’s not what I’m here for. The 1975 as a band have changed lives, talking from experience. Every single sentence written in their songs is beautiful and is poetry! They speak about Experiances, problems and yes drugs but that’s part of life and there just getting the message across. They don’t care about the absaloute rubbish you write about them, they care about music, they care about their music. I’m sorry that the band has apparently offended you but speaking for many, they saved me and I couldn’t imagine what I would’ve done with out them. It’s too inappropriate? Don’t listen to them then. You an absaloute nobody telling people to avoid the band, suck it and learn a good taste.

        • I agree ! I’m 60, seen The 1975 5 times, 7 come May! Took Grandson to Dallas The 1975 to celebrate his 16th. Day! I’ve been through three generations of great music! None if it ZmADE me want to do drugs! Came up with that idea on my own! Write about the terrible candidates America HAS to choose from thus year! THAT matters!

      • I, a teenager, am an autonomous human being who is not going to just imitate what I see. I know the harm smoking can do to my body as well as the harm abusing alcohol, or any drug, can do to myself and others. But I do not feel the need to control how others act. Censorship makes society worse off in the long run, history has proven this to be true on many occasions. Your article is the perspective of a person who is scared and controlling as a result. I implore you to trust the decisions people make for themselves. It is their right, and what music they decide to listen to is not hurting you in any way.

        I will work towards making the world a better place but not because the music artists I listen to are the biggest influence in my life. They aren’t. I don’t even know them, and respectfully, neither do you.

        • You may be more responsible than other teens but many have yet to completely develop their brain, so they scientifically are more likely to make bad decisions. If I were a parent, I would not want my child listening to this band, not only because they’re bad synthpop drivel, but also because they’re a bad influence.

          • I forget just how helpful “moralistic” people have been in killings, rapes, theft and other such wonderful aspects of humanity of the Centuries, so I’m sure that such influences would somehow be better- incidentally link to this study or is it just something you think you’ve read without reading the full paper?

            Matt Healy had a beer and a cigarette….only Americans,,,,

        • Proof of what you say lies in the fact that, say for example in Germany, one can purchase alcohol at the age of …16? (Anyone?), and hard liquor at 18. Or maybe it’s even younger for beer. I’ve forgotten. Point is, it’s available all over the place there, and being exposed to it actually makes kids MORE responsible. Not that I think people should glorify it, but the fact remains that it is, and always will be, a parent’s job to teach their kids about what is in this terrible and wonderful world and what their role is in it and how best to behave. I’m the father of 5 children, and I wouldn’t DREAM to blame a band if one of my kids begins taking drugs. It was MY choice to allow them to go to the concert, buy the album or (better yet) my lack of true leadership and faith in my children to do the right thing. Perhaps even more so, faith in myself that I’ve taught my children well.
          The 1975 are grown ups who do grown up things. Some kids aren’t ready for that, but that’s not the band’s fault, and they cannot be held responsible for who comes to their concerts. Even though they must be aware quite a lot of their fans are young, it’s also not their responsibility to be their parents.

      • Okay, you guys are all kind of making a big deal out someone’s opinion. I’m 16, and I personally LOVE The 1975, I have for three years now. I came across this article and decided to look
        Though the comments and I don’t like how you guys are bashing him for his opinion. If he believes that children shouldn’t listen to them, then that’s HIS OPINION. What he has said in his article has a few points. They do drugs, their songs are about drugs, not all but some, and they drink alcohol at their concerts. I believe he’s saying children shouldn’t listen to them. Because society is to the point where if they think someone is cool; they will try it too. I get where he’s coming from, and I agree with him, you guys are allowed to have your opinions, let him have his. Before you say something— yes, I listen to them, yes, I agree with him,and no I probably won’t stop listening to them because it’s too late to stop now and frankly, I love them. but I do believe little kids who are young enough to be influence by drugs and alcohol shouldn’t listen to them.

      • This was the stupidest shit I’ve ever read you’re an idiot. Matty has stated so many times he thinks it’s weird that he has a young audience and that it makes him uncomfortable. It’s not his fault that young people like him. He’s not going to change himself and his music because some dumb ass 10 year thinks they’re cool for listening to them. Matty is a musician not a role model, he writes music from his heart and from his own experiences. Just because I listen to the 1975 doesn’t make me wanna smoke, or shoot up heroin or snort cocaine because I’m not a dumbass. Moral of the story this article is shit.

        • Omg exactly. He didn’t come here to change the world. He’s actually an honest real musician who is being himself and however people decide to take that is on them. All these other bands and artists are doing worse things they just cover it up for the public. Instead of telling your children not to listen to real music in an attempt to shelter them from what they’ve likely already been exposed to, teach them to build some judgement to make their own proper decisions.

      • This isn’t positive writing at all mate lmao if anything it’s bullshit. Cliché sounding or not the 1975’s music has always helped me cope with a lot of things in my life and I’m genuinely glad I’ve gotten to see them live. And no I don’t resort to smoking or sex because of this band haha that’d be quite stupid on my behalf. Me, a high schooler, knows better than to hop on the “bandwagon”. Of course it’s about their authenticity as a band, how their alternative-good feeling-“energetic” music makes me feel. And hey at least I’m not out there listening to shitty rap music that’s way worse than this or I don’t know shooting up a school? No, I’m kept up in my room studying for exams and listening to these great dudes which yeah my parents might not adore, but atleast they understand I need to listen to some type of music. I know you’ve probably gotten angry comments from 13 year olds stating that you’re absolutely wrong and I’m sorry for that but maybe you should make real content instead huh? Unless you did want some mad adolescents? In that case you did a-ok. In short I’d like to say I strongly disagree with everything stated on here and I suggest writing about something actually life changing. Let responsible parents handle their own kids music taste (not force them to listen to other stuff Jesus Christ) and try to learn a little about the people you’re bashing. I applaud the 1975 for being an outstanding band that has established a profound bond with its fans. You don’t know what their music truely means to someoneelse out there right now and just reading the first sentences to your writing already had me amused.

    • Pretty sad that u have to invent fake ppl on here to compliment yourself and respond to Bo…..i know u invented “calvin” and “ryan”

    • This is the more arrogant thing I’ve read in the longest time. I am a teenager and the 1975 is one of my friends and i’s favourite band. Speaking for myself and many other teenagers, this is completely stupid. Parents should never EVER tell there children what and what not to listen to. You think kids think it’s cool to copy that. Dude, it’s not that fucking deep. Honestly. It’s no cool thing anymore to smoke, this isn’t the fucking 90’s. I bet you 90%of teens most likely think it’s a fucking nasty turnoff. I certainly don’t drink cause I think it’s “cool”. I just like it, and the1975 out of all bands wouldn’t make me think it’s any cooler. I don’t have sex cause it’s “cool” it’s just fun haha.. I’m sure many people would agree, not just teens. Honestly how fucking annoying is that for your parents to be THAT fucking protective. Like ya to an extent but not letting them listen to any sort of music that talks about that (WHICH IS ALMOST EVERY KIND OF MUSIC) they shouldn’t listen to. Lol. Take the stick out your ass busty and loosen up a little,

      • Seriously. Music is like the one place judgement should never be passed and it’s a huge form of escape for most teenagers. Controlling your child’s music is the dumbest thing you could do because obviously the music is doing something for them that you as a parent can’t.

    • I listen to The 1975 and eat fuck tons of LSD and smoke tons of weed. Fuck you, it’s awesome. Welcome to this generation. Matt Healy would approve. Also, god isn’t real.

    • just stfu at everyone whos saying the 1975 “does this” and is a “bad influence to this” and blah blah blah. Just enjoy the fucking music. this is why theres so many problems in our world. yes, everyone has their own opinion, but sometimes we all need to just be quiet and try to understand others and listen instead of barging into things. ALoT of bands and artists promote drugs and alcohol and etc why just put the spotlight on one band? Yes , it’s nice to be informed about things but do you know the reason behind everything? How this is really symbolic to them? People choose to listen to bands because they enjoy their music. Stop focusing on all the negative things and just listen to their hardwork they put on making these songs. Matty, George, Adam, and Ross, are such hardworking , talented people that make incredible music. They’ve come such a long way , and they don’t need an article on why they’re such a bad influence and your kid shouldn’t listen to them. Yes, addiction isn’t positive , but its showing the symbolism on their songs. If this band is “such a bad influence to kids” then don’t listen to them? It’s that simple. We choose to listen to them . Not bc its “cool”. But because we could all come together and relate and know we’re not the only ones going through things. There’s more to this band then just drugs and alcohol . Look around sometimes and you’ll find there’s more to things.

  1. Wow thank you for this article, I feel like every parent should read it. We need to expose our children to bands that are more likely to influence them in a good way such as the wiggles and the fresh beat band, not these “cool” druggies.

    • There are plenty of great artists that lead positive lives in the eyes of the public and many bands offer a positive message as well. I’m not saying all music should be 100% clean. There is plenty of room to express pain and sorrow.

      Everyone has their weaknesses, but not everyone has to flaunt them. I would rather hear about an artists’ struggle through his lyrics, and then watch him overcome those struggles by living an awesome lifestyle. I want inspirational figures to affect the population, not spread the disease of what is addiction and excuses.

      • Matty can smoke cigarettes whenever he wants. He didn’t ask 12 year old girls to like him and he shouldn’t change himself just so people like you can bash him who don’t even know him. Shame on you, this is a trash publication anyway.

      • We have no right to tell people how to live their lives, in the sixties/seventies,people we’re smoking on talk shows. To tell someone not to sing bout something is effin w free speech and by telling someone how to live their life is even worse.
        If you don’t like it, the only thing you could do is not listen or have your children not listen, but is that that really gunna work? Telling ur kid not to listen to 1975 while the kids friends like them is gunna want to listen to them more, cept this time not tell you which could lead to a lot of secrets in the future.

      • I’m sorry, but I believe they are trying to be musicians, not role models. I, as a teenager, am capable of making that distinction on my own, The fact that I enjoy their music doens’t mean that I will imitate their behaviour, Plese, do not assume that I can’t separate these two things just because you clearly can’t.

        Life is not the same for everyone, and artists should be allowed to write about real issues. The fact that you only want to hear generic music about generic problems and get offended when the theme gets too real is just sad. However, the fact that you think you have the right to decide what other people should and shouldn’t listen to based on your personal opinions (which in this case aren’t even about the music itself, they are about the artists’ “public life”) is absolutely OUTRAGEOUS.

        I’d also like to point out that you blaming society’s problems on musicians was just pathetic.

        Please, don’t underestimate younger people’s intelligence. We are capable of critical thinking and we are also capable of making our own decisions and forming our own opinions. And I am very thankfull for that, because I don’t even want to imagine what the world would be like if children just blindly accepted everything people like you say.

        Lastly, I’d like to remind you that people (note that artists are also people) are, in fact, allowed to live their lives however they want to, and that includes listening to whatever music they like. Therefore, you have no right to tell people how to live their lives.

        Thank you.

      • Um hi my name is Jen and all I wanted to say was everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Yes people may not like their music or life style but it’s wiser to keep it to yourself. With all due respect I understand if you’re trying to “help” or protect the youth but it’s just what people enjoy. My family hates the 1975 but I fucken love them. It’s the same thing as someone liking fettywap. Personally I dislike them and that’s my choice but all I came here to say is the 1975 is a great band in my opinion . So don’t get mad if someone doesn’t like them that’s their choice just don’t talk smack on our music and we won’t judge you

      • You’re obviously an ignorant human being. The musicians you’re looking for are called FAKE MUSICIANS. Putting on a little facade that you are a great role model is what unrealistic people do. And those are the same ones that end up hanging at the end of a rope because they couldn’t deal with the pressure to be perfect. We love the 1975 because they are real. How many kids are addicted to drugs because a band member did it ? Kids are addicted to drugs because their parents decided to cut off their music because of apes like you and now they have to turn to drugs to escape.

      • Sorry Bo Webster but I happen to come across your article and I have to disagree. What The 1975 want to portray is up to them and if you don’t want to listen to them don’t but don’t criticise them because of what they want to do. And why wouldn’t you want your children to listen to artists who use their free speech to say be yourself and accept every race, sexuality, religion.
        Personally I wouldn’t let my children read what your writing as you clearly don’t accept everyone as who they are – so what if Matty Healy smokes or does drugs now and then your children will see cigarettes, drugs and alcohol some time in their lives and it’s better now that later on down the line when they decide to try them and have no idea what they are doing and if you are trying to protect your children from everything and anything that could possibly interact with them then my advice would be don’t bother having children because they would have sub boring isolated lives and personally you can hardly call that a life.

    • I do find your article interesting,but I have to disagree. I am a fan of the 1975, but just because Matty does something, I don’t blindly follow it. I think that even if a band or singer does something, I can still express and act on my own thoughts and opinions. I think that you can have an artist whose music you enjoy but that doesn’t necessarily make me want to go do drugs or sleep around. Their music is raw and emotional, and the feeling that one gets from the music is why the fans go to shows and listen to them. What he does with his life is his choice. Will I agree with all of them? No. But to an extent it isn’t my business. Matty has been extremely candid about his past and how he has fought to get over his addiction; so I don’t see why it is a problem for him to write songs about it.
      Also, just some food for thought, Matty can act one way at a show, but have many other sides to him. For example, his support of feminism. Or the positive way that he treats his fans. There are people who look at him and his band as people who saved their lives. For being able to relate to him and his struggles and see that it can get better.
      I hope I don’t come off as rude, I think your article was well-written and articulate, I just didn’t agree with everything that was said.
      Best regards!

      • My sister is a big fan of the 1975. I’m more of a Twenty One Pilots dude myself, and I just can’t help but agree with the author, Bo. I find it irresponsible of Matty to smoke and drink in front of his audience. I mean, he is aware that his audience is mostly teenage girls. He is a person that people look up to, and his band is one that people respect and many fans look up to it as the band that saved their lives- just as you said, Michelle. It just doesn’t make sense to me how he stands in front of so many fans, followers, and drinks and smokes. His fans look up to him, and he is promoting drinking and smoking as part of his personal and band image . I know from personal experience that this is having an effect on his fans. My sister, who is in high school, has this image of drinking being cool. (I know its wrong cus personal privacy and stuff), but I found a notecard with stuff my sister wrote and it was about this experience she had when she drank alcohol at a party. She described it positively as though it was cool and you know what I mean? And then she mentioned how she realized that “this must be how Matty feels during concerts” and how she would “totally do it again”. I know it was wrong of me to read this personal note of hers but geez its kind of concerning. When she gets to the college scene, which I am in, drugs and alcohol are so easily accessible and I know that she is going to fall for it. I know it. And I just dont like how Matty can be so irresponsible as to propogate addictions to alcohol and drugs as part of his “cool” image. Seeing how my sister falls for it kind of disgusts me. Especially since I have friends and know people that do have addictions. Matty has the responsibility of having a huge, growing fanbase now. If he truly does care for his fans as much as his fans say he does, I really dont think he would stand in front of them holding a bottle over his head or a cigarette to his lips as they cheer for him. Smoking and drinking arent necessary for creating a cool image. That’s a fact. To be a “rockstar” you definitely dont need to do drugs. I just cant respect Matty because of that. I respect his music, but I just cant respect him. He’s irresponsible and kind of selfish to be honest.

        • (Continuing my precious comment)
          I mean just look at Tyler Joseph. Twenty One Pilots is getting really popular-Blurryface was number 1 on Billboards. They did it without drugs, or drinking, They’ve created a great image without smoking on stage. Tyler’s lyrics are SO emotional, and he definitely writes about struggles he has had to overcome, or is working on overcoming, but he and Josh really do care about the welfare of their fans. Its not a matter of Matty’s music, or what he what he writes about, but its a matter of him going on stage and being an irresponsible role model. I can’t believe that he truly cares about his fans. Because if he did, he wouldnt drink or smoke during concerts because of the negative effects seeing him doing it could have on his fans.

          • Except Matty and Tyler are two different people who express themselves differently, dumbass

          • Yeah so 1976 & TOP are litcherally my two favorite bands. very emotional lyrics from both but again TWO different bands. Matty can’t be labeled as irresponsible because you’re little sister is being a typical teenage girl. She would probably go out and have a drink whether Matty publicized it or not.

          • The reason Matty drinks and smokes on stage is because he gets really nervous while performing. He has shared this multiple times. He gets very insecure because the songs his singing especially off the first album are all from a very dark time in his life. Tyler and josh are strong believers of Christianity and haven’t been brought up that way. Matty on the other hand had a mother was an addict for a long time and that was the lifestyle he was brought up in. He has also said on multiple occasions that he doesn’t want fans to grow up to be like him. He doesn’t do it to live up to this ‘rockstar’ facad you are talking about he does it to help calm his nerves, anxiety and depression.

    • Again, so sad and insane that u invent ppl to compliment yourself and respond to it like a conversation…i can tell that all those ppl are you

  2. So all he’s doing for humanism and feminism doesn’t count as a ‘serious change in this world’? As a fan of the 1975, all I know is that their raw yet beautiful portrayal of things such as drug and alcohol abuse hasn’t lead me to want to try heroin or cocaine or any of that, but simply opened my eyes to another aspect of human emotion. Their songs never objectify or offend anyone, never once encourage anyone to do anything bad – they are about love, pain and the ways people try to kill those feelings. Bo, you’re right. If you want your daughter to grow up crying over boys who don’t treat her well like Selena Gomez, or being objectified because (as JB says) a boy thinks ‘it’s her first time… she might have lied’, don’t let your kids listen to the 1975. Bo, keep in mind most art comes from suffering, and the 1975’s art has inspired so many. Besides, what’s the fun in doing what you’re told?

    • I agree that the best art comes from suffering. However, the most inspirational people are the ones who show change in themselves. Matthew has so many followers. He has the ability to change so many lives, but he isn’t using the opportunity to its fullest potential. He isn’t taking responsibility for his weaknesses, and he isn’t leading us like he should be.

      • Matty has enlightened me so much, he talks about women equality, religion, and he talks about world issues. That’s more than I can say about fake artists like Taylor swift and one direction who only do things for publicity.

          • …and who the fuck are you? Your posts contain no substance. She is defending an artist that is coming under attack because he smokes cigarettes on stage and references drugs in his songs- something A TON of artists have done in the past and continue to do to this day. There is nothing wrong with his PERSONAL choice to take part in any of it, and this dickhead writer is trying to imply Matty’s positive contributions should be overshadowed by lighting a cigarette where minors are present? PLEASE.
            How about PARENTS start taking the RESPONSIBILITY of RAISING their OWN CHILDREN well enough to not have to worry about fad, celebrity 3rd parties ruining their children’s lives???
            Enough is enough. People need to wake up and realize that celebrities only hold the power you refuse to take. I know I was going to listen to MY MOTHER when I was a child, not my favorite celebrity/musician of the moment.

          • That’s a really shit thing to say, poeole have their opinions some you may like some you may not. To be honest I’m a big fan of theirs and I see where you’re coming from, but I don’t think you really took the time to understand him and what he’s about. And no he’s not all about sex and drugs, he’s a very intelligent person with beautiful lyrics with real meaning. Judging someone when you really know them is one, although still not a good thing, but judging someone without taking the time to understand them is different, and you really have to take the time to understand him. This band is not for everyone so if you don’t believe that he should be drinking and smoking then you don’t have to listen to them find another band that you can jam to happily

          • Matty is great you are irrelevant I would not be living if Matty wasn’t here so you should leave the 1975 is my life and I don’t care what you say if Matty Healy does drugs not everyone’s gunna say oh yeah I’m gunna do drugs now he acc teaches kids not to do it and he speaks about his past addictions which is really brave I love Matty Healy and I hate you

        • Fake artists like Taylor Swift and One Direction? Look, I happen to be a fan of The 1975, but I also happen to be a fan of One Direction. One Direction is not a, what you called, ‘fake band/artist’. They may have a lot of issues, and are very shady at times, but that’s how the music industry is, but that doesn’t mean they’re a fake band. They have affected people’s lives just as much as The 1975, so I think you’d rather not write/talk about something you don’t know about.

      • You realise Matty doesn’t owe anyone anything, right? He is an artist, a creator. He never claImed that he was a person that people should look up to. People enjoy his art, and through his popularity, he promotes equality and secularism, but these beliefs are separate from his art. He owes you, me and the rest of the world nothing. Please see that in suggesting that he has to lead people to anything, you negate that he is an artist. On another note, please refrain from saying you ‘absolutely’ remembering being ’16 and dumb’. We are, after all, tomorrow’s decision makers (to quote my school motto) I should hope you think more highly of us.

      • I really appreciate you arguing your point in a way that doesn’t attack the individuals you mention, however I think it’s unfair to suggest in above comments that Matty is responsible for leading us like he ‘should.’ His passion is for music and his lyrics and the way he carries himself are brutally honest – he explores real human problems and experiences in a beautiful way and that is his sole purpose as a musician. He’s spoken in interviews about how he doesn’t know how to write anything else but about honest experiences that have affected him personally. The appreciation from young fans doesn’t mean he is automatically obligated to amend his lyrics, or the way he acts. The 1975 are musicians first and foremost, not role models. They don’t instruct fans to copy them, act like them or worship them, and they shouldn’t be slammed for being honest about their past.

      • that’s not his job though. his job is to be a musician. you can listen, or you can choose not to. kids can too. think about the number of parents that smoke. way bigger influence on children. this is about the music. i think he looks cool as hell stumbling around with a bottle of booze in his hand but it’s not going to make me want to drink.

      • I know im totally late on this whole article but I just stumbled on it. While i agree that sure, he doesnt exactly set a good example, it isn’t his fault if 14 and 15 year old kids start drinking, smoking and having sex. Not all kids are that easily pursued to do that despite popular belief. I agree that most people with this amount of fame can use it as an advantage to promote healthy responsible living or whatever but that isn’t his job…. he is a musician…and i found it so unnecessary and petty to point out that he’s a “Pop-star” as if that makes him inferior to other artists…A lot of people don’t get into the business trying to be some sort of role model to children and its annoying that so many people expect every musician who caters to teens to be some sort of Disney type role model for them. I’m (obviously) a fan and one of his younger ones ( 16years old) but i’d like to think I’m not one of those girls who sticks their head up their favorite artists’ asses lol. So I mean I kind of understand your arguement, Bo, but I really disagree with you saying that kids shouldn’t listen to them simply because of his habits.

        • I’m necessarily replying to this comment only, rather to all of them but I couldn’t find the comment button lol. ok so my whole thing is if you’ve been following the 1975 for last few years that they have been around, you know that they just made a huge deal about wanting to change their image because they’re tired of being seen as this boy band. they’re not another one direction or 5sos. they never wanted they’re music to attract 11, 12, 13, 14, even 15, 16 year olds. because yes a lot of their music is about sex and drugs and they know that’s not something to target toward young kids BUT why would matty or any of the other members do anything different because young kids happen to like them. that was not their intention. matty has overcome bigger things than smoking weed and he’s been open about it. he doesn’t hide behind the curtains. whenever we suspect an artist may be doing something we don’t agree with we make a big deal, it’s the end of the fucking world. but matty is open and honest he doesn’t make you think he’s a saint and has never smoked a cigarette or had a bottle of wine to himself. wouldn’t you appreciate that? if you can’t handle someone drinking wine on stage and smoking a cigarette, it’s not the artist that needs to change but it’s you who needs to go. artists make music to portray who they are and where they’ve been. the artist doesn’t choose you, you choose them. if you don’t agree don’t listen, but I’d rather listen to someone whos music is true and says something real. it would be like an artist writing about how much they love blue jeans and converse, but every picture you see them in and every event they attend they’re wearing black jeans and vans. it would make me wonder who they really are? I wouldn’t know them to be a real person at that point. they’re someone wearing a mask to cover what they’re really about. do I make sense at all?

      • Says YOU! By the way Matty never has booze in his hand it’s bottle of wine! And new tour I notice he’s using a wine glass!!!! You could have really gotten to know this group and given a rich educated insight on how they’re so appreciative of their fans. That they write real life things youth, I’m 60, are going thru. Instead of taking a somewhat superior “parental” position, you could have talked to some fans. We’re aged 8 to at least 60! From May 29,2014 to May, 2016 I’ll if seen The 1975 Live 7 times! You made no new friends with this!

      • its not their responsibilty to change any people’s life either in a good or a bad way. they are artists for fuck’s sake, they make art. and thats about it

      • It’s funny how you say Matty has not changed anyone’s life. He has changed so many lives and has even save many, mine including. His music helped me cope through difficult times and then when I met him, he helped me even more and invited me to another concert. I have his number for goodness sake! He understood what I was going through. Bo Weber, it is obvious you do not know anything about Matty, the 1975, or in general music.

      • He isn’t the freaking president. He shouldn’t be leading anybody! He’s a human being. A raw imperfect human being who is acually willing to be honest with himself and others. That’s rare and thats real. You would rather him “lead society” with some fake persona?

    • THANK YOU ELENI !!!!!!!!! the 1975’s music is emotion and the emotion is what people relate to. it isn’t the drugs or the sex or the alcohol for teenage girls/guys (although it may be for some), it’s the pure emotion. bashing a lovely band that has literally saved lives is honestly unacceptable. you haven’t taken time to look at the impacts they have made, and the fact that the 1975 are beautiful and do not need to change their image.

      • The article Jasmine is simply stating the obvious. The 1975 is marketed to a tween audience by their label, but their music, image and actions are clearly only suitable for a much older audience, namely late teens, early twenties. They’re British and are therefore heavily influenced by their edgier predecessors, but the bands that always wrote songs about drugs, sex and other vices were always prior to the late nineties, were always marketed by the record companies to their correct adult demographic. If you were under twelve it was the likes of David Cassidy or in the 80s, Wham for you. Think of New Order’s True Faith, or The Strangler’s Golden Brown, classic songs about drug addiction in their own right but were there ever marketed to kids? The answer is no.

        The reason they have to rely on tweens for sales is that older teens and adults are more sophisticated in tastes to bother about what in their eyes is simply a rocked up boyband! Their real market are just not interested anymore. Again, the real blame of course is to be laid squarely at the record company who decided upon signing them who took the decision to market to tweens.

        As to my opinion, when I first heard their music, my first thought was, was this a track from the late 80s? Forget 1975, these gobsh***s actually sound like they timetravelled into 2015 from the year 1987 despite not being born because that is exactly what their music sounds like, a really sub-par version of what was in the charts at the time. They’re crap in other words. Parents need to be far more vigilant about what their kids are exposed to and understand also that there is plenty of really good music out there that isn’t constantly peddling drugs and sex. It’s their job to nurture and develop their kid’s tastes, not the record companies’s own concepts of what’s good and well hip

        • stace shut the fuck up you old bag of fucking shit they are good people and the fact that they smoke whatever doesn’t change that and it doesn’t change the fact that some of us adore their music and thats what matters. there is plenty of good music that is peddling drugs and sex you say, i say where the fuck what are we supposed the listen to some christian shit or ur shit music from the 70s or some crap? all music is about partying drugs love and sex these days get the fuck over it you daft cunt. we will like our music for what it is music. the fact that they smoke and whatever the image they portray changes nothing if your stupid enough to hear that music and instantly think that you need to get high and drink constantly to keep up with that band you need to get your head out of your arse. the bottom line is parent should not be controlling what music they children listen to as its music. if that music has a real connection with your child on a positive note like the 1975 does on many people you should not be interfering with that. fuck u get with it grandma

          • I’m a 60 year old female in Arkansas! I’ve adored and seen The 1975 Live many times, tickets await for three more concerts this year! You kinda proved the point of the article by cursing. And parents who are great parents should be vigilant about what their kids are “into”! I took our grandson to Dallas Nov 2014 to celebrate his 16th Bday, yes, his Pa and I were also there, and it’s been a year and so far no wine drinking, drugs or FBombs He does say friggin but we let that go. Oh, we’re raising him by the way! AnywY, just a thought. I try to keep up with the youth and their lives today. It seems they’ve got a much harder world than I did!

        • I’m 23 and am part of the demographic the 1975 is actually aiming at, and no, people in their twenties aren’t “too sophisticated” to like the 1975. People with a good taste in music have a broad variety of shit they listen to. If one were to look at my Spotify playlist, I have everything from The 1975 to Fleetwood Mac, Justin Bieber to Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday. I have Blackstreet, Biggie Smalls, and Tchaikovsky. I have Mozart, I have Selena Gomez, I have The Beatles, and I have One Direction.

          Music taste isn’t about snobbery or “sophistication”. It’s about finding and listening to what resonates with you personally. I don’t give a shit if Matty used to have a drug addiction, guess what? I’ve got friends who struggle with drug addiction, and they’re still my friends and they’re still valuable, interesting, loving people. I don’t give a shit if they swear, because guess what? Everyone swears, humans have been swearing since we first developed language some 100,000 years ago. We will keep swearing until the last of us dies off.

          Each generation thinks it’s music is better and somehow more “moral” than the generation’s following it. My parents grew up in the 60s and 70s and love the 1975. Even my dad, who thinks no good music has been made since 1980 is a fan. When they were growing up, their parent’s thought, “Damn these kids and their Rush and Boston and Meatloaf, it’s all trash, REAL music was Elvis and J. Frank Wilson etc. etc.”. When my grandparents were growing up? My great grandparents thought “Damn these kids and their Elvis, it’s so immoral and empty, REAL music was from the ’20s”. And when my great grandparents were growing up, their parents thought “Damn these kids and their immoral jazz. All these flappers are the worst of our generation, whatever happened to a good orchestral score?” And so on, and so forth, ad naseum, through history. I can’t remember if it was Plato or Socrates, but one of them famously wrote “The youth of Athens today only care about drinking, partying, and sex”. That was THOUSANDS of years ago.

          Thusly, that’s what’s great about music. Humans have been feeling the same things, having the same struggles, since we first put up some muddy huts in Mesopotamia. The music changes, but we don’t. Ever read love poems from young women in ancient Egypt? It sounds just like the angsty teenage poetry you’d find today on Tumblr. Music and art unites us all as humans, across time and space, and just because you’re weirdly moralistic, doesn’t make The 1975 a terrible band. They’re just one band in the great array of beautiful music we humans are able to create.

          As for “wut bout the chillren?!?” It’s a PARENT’S job to raise their children, not Matt Healy’s. Matty doesn’t have kids, and is only responsible for himself. Today’s parents seem to think it’s the TV’s job, or music’s job, or anyone else’s job to raise their kids but their own. If I smoke a joint (which I do from time to time, le gasp! Egads gadzooks!), it’s not Matt Healy’s fucking fault. I’m the one who bought the weed, bought the papers, rolled the damn thing, and lit it. As a writer myself, I often write material aimed at young adults, or those in the 15-20 category. My last “novel” dealt with teenage drug use, parental abuse, sex, teen pregnancy, abortion, and drinking. Why? Because that’s what kids deal with. Teenagers aren’t mindless things to be programmed, they gravitate towards to things that resonate with them. If teenagers like the 1975, its not because someone told them to, it’s because they’re hearing something they can relate to. That’s a GOOD thing. People need to know they’re not alone in whatever they’re going through.

          Quit being a fucking elitist, you’re no more sophisticated than anyone else. You’re probably that lame guy who never gets invited to parties because he can’t just have a good time and listen to “Turn Down For What” without going on a rant about “where did all the good music go?” It’s not today’s music that sucks, its you that sucks.

        • You seriously can’t be more wrong, why should parents make up the type of music we listen to, now that is stupid, and you are as well

        • You are wrong, why should parents make up the type of music we listen to, now that is stupid, and you are as well

    • you’re 100% right. the 1975 is raw. they talk about real shit. obviously the idiot that wrote this doesn’t understand anything about depth in any art form

  3. Lol …..THIS IS DUMB AS FUCK.
    You don’t know ANYTHING about Matty, the band, or the fans, so before targeting any of them, TALK to the fans and get REAL reporter insight on how they feel about what you’re about to write. FANS worry about Matty, because he’s had problems with addiction before. We don’t promote it. We admire Matty and the rest of the band because over the years, they’ve actually stopped doing the more serious drugs. The last thing we want is a relapse.
    WHY WE LIKE THE MUSIC:
    1. IT IS RAW AND REAL. When they write their music, they don’t write it thinking about who’s going to be listening. Writing music, like it is for any real musician, is about expression. That’s exactly what they all do.
    – Us teenagers are aware of the drugs and alcohol out there. We, usually, aren’t looking for a way to get high. We yearn for something- SOMEONE- real. We’ve grown up protected. Our parents or guardians have kept us from what they believe to be a negative influence on us already. So, when we get to thr age where we have a bit more freedom, we are going to look for what’s real and authentic. I’m not sure if you know anything about Matty, Ross, Adam, or George, but they’re incredibly smart, influential young men (lol yes, meaning it’s not all about drugs, sex and alcohol! Woah! Shocking!) If you take a look at their twitters, they’re all incredibly informed with what’s going on in the world and aren’t afraid to express their opinion on a certain topic. And for teens who’ve been sheltered from the real world, that’s incredibly eye-opening. To see someone speak their mind in a society that attempts to conceal what’s really going on is truly INSPIRING. So no, The 1975 should NOT be hidden or forbidden from teens because they talk about sex and drugs (scary shit, I Know!), but instead should be appraised for their attempts to bring attention to situations going on in the world because they know that they can from the platform that they have! :-)

    • “We admire Matty and the rest of the band because over the years, they’ve actually stopped doing the more serious drugs.”

      Answer: Yes, that is great to see them leaning off more serious drugs. So we say, “Congratulations guys! You’ve gotten this far, but the “less serious drugs” are fine for you to use. Promote alcohol, promote sex, as long as you aren’t doing heroin, it’s all good.”

      “Us teenagers are aware of the drugs and alcohol out there. We, usually, aren’t looking for a way to get high.”

      Answer: I’m beginning to believe that I’m talking to one of few smart kids of this generation, but then again, you must be completely naive. Here are some facts for you…

      1.) More teens die from prescription drugs than heroin/cocaine combined. (Matt showcased his Hydrocodon prescription drug in his music video “Girls”, with bright pink and red pills spilling out, practically luring kids in. I’ll even admit, those pills look very appealing in their color.

      2.) Adolescents are engaging in sexual risk-taking behaviors at an earlier age, often before they are developmentally ready to deal with the potential outcomes. Data from the 2005 YRBS indicate that 6.2 percent of high school students engage in sex before the age of thirteen.

      3.) Children and adolescents are exposed to indirect as well as to explicit, sexually oriented media marketing that sells everything from soda to candy to male body products. Still, virtually no attention has been given to the ways in which the sexual content of advertising may shape adolescent sexual behavior.

      4.) Radio, CDs, and tapes make up 17 percent of teens’ total daily media exposure. On average, adolescents listen to music between 1.5 and 2.5 hours a day depending on their age. Adolescents aged twelve to seventeen were asked about about sexual knowledge, attitudes, behavior, and demographic and psychosocial variables known to predict sexual behavior or media use. They found that adolescents who spent more time listening to music with sexual content were more likely to initiate sexual intercourse and to progress in their noncoital activity than those who spent less time. That finding held up even when researchers took into account eighteen other predictors of sexual behavior.

      “They’re incredibly smart, influential young men. (lol yes, meaning it’s not all about drugs, sex and alcohol!)They should be appraised for their attempts to bring attention to situations going on in the world.”

      Answer: Yes, I completely agree. They are very educated. They have a realistic view on the worlds problems and it is beneficial to many that they have the opportunity to share their thoughts with so many people. I don’t know what you’re referring to when you say “it’s not all about drugs, sex, and alcohol.” If “it” meaning they as people? Correct, they (as people) are more rounded than just their addictions, duh. If you mean “it” as in their music, then I disagree. That is ALL their music is about; a collection of Matthews life stories, written in a pop song. Bad ideas, made to sound like fun to the listener.

      • GOD. Instead of shoving dumb, generic statistics, that I could find anywhere on google, in my face, why don’t you give me REAL examples of REAL people. You’ve gone to a The 1975 concert so you were obviously around fans. Did you think about speaking to any of them? About the music? The band? WHY they listen to it? LEARN something from the adolescents at their concerts instead of sticking the obvious together! : a band who does drugs and these generic stastatistics that could be applied to ANY celebrity today. Do your job well and RESEARCH, do a little more work to get to know ALL sides of what you’re writing about before stating what everybody already knows: drugs are bad and people are influenced by others.

        And I, a mere SOPHOMORE in high school, could write a better paper than this because I would know how to get a real story. A story that covers all aspects of what I am trying to prove and giving reason as to why what I believe is true. NOT, stating the obvious, stating why the band is a bad influence (mind, you don’t mention any good influences they’ve had on teens) and sticking it with plain, boring ass stats!
        Oh and I’m 16. Never had tried drugs or alcohol, and not interested- DESPITE the bands I listen to!
        Please educate yourself on the fans of The 1975 and not teens in general, because those stats certainly do not apply to all of us :-)

        • Good point Alana! Bo obviously thinks that any teenager who sees someone smoking is headed for a life of drugs, alcoholism and probably an early death!

          Opp!!! No wait, I ACTUALLY JUST READ THE ARTICLE!!! My Mistake!!!! He never said anything like that! Wow am I embarrassed!

          Who would have thought I should actually read the article first, wow what a new concept!

          Turns out Bo throwing out a message to parents to be aware and informed of what your kids are absorbing. But I totally get your counter argument Alana which is teens are not impressionable and that you are 16 and awesome!

        • I could not agree more with you Alana, I’ve listened and invested over a year of myself to this band and it has become apart of me. Might sound strange but their music helped me get myself out of a dark place.. was i doing drugs? No, but i was in a shit mindset for a while and nothing could get me out of it, their music, of all things did.. People are so damn quick to judge based on the lyrics of their music (in Robbers and Sex) have they looked at “Me, You, Fallingforyou”? No. I spent 4 hours trying to convince someone exactly that, that there is more to their music than people perceive.. the only people that truly understand this band are the ones that are so deeply invested in the MUSIC not their actions or what they do… Im against smoking/drugs, never done either but just because i listen to them doesn’t mean i am now going to change my mind and become a druggie….People like Bo, have to realise that times have changed, drastically. Im assuming he’s quite a lot older than us.. That explains exactly why their mindsets are so different from ours….. It really pissed me off immensely when people are so damn quick to judge people based on their appearance and personalities!!

          1) Yes they dress in black clothing.. that means NOTHING in my life or should it mean anything to anyoone else. Just because they dress in black DOES NOT mean they are some Emo music group trying to change the mindsets of others.

          2) The fact that they are willing to share their global knowledge and viewpoints on World Related issues (which No one seems to do nowadays) has helped to inform me of things that happen around the world.. You don’t see Taylor Swift or 1D doing that do you.. No. Just because they appear to be “normal” people means that they are better than The 1975? Bullshit.. All the 1D people smoke weed, they all have tattoos but they aren’t judged by it. Taylor swift isn’t exactly the best role model for girls either, jumping from guy to guy ever second month. This is the society we live in now. People just look at appearances instead of actually digging deeper and finding out more about them! Ive met The 1975 and the are the most loyal, genuine guys you will ever meet so before this Bo guy jumps to conclusions about them, he should maybe sit down and have an ACTUAL conversation with them. Sorry for the long rant but this seriously annoys me so much when people don’t look beyond appearances.

      • That is his life! Do you want him to lie about his life? That is not honest music, oh sorry do you want them to sing about gummy bears and tootsie rolls?

      • Okay really appreciate that your trying to “inform parents,” but you are basically saying that teens JUST NOW think that sex, drugs, and alchohol are cool. When its probably people from YOUR generation who started this trend. I am Not throwing any hate whatsoever towards you, I just think you should think twice before throwing shade at a rock band.
        Best regards!

      • So…….you didn’t have sexual intercourse till you were married……or if your not married, you’ve certainly never had SEX. Also, you probably don’t drink or smoke! And certainly never before the legal age, RIGHT!!!

      • I don’t like to interfere in such kind of discussions but I think BO WEBER should know that music and what singers/musicians do is not a reason to fear your child will become a drug addict.
        There is a higher risk if you are inflexible and/or never set rules & discipline, if he/she grows in a violent environment where the child’s main references do give a bad example. If the kid has not attachments. All those things which have a huge impact on a child’s life and development…..are the parent’s responsibilities.
        Musicians, neighbours, best friends, classmates, actors, DJ/Radio hosts…..they all are can do anything they want….COME ONE, PARENTS CAN’T RELY ON EXTERNAL ROLE MODELS!! Give your kid enough confidence, make the kids feel strong and supported…..and teach them how to be proud of their own decisions……. and there is no bloody way anyone will ever influence him/her in any way he would not want to follow.
        You should better advise THE PARENTS to be careful when choosing a new partner…….because there is actually a much higher risk that a child who is victim of sexual abuse will become an addict ….than those who listen to THE 1975, Nirvana, The Doors or even Justin Bieber…..
        I am a Radio DJ.
        I hate DRUGS. Never tried anything but I lost the love of my life (father of my daughter) because his addiction (crack) was stronger than anything else in his life.
        I know how hard is to be the family of an addict and what are the sources of the problem: trust me, it’s not music, unless it works as trigger (memories).
        I LOVE THE 1975.
        Amazing young talent!
        I wish more bands like them existed!!

  4. First of all I’d like to point out that the band never obliged or told fans to listen to their music, drink, smoke or do drugs. Yes, they should be a bit more careful about what they do in public because fans may think it’s okay to do it too. But in a society where the education received at home and especially the education given in schools doesn’t teach children how to think, how to analyse situations and make decisions for themselves, are musicians that are simply talking about their lives and that do not fear to be who they truly are when in the public eye really the ones who should be blamed? I enjoy their music because it sounds good while it is also done with passion and honesty and I am perfectly aware that their lifestyle isn’t one to be made a model. But people should be able to judge what is right and what is wrong for them. And I think the real problem lies elsewhere.

    • “First of all I’d like to point out that the band never obliged or told fans to listen to their music, drink, smoke or do drugs.”

      Does Haley Williams of Paramore tell her fans to die their hair orange? No, but thousands of teenage girls did, because she did. Monkey see, monkey do.

      “Yes, they should be a bit more careful about what they do in public because fans may think it’s okay to do it too”

      Exactly my point.

      “In a society where the education received at home and especially the education given in schools doesn’t teach children how to think, how to analyse situations and make decisions for themselves, are musicians that are simply talking about their lives and that do not fear to be who they truly are when in the public eye really the ones who should be blamed?”

      Any teenager who does not get a proper lesson from their parents about these potentially life ruining addictions is in real trouble. Matt is the perfect example. The perfect example of what not to become. The only problem is, everyone wants to be him. The blame is on the parents who dont inform their children. The blame is on the children who have been taught, but refuse to take solid advice, and experiment with the substances that have been labeled forbidden for a reason, and the blame is on the public figures who hold those substances in their hands, while singing about it.

      What we see and hear on a daily situation affects us psychologically. Commercials, Movies, Magazines and Music especially. Coca Cola pays millions of dollars to have a placement in movies for a reason. Although you may not realize it, the music you listen to shapes parts of who you are, and the decisions you will make as you grow into adulthood.
      Coke Placement

          • Ryan dear, please shut the fuck up and mind your own business. Jasmine does have a great opinion, But if you just take of your mask and you’ll find out everything thats gone wrong (ha see what I did there) and that sir would be that your opinion is also useless so shut the fuck up once again. Thank you for your worthless time :)

        • Honestly if you say “his name is Matty not Matt” one more time I will find a place where I can spam you with something that lists the variations of the name MATTHEW, Matt just like Matty are just variations of his name, Matthew. You bringing up the whole “his name is Matty not Matt” is quite obnoxious. I would understand your need of correcting the name if Mr. Weber had called him a completely different name for example Tom (Which has its own variations like Tommy and Thomas); but he did not do this. Matthew commented on this post himself and never once mentioned how “his name is Matty not Matt” or corrected and asked to be referred to as Matty. So please stop with this nonsense and go back to the argumentation the content of the article and not the grammar or Matthew’s name.
          I don’t understand how calling him by his name is “bad journalism” please enlighten me.
          In defense of Bo, he was not generalizing the fans, but by you pointing it out, accusing him of it, and trying to defend it, it makes it seem like you are trying to hide the fact that his so called “generalization” is true.
          Which I know it is not but you make it seem that way.

          • Matty has said many times that he prefers to be called Matty. Just so you are aware. Also Bo, I know that it must be hard with all the swarming “fangirls” commenting, but some of your responses are extremely rude. Not all of the people are commenting are “fangirls” just because they are defending an uneducated opinion against their favorite band….

      • Your point about the blame being on the parents and those who refuse to take advice is completely accurate. Thousands of things can push a person toward drug or alcohol abuse such as depression, their environment, their lack of knowledge or social status. Music is a very minor way of influencing something as heavy as drug use. As as been said before, I’ve been a fan of this band for around 2 years; however I am also an intelligent, open minded and sensible person and therefore have never taken any form of drugs. If parents are not capable of informing their children the dangers of drugs and not trusting them to be able to listen to lyrics regarding someone else’s life experiences then they shouldn’t be looking for anyone to blame other than themselves. From an early age my mother has fully informed me of what can happen when people take drugs, what they look like, where people get them and she’s been brutally honest – she had the appropriate parenting skills to ensure I would not do drugs and no matter how much I hear the word “chocolate” I’m not suddenly going to be desperate for a puff on a joint. Like s point made earlier, you should actually connect with the fans and see their view on this. Get some REAL statistics regarding your article and take surveys of the people listening to this band – stating how many teenagers abuse drugs each year is irrelevant. Is it just music pushing them towards that? No, it’s countless scenarios none of us can begin to imagine.

      • People like you don’t understand us, people who listen to amazing music like Matty, shit if it’s monkey see monkey do then why am I not high or drunk? The reality is that you aren’t like the people who listen to his music, we like to drowned ourselves in his lyrics because we undertand them and realize how beautiful they are. Just because I really like this band does not mean I’m going to smoke and drink that ones own choice, Mattys not choosing for us. It’s okay if you don’t like this band you don’t have to listen to them, but from reading these comments you sound like your being a dick. Maybe take the time to hear the lyrics and understand the band itself, maybe you will find that they really just want their songs to be heard. (Look up Me, the song, if you really want to understand them)

      • Really? Matty’s an example of what NOT to become? Not only has he achieved his own success, he didn’t get help from his celebrity parents to get his band going, they did it on their own. Read interviews with Denise Welch on this, she confirms he never wanted their help or connections. He’s overcome drug addictions, he’s an incredibly intelligent person and a fantastic writer. If you read or watch any of his interviews, he’s actually an incredibly nice person. I’m paraphrasing, but in one interview he says “I hate hurting people’s feelings, it breaks my heart to think I’ve hurt someone”. WOW, SUCH A TERRIBLE GUY!

        Instead of selectively listening to his songs where he talks about drugs and sex, try listening to “Nana”, where he sings about losing his grandmother and how much he loved her and misses her. Listen to “She Lays Down” to hear how his mother struggled with post-partum depression after his birth. Like another poster said, listen to “Me” and hear how incredulous he is that someone would love him as he is. He’s a human like you or I, and the rawness and realness of their music is what draws people. He’s also extremely young, only 27, and any 20something can attest to how the 20s are a hard decade to get through. Even my fucking 70 year old doctor has said “You kids in your 20s have it pretty hard these days”.

        But I suppose instead of feeling the discomfort that comes with life, you’d rather wrap yourself in a lead blanket of moralism and ignorance, pretending you’re better than others because you didn’t struggle with this or that or the other thing. Something light and prepackaged is best for your delicate tastes, it seems. In your black and white world, no one can struggle and still be a good person. You’re either good, or you’re bad. I pity you, honestly. A world full of colour is much better than the monochrome one you live in.

  5. Your children were given brain for a reason, and one of them is realizing what is good and what is bad. And if your child starts doing drugs because a band sings about it, I’m afraid your child is retarded. And please do your research properly, because the article is a pure disaster. All cons? A thinking person does not listen to an article that only bashes the object. Matthew Healy,the front man,is a member of British Humanist Association and propagates world peace and humanitarian work, the drummer, George Daniel, is an animal rights protector. You embarrassingly bashed a band that you have no clue what is all about, simply because you’re a prude. And just wait until the fangirls come to this site.

    • “Your children were given brain for a reason, and one of them is realizing what is good and what is bad. And if your child starts doing drugs because a band sings about it, I’m afraid your child is retarded.”

      Answer: Then everybody must be retarded. Everyone out there has taken at least one thing they loved about someone they looked up to, and made it their own. Whether it be a hair style, clothing choice, ect. I myself became a musician because I saw someone else doing it. My first concert I ever went to, the performer blew me away. I wanted to be him. I was 18. I went straight to wearing women’s pants, (because thats what he did). I ripped holes in the knees, I pierced my lip, and grabbed a guitar. Luckily, the artist I looked up to that night showed me what a true public figure should look like. Someone who inspires their audience, and leaves a positive impact on their fans. I still hold a memory of that night 10 years ago, and many others will remember how Matthew presented himself at his concert in Minneapolis this year.

      “And please do your research properly, because the article is a pure disaster. All cons? A thinking person does not listen to an article that only bashes the object.”

      Answer: I watched and read many interviews with Matt and the band before writing this article. It’s not all cons here. The music is catchy. I cannot deny that.

      “Matthew Healy,the front man,is a member of British Humanist Association and propagates world peace and humanitarian work”

      Answer: Thats great! Does he know of the physiological work he’s doing on his fans?

      “You embarrassingly bashed a band that you have no clue what is all about, simply because you’re a prude”

      Answer: Nope, not a prude. I like sex. I like drugs, and I also like alcohol. I would love to do all three things everyday. But thats not why we are here on this earth. We are not meant to succumb to whatever makes us feel good. It makes us bad people. I know that from actual experience. I am a musician, and I strive to write songs that give people inspiration, and I also strive to keep addictive subjects out of my lyrics, as I know what power lyrics have on human beings.

      “Just wait until the fangirls come”

      Answer: Bring them on.

    • Lana, sadly by your definition, half the kids in the US are definitely not smart (not gonna use the R word as that would be incredibly ignorant, probably something you saw on TV, in school or listen to in your music and picked up).

      On a serious note, Matthew sounds like an awesome dude and his music is great, but I think the message of the article was for parents to be educated about what their kids are absorbing and to take being a role model seriously.

  6. Your perception of me is quite hilarious in that, the idea of me is juxtaposed with the dark imagery and the pop music I create, therefore I am in no way supporting drug use for adolescents, it is a method to find solace in the chaotic life that I have been leading. . I refuse to read this so called review due to your slender grasp upon grammar.

    • Matt, Thank you for sharing your opinion. However, I was hoping for better reasoning as to why your vices appear in your performance. You say your habits are your “method to find solace in the chaotic life that you have been leading.” Well, isn’t that is the number one reason why anybody indulges in alcohol, drugs, and ect? There are people very close to me that have dealt with deep loss, but they did not succumb to an addiction. Are you saying the life of a pop star is harder to deal with than loosing a child, a mother, bankruptcy or homelessness?

      Could it be your life is so “chaotic”, you can’t even put down a bottle of booze and a cigarette for 60 minutes? Are you so distraught, you can’t stop drinking for the moment you are in the eyes of your fans? You’re a walking billboard, Matt. You feature these items in your show like it’s written in your set list. Marlboro may as well be your sponsor. It is a decision you make every night, to bring that bottle on stage and to pause in the middle of your set to light up a cigarette. Matt, although you are incredibly educated, you are weak without self control. And every one will follow, with an excuse on hand.

      I apologize for the grammatical errors you seem to have spotted. This was one of my first articles ever written, and I imagine I will become a better writer as I continue. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to practice.

      • You talk about self control while condemning someone for affecting another’s actions???
        I hope you don’t get paid to write bullshit like this.
        Are you so blind to reality that you don’t see it is a PARENT’s responsibility for the upbringing of a child?
        Are you so dumb that you can’t understand the concept of learning from another’s mistakes, especially when they pour their heart and soul into making it a relate-able piece of art so that you may understand the consequences of said mistake?

        Might as well title this article, “If You’re a Shitty Parent, This is Why Your Kids Shouldn’t Listen to The 1975”

      • Hey man, um, I don’t even think that was the real Matty. The comment had too much fandom jokes that you probably didn’t understand (of course because of obvious reasons).
        With this article I can tell you’re not as stupid as other omments say, I mean, I know qhere you were trying to get. It is wrong to show those kind of things on stage, like, absolutely. I’m a really big fan of the band, I admire every liece of work they do because they do it with true passion. Imm telling you this vecause then I can tell you how the fandom is from an “inside of it” perspective. The fandom overall is very mature, it’s really common to see a majority of open-minded fans and conscious enough to know whats good for them and what isn’t, what to follow from someone. The people posting pure hate and negation to this article are maybe the ones that need to work on when to defend and when to just leave a comment. Matty is really smart, a nice guy overall; he often supports the Humanist community, the empowerment of women and every interview of his always leaves you with something to reflect on, something good and healthy. The mature side of the fandom knows that that’s what they should get from him, that’s what they should get as inspiration. Yeah, sadly not everyone’s like that. I don’t see The 1975 as a threat, but surely a band that is not for everyone. Luckily enough, they’re not popular enough to be on the radio everyday because people just likes what’s appealable and easy to eat and that’s what also kids look for; they look for the society acceptance like you said, you’re absolutely right, and that’s why they (most of the time) prefer listening to what’s already reacted by society in order for them to follow and agree with that reaction. It’s really interesting. So The 1975 has this privilege, their song are so uncommon and unique that not everyone can feel attracted to it. But yeah, there always the bad side of the teenager population where they just want attention and to feel superior or even dark. But this article for me is just a representation of thousands and thousands of bands or singers like Miley or Justin affect on youngsters easily and rhis band was just the little example. I just want to let you know that The 1975 shouldn’t be your first option to use as an example of bad influences in the music industry. The most important ones are out there in the radio playing everyday and those are the ones that are truly exposed to every single public while The 1975 isn’t. That’s what I really want you to understand above all. Thanks for writing rhis article, you’re not bad, just be carefull on how you use contexts and don’t make the band as the total bad guy of the world’s catastrophies (i know you don’t believe that but it truly looked like in here).
        Once again, thank you ??

      • Bo,
        You must be one of the most goddamn gullible people (or delusional with self-importance) on the globe if you think Matt Healy commented on your article.
        You absolute moron.

      • You thinking this was actually Matty even further showcases how little you know about the band. This comment was ironically posted and mocks some of the things matty says along with his big range of vocabulary. Therefore, if you don’t listen to their music ascene much as we do- and understand how deep their music is, and how much it means to us, get the fuck out of here. Thank you.

    • You have fans who would like an answer. vvv

      As an avid supporter of The 1975, I cannot just sit here and say that I don’t agree with some of the points brought up in this article, In fact, a few of them are quite plausible. I waited from 9am to around 2pm for a The 1975 signing in Houston, TX on November 26th. The majority of the fans in line were teenage girls, young and old, but I did see lots of young girls, maybe 12-13, dressing way beyond their years. A good ninety percent of them were dressed in short dresses, faces masked with makeup even though they were so young. Now, since most of the fans were dressed like this, I didn’t think much of it. Lots of older girls where wearing short dresses and dark makeup as well. This wasn’t a red flag to me until I saw two girls who appeared to be at least twelve years old smoking. On top of that, a fan did bring Matty a bottle of wine at the signing. During the show later that night, Matty was taking swigs out of a wine bottle often. He was also smoking every now and then. In my opinion, this is unacceptable stage etiquette. As much as I love The 1975 and their music, they do have a responsibility to set a better example for their fans. Especially since so many of their fans are young pre-teen and teenage girls. What they’re doing right now is unacceptable and as a fan, I am concerned with how this is influencing young people. I am especially concerned with how this affects the younger fans. The music is good and not every aspect of the band is negative, so I will continue to be an avid listener of The 1975. However, I do not support any aspect of the band that promotes drugs. I didn’t even realize everything that “Chocolate” was about. I only new a tad bit about the song’s meaning and even that knowledge was only to a certain extent. Now Matty, I respect you so much but that comment is no way to handle constructive criticism. Also, how could you criticize this person’s grammar if you claim that you refuse to read this article? Just some food for thought.

      Best wishes to all who read this,

      Ales~ <3

    • Here is another awesome point, Matthew.

      Alexis says:

      I think this a great article coming from a musician himself. I personally know Bo and can say for a fact that he makes sure he does his research before writing articles or interviewing. First of all, (and he even said it himself) he watches numerous interviews of the bands and reads up on them before the show. He meets with the groups face to face and asks them intellegent questions. Thus, making his interviewer skills legitimate. Secondly, I completely understand being passionate about a band or music in general. It’s one of the strongest forces on earth. But what Bo is really trying to say with this article is the power of music sfars as well as the power of parental guidance. Think about it: there’s a reason movies are rated for certain age groups. For example, my best friend was watching a movie when she was 4 or 5. The actor in the film said, “fuck you”!, so little Emily turned to the TV and said “fuck you” right back. Were her parents shocked? Just a bit. Yes, I understand this age group is much older and more educated than a 5 year old, but impressionism lasts a lifetime. In middle school, my friends would swear like nobody’s business. But I was the good kid, I wasn’t supposed to swear. Too bad, I wanted to fit in with my friends so I began to swear like a sailor. Did I censor myself around my parents and little old ladies? Of course! Because I made a conscios decision to be appropriate when I found it necessary. And that is exactly what Bo is saying about Matty. He clearly makes a decision to bring the bottle on stage and light up in front of young fans. Ok, you may say that you’re more mature or responsible, or whatever respectable word you choose to describe yourself, but the fact is is that it’s how humans work. Not every fan will turn to sex, drugs, and alcohol, but Matty is making it seem okay. It honestly broke my heart when I read one of the comments explaining how Matty uses alcohol as his vice for nervousness. Why did this break my heart? Because I cannot comprehend the fact that someone would try to defend such a damaging substance just because it gets rid of some stage fright. So, if a young girl is nervous about a test in school, she should just drink some wine, take some pills, and she won’t be nervous anymore! Well, maybe, but that is exactly how addictions and dangerous habits form. You might be an alcoholic, but, hey! at least you’re not nervous! To reinforce this statement, my freshman year of college, I my boyfriend’s roommates heard how much aderol helped with focus and attention. (Aderol is a prescription drug most commonly perscribed to individuals diagnosed with ADD or ADHD) Neither of these guys had been perscribed the medication, but had found their own means to obtain it. I was in the same class as one of the roommates, so we studied at the same time. He took his Aderol and studied for the test in 15 minutes. Because his brain was moving a mile a minute, he felt that it was a subsequent amount of time to study for a large test. It wasn’t. He failed the test, but resorted to drinking and a mixture of other drugs for studying for the next test. Obviously, he didn’t do well. What I’m trying to reiterate is that using substances and developing unhealthy habits with them will never solve the initial problem. I guarantee it will make it worse. And I believe that is what Matty is sharing with his young fans. “Abuse substances, but say it’s okay because life is hard”. Life is hard. But that’s never okay. Why do you think Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, and hell, even Britney Spears heard so much about their public affairs? Because people know it affects the public. It just does. The 1975 may have healed themselves in certain ways, and progress is always an accomplishment, but it really wouldn’t be so difficult to leave the bottle in the back and the cigarettes in his pocket and just focus on the hundreds and even thousands of people that look up to them to be the truly inspirational people they should be. Inside and out.

    • All your music sounds the same. The lyrics may be different, but the music is the most unoriginal and repetitive noise I’ve had the displeasure to use my ears for. Maybe do more drugs, bumming and alcohol, then maybe the score might improve.

  7. This is the stupidest article I’ve ever read. Just because a band advocates drugs and sex doesn’t mean parents should stop their kids from listening to them? You act like kids are so stupid and they’re not; if teens are supposed to be committing to colleges and have so many responsibilities, they have the right judgement to not blindly follow a band. By the way, One Direction is seen smoking cigarettes constantly and there is a video of some of the members smoking weed as well, so they aren’t saints either. Basically every rockstar or celebrity does drugs/drinks alcohol so if anything, parents might as well just ban all music from their children….

    • “You act like kids are so stupid”

      Answer: They are. I was once one of them.

      “If teens are supposed to be committing to colleges and have so many responsibilities, they have the right judgement to not blindly follow a band.”

      We are talking about 13-16 year old fans, Allie. However, seniors in highschool are still just as easy to persuade. I’m glad you brought up College. It’s the perfect example of following blindly into something. The college dropout rate has recently been called a National Crisis. 50% – 70% of students change their majors at least once, most will change majors at least 3 times before they graduate, and (in my opinion) 100% of students will over pay for their education, You may want to consider taking a year off school before going broke for college.

      Remember. even grown adults, (who have so many responsibilites) follow blindly to many areas in life.

      “One Direction is seen smoking cigarettes constantly and there is a video of some of the members smoking weed as well.”

      Photos/Videos leaked on the internet are something they cannot control. Everyone is free to live the life they want, which is what One Direction is trying to do behind closed doors, which is fine by me. If they wanted to strive to be a better human being, they would take those steps to better themselves. At least they aren’t doing it in stage.

      • All kids are not dumb, sorry you feel that way. I will say that, ironically, we say what we want. But I will also say that we are passionate about what we do and what we believe in, and we really take the time to comprehend what we are hearing in a song, and not immediately think that they are not high on drugs all the time and we should not listen to their music because of it. The 1975 are beautiful writers and really take a lot of time to write their lyrics for people to enjoy

    • Allie, I love it when commenters read the article, good job, I can respect your opinion. At the end of the day though, as a 30 something parent, kids are really not very smart (as are many adults). But even more so than adults, kids are incredibly impressionable. Yet I am sure that if you questioned 1,000 kids, 999 of them would say that music, movies, tv and athletes do not influence them in any way.

      On a separate note, all 1,000 of those kids would be wearing Uggs, KD’s (or insert athletes name) and have Justin Beiber Hairdo’s!

      • I am a kid, and yes sometimes I make stupid decisions, but when you were a kid is way different from now. Your right that we are impressionable and we do things because someone else did, but kids like who they like in music not because some one else does and we don’t become the people in the band we just enjoy their music. Your child could be going through a really hard time and you might not have any idea, I know I have been through things like this without my parents having a clue, and not because they are bad parents but because I hid my feeling and emotions and the way I really got through it was listening to music and relating to a song and crying to it because you know how it feels to feel the way they did! If my parents said no you can’t listen to this band and this band etc. I don’t know what I would have done, but who knows if I would have ended up fine, those lyrics, along with others, really gave me a sense of understanding and it was beautiful.

  8. Hey there, I stumbled upon this article and read it carefully and agreed with some of it. There are a few points that I strongly disagree with however. Yes, I am an avid fan of them so I am coming at an angle of bias, but that doesn’t mean that my thoughts are not valid. I wanted to address the point that you made that Matty is promoting teen smoking and drinking. Any teen that steps out of their house is going to come in contact with people smoking and drinking, and yes Matty is a “rock star” but he isn’t deliberately promoting. Also, the wine bottle is more of a prop, he barely drinks from it and has said he does it to calm his nerves. He isn’t getting wasted, he just sips. He isn’t showing that being drunk is a healthy behavior, he’s showing a good model of drinking with caution. I found it a little funny that you only pointed out his song that makes a drug reference, and not the other ones with good wholesome meanings. If you delve into their music and his philosophy you discover this raw and real music that all audiences can enjoy. My 8 year old sister is an avid fan of them (of course we shield her from some of the songs) but she enjoys this band because they’re real. We love them because they’re real. This reality isn’t making us smoke and drink, it’s making us discover who are.

    • :Any teen that steps out of their house is going to come in contact with people smoking and drinking, and yes Matty is a “rock star” but he isn’t deliberately promoting.”

      Answer: Thousands of fans waiting for Matt’s appearance before he steps out on the stage. He thinks “Do I bring the bottle of booze with me?” And then he answers that question with an action. There is a specific moment in his set when he sparks up a cigarette. I know entertainment, and that was a planned out thought. So again, how is he not deliberately promoting?

      “He isn’t getting wasted, he just sips”

      Answer: Haha, he is still showcasing alcohol.
      Ultimately, anything that Matthew does on stage in front of thousands of adoring fans is promotion.

      “My 8 year old sister enjoys this band because they’re real.”

      Answer: Yeah, when I was 8 years old, I was looking for some meaning in life. Thats ridiculous.. She likes their music because it’s catchy.

      “This reality isn’t making us smoke and drink, it’s making us discover who are.”

      Answer: Discovering who you are is awesome. I’m all for that. But 15 years later when you finally discover who you are, and it disappoints you, hopefully you wont be found with a bottle in one hand, and a cigarette in the other. Because that’s what Matthew is teaching you how to handle it.

      • I’m a active fan of The 1975, and i’m a teenager. And things have changed as older people than me could say. But could I point out the fact that even if we see Matty drinking or smoking. I don’t have the sudden urge to go smoking too. It’s not really the band’s fault if teenagers want to smoke or drink, (hopefully legally or not at all.) If your parents, teachers or someone that the teenager just looks up to are taught that smoking and drinking can damage organs, that you would realize that it isn’t something you need to do. My father smokes, and even though he does, I will never smoke. Morals are whats “controlling” the teenager. Not the music they listen to. And if he smokes, drinks, and is sexually active, that doesn’t change my mind that I will never. My point is teenagers are sometimes more trustworthy to make their own decisions than parents would realize.

  9. However, The 1975 are not making music specifically for teenagers. The debut album has been described by Matthew Healy as his autobiography. It is part of the band’s distinctive charm, that they are honest and complete in their lyrics. It is not their fault that teenagers can relate to and become connected to these songs. The immense love for the band stems from the trust gained by the raw truth of the songs and the amount of hard work that the members put into their music careers.

    I would also like to point out that two of the arguments that you present are rendered invalid. Members of One Direction have had videos released of them smoking marijuana, therefore, by your definition, promoting the use of drugs in their young fanbase. In addition, the age of sexual activity getting younger by the year point is defeated when one realizes that it is traditionally and historically the usual for girls of twelve to be married and producing children.

    Finally, there amount of grammatical errors in this editorial lowers the credibility of the opinion by a considerable amount.

    • “It is not their fault that teenagers can relate to and become connected to these songs.”

      Answer: Teens should not relate to his music. His experiences are not like the average youth’s. You should not share X-rated experiences with 13 year old girls. These kids want to relate to him so bad, that they follow in his footsteps, making the mistakes he once made. It’s so beyond screwed up that nobody sees that.

      “The immense love for the band stems from the trust gained by the raw truth of the songs and the amount of hard work that the members put into their music careers.”

      Answer: Theres raw truth in a lot of music. The 1975 isn’t the only outlet for truth. And hard work? There are millions of artists out there that toil over the creation of their own music, (myself being one of them). Artists who spend every dollar they earn from a crappy job in order to get their feelings out on a recording, and then listen to their songs back 1,000 times before being okay with releasing an album. Hard work and truth is nothing new.

      “Members of One Direction have had videos released of them smoking marijuana”

      Answer: One Direction cannot control leaked photos/videos of what they do behind closed doors. I was not aware of these findings before writing the article. I chose One Direction as an example, because their image appeared to be clean and positive. I am not a fan, nor do I know anything about them.

      “It is traditionally and historically the usual for girls of twelve to be married and producing children.”

      Answer: Haha, you’re serious? We aren’t living in ancient rome times. It’s actually illegal now days to have sex with a minor..welcome to the 19th century. Do you think 12 year olds are resonsible enough to care for and raise a baby? Lol wow.

      “there amount of grammatical errors in this editorial lowers the credibility of the opinion by a considerable amount.”

      Answer: You have spelling errors in this sentence. Big deal. My point was delivered and was received by readers. Matt even had a grammatical error in his own response. Get over it.

      • It’s the 21st century how do you expect people to take this bullshit of an article seriously if you don’t know basic facts like what century it is and i highly doubt Matty healy would even read this he has better things to do than worry about what dickheads like you would think of him and the band. ps i have listened to the 1975 for a while now and not once have i thought “Hey lets smoke some weed because matt did or lets all have sex” anyone who does listen to this band must have a more developed maturity as i have taled to teenagers older than me and they hate this band but still know how drugs alcohol and sex are wrong. I would check ALL the facts like the fans and the band itself before I made a fool out of myself on the internet like you just did.

        • Guys, please calm yourselves down. You’ve all missed the point of the article. Namely the fact that the core audience that the band is being marketed to by their record label are tweens and early teens in spite of the fact that their music and image is clearly being directed to a much more adult audience. Unfortunately the band’s real audience are generally more likely to dismiss them as yet another boyband because that is how they appear to older teenagers. In other words they are not edgy enough image wise for the 17 plus crowd.

          I place much of the blame with the record label whose marketing team should have been more responsible in forcing the band to develop a more clean cut image and tidying up their lyrics once it became apparent that the only viable market was the tweens. Now I am not going to pass comment on their private lives since that is their business, but as they are in the public eye, they do have a moral duty to be far more socially responsible towards their fans, especially when they are very young and impressionable. If that means having to tidy up their act and completely rewrite their songs to be more suited to their demographic fanbase, then so be it.

          • Yes Exactly! All these kids care about is that I’ve hated on their favorite band. They don’t understand the business behind the music or know the deliberate decisions they make to target a specific audience.

  10. I’ve gotten my 15 yr old to 2 of their concerts. My daughter doesn’t smoke, doesn’t do drugs, isn’t sexually active…..She just loves their music! As is the story with a lot of the teens I’m sure. It’s a parent’s responsibility to warn their kids, protect them, not The 1975!

      • Why would you tell a mother her daughter is lying to her? The 1975 are one of my favourite bands, yet I do not smoke, do drugs, drink alcohol, or engage in sexual activities. Myself, along with others who have commented, are trying to get the point across that listening to a band doesn’t demolish our ability to refrain from things such as drugs and alcohol. Also, if my comment or others came off as rude, I apologize.

        • Hello Olivia! I could be wrong. Although, I was once a teenager, and I have many friends who were also teenagers at one time, and we definitely kept the dirty secrets from our parents. My point is, kids are little liars. Are her kids lying to her. Who knows. Statistics show that they are, or they eventually will.

          If what you say is true, you are an awesome young lady. I hope you continue to refrain from substances that could affect your future. Great job Olivia!

      • I don’t know who you are, and I would really not like to, but you also have no idea who she is that’s a really fucking dick move man you have no right

  11. If your kid is dumb enough to let their parent come to a 1975 concert with them then yes, you should be worried about alcohol and drug use from them. Also, if your kid isn’t old enough to go to a concert without a parent they shouldn’t be listening to The 1975. Thanks, bye dumbass!

    • well said julie. however my daughter got me into The 1975 i love themmmm……..we recently saw the band in manchester and have jst booked to see them in birmingham ….yh we english….my daughter writes and gained gcses by the time she was ten…..matty has great lyrics and they mean different thingsto different people….its not about sugar coating issues when it comes to teaching kids … i teach mine to be individuals bt in a sense anyone 4t matty is highlighting issues…..yh maybe mattys songs arent for kids but if u have a descent relationship were ur children can come and talk and be honest whats the harm were here to guide them not hide them from issues…..i will certainly be rocking with my daughter in march with The 1975……

  12. Okay well maybe you should stop fucking hiding your bloody children and stop spoon feeding them like a bunch of babies. They are gonna grow up some day and realize the world is filled with bad things. So shut the fuck up,stop controlling your children’s lives and let them listen and do what ever the fuck they wanna do. Get over it.

  13. As a teenage girl who has been listening to the 1975 for almost two years now, I have to say I disagree with you on many points made in this article. Firstly, this is tagged as a concert review when no actual review of the concert has been made. Granted, you made the point there were lots of screaming teenage girls. But how was the set? How was the mood? What songs did you like or dislike? Second, the argument you are making provides no support. You claim that “kids are having sex at a younger age.” How exactly does this relate to the 1975? Yes they are cool but what kind of evidence is that? I have friends that appear to be “cool” and smoke drugs and drink alcohol but that doesn’t mean I’ll give into peer pressure even though it’s right in front of me. The 1975 talk about their experiences in their songs and in my opinion aren’t trying to promote an agenda.

    Third, you compare them to One Direction. Now even as a fan of One Direction, I have to admit that they are manufactured to be marketable to young, impressionable fans — that’s part of their appeal. But did you know that recently 1D members Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik had a video released of them smoking marijuana? Plus, they have released songs like “Rock Me,” “No Control” that clearly have sexual references and even have a song called “Stockholm Syndrome” which member Harry Styles said was about a nymphomaniac. And I bring up all of this to try to show you that nobody, not even pop stars, is perfect. Did you maybe stop to think that the 1975 aren’t in it to get famous but to actually express themselves and talk about their experiences in a creative manner?

    Lastly, there is a mistake in this article. Matty has explained the meaning of the line “guns hidden under our petticoats” here and it does not have to do with heroin: http://genius.com/1777182/The-1975-chocolate/Got-guns-hidden-under-our-petticoats. Please consider revising.

    • “how was the set? How was the mood? What songs did you like/dislike?”

      Answer: The mood was very dated, almost nostalgic for the 80’s.. Black and white themed. I enjoyed their light show, as written in the article. I liked the song “Girls”, because of its instrumentation. Although, all the songs started to sound the same, and Matthew dragging his feet around the stage like he has been shot with a tranquilizer dart began to bore me.

      “You claim that “kids are having sex at a younger age.” How exactly does this relate to the 1975?”

      Answer: Because his lyrics feature sexual experiences. His interviews feature sexual experiences. His fans are young girls and boys.

      Radio, CDs, and tapes make up 17 percent of teens’ total daily media exposure. On average, adolescents listen to music between 1.5 and 2.5 hours a day depending on their age. Adolescents aged twelve to seventeen were asked about about sexual knowledge, attitudes, behavior, and demographic and psychosocial variables known to predict sexual behavior or media use. They found that adolescents who spent more time listening to music with sexual content were more likely to initiate sexual intercourse and to progress in their noncoital activity than those who spent less time. That finding held up even when researchers took into account eighteen other predictors of sexual behavior.

      “I have friends that appear to be “cool” and smoke drugs and drink alcohol but that doesn’t mean I’ll give into peer pressure even though it’s right in front of me.”

      Answer: Congratulations for being one of the very few who don’t give in to peer pressure. Do you also respect these friends of yours? Do you see luster in the way your friends live their lives? Matt’s lifestyle shows luster, and people connect that aspect of his life with other aspects of his life.

      “in my opinion, they aren’t trying to promote an agenda.”

      Answer: They don’t need an agenda to promote their habits. They’re being selfish by bringing their habits out in public. They just don’t care what affect their actions might have on their fans by showcasing them. Their goal isnt to recruit new addicts, but they will.

      “did you know that recently 1D members Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik had a video released of them smoking marijuana?”

      Answer: Yes, I have been notified of this. And I am beginning to realize One Direction was a terrible example to use. Perhaps I should have used Owl CIty, The Silver Heart Club, Josh Clutter, or Xavier Salaja as a reference.


      Thanks for the great response Maya!

    • I completely agree with you this article is bullshit bad the writer of this clearly didn’t understand anything overall she is a bitch.

  14. Awkward moment when one direction filmed themselves smoking a joint and it went viral. That definitley kept their image “clean”

  15. Disagree with this article in its entirety. Fans of the band know AND understand what The 1975 is about. You need to read between the lines of the songs, it’s more than just sex, drugs, and alcohol.

    • Yes, the band is more than just sex, drugs, and alcohol. Just like their are more parts to a flower other than it’s petals.
      I’m not talking about the stem, or their leaves. I’m talking about the part of the band that everyone sees. The part that has a very strong influence on these kids.

  16. I don’t think it really matters how old you are. it depends on maturity. I’m 14 and i love the 1975 because of their music and the musicians themselves. not every single teenage girl is like what you think and some adults act more like kids then the kids themselve. I believe matthew shouldn’t be drinking and smoking every night on stage, which most of the fans believe also. i dont think its cool at all, its worrying for his health. Particular fans just need to learn how to control themselves, if the band had a problem with it, they would assess it. but they cannot control what people like and how they act, they need to sort it themselves.

  17. Seriously? Just because I didn’t have a negative comment to go along with your negative article, you deleted mine? How many kids do you have?I have two,both are gifted, honor roll, drug free, not sexually active. My 15 yr. old loves The 1975, so do I! She’s been to 2 concerts this year. She plays the violin in 2 orchestras, is a great teenager. The parents affect the influence, not the band. I met tons of nice teens at concerts.

    • I haven’t deleted any comments. I’ve allowed all comments. Yes! I totally agree! Parents affect the influence! I’m glad you said this. But not every household has an awesome mother like yourself. It happens more often than you know, where kids attach to other role models, but don’t get taught anything. They see, and they do, without knowledge of what’s right and wrong.

      Keep being an awesome mom, Lynne!

  18. Eye opening! The comments are hilarious, I’m glad everyone is so passionate about music. Looks like the band has some die hard drug and sex addicts 😉

  19. As an avid supporter of The 1975, I cannot just sit here and say that I don’t agree with some of the points brought up in this article, In fact, a few of them are quite plausible. I waited from 9am to around 2pm for a The 1975 signing in Houston, TX on November 26th. The majority of the fans in line were teenage girls, young and old, but I did see lots of young girls, maybe 12-13, dressing way beyond their years. A good ninety percent of them were dressed in short dresses, faces masked with makeup even though they were so young. Now, since most of the fans were dressed like this, I didn’t think much of it. Lots of older girls where wearing short dresses and dark makeup as well. This wasn’t a red flag to me until I saw two girls who appeared to be at least twelve years old smoking. On top of that, a fan did bring Matty a bottle of wine at the signing. During the show later that night, Matty was taking swigs out of a wine bottle often. He was also smoking every now and then. In my opinion, this is unacceptable stage etiquette. As much as I love The 1975 and their music, they do have a responsibility to set a better example for their fans. Especially since so many of their fans are young pre-teen and teenage girls. What they’re doing right now is unacceptable and as a fan, I am concerned with how this is influencing young people. I am especially concerned with how this affects the younger fans. The music is good and not every aspect of the band is negative, so I will continue to be an avid listener of The 1975. However, I do not support any aspect of the band that promotes drugs. I didn’t even realize everything that “Chocolate” was about. I only new a tad bit about the song’s meaning and even that knowledge was only to a certain extent. Now Matty, I respect you so much but that comment is no way to handle constructive criticism. Also, how could you criticize this person’s grammar if you claim that you refuse to read this article? Just some food for thought.

    Best wishes to all who read this,

    Ales~ <3

    • This is a great response Ales! Hopefully Matthew Healy will read this.
      And I believe commenting on grammar is a popular cop out for online users, in order to take light away from the actual subject.

      • Before you start criticising someone’s naivety, try to not be an idiot thinking that the comment was actually from Matty. I literally cannot believe my eyes that you didn’t figure out that this was just a person who used a few Matty’s quotes from some interviews and used his name. The fact that you even think that the real Matty would write such a short, random stupid comment like that in response to this discussion just makes it clear that you simply don’t know Matty, you don’t understand their music or anything surrounding it and you are making subjective judgements about something which is clearly beyond what you are able to perceive.

  20. Looks like rock n roll is back…
    I don’t think people well kids or some teens would look so deep into the lyrics, knowing the meaning of what their referring too, it’s life, society sucks anyways, their great! I’ve met Matty and George their such lovely people! And any one should listen to them beyond the words, loads of artists these days use inappropriate words but that’s music today for ye!

  21. The 1975 is one of my favorite bands. (Though The Silver Heart Club is pretty awesome too 😉 ) I love their music. It’s catchy, fun to sing or dance along too, and I do find talent in their songs, though Matty Healy’s diction could use quite a bit of work. This being said- I totally agree with you. Heads up to all the fan girls attacking you for this article- not every band member in the world is a perfect angel, but you can still like them. I do believe that drugs and alcohol are being romanticized a great deal nowadays thanks to bands and artists such as The 1975 and Lana Del Ray, among others. 14 and even 15-17 year olds don’t need to be having sex and drinking alcohol. And no one needs to be doing drugs that are illegal in the first place. Bands like this make these kind of things seem okay whether they mean to or not, and though I do still like this band, I do agree that people need to keep a level head about the stuff that they see big “rock stars” doing. Addiction is a very serious and very scary thing.

    • Great response! Romanticized. That’s the perfect word for how people are portraying drugs these days.
      And I’m looking forward to the 12 year olds commenting on this article…I just wish I knew who shared it on twitter. That’s where all our traffic is coming from.

  22. Expose yourself…
    Your twitter @!

    You have the most invalid opinion considering The 1975 have lots of fans and will oppose to this non other trying to say that we’ll throw our life away by liking this band. Since when did liking a band not become about the MUSIC. Just because his image on stage portrays something you do not like doesn’t mean we as teenagers (all) are stupid enough for follow the lead he is in regarding his smoking and drinking.
    You have no say in what music/bands we should listen to and trying to persuade our parents in making us not “listen” to them is incredibly dumb. Adios gringito!

  23. Hello, I have several issues with your article and how you come about your reasoning. I am myself a teen who is a fan of The 1975 and do not understand where you are coming from. First of all, you make many references to the band and how since they have such a huge teen following, they should change their lives and what they do to “positively impact” us. I do not believe that it is an artists job to specifically change for their fans. An artists job is to express themselves through their music and potentientally create something that listeners can relate to. Secondly, I would also like to disagree with your comment that all of their music is solely based in sex, drugs and alcohol. You are correct in saying that some of their music, even a good portion contain components of these “taboo topics”, but that is not what their music is based upon. For instance, the song Heart Out contains references to drugs within its lyrics but the meaning of the song has to do with love and trusting your partner with your love. Lastly, we live in the 21st century and if you think that a song about sex, drugs and alcohol is the end all be all to a teens mind and decisions, then I’m sorry but you are strongly mistaken. Teens will always be exposed to these influences in every aspect of their lives but what this band does is tie those influences to something bigger and better, a greater life meaning if you will. This music gives us something more raw, real and authentic to relate to. Best wishes x

    • That was a good response! I agree, you could write a similar article about many (if not most) other musical artists out there. Also, it is not in their job description to be a role model for anyone’s kids (athletes and artists alike). However, the reality is that artists and athletes are role models. Does this mean that they have to promote a healthy well rounded lifestyle, not in any way shape or form. Matty can do whatever he pleases and I will still enjoy his music (well, I suppose there are a few things he could do where I might quit listening!). But, as a parent I can see how impressionable my kids are (even thought they insist they are not) and there is no possible way that I can be informed on all of the movies, music and social media that they are absorbing without my knowledge. My job as a parent though, no matter how difficult, is to inform myself and protect my kids in any way I possibly can and then to prepare them to make good choices for when I cannot protect them. In that sense I thought the article was great, informative to me as a parent.

      Sadly though, I have regressed a bit in my comments on here and argued with teen fan girls (I was having too much fun!).

    • If I were the 1975, and I acquired young fans it is my responsibility to either A) Do not drink and smoke on stage or B) Do not host all ages shows. They do not have to promote a healthy lifestyle. They can basically do whatever they want. But that is the selfish route, when they know so many innocent eyes are on them.

  24. Ok Bob I replied to a few of these messages but idk if you saw them. You keep saying The 1975 have young fansand they should be careful of exposing their habits onstage blah blah blah.. Ok listen The 1975 weren”t supposed to be a band for young people but things happened and they are. They didn’t ask to be role models and they aren’t going to change because their fanbase are young people. what you see is what you get. They are grown men and if they want to drink and smoke they will. They raise awareness about female equality, religion etc. so you saying they don’t send positive messages is bs. Matty wrote about his life and yes he did drugs and has sex, what do you want him to do, lie about his life? Talk about rainbows and butterflies? Rappers like Kanye West and Chris Brown degrade women in their songs and talk about them as if they are objects. Anyone that wants to try drugs is going to do it with or without The 1975, the 1975 are real and their not going to conform because of dumb people like you. And his name is MATTY not Matt.

    • Ok listen The 1975 weren”t supposed to be a band for young people but things happened and they are. They didn’t ask to be role models and they aren’t going to change because their fan base are young people. what you see is what you get.

      Answer: This is bull crap. For starters they could stop having all ages shows, and make them 18+. Do you see Chris Brown letting kids of all ages into his shows? No. It’s their responsibility to understand what is appropriate and what isn’t, and do their best to keep the entertainment they created within those guidelines.

      They are grown men and if they want to drink and smoke they will.

      Answer: Again, I’ve said many times they can do as they wish. Just not on stage, making it look like a glamorous lifestyle.

      They raise awareness about female equality, religion etc. so you saying they don’t send positive messages is bs.

      Answer: Yep. Matthew has some good qualities. Never said he didn’t. We are specifically talking about his lyrics and stage performance. Matthew is an atheist by the way.

      Rappers like Kanye West and Chris Brown degrade women in their songs and talk about them as if they are objects.

      Answer: Show me a rapper, and I’ll show you a douche bag. Should I write an article on rap lyrics? I have a feeling you wont like it either.

      Anyone that wants to try drugs is going to do it with or without The 1975,

      Answer: That’s so stupid. Yes, the person who wants to do drugs, WILL do drugs. However, he is increasing the risk in all of his fans by showcasing his addictions on stage.

      the 1975 are real and their not going to conform because of dumb people like you. And his name is MATTY not Matt.

      Answer: I am offended! Not really. If by conform, you mean stop bringing their addictions on stage, then thats one hell of a loose conformity. Oh, one more thing… MATT! MATT! MATT! MATT!

      • Now I kinda get why you said “I was one of that ‘retarded’ teenagers” you still seem one. I don’t even know how to start. If you think that make their concerts for 18+ helps you are so wrong, they are my favourite band and just prive me to see them live is revolting. I will probably not get any change to see them live but if I get? I couldn’t see. Do even imagine what is saying to you “you can’t do that bc you don’t have age for it” a number is that important? I’m not saying that every kid with my age is maturity capable of making their own decisions. But believe me if a teenager starts smoke, drink having sex or whatever bc of matty, they don’t like their music, they don’t understand music, live, they might think is cool (as you said) and start listening to their music and that’s great they will grow up and having good influences and real feelings. It sucks having depression as such a young age, understand that the world sucks as such a young age and having people saying to you “you’re not depressed you’re too young for that”. You’re comparing Chris Brown with Matty Healy witch shows that you don’t have a clue who is Matty or you don’t have a clue who is Chris, because they’re so different persons. Matty is a great human being with real feelings transmitted with music, he is a feminist, he doesn’t tried to be a person he isn’t for media, you understand that we are talking about 12-17 years old fans and if you think One Direction fans doesn’t know their smoke or I don’t know do sex (shocking!!) you’re dumb. What’s the problem with smoking and drinking we all gonna die someday at least we should live the way we want, and sex at a young age I don’t know what you consider a young age for having sex or in what way they shows sex is “cool” but you’ll not having sex bc of a band. There’s actually really good rappers that don’t need to disrepect woman or man or rhyme nigga with nigga. You just need to find them. Basically all of the alternative bands do drugs, but seriously if I had kids I will prefer 100% seeing them listen to alternative bands (metal whatever) instead of listen to the bad songs that pass nowadays in the radio and are considered pop. I prefer having my kids listening to bands like the 1975 that second you promote “bad habits” that listening to artists like Nicki Minaj or Rihanna that make songs about sex in the bad way but nobody cares so kids are dancing to anaconda and bang bang and that’s okay but kids dancing to sex and heart out is bad?? Why?? Just tell me. You calling matty matt just for pissing off some fans is childhood Bob. And I don’t even care if you call him matt matty or mathew but “MATT! MATTY! MATTY! MATTY!” cmon boy!
        And I probably spell wrong some words or my gramar is shit but I’m sorry if didn’t born in a country where you already speak English and don’t need to learn more languages to express your thoughts.
        Thanks

  25. Wow Bo, I think you pissed off a bunch of teenagers when you told them that they are impressionable! No teenager believes that they are impressionable, they simply cannot be influenced by anything in life, they are 100% unique and make up their own decisions. I’m pretty sure that the title, along with what you actually say in the article shows that you are directing you thoughts and opinions at un-informed parents.

    As a parent of 5 I often take to the internet to look up stuff exactly like this, what are my kids seeing, hearing and doing when I am not around and use articles exactly like this to help me in my decision making, so thank you for your valid opinion. My two oldest (15 and 13) would deny to the end of the earth that their music, movie and tv watching influences them in any way. My son and I actually just had this conversation about the rap he was listening to on his phone. Guess what though, the issue came up because he was referring to girls (while texting friends and girls) as bitches and hoes, something he regularly hears in his rap music. They would both INSIST that sport figures influence their decisions in no way at all, yet neither of them would dare wear anything that doesn’t have a Nike swoosh on it. I could go on and on (as could every parent).

    So my point is, I think you did a service to your target audience (parents) so thank you and don’t worry about pissing off teens, they’re always pissed off and moody anyways…

    • That is incredibly valuable insight coming from a father who has watched his children become influenced, and then hear those same kids turn around and deny that they are in any way able to be influenced by anyone. Awesome input!

      • I can’t believe how annoying of a human being you are….u need a punch in the face…and i think that band sucks–that should be the article….but u suck even more

    • As a parent you are doing a terrible job and your children likely think you are lame and annoying…hence, why u like the article

      • @ryan….I know your children hate u cuz im friends with them and they tell me all the things youve done to them…stop touching them too, its not right

  26. In saying that you want children to be exposed to bands like The Wiggles rather than bands like The 1975, it almost sounds like the only music you want children to listen to iis songs whete the lyrics have no meaning. You sound like you only want children to listen to tutorial on how to brush their teeth put to music. People can’t make an emotional connection to music like that and the only thing kids and teenagers want is to be able to feel like they can relate to something and that someone understands how they’re feeling. They dont want to be told how to brush their teeth, they already know how to do that. They want to be able to sit down and listen to the music and think to themselves, “Hey, this person knows how I feel. They’ve been through worse.” They want something that’s going to help them push their own problems aside, and I’d hate to break it to you, but The Wiggles just don’t do that. Drugs, alcohol and smoking are something that most people are exposed to in some way or already know about. So a band that just happens to centre their music around those things isn’t necessarily going to make teens feel suddenly compelled to try drugs or smoke or become alcoholics. If anything, they’re drawing more attention to the fact that drugs and alcohol aren’t going to get you anywhere. They’ve never attempted to glorify drug and alcohol abuse.

    • “In saying that you want children to be exposed to bands like The Wiggles rather than bands like The 1975…”

      Answer: You’re referring to one of the commentors above who mentioned a few children’s bands. I think he may have been a little off with the age range of the kids we are talking about.

      There are plenty of great artists that lead positive lives in the eyes of the public and many bands offer a positive message as well, such as Owl CIty. I’m not saying all music should be 100% clean. There is plenty of room to express pain and sorrow.

      Everyone has their weaknesses, but not everyone has to flaunt them. I would rather hear about an artists’ struggle through his lyrics, and then watch him overcome those struggles by living an awesome lifestyle. I want inspirational figures to affect the population, not spread the disease of what is addiction and excuse..

      • But see the thing is, they are not encouraging anything. “Everyone has their weaknesses. Not everyone has to flaunt them.” Who are you to decide whose struggles are worthy of being shared? If anything, Matty talking about how his addictions seriously messed up his life is a deterrent. I know about his cocaine addiction, and personally I am less attracted to the prospect of snorting coke if anything. Before I was apathetic. I would call this an improvement wouldn’t you? He doesn’t make excuses, he says here are the things I did and how they made me feel. This is not a review of the 1975, as you didn’t even talk about 4/5 of their show or album. You discussed the moment when he pulled out a cigarette. What about the rest of the show? The lyrics? The musical stylings? Adam is a fantastic guitarist, George is an accomplished drummer and producer for multiple artists. Talk about the band, not about whether Matty Healy is a good nice Christian bourgeois man. Your review is biased, narrow-minded, and does not even cover 20% of the event or the band you are writing about. Objectively, this is bad.

  27. This is extremely poorly written. This is not journalism, this is all based on opinion. If your child is out running about engaging in sexual activities, drugs, drinking, etc. It is not that band’s fault. It is the parent’s for not raising their own children correctly. Maybe instead of ratting on the band, we should be teaching parents to raise their children properly. As a fan of the 1975 and Matty Healy, I have never engaged in drugs or partaken in anything among the sorts. I don’t like them because they smoke or because they drink, but because they write with passion. Maybe if you would actually partake in your research correctly, you would know that Matty Healy is a beautiful writter and a smart man. I have had the privilege to meet Matty and he is a kind soul. He cares about his fans. But that doesn’t matter to you ignorant trolls because you would much rather brainwash us to artists like Justin Bieber, who has been arrested numerous of times for different accusations. Or what about One Direction? Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction made a video of themselves smoking marijuana and it was leaked to the internet. Im sorry but i would much rather listen to music with meaning and raw emotion behind it.

    • “It is not that band’s fault. It is the parent’s for not raising their own children correctly.”

      Answer: Did you even read the article? Yes, fault is on the parents. Although, what about the parents that do everything right? After all, parents are boring, and uncool. They always will be. And I believe someone posted a comment that said “Whats the fun in doing what you’re told”. When parenting isn’t there, or isn’t being listened to, the artists are the role models, and they should be held accountable for what they create and have available to the public.

      “But that doesn’t matter to you ignorant trolls because you would much rather brainwash us to artists like Justin Bieber, who has been arrested numerous of times for different accusations. ”

      Answer: What does that even mean?? Who said I like Justin Bieber? And who said I’m trying to get people to like him? If anything, my attempts are to KEEP people from being “brainwashed”. Here are some artists I would recommend.
      M83, Betty Who, Empire Of The Sun, Chvrches, The Naked & Famous, Mø, Foster The People, Purity Ring, Temper Trap.

      “Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction made a video of themselves smoking marijuana and it was leaked to the internet”

      Answer: Yes, I have been made aware of this, and for the last time One Direction was a name I pulled out of the air. They appeared to have a clean image. I know nothing about them. I did not know this video would surface. My example has become invalid, but my point does not. All it means, is One Direction is no better than the others.

  28. This article is total bollocks. Firstly, you have completely taken the content of their music out of context. Never once in one of their songs did they condone their past usages of drugs. They simply write from a place of experience. It is clear you didn’t pay any attention during the song “Me”, to which Matty refers to all the guilt he feels towards his past actions. Secondly, I have been listening to The 1975 for about a year and a half now, I was not interested in drugs or alcohol before that, and I remain uninterested in such things at present. What I found interesting in your replies to commentators. You yourself admitted to conforming to the image of the lead of whichever band it was that you saw when you were 18. Quite hypocritical of you to try to prevent a new generation from having the free will of doing whatever they choose regarding the members of their favourite band. That’s not to say that us fans wish to do drugs. Because the vast majority of us don’t and are actually quite against it. As for the alcohol that Matty brings on stage, none of the fans actually like it when he drinks. In fact, we express a gross concern for his health. What makes zero sense to me is how literally you took the bottle of painkillers in the ‘Girls’ video. Do you really think that all elements in music videos are true? It was simply to add to the aesthetic of the video. Also Matty has never had an addiction to prescription drugs, so for you to accuse fiction of being nonfiction is a blatant display that you’re just coming up with ludicrous accusations based on his past addictions. That’s not something to just make facts up about. Coming from an individual who has met Matty twice, what you said about him as person throughout the article was very, very insulting and hurtful, not to mention offensive. You focused more on his character than the concert, (which is a general admission concert, of course there is pushing and shoving).. Lastly, I don’t appreciate your patronization of young people. There are those way ahead of their time and for you to mark us all with the same label is incredibly ignorant. You don’t know any of those who have listened to the band’s music and the positive impact it has had on their lives. Perhaps the reason why you wrote this imbecilic article in the first place was simply because you were unable to grasp the fact that through The 1975’s music, teens are able to find comfort from adults such as yourself who treat us as lesser beings.

  29. I’ve tried to leave a message but clearly because of the negativity in the context of the message, you have deleted it.. good job there! shows so much maturity….

    • Hello Chane, We have not deleted a single comment. I have been approving every single opinion that has been written, good or bad. You may need to wait a moment, until the approval process has completed. On my end, there are no comments pending. Thanks!

      • Ok then…Well i guess I will just have to re write it all because I don’t think you’ve realised how many fans you’ve seriously pissed off (me included). I spent 4 hours last night trying to explain exactly what I am about to now, that just because of peoples appearances, they have been so badly criticised and judged by people like you (not trying to be disrespectful in any way because you are an adult) but seriously? I’ve read through every comment on this article and couldn’t agree more with Alana and all the other fans who are defending The 1975. I’ll start off by saying that their music (which will sound like B-S to you or stupid but take it how you want to) it actually helped me get my life back on track.. you have no idea what I had gone through and the amount of people I was forced to talk (therapists) to to try and fix my life (No I was no on any drugs nor have I ever taken any) so to quickly jump to conclusions about what you THINK this band is trying to portray and convey in their lyric is utter BS. You have looked at lyrics in “girls” and yes I agree it does obviously contain meaning of drugs but is there anywhere in that song trying to influence young teenagers to take them? NO. Have you looked passed this song and looked at “Falling For You” or “You”? Have you looked at the messages in those songs. Nothing but LOVE… I know pretty much everything there is about this band, i have invested more than a year of my life to them and they have now become part of my life, they soundtrack it. Think what you want about them but firstly.. have you ever met or spoken to them about their music? I actually have, I may have only met one of the members but I have NEVER met anyone more down to earth and humble than George (the drummer) The fact that he took the time to talk to me and a friend, he was more than willing to take photos with us and even as we approached him, put his newly lit cigarette out.. what does that show you? Yes Matty drinks on stage and has the occasional smoke on stage, but look at Nirvana, they’re practically the same. Just because Matty is doing it, it is HIS life, he isn’t FORCING anyone to take part in drugs.. if anything there is actually an interview or quote where he states that smoking is bad and that people shouldn’t do it.. If you really want I can find it but thats besides the point.. HE is trying to prevent “teenagers” to do it…

        1) The fact that these 4 boys are willing to take to twitter and tweet their thoughts on religious and political outbreaks, the that Matty is in fact a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association.. you don’t see Taylor swift of 1D taking part in anything remotely close to world related issues do you? No I didn’t think so
        2) Their album is a recollection of over 10 years with of memories/emotions.. do the math, this album is a collection of things from the age of 15.. everyone does screwed up shit at 15, its part of the human nature, and a bit of peer pressure but it happens…
        3) Going back to Taylor swift and 1D. Just because they don’t publicly do it DOES NOT mean that they are sweet innocent angels like the whole damn world makes them out to be.. remember 1D smoking weed? yeah that happened. They aren’t exactly the best role models either… and Taylor swift… She definitely isn’t a good role model.. look at her new blank space video.. putting a knife through a face painting of an ex boyfriend, what is that portraying? Not to mention the fact that she jumps through guys every second month. Yes she isn’t as provocative as say Miley Cyrus but thats just her persona. If anything I applaud Miley for coming out and being who she truly is. Same applies for The 1975. They are writing music, emotional music with a crap load of meaning behind it. They are just being themselves.. they never asked to have 14/15/16 year old fans did they? all they wanted to do was create music for people, like myself, to listen to and to enjoy. But then theres people like you who come along and assume the worst in them because of their appearance and a music video…. if you did your research properly on the Girls video, you would actually realise that its a METAPHOR for the TYPICAL POP music that is now being created…. so before you write a long article on why parents shouldn’t let their kids listen to them, maybe do a bit more research. My parents trust me enough to do what I feel is right and don’t mind me listening to them because they know I’m not stupid enough to go out and do drugs… you should maybe have more trust in your children and cut them some slack (if you have kids) because at the end of the day, You can only keep then on a leash for so long before they see the world for what it really is and start to rebel..

  30. I think this a great article coming from a musician himself. I personally know Bo and can say for a fact that he makes sure he does his research before writing articles or interviewing. First of all, (and he even said it himself) he watches numerous interviews of the bands and reads up on them before the show. He meets with the groups face to face and asks them intellegent questions. Thus, making his interviewer skills legitimate. Secondly, I completely understand being passionate about a band or music in general. It’s one of the strongest forces on earth. But what Bo is really trying to say with this article is the power of music sfars as well as the power of parental guidance. Think about it: there’s a reason movies are rated for certain age groups. For example, my best friend was watching a movie when she was 4 or 5. The actor in the film said, “fuck you”!, so little Emily turned to the TV and said “fuck you” right back. Were her parents shocked? Just a bit. Yes, I understand this age group is much older and more educated than a 5 year old, but impressionism lasts a lifetime. In middle school, my friends would swear like nobody’s business. But I was the good kid, I wasn’t supposed to swear. Too bad, I wanted to fit in with my friends so I began to swear like a sailor. Did I censor myself around my parents and little old ladies? Of course! Because I made a conscios decision to be appropriate when I found it necessary. And that is exactly what Bo is saying about Matty. He clearly makes a decision to bring the bottle on stage and light up in front of young fans. Ok, you may say that you’re more mature or responsible, or whatever respectable word you choose to describe yourself, but the fact is is that it’s how humans work. Not every fan will turn to sex, drugs, and alcohol, but Matty is making it seem okay. It honestly broke my heart when I read one of the comments explaining how Matty uses alcohol as his vice for nervousness. Why did this break my heart? Because I cannot comprehend the fact that someone would try to defend such a damaging substance just because it gets rid of some stage fright. So, if a young girl is nervous about a test in school, she should just drink some wine, take some pills, and she won’t be nervous anymore! Well, maybe, but that is exactly how addictions and dangerous habits form. You might be an alcoholic, but, hey! at least you’re not nervous! To reinforce this statement, my freshman year of college, I my boyfriend’s roommates heard how much aderol helped with focus and attention. (Aderol is a prescription drug most commonly perscribed to individuals diagnosed with ADD or ADHD) Neither of these guys had been perscribed the medication, but had found their own means to obtain it. I was in the same class as one of the roommates, so we studied at the same time. He took his Aderol and studied for the test in 15 minutes. Because his brain was moving a mile a minute, he felt that it was a subsequent amount of time to study for a large test. It wasn’t. He failed the test, but resorted to drinking and a mixture of other drugs for studying for the next test. Obviously, he didn’t do well. What I’m trying to reiterate is that using substances and developing unhealthy habits with them will never solve the initial problem. I guarantee it will make it worse. And I believe that is what Matty is sharing with his young fans. “Abuse substances, but say it’s okay because life is hard”. Life is hard. But that’s never okay. Why do you think Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, and hell, even Britney Spears heard so much about their public affairs? Because people know it affects the public. It just does. The 1975 may have healed themselves in certain ways, and progress is always an accomplishment, but it really wouldn’t be so difficult to leave the bottle in the back and the cigarettes in his pocket and just focus on the hundreds and even thousands of people that look up to them to be the truly inspirational people they should be. Inside and out.

  31. Just another poor example of a different form of media to try to gain some popularity in your life that’s going no where. For someone who I know grew up listening to Blink 182 and bands that have done MUCH more obscure and negatively influential things on stage, your article is meaningless. Yeah, they are stars that have the ability to influence millions of their fans and those alike, but targeting them specifically is ridiculous. You want to write a real article? Stop the tunnel vision and write about the general issue – which you have obviously suggested is how influential media has become to younger generations. Then you know what? Your article is just another lost in the midst of a thousand others trying to express their concern. If you are so worried, get off your computer chair and advocate. The problem there is, you’re not so tough without your keyboard – plus, millions are already aware of the issue and actions to alleviate the problem are ineffective. The world is a growing technological place. It’s only going to get worse, and it sounds like you may need to mentally prepare yourself for that.

    • “Just another poor example of a different form of media to try to gain some popularity in your life that’s going no where.”

      Hello Olive!
      Seems as if this article struck a chord with you. I should let you know that this website is not an attempt to bluntly gain popularity. Would I be happy to see the site take off to the point where I could make a decent income? Absolutely! But thank you for the positivity!

      “For someone who I know grew up listening to Blink 182 and bands that have done MUCH more obscure and negatively influential things on stage”

      Answer: You know I grew up listening to Blink 182. Yes I did! Other than cuss, I haven’t seen any other bands do anything worth writing about. (I also didn’t have the ability to write concert reviews back then either.) Also, please tell me why would the fact that I grew up listening to Blink make this article invalid?

      “targeting them specifically is ridiculous Stop the tunnel vision and write about the general issue.”

      Answer: How is targeting them specifically, ridiculous? Yes I have a problem with the general issue, however, I went to a 1975 concert, and this is what I had to say about my experience. It is a review of The 1975. However, I do touch on the general issue throughout the article, and I believe others can see that. The 1975 is a conversation starter, if you will.

      “If you are so worried, get off your computer chair and advocate.”

      Answer: I’m not that worried.

      “The problem there is, you’re not so tough without your keyboard”

      Answer: Do I appear to be tough in this article? I am speaking my mind, and I will always speak my mind; Online or in person. It may be you who’s not so tough without your keyboard, giving a fake email address in order to anonymously lay a personal attack on a writer. Cowardly.
      “It’s only going to get worse, and it sounds like you may need to mentally prepare yourself for that.”

      Answer: I realize it’s going to get worse. It saddens me, but I will not lose sleep over it.

      Thank you for the comments Olive :)

  32. Before I start this, I’m a fifteen year old girl so if any of you believe I’m naïve/ impressionable/ stupid or whatever the stereotype of a fifteen year old girl is, don’t bother reading this comment.

    I have been a fan of this band since I was fourteen and I began listening to their music when I was thirteen. Two years later? I haven’t drank alcohol or smoked or consumed any drugs. As for engaging in sexual activities, my only comment is lol. Boys won’t even look at me. But what I have done is become more creative musically, something that has had a positive impact on my life. I’ve seen the 1975 live 3 times and each time I do see them I am so inspired – inspired to write more, make more music etc. But this happens with a lot of artists I see live. I have been listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers since I was ten or eleven, who clearly write about sex, drug use etc. I would say that all of the bands/ artists I listen to write about sex/ drugs. Look at Ed Sheeran – I’ll take his song Bloodstream for example – MDMA. Or a lot of his older songs reference marajuana usage. But the majority of the world love Ed for the lovely guy that he is. Matty & George & Ross & Adam are all lovely guys too, regardless of their drug or alcohol use.

    Now, I don’t know what the situation is in other countries, but if you go to a disco or a social event for teenagers, it’s difficult to find a 12 or 13 year old who isn’t dressed beyond their years or with a full face of make up. It’s not just a The 1975 concert this happens at. The world is becoming over-sexualised everyday, and yes of course it’s the effect of the media, but ONE band isn’t going to do this. It’s an accumulation of bands, singers, actresses, actors, etc. It’s trends, which have always been around. And whilst this is a negative trend, there’ll be something cooler and newer to follow and these bands/ singers/ actors etc will be forgotten about too. Who’s to say that in five or ten years that being a virgin will be the “cool” thing?

    Yes, I do know that young people are impressionable and “monkey see what monkey do” but if someone is actually going to do something JUST because a band does it, there’s something seriously wrong beyond “impressionable”.

    Saying that if someone wants do drugs they’ll do it anyway I’d an ignorant statement but (in my opinion) I believe that everything happens for a reason. It could be the worst thing or best thing that ever happens to you.

    If I rewrite this in a few years, I’ll probably be that same person who hasn’t taken alcohol or engaged in sexual activities (I definitely won’t unless I wake up really pretty with a great personality one day) or experimented in drugs. But then again, I might not be that same person. The thing is, we don’t know where life is going to take us and we can’t change fate. The 1975 are in our lives for a reason. In your case, it’s for you to warn everyone under the age of eighteen away from them. Do you honestly think that a parent will be able to stop their children from listening to The 1975 after reading this article? Teenagers may be stupid but we’re also cunning.

    Also, you made a comment that Matty is an atheist. What has that anything to do with this?

    If I rewrite this again in a year or two or three or whatever, I can guarantee you I’ll be the same person I am now, and that I won’t have

  33. Indie Rock is a bust. A disgrace to Independent music, because there’s nothing Independent about music which is now mainstream.

    So he’s a feminist humanist who enjoys drinking and smoking on stage. I honestly don’t care what type of influence that makes on kids, but the music, the sub-culture, and just about every aspect of this band and other bands like it just bring an over-righteous sound that tries but fails to emulate the past. What happened to real rock music? Rock music that you could rock-out to instead of EDM indie music about drug abuse. Where people dress casually, but not with clothes from some hip-designer store like Ragstock or Hot Topic.

    I feel that music now is becoming less specified and more about money and grooves to listen too to party. If you like this music, go ahead and listen to it, but I’m sticking with what I grew up listening too.

    • why are you comparing the 1975 with rock music? The 1975 create music that they want, not to please an idiot like you on some obscure blog. and if you knew anything about the 1975 they dont freaking care about money Rock is not their style get over it. if you want rock listen to catfish and the bottlemen and get your old ass out of here

      • Quite honestly I don’t even give a shit about this article. I’ll admit, I don’t know anything about the band at all, but that’s because I don’t want to. Who says they have to please me, they can do whatever they want. I just wanted to make a point that not all kids listen to this music, let alone are inspired to do drugs. But the music itself brings a bad, over-righteous and rebellious-punk-wannabe style that all of these teenagers seem to dig.

        I honestly don’t care if people listen to them or not, but it isn’t something that interests me. I feel that the influence that the blog and even the fans that have been fighting are worse that the band itself.

        So call me what you want. I’m sticking to Nickelback’s Silverside up.

  34. Read the article and a lot of the comments. Just a background, I am 20 year old male who does not listen to the 1975, maybe heard a few songs on the radio in the past.

    “FACT: Kids like things that are cool. Bands are cool. The clothing bands wear is cool. Suddenly alcohol is cool, smoking is cool and sex is cool. Now, their superiors (parents, teachers, ect) have gained a level of such uncoolness…”

    this article is correct in the way it deals with things. “Kids” (but I think the topic here is actually 15/16 year olds) do like to do the things they perceive as “cool”. And there are singers out there that talk about sex and drugs and he smokes cigarettes. This is all true. But is the way we deal with this to turn it off and act like it doesn’t happen? That it’s not out there? I believe I read in one of Bo Webber’s comments that, actually I found it:

    ““You act like kids are so stupid”

    Answer: They are. I was once one of them.”

    So yeah, I agree with these points. But censorship in the home is not the answer. Was this posted on an evangelical website, or musicinminnesota.com? I guess my biggest ire is that music isn’t always going to appease everyone. I mean, we live in 2015 now (I’m a little early on that given the time of writing) and are inundated with hypersexualized music everyday when we turn on our local radio. I think if you want to not listen to the 1975, so be it, it is your decision, but in making that call, you should also not listen to anything else that has the same influence. You should not listen to a lot of your classic rock. They might have innuendos. They might have drank alcohol. They might have even smoked. You cannot look back at music history without looking at controversy with artists. You should not listen to Lou Reed, then. Heck, you probably shouldn’t listen to the Beatles then. It is a slippery slope when it comes to telling people they should not listen to something because one thinks it negatively impacts them. Elvis shook his hips and parents didn’t like that either. I would like to think people turned out okay because they watched it.

    But I think the worst part of the article is assuming that sex, drugs, music, and being reckless are not fun. Because they are. And people are drawn to these activities and have been for decades and decades. It’s just we have entered the time where it is more open to talk about them. Although it is still pervasive in the news, teen pregnancies are actually declining (http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-health-topics/reproductive-health/teen-pregnancy/trends.html). Maybe not everything is as it seems. But more importantly, I think this article was written as a cautionary tale, from the author’s own admission that he has made mistakes in the past wishes people wouldn’t follow down roads that would have them do the same. I agree with the sentiment, but not in the action. Turning ones back is not the answer. An open discussion with a family and friends can alleviate some of the perceived stress and peer pressure on society. But more importantly, I would like to say that most people turn out okay in the end. The author of this article did. I am. Probably the singer from the 1975 is. We all have our hang ups and our mistakes. it is part of the human condition. People need to experience things to learn from them and being told what they can and cannot do and how to act is not a way that fosters better behaving “kids,” but more curious and rebellious ones.

    In all, let this not be about what one can and cannot listen to, but an open discussion between people about what is right and moral and ethical in your day-to-day life. Only then can we be able to have the knowledge we need as a society to fight against the mediocrity, hypocrisy, and numbness that permeates our navigation of the post-(post?)-modern times we have found ourselves in.

    PS: If people argue on here that “indie rock is a bust,” I hope they know that more music exists within the genre. I will admit I am not a big fan of the 1975, but there is music out there that is being made and is more “independent” than things like this. personally, I would look for bands that self produce their music (the national, for instance). But I agree, the state of music is a complicated place that is seemingly run by corporations, but that is why it is important to find other outlets with more verisimilitude than the ones we are pervasively exposed to.

    • I acknowledge there’s good music out there that’s independently release, but “Indie rock” is a totally different genre. It’s the style, not the record company that defines the Indie Genre now, because without the major labels or the subsidies that the band is signed to, they wouldn’t even be considered to be able to play at the Myth. They would still be welcomed into the Underground music scene they came from. The 1975 is an example of a band like that.

      Personally, I hate mainstream music (from this era of time), and while I wish there was a lot more heavier rock music on the radio, I know that won’t amount to anything. I respect all people’s interest, but this music isn’t my style. All I can do is listen to what I like and not listen to what other people like.

  35. Well….i’m a fan of The 1975 and i’m not sure when this was made but one direction a few months ago [posted a video of them smoking some kind of drugs so wow they are not promoting bad habits to their fan base which goes from 5 year olds to like 16 year olds if the parents don’t like it then they can tell their kids not to listen to it but yes rock stars life style sin’t the cleanest but really pin point it all on the 1975 check out Motionless In White and their lyrics if you want inappropriate stuff sorry

  36. You keep saying that the 1975 shouldn’t write about drugs and sex and that’s ludacris because they are singing about their lives. So what you are saying is that they shouldn’t write about their lives? The problem with the music industry is that that there is no honesty in it anymore and having them censor their freaking lives is stupid. And at my show Matty talked about his friend who did drugs and died and MATTY told us to not do drugs because drugs were stupid and they have consenquences. And a lot of people in this fanbase linked this bs story on twitter so there’s your answer. And your lucky we did because no on would have read this dumb article anyway. You want to be a “music journalist” you should at least get MATTY’S name right.

  37. Everyone who loves the 1975 can say the 1975 have greatly made their lives better. I personally became a better person because of the 1975 not worse, better. They make me think about important issues and made me do great things with my life. You keep saying he shouldn’t smoke on stage blah blah blah, but you know what he will smoke when he comes outside, after concerts, when he meets fans because he actually cares about his fans unlike 95% of the artists. He comes outside even though he’s up all day giving everything he has into his music, he doesn’t need people like you who do nothing but type bs behind a computer screen So what then? Are you going to tell him to not smoke on his own time? Reevaluate yourself

  38. Idk man this article pisses me off. I recommend you listen to their interview on BBC http://youtu.be/ASFouzUuKBE I appreciate your courage for writing this for I’m sure you’ve gotten a lot of hate but I don’t think you realize the impact the 1975 had had on many lives what u want to explain is for you to look back on your teenage years. Please look back and put your self in the perspective of seeing or listening to this band in your teen years boy or girl absolutely every teenager can relate to their music heart break depression influences peer pressure high school stories man this music has made my life livable and many can agree that because of their music we don’t feel so alone and for a silly adult to come in and explain that they don’t think it is affecting kids in a positive way is hypocritical because I can almost bet you were in our shoes and experiencing the same things years ago everybody has their addictions and demons and nobody is to judge each other maybe because you don’t enjoy cigarettes and wine doesn’t mean another legal man can’t do you bite your nails? Idk the 1975s impression on teenage society has been nothing more than positive and the negative is from people who simply don’t understand and if anything I have never been influenced to drink nor smoke or participate in drugs because of their music or in general it just upsets me that you don’t understand so please take the time to understand listen to how they grew up they started from nothing and worked for 10 years to be where they are today so please just do a little research before controlling parents read this and ban music that could potentially save teens from feeling alone or depressed just because of your article

  39. Hear, hear! parent Ryan. I’m also a parent, not a teenager, so I’m not going to pretend I’m not impressionable. As a matter of fact, even adults can be impressionable when bombarded with the same messages over and over.

    Back in the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, cigarette ads, alcohol ads were all over the place. They’ve since been banned. Not only that, you could see actors themselves smoking, drinking, etc. on the screen. That, too, has been stopped – why? Because seeing actors using is like advertising. Tobacco companies of course howled over this and conducted all types of expensive, skewed studies trying to show bans don’t work. Why did they do this? Because of course they realized that people see, people want to do. People bombarded, people eventually accept. That’s a premise of advertising. That’s why companies spend billions on advertising because they know people see, they want, they buy.

    Did reducing the exposure work? A quick look at CDC statistics show in 1965 42% of adults smoked. By 2011, 19% smoke. Increased prices also play a role. But advertising definitely does work. I don’t think anyone disputes this, in 2015.

    Flaunting smoking and drinking onstage by admired musicians is a pretty powerful advertisement. In addition, they were also breaking rules – which sends another message – you want to rebel, show your independence – smoke and drink. It’s a message teens have been susceptible to for decades.

    Unfortunately, to really make a difference, bans have to be complete. If they’re halfway, or little bit here little bit there, then they don’t have much effect is what the studies show. So there’s some validity in saying that 1975 is not going to be able to clean up the whole addiction mess so many teens are in – by themselves. But that also doesn’t mean they should add fuel to the fire.

    It is our job as parents to TRY to educate our children and steer them in the right direction. Fact is, a large percentage of them will continue to let what we say in one ear and out the other. Until they become addicted and end up in rehab (if they’re lucky). There is, though, that percentage who don’t succumb.

  40. I have been a fan of The 1975 for a couple years now. I read the whole article and you do have some good points… But as a fan I do disagree with many as well. Being a teenager as well as a huge fan (one of the ones madly in love with Matty, George, Adam and Ross), I have picked apart every song and eventually you have to get past the part that some of songs are about drugs and sex, if you opened up your eyes…or possibly your ears that sex and drugs are very popular topics in the music industry in every genre really.

    Teenagers are influenced easily because we are looking for ourselves and we are also wanting to be independent and free. But not ALL teenagers are influenced by the sex and drugs. Matty Healy dancing with his wine bottle on stage hasn’t influenced my drinking at all,,. infact I hardly ever drink but that is my choice. Matty Healy also lit up at the concert I attended in May but, he’s a 24 year old adult who makes his own decisions. Is it wrong? Yes. But that is the venues problem not yours. Also the bands touring with them when I saw them on their last tour were amazing, also the bands on the North American tour were just as amazing! If the Indie scene isn’t your thing, then that’s you. Not everyone has the same taste, that you must respect.

    Maybe frontman Matty Healy isn’t making the best decisions during his stage performance. But if you listen to interviews and read deeply into the lyrics of songs you will see this man is a genius and full of thoughts. His Twitter feed is full of him sharing insipiring lessons from UK groups. Matty is also the face of a Humanistic group. You do have to see that the “bad” things he does and the good balance out in the end.

    At the end of the day it is the teenagers decision to drink , have sex or do drugs. It isn’t The 1975 “influencing” poor behavior, other bands, actors and socialites are doing the same and sometimes the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. So before you blame one band think about the whole picture because it isn’t like One Direction or Taylor Swift or Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber haven’t messed up or done similar acts.

  41. Okay, i agree to an extent. Yes I understand when you say that kids (meaning ages like 10 under) shouldn’t listen to them, but, I think that in todays society, there is a lot of exposer to drugs and alcohol just on social media alone. The 1975’s music is absolutely beautiful, I am a huge fan and I believe that every single song has it’s own purpose. Yes, some of the songs can be a little inappropriate, but, the songs aren’t meant to be looked at in that way. So I guess in conclusion, that yes, there is some aspects to the 1975 that YOUNGER children shouldn’t be exposed to but, they are exposed to in today’s society anyways. However, it’s a freedom of speech. People who listen to the 1975 can connect to the songs and the ‘characters’ within the songs. You are right and, in my opinion, wrong on some parts. However, you are a journalist, it’s your opinion. thanks for reading mine.

  42. I understand completely that I am way late but whatever. My mom read this article and was like ok no biggie. I’m 14 and started listening to them when I was 12 1/2 13. There is worse stuff out there such as a song that sings “you gotta eat the booty like groceries” (which I’m a fan of that song). Also there’s songs that say SEX DRUGS ALCOHOL and shit like that. Matty is 25 years old he’s allowed to smoke and drink Lana del Rey does the same exact thing. And one direction…. douche bags

  43. I’m laughing at this article. Why? Because it’s seriously wasteful to say that kids should not be listening to The 1975. Though I’m sure you mean teenagers. As a teenager myself, I will say that the music is more than that. In fact, they have revolutionized their entire image. They want to stray from the pop image that was bestowed upon them through the media. Instead of their black and white aesthetic, they have moved to one of color. Try listening to Antichrist. Despite its title, it is not what you would think. It is a deep and powerful song that was on their EP, Facedown. “Blood is on your tongue as well as your hands, archaic and content you just wash them off.” Now tell me, does that scream sex, drugs, and alcohol to you? You should try taking a look at One Direction. They have countless videos of Harry Styles doing crotch grabs and moaning on stage. I’ve seen The 1975 in concert and their performance is nothing like that.

  44. you’re just upset because the 1975 appeals to an impressionable age group. all of their songs are written about real life experiences. hence, “expression.” they are artist and they are getting things that weigh on them out there. unfortunately for you, the way they got it out happens to be beautiful and drawling. they’re one of the most talented bands the industry has ever picked up on. they are the new era of the Beat Generation for us. they are honest in their work. from music to interviews to performances. asking them to not do things that they would normally do because they are under the public eye is completely condescending for someone who says they appreciate art or someone who is even an artist, themselves. Art is honesty and they are doing them. apparently they are affecting people so that’s great for them but not what they were aiming for because all that they’ve created is FOR THEM and ABOUT THEM. they owe nothing to anyone. they just happened to be noticed and get big. besides, the people listening to them and buying tickets to the show must be doing it because they relate to them somehow…. (emotionally, physically, consciously, unconsciously). please consider this comment before continuing your criticism on art. I have a feeling it could be very helpful to you.

  45. EDIT:::::: you’re just upset because the 1975 appeals to an impressionable age group. all of their songs are written about real life experiences. hence, “expression.” they are artist and they are getting things that weigh on them out there. unfortunately for you, the way they got it out happens to be beautiful and drawling. they’re one of the most talented bands the industry has ever picked up on. they are the new era of the Beat Generation for us. they are honest in their work. from music to interviews to performances. asking them to not do things that they would normally do because they are under the public eye is completely contradicting for someone who says they appreciate art or someone who is even an artist, themselves. Art is honesty and they are doing them. apparently they are affecting people so that’s great for them but not what they were aiming for because all that they’ve created is FOR THEM and ABOUT THEM. they owe nothing to anyone. they just happened to be noticed and get big. besides, the people listening to them and buying tickets to the show must be doing it because they relate to them somehow…. (emotionally, physically, consciously, subconsciously). please consider this comment before continuing your criticism on art. I have a feeling it could be very helpful to you.

  46. my friend listened to the 9021075 once and then maggie higgly made her want to smoke marry anna (w*eed) and then she died ?????✈️ I’ll never listen to that egly inDIE music ever again ???? scr**w off muddy headly

    • Why don’t you move to Utah and take an English composition class? This post reads as if you wrote it while inebriated and under heavy influence of emojis.

  47. I am a parent. I am NOT a fan of this band. As a matter of fact I’ve never heard them because my kids are both grown. The issues that I have with this article is that the responsibility for protecting the author’s child is being put on the band. Why did you take your child to see this band without knowing anything about them? There is Internet that would let you explore things like this before letting your child listen to it. Or taking them to see them. The band did not choose to market themselves to little girls. They make music that they like and you can’t expect them to change that in order to fit into your category. Like I said I’ve never even heard of the band but if my child was listening to them I would make it a point to find out about them. Evidently this band is making music for themselves and adults if people choose to let their young girls go to see them that is not the bands issue nor should they change their show to fit that. evidently this band is making music for themselves in adults if people choose to let their young girls go to see them that is not the bands issue north should a change their show to fit that it is the parents responsibility not the bands. Now do I respect them for doing this knowing that they have a audience full of young girls? Absolutely not. I have seen other bands take into account the fact that they were children present and tone things down. But you have to remember there wouldn’t be children there if parents like you were to research what their kids are listening to and then not let them go do the shows. I’m really tired of putting the responsibility on everyone else to raise their child. You have a child. It is your responsibility to raise them the way you want them to be. Don’t expect others to change for you. Just don’t let your kids go to things where they will be exposed to things that you disagree with. In America you cannot tell other people they can’t do something because you don’t like it. You can only choose not to participate and not to let your children participate. If it were me eat in a band like that we probably limit the age of people allowed into our concerts. However I would also at the same time expect parents not to bring their kids to see us after listening to us and knowing what we stand for. But it is never and will never be other people responsibility to protect your kids. It is yours and yours alone

  48. That was the one of the most dumb things I ever read in my life. Just bc they do drugs and drink alchool doesnt mean that every fan will do that. The comments about One Direction bothered me, im a fan and the fact that you say if they do drugs ou something “not appropriate” but the world dont know its fine. Thats stupid, You are talking about the perspective of the media, but what the fans stay? I like to know if the artits that I like drink or smoke, everybody want to know. I love The 1975 they are my favourite band ever but that doenst mean that I will do sex (I dont know whats the problem with that its a natural thing that make the humans race alive literally) and the song its not about sex like the book The Fault in Our Stars its not about cancer its about the love between two teens who are dying, the song its about a person that Matty liked, she has a boyfriend and she just wanna have fun when he what a real relashionship just not sex its kinda the contrary, or drugs or smoke, The 1975 music its just so poetry and emocional if you really undesrtand, and Matty its the best artist currently, the way he sings the emocion that he puts in every song he sings, he write hes art not just some words (a lot of times really bad, offensive and talk about drugs and sex in a bad way) with some cool beat who pass on the radio. Btw im sorry for my english, im portuguese. I have twelve years and listen a lot of artits like them. And in this moment Im writing this (I dont know why I give a shit about this but I do) and not doing sex or drugs or smoke like you think that the fans are.

  49. Chet Baker, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday and the entire jazz scene in the 50s and 60s was full of heroin addicts. So if a kid listens to Jazz and reads up on artists to discover about the drug use they may or may not decide to emulate. As people have said, it is the parents responsibity and even the schools to properly educate about the negative consequences addiction brings…but it certainly isnt the artists obligation to act a specific way. Kurt Cobain was smoking throughout his MTV Unplugged Award and withdrawing from heroin as well. Drugs and Music go hand in hand….they always have. It is up to every person to be responsible for themselves and not allow to be influenced by drug use from their favorite bands or artists, but by their good values and education.

  50. Wow, this article makes me laugh ?
    Suddenly we are supposed to be living in a society where parents dictate what their kids can and can’t listen to. I’m sorry but when has that ever happened! Think back to the 70’s and 80’s when the Rolling Stones were one of the biggest rock artists of that time. If your parents had told you not to listen to them cause they were promoting bad behaviour etc, would you really listen? The same goes for now, telling your kids what they can and can’t like. So what if the 1975 talk about drugs and sex etc. obviously their label doesn’t care cause they would’ve put a stop to it and the band would not exist. Instead of dictating what your kids should and shouldn’t listen to teach them what behaviours are right and wrong. Teach them that just because someone famous is doing something doesn’t mean you should to. Teach them to appreciate the music and it’s art, not just the ideas being promoted by the artist!
    If you really think writing this article will stop people listening to the 1975 you are wrong! There are worse artists out there promoting the same thing!

  51. You do realise that parents have no control over what their children listen to in their spare time? The 1975 are one of my favourite bands, that doesn’t mean I’m going to go out, smoke a pack of fags and hide syringes in my coat. Parents these days are seriously paranoid that if their kids like a certain type of music they’ll do the same thing their favourite celebrities do. This isn’t the case at all. Stop telling parents what their kids can and can’t listen to and start being a bit more laid-back.

  52. Seriously what are you talking about? If kids have it in their heads to drink or do drugs or have sex then no amount of parental guidance is going to stop them. Kids are going to make their own desicions about regarding their lives, and everyone has their own morals. Im a teenager who admittedly loves this band, but I wouldn’t do drugs or anything just because an artist I like does. Some people might, but you can’t help that. And like another person that commented on your article said, in the end its about the music. The lifestyle of the artist shouldn’t matter when you take that into context. They’re real people, who make their living singing about their lives, so let them be themselves without bashing them. And another thing… One Direction have a lot of songs about sex too. Ed Sheeran, another artist that a lot of teenagers love, has songs about sex, alcoholism, drugs, etc. Get some real statistics please.

  53. this is the dumbest thing i have ever read, my sister listens to the 1975 you wanna know when she started drinking? when her friends did, yes children are influential yes we like things that are ‘cool’ but we don’t just follow anyone we see, personally i listen to my friends to see what’s cool or not, not matty, when i see him on stage with a bottle of wine i’m not thinking to myself, ‘gee that’s cool maybe i’ll drink’ in fact i’m not even thinking about that wine, i’m thinking about the amazing music and i listen to the words, if matty has influenced me on anything it would be his political views

  54. The 1975 is the best if u don’t like there music don’t post it on the internet plz it’s rude I’m not trying to be rude and in my case there music helped me with my depression and so what is the drink or smoke even pop stars do that I mean u let kids listen to Taylor swift she sings about how many boyfriends she has. Yes the 1975 does have a song called sex but it’s a good song so please don’t judge them they have feallings to and matty Healy is the best good influences ever so plz stop saying mean things

  55. Sex has been cool for a long time, if it’s consensual, legal and safe nobody is getting hurt. He’s not making anyone drink or smoke. I know I’ve had my fair share of being told how bad drinking and smoking is at school, if people do it because “Matty does it!” it’s their problem, they know the effects. Bottom line: great band, crappy article.

  56. Mr Weber, I value your opinion and your expression of concern about ‘The 1975’, but after reading your article, I do believe there are many definitive flaws throughout your article. Firstly, the title of your article, “Why your kids shouldn’t listen to The 1975”, most of your reasons as to “why” kids/teens shouldn’t be allowed to listen to this band are mostly unsupported by fact, and dare I say it – hypocritical. Your argument mainly being about the bands use of alcohol, sex and drugs. Healy’s use of alcohol should not be a “reason” as to why kids/teens should be unable to listen to The 1975. I can almost guarantee you that every single member of their audience have seen their own parents (or someone of significance) drink alcohol in front of them. Parents/guardians are also of a significant influence (and even role models) to kids; so with your argument being Mr Weber, “Don’t let your kids listen to The 1975 because one member of the band happens to drink and smoke in front of them”, even thought I am almost certain that it already happens at home? How can one expect to tell your children to not listen to a band because they drink/smoke when you do it yourself? Mr Weber, I am utmost disappointed by your article and the legitimacy of it. The 1975 have no way endorsed the use of illicit substances and with media and society today, there are far more worrying artists in music that you should be writing about and warning parents about. Although The 1975 may not be the best role models, I certainly do believe however that parents should let their children listen to a band and to not stop them from doing so just because of their own lifestyle choices. At the end of the day, it’s children who are doing it on their own accord and for experience, not because a band makes it seem “cool”.

  57. This is the most stupid and ignorant article I have ever read. The 1975 can do whatever they want, no one asks them to listen to their music. It’s all about the music, and their music is BEAUTIFUL.

  58. Great article!
    First off, I’d like to apologise if I make grammatical errors here. English isn’t my native language.
    I’m not surprised that the comments section are full of backlash.
    A lot of these comments came from teens that are mostly fans of the band.

    I, myself, is an avid fan of the 1975 too and the way I read your article, it seems like you’re not THAT of a fan of the band (?)
    Their music is quite powerful. I’ve read some of the comments above and those alone are prevalent proof that their music really is influential. But I believe they, somehow, catered the wrong audience. Their previous release (Self-Titled) have attracted a lot of teenage girls. And the band did not expect that. While it is true that kids should not listen to these kind of music that promote sex, drugs, and alcohol, the band itself admitted that a huge chunk of their fans were teenagers. Matty, in an interview, said that he wrote these music during his dark days and his addiction, and is inspired by his struggles until today.

    I see nothing wrong with the music he writes and the songs the band performs. And I don’t (personally) see anything wrong with the youth listening to their songs. When I was little, I listened to a lot of explicit albums and I didn’t even understand the context of most of these songs not until when I was a little bit older. But for teenagers to listen to these kind of songs, it really is alarming and critical. It takes some level of maturity to understand the lyrics of their songs and not be influenced by what they’re singing. Yeah, sure, they sing about sex or drugs, but it takes some kind of understanding that what they’re singing is something you’d enjoy but not to the point that you’d do or replicate it.

    I listen to their EP’s a lot. My favorite songs are // You // Me // Settle Down // So Far, It’s Alright // Sex // Robbers
    I’ve also listened to some of their unreleased songs from the new album and I can pretty much say that they sound different but still the same (?) hahaha. Idk how to say it. The way they released UGH! and Love Me are interesting to me though. It seems like they are releasing their songs to shoo away their teenage fans. I didn’t personally like Love Me and the music video but it seems like they’re doing that because they want to have a more mature fan base or audience rather than their existing fans mostly composed of teenage girls.

    My favourites so far from their new album (to be released next year) are // Somebody Else // A Change Of Heart // The Sound. I swear they sound like amazing, like if // Settle Down // and // Heart Out // had a lovechild, it would sound like some of their new songs.

  59. Sorry but this article is so bullshit. Majority of the fans are 15 and over. Majority know that smoking and drinking is bad and are educated about safe sex. They aren’t a bunch of 11 year olds who have no idea about anything, and would do anything to be accepted. I think you underestimate a) the knowledge that teenagers have and b) the positive impact that The 1975 have on people. Sure they’re no “One Direction”. They’re not manufactured like One Direction and they’re not under pressure to target a certain audience like One Direction, which kind of makes your whole “How would you feel if One Direction promoted negative habits to your children?” seem kind of irrelevant. The 1975 is a band that is raw and honest. Their fans are raw and honest. For the love of god, do not write an article on something you clearly no next to nothing about.

  60. This is complete bullshit, and while im listening to Robbers by the 1975 cause thats what i do and im not gonna have some shitty article ruin my taste in music because holy shit he smokes and drinks omfg arrest him

  61. the reason that people relate so supernaturally to the 1975’s music is because they expose their flaws. Not in a flamboyant flaunt to create an idolization, but with a raw human exposure free from the typical contrived modern entities, and resultantly relatable for youth to go through their own self reflection and growth.

  62. Nah man, you’re not fully experiencing music to its full potential if you’re canceling out the material just because you’re not fond of the person or people that produced it. That’s like me saying people shouldn’t like yourself as a musician because of this degrading article. (bit harsh eh?) It’s 2016 mate, enjoy the sounds.

  63. Matty even tells audience to not live his lifestyle. He shows that it’s not a good path, and any hardcore 1975 band would know not to touch alcohol and cigarettes. It’s some weird art-form expression.

  64. Honestly the 1975 is amazing and so is Matty Healy. The lyrics have intelligent, emotional meaning behind them and the music is so well done. Obviously the 1975 isn’t for 8 year olds and it’s not like they asked to have some younger fans in the fan base but who cares because they are undeniably so amazing. I would even compare them to Bowie and Mick Jagger. Music is music, it is an expression of the self. You sound like the music police, if the 1975 isn’t appropriate than why don’t we all just listen to the wiggles. You also seem really jealous and bitter. You claim to be an artist yet you try and belittle others art. “Art is supposed to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comforted.” It takes a lot to make an album and to put that out in the world. Could you make an album that was nearly as great as what the 1975 have done? Regardless of how you feel, it doesn’t matter because the 1975 will continue to gain popularity and money so I don’t think that Matty cares what you have to say, and if it does hurt his feelings, he can wipe his tears with all his money. Meanwhile what have you done lately that anyone actually cares about, besides being a bitter hater?

  65. By the way, the photo of the RX with Healy, Matthew on it with a variety of pills spilling out……what a terriable abuse of your job! I can’t believe your editor, whom ever, allowed this photo. So….are you someone parents shouldn’t let their kids read because you lied putting this FAKE made pucture in your article??

  66. Instead of listening to the 1975 tell your kids to plug their headphones into a loaf of white bread. Why let youth experience viewpoints that differ from what their parents want for them? Good thing Gen X”s parents took that standpoint, cause looks how those guys turned out!
    Instead of having your kids listen to the 1975 you should let watch pitch perfect, that’s a really wholesome movie that doesn’t promote sex at all!
    Let’s just shelter our kids so that when they go to college they have no idea how to handle anything!

  67. I feel like evryone isossing the real problem… they are straight up stealing – not influenced by, but stealing – from David Byrne and the late great Bowie. They are behaving like they’re the Doors, and aren’t even as innovative as by-the-numbers Fall Out Boy. So, are they a bad influence? Is Matty Healy an asshole who contradicts his humanist message by being dismissive of young women, being hateful to those who don’t agree with his drug-addled views? Yes. But more importantly, I heard his new single and thought it was a cover… This is another celebrity child who wanted to prove hw could be more famous than his parents, and did whatever he needed to to get there. He’s also someone who was thrown out of one of Bieber’s parties for being out-of-control, so… If his music was any good, the 20-somethings he desperately wants to impress would be listening. When your base is 12 year-old girls, you need to shift your message.

  68. For crying out loud, people. Listen to yourselves. I, for one, am a huge fan of the 1975, but what he’s saying here should be taken seriously. You keep saying “we’re mature people, our kids have their own minds, why would watching a celebrity smoke be a big deal?” Well, no, seeing one cigarette won’t hook anyone on smoking. But not a single one of you honestly believes that what you see doesn’t matter. Would you, in good conscience, show your kids multiple explicit videos of grisly murders, pedophiles, torture, heroin addicts, etc,? Of course not! Movies have ratings for a reason. But by your own logic, it should be perfectly okay — one video won’t make them become an addict, right? They have their own minds, right? What they see won’t change them, right?

    Of course seeing some pills in a video is different from my other examples, but it’s the same concept on a smaller scale. What you see effects you. Always. It may not be immediately obvious, but it always changes you a little. And do we really want our kids to have a more positive view of drugs? They’ll get enough pressure in high school and college without getting it from their idols/gods/crushes too.

    The 1975 are certainly an intelligent band, with great sound and lyrics, and yes, they’ve changed me for the better in many ways. And I’m happy that they don’t do drugs as much as they used to. But that doesn’t excuse their drug references, which would be wrong no matter which artist sang about them. I’m frankly blown away by the amount of hate this article has generated. He was expressing a simple opinion and wise concern, and all you can do is attack him for it.

  69. I’m somewhat late to this thread it appears, but I just have to contribute. The 1975 is NOT your average boy band. They’re better. The 1975 is no “One Direction” by any means – this band’s front man is a musical genius. As a writer myself, I am captivated by Healy’s lyrics. Some of the lines are so simple, yet are worded in ways that really hit you in the heart. Every time I read over the lyrics to “S.E.X.” I think to myself – “Why couldn’t I have thought of that?!”

    Healy is doing our youth a favor by introducing them to REAL music that (on their upcoming album especially) echoes the REAL talents from the 70s and 80s. Have you listened to “Love Me”? Bowie vibes, man. Bowie vibes!

    If you’ve ever taken the time to actually watch (or read, for that matter) any interviews with Matthew Healy, you will find that he is extremely down-to-earth, intelligent, oozing creativity, and depsite all of this – quite humble.

    You will also learn that Healy is very open about his past addiction with cocaine, and vehemently discourages his fans from succumbing to addiction and using drugs as a form of escapism. The 1975’s music video for “Robbers” and many of their lyrics DO reference drugs, more specifically cocaine usage, for this very reason. It is no surprise that Healy, as an artist, would choose to document this painful period in his life through song. For many artists, art is a form of therapy. Healy writing about his battles with addiction is more than likely a therapeutic process for him. Fun fact: Healy has been known to sport an anti-drug tank top during many of his shows.

    Yes, Healy smokes cigarettes. Yes, Healy drinks booze. And yes, he is somewhat known for engaging in both of these activities onstage. At the end of the day, Healy is a ROCKSTAR. He is a PERFORMER. Healy is a 26 year old man who is trying to help his band surpass the typical boy band stereotype.

    The temptation of drugs is unavoidable. I can guarantee you that Matthew Healy is not the first person they’ve ever seen taking a swig out of a bottle or a drag off of a cigarette. In factx it’s 90% more likely they were first introduced to this behavior by a friend or a loved one.

    So guess what? If you catch your daughter (or son) drinking alcohol or smoking a cigarette, Healy was probably not a contributing factor to this behavior.

    Want to know how to be a good parent? Do your children a favor by not shielding them from the vices of the world. Teach them about drugs now. It’s okay to have a glass of wine once and awhile. Sex is okay, but only if you use protection. No man is without sin, and most people have experimented with substances at some point in their lives. If you don’t make things taboo, you’re kids are less likely to go overboard and rebel against you.

    As a young college woman who’s always been a heartsick fangirl – I can offer you this window into the mind (and heart) of any young girl (like myself) utterly infatuated with “Matty” and the rest of the 1975: The love and passion we feel for this band and this front man runs deeper than you think. There is such a strong sense of community built in these fandoms of girls, and it shows through the “shrieking”, the posters, and the custom painted T-shirts we fangirls parade at the concerts. While The 1975’s music speaks to us, while we cling to every brilliant word that rolls off the tongue of a shirtless Healy dripping with sex appeal, we also cling to the millions of other girls around the world that share this passion with us. We are all starving to find where we belong, and right now, this fandom is safe haven for girls like me.

    So if you find yourself debating whether or not to let your Healy crazed teen attend your city’s upcoming 1975 show – let her go. There’s nothing more exhilarating for girls like me than being in the epicentre of their fandom. For most girls (well, me being an exception), the art of “fangirling” is something that will pass with time. But your daughter will never forget the rush from breathing the same air and/or meeting the boys that held the keys to her heart at that special transient time in her life.

  70. I would also like to note that at their recent secret showing in L.A. The 1975 requested their atendees be 18+ only. The 1975 aren’t actively seeking a large tween girl fanbase. They’re seeking fans like me. People who are their age. But personally I don’t think it’s a bad thing for tweenies to be listening to. I know that when I’m a parent I’m going to teach my kids real music with lyrics based off real life situations and band members who faced trials of the real world. I don’t want my children growing up with the false idea that life is all sunshine and roses. I don’t want my kids not knowing anything about drugs and alcohol except “it’s bad, don’t do it” so as a result they will go out and take 4 shots of vodka thinking they’re drinking in moderation. Kids will be kids – they’re always going to do what you don’t want them to do – so might as well teach them how to party safely.

  71. Be glad these kids aren’t listening to the Miley Cyrus and her Dead Petz, or Nick Minaj, or any of the other crude “music” that’s available today. Have you ever read the lyrics to “Feelin’ Myself” with Minaj and Beyoncé? The definition of garbage. The 1975 are not an artist to worry about. In fact, you should be applauding these kids for having such great taste.

  72. It is none of your business what Matthew Healy does with his life. As simple as that. Now go get yourself a life instead of writing about someone else’s life.

  73. OK, so maybe 1D doesn’t drink or smoke during their concerts but have you seen all those pictures of them smoking weed, etc? they don’t do it publicly bc of their managers but i bet if they could they would do it on stage.
    I don’t think matthew is promoting addictions, i think he is just being himself and i believe that showing yourself completely as you are with “addictions” or whatever the hell you like and want in your life, makes you so freaking worthy.
    I’d much rather people knowing who i am exactly and being able to do whatever i please but bc of people like you (so judgemental), people have to lie and thats even worse. SO matty is such a great role model and anyone who smokes, drinks or does drugs bc they think its cool bc of the reasons you mentioned above just needs a cup or even 1002394 cups of personality and maturity,
    so if a day comes by and i want to try some drugs i think its fine bc i already know what they can do to me.
    please stop being judgemental and mind your own pinky life :) thanks
    ps, you should watch skins 😉

  74. I’m sorry but I think that this article is complete nonsense. First off, Matty Healy has been through a lot and while some of that may include addictions no one should be telling him or the rest of his bandmates how to live their lives. No one but the individual themselves knows what they are going through and what they chose to share is not put out into the world is not to be scrutinized by people who don’t understand what they are going through.There are some things that people struggle with and they make music in order to share their feelings and thoughts. Society promotes individuality so why can’t this view of individuality be put into place for Matty? Why tell people that their feelings aren’t good enough for people to listen to. No one lives this ‘perfect life’ that you are trying to get at. I see that this is an older article but if you were to look at any artist who is or was in the publics limelight at any point in time there are always things that they are dealing with that may be scary to people so why try and teach your kids that these feelings are bad? You can chose what your children listen to but as far as judging someone who is living out a very successful career and coping with their problems in the best way that they know how to (through making music), you should be teaching kids that it is ok to not be perfect and that this world isn’t always that perfect either but if you can find a way to be happy that is what you should do. Artist write about sex all the time and that’s ok but as soon as The 1975 talks about their life of addiction and their sex life its not okay? Comparing Matty to any other band or artist should be the last thing you should ever bring up because everyone is different and handle things in different ways and even though he may be more blatant about it this should not determine his worth as an artist of a human being. I have been a fan of The 1975 for a few years now and that does in no way mean that I go out and do act out these songs because I am an adult and think for myself and to me that is not of any interest to me. That is not to say that there is anything wrong with people who have similar lifestyles shown in the songs but they all have their reasoning and people make their own decisions and in the end what they chose to do with their lives has no effect on your life so why bother trying to tear people down just for the sake of an article?

  75. I´ve been a fan of the 1975 since 2013, I saw them live in 2014 and i´m going to see them again this summer. I´m eighteen years old, i´ve never smoked a cigarette or did drugs. Yes, i do drink alcohol sometimes, but i didn´t start it because of them. Yes, matty smokes and drinks during concerts. Yes, their songs are about weed, sex and a whole lot of things you don´t approve. But don´t forget that he´s not making anyone doing anything, He´s living his life. The fans are the ones who choose to do what with theirs.

  76. Yeah Matty smokes, my grandma used to smoke. Yeah he drinks, so does 95% of the adults I know. Yeah he does drugs, so does a lot of pop stars, pop stars way more famous than the 1975. Sex is how every living thing on this planet is keeping its kind alive. I’m not saying any of it is right, but thats part of life. You can’t shelter kids forever, thats why sex is legal by 16 and (in Australia, where I’m from) alcohol is legal at 18. I’m a teenager and I adore the 1975, theyre my favourite band, but they have in no way influenced me to do drugs or drink earlier than its legal or have sex before its legal. I can assure you the 1975 aren’t influencing kids anymore than say Drake, or Miley Cyrus, or Justin Beiber, who are way more famous and are more likely to have a bad influence on kids. Its their lives and their choices, they shouldn’t have to make sure they act like little angels just because they’re good musicians and have a fan base. Its not up to the 1975 to set a good example for your kids, that’s your job, your kids should be smart enough not to think “oh a band i like is doing drugs so I’m going to do drugs”

  77. hahahaha! many of 1975’s songs are about the pain of addiction, the problems of it, and the songs are very self-aware. i’m 26, but even speaking to 15 year old fans of the band we all understand that there is a sense of irony to a lot of the songs. you underestimate the intelligence of kids– and more so than the music, matthew Healy himself advocates openness,honesty and self awareness, which is why songs about drugs and sex exists.

    let me put it this way; the UK has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in europe, and the netherlands has the lowest. the genial consensus on sex in the UK is NOT to talk about it, to bury our heads in the sand and forbid any kind of experimentation- sexual education in the netherlands revolves around full up front information from the get go.

    this kind of honesty is not a hindrance, but something that everyone , not just kids, are in need of- it’s the key to emotional self awareness and as such, growth and understanding! yeah it got deep, but trust me, THIS is why the majority of people listen to the 1975. for all the other stuff like coolness and charisma, we have justin beiber and 1D

  78. This is not only the most stuffy and to be quite honest, confusing review I have ever read, it doesn’t answer perhaps the most important question readers may ask about The 1975: what does their music sound like? This review doesn’t describe the sound of The 1975’s music at all. What is described is the nature of their lyrics, which, to be fair, are often drug-ridden and hazy. But let us be quite honest with ourselves; Matthew Healy, God love him, has a very, VERY, thick British accent. His lyrics are hard to understand while listening to a recording, let alone during a live show. Listeners may not even understand the lyrics, and if they do, the allusions to drugs are often well-veiled and cleverly employed. While it is very possible teens look up the lyrics on Genius.com to understand them, teens, generally, are educated enough to know right from wrong! A crazy notion, I know. But teens possess the ability to look at a song lyric about drugs and resist the urge (or perhaps feel no urge at all) to try them! This review also completely ignores the deeper and more emotional songs by the 1975, like “Me”, “Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You”, “Woman”, and “Antichrist”, to name a few. These songs all explore emotionally-charged situations and ideas, and if I’m remembering correctly, not one drug is mentioned in any of these songs! A wild proposition, but the truth!

    This review, as previously stated, simply confuses me. Likening The 1975 to music legends, implies that The 1975 is the same caliber as them (this may not have been the intent of comparing The 1975 to the Rolling Stones, but when choosing a band so well-known and well-liked to compare them to, attributing the fame and success of the one to the other is simply inevitable), only to bash The 1975’s antics and leave the Rolling Stones alone. This, along with many unsupported “FACT[S]” and allusions to culturally irrelevant shows, makes this review laughable at best. Mr. Weber’s lack of sources for his so-called facts, allusions to irrelevant and old pop-culture artifacts, confusing flip-flops, and ignorance of The 1975’s full music library (and their sound!) not only calls into question the validity of his argument, but his ability to review newer bands with newer sounds.

  79. I realize your article is old and that this is beating a dead horse, but I would like to present you with another angle. I am a teenager, and I like the 1975. I smoke occasionally and have drank, but this is not because I saw Matty doing it on stage. I think it’s very condescending of you to say that teenage goal are incapable of making their own decisions, that if they see a boy they think is cute or smart or attractive smoking and drinking and talking about drugs that they automatically will copy him. We are real people. I would assume that you didn’t leave that show immediately an addict to multiple substances, so why would you think that Matty’s self-portrayal would affect other people in that way? Is it because you don’t see us as intelligent or autonomous? Hmm.

    Additionally, I would like you to consider another trait Matty has been giving his “highly impressionable” audience, which is honesty. Matty writes unapologetically about his life and his experiences, and it has helped me personally to be more honest with and about myself. He deals with his emotions by not suppressing them, and that helped me to overcome one of the most difficult years of my life. Matty is relatable and he is informing his audience. I hope you listen to their new album, which features songs about his grandmother’s death, his mother’s postpartum depression, and how he deals with his own celebrity. Matty is acutely aware of his audience, as he has stated in many interviews. He respects us enough to know that we would be able to tell if he was blatantly lying to us and selling the world as a pile of rainbows and gummy bears. What this band has given us, as they have stated time and again, is an emotional relationship, an honesty, a safe space to share all of the feelings that real people feel every day. They’re not selling addiction, they’re selling music. They’re selling t-shirts. It’s not their responsibility to parent each of their fans into being perfect upstanding citizens.

  80. Of course our parents can’t really control what we listen to, and even if so they did, just because matty drinks and does drugs, thats his out put. that doesn’t mean thats what his fans are doing. i have been a 1975 fan for some time now. I’m a church go’er, I’m a virgin (17) never done drugs, or alcohol, and listen to this band doesn’t make me wanna change my mind, soon…

  81. The “self intitled” album you’re talking about is actually an EP so before you start to say something, make sure all of your facts are correct. Secondly, unless some teenagers morals are wrong, they probably will be influenced to do drugs and to drink but not every teenager is impressionable. Some want better for themselves than to be an alcoholic or drug addict if you can actually believe that since you seems to think we are all so easily influenced to do drugs and to drink. Not every fan supports drug and alcohol abuse but does, however, support their music. I watched them live to see them perform, not be influenced to do drugs because like I said, not everyone is impressionable like you seem to believe everyone at their shows are. So if you could chill, that would be great.

  82. I, for example, am a 15 year old girl and would consider myself a teenager but just because my musicans take drugs, drink exessive or smoke doesn´t mean that I or other teens want to do the same thing. We are, suprisingly, not all hormone driven girls who want to copy everything somebody famous does. Maybe it is just me and my friends but even then, there are probably thousand other teens out there thinking the same. I never had the urge to kilol all my senses with the above listed things … And I am listening to enough fucked up people

  83. This is an old article but I can’t help.
    I really liked how this is written but the opinion is so poor. The 1975 is music for mature people who can handle drug and alcohol use, music is art and their songs are an example.
    You can’t tell people what to listen, if you like metal and you don’t like rap your parents can’t tell you to stop listen metal,.
    People who are fans from the 1975 are there for the music and they started to love the persons because they are the ones that with words saved their lives, why can’t you let other broken guy to have a escape from reality? Watch Chocolate in live on YouTube and the intro is amazing.
    It’s not Matty’s fault if their fans start to do drugs, it’s their decision. I started to do drugs before I heard them and 2 years after listening to their music I decided to know the ones who are my fucking escape from everything.
    There is other people in the band, don’t blame Matty because he’s the most popular.
    I listen The 1975 and I’m a big fan, I have 3 years studying philosophy and I have the best grades, I study everyday but I also get high since 6 years ago and that isn’t because of The 1975.

  84. Okay, first of all, the comment about ‘guns hidden under our petticoats’ being about syringes or whatever, is completely absurd and utter bullshit. Check for yourself: http://genius.com/1777182.

    Your opinion is clearly ill-informed, and plain stupid. The fags and drinks are not as important as the music itself. Rockstars have made drinking, smoking, and having sex ‘cool’ for decades, but everyone still makes their own choices. Teenagers do in fact make their own choices, and they aren’t always based on/are nearly never based on whatever choices our favourite artists are making.

    Also, you made a typo.

  85. well in fact, i don’t supposedly ‘promote’ drugs and alcohol and such. I do what I do and nobody has to follow me.

    matty

    • LOL whether it is or is not really Matty, the point is still true. Just because someone does things does not mean they PROMOTE the behavior. For example, smoking- it literally can become a HABIT, not a role to follow?
      But guess what..drugs, alcohol, and sex are REAL THINGS. The 1975 writes about REAL THINGS. Not just “oh I love my girlfriend, she’s pretty, I’ll write a song about her” kind of music like all other men seem to be writing.

  86. I made an account just to comment. This article proves “why shouldn’t people read or respect Bo Weber.” Things you shouldn’t do: make fake accounts to support yourself, tell people what to listen to and be rude to others’ opinions.

  87. This honestly really pisses me off. Matty is not promoting sex, drugs of smoking cigarettes at all. This music is way better than most of the shit nowadays. Fuck off.

  88. Sorry that Matty wrote songs about REAL things he struggled with, and that others struggle with..? I am sorry that a band you want “kids” to look up to (One Direction) doesn’t write their own songs.. And they don’t promote negative behavior..? You mean like smoking weed, smoking cigarettes, lying to help get out of a contract, and having a baby with a woman you end up leaving for a different woman? Oops haha. Let’s also not forget how great they are at promoting love equality, race equality, and sex equality.
    I appreciate you writing this article to reach out to parents, but I have loved this band since I was 15 years old, I am now 18.
    This band did things for me that no one else has been able to do.

  89. I’m completly disagree. I will never use drugs if my favorite artist use them because my parents talk about it with me and they give me the posibility of decide what is ggod or not for me. The thing is not that teens can´t listen to them because of what they do at the concerts, the thing here is that they are well educated the will know what is good and whats is not for them without their parents behid them saying everyday what to do. For me drugs are bad and I will never use them because I don´t want to, as I said, my parents talked me about it a lot of times and educated me about that. They give me the opportunity to take my own desitions. If you have kids and they start on drugs because they favorite artist do it, it’s that they don´t have the power to decide by their own, they just follow masses and in part is your fault because you educated them in a wrong way. If they decice to start on drugs becaue they want to do it (not for follow trends), you educated them in the right way. Even if you think that drugs are bad, thy are the ones who decide what to do with their future. Parents are not for ban, they are there to advice. Let the teens decide in that way the will learn to make decisions and not always walk in the shadow of their parents.
    I hope that you understand what I´m saying.

  90. Thanks for this post Mrs. Reagan. I’m a huge fan of Nirvana, Elliott Smith, the Stones, Zeppelin, and have enough sense to have never picked up a needle or abused government-sanctioned prescriptions (broken shoulder, wisdom teeth removal, current social anxiety disorder). I also used blow every now and then earlier in my years but never developed a dependency on it. However, I regret to say that I have many close friends who participated along with me and now can’t be without it. However, I am a big fan of modernist literature, and rationalized my very serious alcoholism because Hemingway, Joyce, Faulkner, Mencken were alcoholics. But do I blame these late gentlemen? No. I certainly do not. It’s crazy what reading and writing can do to.

  91. This article is so senseless. I’m literally
    Laughing. You were serious while you were writing this? One direction fans cut their self self because they love them., I have never seen a fan of the 1975 doing self harm.
    I’m a fan an d believe me I smoked weed before knowing about them. And I still hate wine even if marry drinks it.

  92. Can’t y’all agree to disagree? I mean we all have our own opinions and not every one is going to be on the same page.

  93. If you are basing this whole article around one song then you’re a fucking idiot who clearly knows absolutely N O T H I N G about this spectacular band. You sound like a salty PTA mom whose all butt hurt over the fact that Sharon forgot to bring chips and dip to the last book club meeting. Find a new hobby that doesn’t involve shitting all over a great band.

  94. I don’t know whether this has been said in the comments already (I didn’t have time to read them all but the ones I did read I didn’t see this), but what Matty is doing on stage is nothing new in any way at all! Decades ago during the punk and mod era drugs were common practice in music, it’s always been that way. I’m not saying that makes it a good thing to promote drugs, but it’s not the responsibility of the artist to not promote them for the sake of children. I have worked at shows that The 1975 have played and I know that if you are below a certain age you have to be accompanied by an adult. This is the most you can expect from an artist in terms on censorship at their own gig! It’s the responsibility of the parent to decide whether their kids are old enough to go to a gig. Both of their albums are stamped with a parental advisory sticker, and that should be enough from the band.
    You compared The 1975 to One Direction in your article, but they are incredibly different bands; One Direction writes almost none of their music, and is a manufactured hit machine (this isn’t stemming from a bias because I find their music quite catchy) BUT The 1975, while being a band made up of boys, are NOT a ‘boy band’. They write their own music and play their own instruments and should be allowed to sing and write about whatever they like, act however they like on stage, and not care about who sees them because its art, and that is subjective.

  95. I started cringing at the first statement. I knew from the start that it was going to be some deep, touchy article about how The 1975 ruins kids’ innocence.. I want to throw up. You have everything so screwed up. Times have changed and the bottom line is that they are a great band that sings great music. It’s about the music and that’s it. People who read too far into it are the people who ruin it. People like you take the fun out of everything. You’re probably one of those old people who get on Facebook and make all the negative comments on every single video.. Always having to complain about something. Instead of bringing hate into the world by writing pointless articles on a band that has great music, write about something important to bring people happiness and encouragement…

  96. Bo Weber is a hypocrite. If you were to watch his music video for his single “California Babe”, you are going to see a BOTTLE of JACK DANELS at 1:38. So he can promote alcohol and Matty Healy cannot? Case closed.

  97. on regards to the fact that this is an insanely old post, but you have to understand that matty is dealing with drug, and alcohol addiction along with depression and many other mental issues. Certainly by smoking at his concert and drinking so publicly is not good. But do you really think that teenagers don’t know about drugs sex and alcohol? just because he drinks and smokes and has depression it doesn’t mean that he’s promoting it. a portion of their fans are definitely at fault for bringing him these addictions and romanticizing it but for the most part their fans are extremely protective of matty and the rest of the band. and for them it’s not just the music and the band member but the connection they have with the lyrics and the eye contacts or hand grabs during the concert and at night when the world is silent.

  98. I understand the fact of them promoting sex and drugs, alcohol etc. But kids living in modern are already exposed to this daily. Have you seen the news! Children are already exposed to these things early on, you can not target one band for this there are many worse singers or bands that have WHOLE songs about smoking weed and drinking alcohol!!!

  99. Anyone reading this, I just gotta say this or it will eat me up. The guns in their petticoats is NOT referring to heroin syringes, WTF?? It’s talking about joints. The entire song is about Marijuana. They run away from the boys in the blue, the cops. Their hair and car smells like chocolate so they’re paranoid about getting caught. ALL about marijuana not fucking HEROIN. Matty has admitted to having a bad coke addiction in the past, before his fame. But claiming that they’re hiding syringes in their coat pockets is just fear mongering bullshit. Everyone knows heroin is the scariest and most fucked up drug there is, so for the sake of your articles point I’m sure it was very easy to make the assumption that guns refers to heroin syringes, despite that being inconsistent with every other fucking line in the song.

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  101. Okay, so I completely understand where you’re coming from on this, but may I just say, as polite as possibly be, go fuck yourself. The 1975 may not “represent the best things” or show things that are “ideal” in society, but this band, and Mathew Healy, are amazing. This band has personally saved me, and as I know many others. Yes, I know, what a “teenage-cliche-‘cry-for-help’ type of thing to say. For some maybe it is, but at least on my personal experience this band has helped many people get out of bad things and find a place to escape to. So what if Matty does drugs, or smokes, or drinks? We all have our bad decisions – at least he owns up to them. For you to say these things without truly understanding really bothers me.

  102. I highly disagree with this article. Music does not have a fucking gender or an age. It doesn’t matter whether the fuck if you like The 1975 or fucking Justin Bieber, as long as you enjoy the music. One type of music shouldn’t be specific to one gender like Taylor Swift shouldn’t be only limited to female fans or Imagine Dragons shouldn’t be limited to male fans, it doesn’t matter if you’re 17, 13 or 56. Music is for everybody, especially The 1975. Even if The 1975 has a lead singer that drinks and smokes on stage, that doesn’t mean it’ll affect everyone. I highly doubt The 1975 is trying to promote fucking drugs and cigarettes. It’s not about that, it’s about their music, really.

  103. this is jack shit ?
    this ain’t One Direction y’all. their albums have a warning on them, so they aren’t technically meant for KIDS ?

  104. okay first, if you’re going to tall bad about my favorite band, get your facts straight. second, Matty asks the fams to put their phones away during Me, not during Sex. third, he lights up a cigarrette during A Change Of Heart, not during Sex. and fourth seeing Matty Healy smoke 1 cigarrette during 1 song is no worse than having a parent who smokes every single day?? I’ve been listening to this band for years now and i have never picked up a cigarrette or drank alcohol so do your research before you say parents should keep us away because honestly seeing this band in concert is what’s kept me away from drugs for so long so

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    • “Brain dead visitors”????? Excuse me, but ummm…. This article was written by a brain dead visitor to an amazing ass concert and only criticized the beauty of the art and music shown in it, so why don’t u just shush and let us comment the truths.😘 There I added an emoji just for u.

  106. Whether a parent wants to bring their child to the 1975’s concert is the parents choice, not to mention that children SHOULD NOT be at their concerts (although that’s the guardians choice). Their music is directed mostly towards teens-young adults. Yes, the 1975 does illegal substances, they drink alcohol, they encourage sex and talk about violence, however you’re forgetting the fact that there is the freedom of speech, and several other artists and bands promote the same activity. You obviously don’t understand the 1975 as a band and why they produce the music they do. Their music is all based on their emotions and spirits, they write music using prior experiences, and although a small minded person could easily conclude that the topics in their concerts and albums are disgusting, those who actually listen to the music and UNDERSTAND it, will would see that The 1975 is more than innapropriate propaganda. The 1975 is a band, and the entire fan base would know that they’re calming music has a way of working wonders on the mind and soul.

  107. I for one don’t want my kids listening and watching an effete singer who’s is nothing more than a grown man who blames his rebelliousness and addictions on his childhood. Be a man boy.

    • Well, that’s your opinion but he made a career on his beautiful art and ways of telling his life and that’s more than you ever have done.
      He rised his band from being Indie to one of the most popular bands yet.
      He is a man who already has his life set.
      What have you done?

    • He blames his rebelliousness on teenage middle class boredom. He writes about himself and his own life, it’s not like a scheme to control today’s youth, its more like “Here’s me and my life and my music, take it or fuck off”…..
      His lyrics: “you just write about sex and killing yourself and how you hardly ever went to school” -So Far (It’s Alright)
      He’s just completely honest.

      • Just bc u don’t have a good choice in music doesn’t mean u can trash one of the biggest bands in the World. I looked up tons of pics for different bands and do u wanna know something? Well there isn’t a single picture of a 1975 fan self harming themselves…but there is One Direction fans so don’t go on saying that One Direction has a good impact on their fans bc in the past couple of years they haven’t (not to trash One Direction). Now you are right on the fact that everything Matty Healy does isn’t exactly “church-worthy”, but it’s called the 21st century my friend, and ppl have fun these days instead of shucking corn and sewing doll clothes. But I also promise anyone that u have done some shit in ur life that isn’t exactly worthy either. So plz, take a viagra bc that may be ur problem, hire a call-girl bc maybe she can talk some sense into u, and throw away ur bible bc the only God there is, is: MATTY FUCKING TIMOTHY HEALY. Thank u have a “good” life!

        “For crying out loud settle down!”

  108. Because ALL teenagers have no control over themselves and can’t be their own person? Because we dont have morals and just love copying whatever seems “cool”.
    It all relies on beind raised RIGHT. My mom trusts me enough to go to these concerts and not be under the influence of any drugs or alocohol
    I’m tired of seeing these articles – “Control your children because once they see bad habits, they will start too”.
    Not all of us are like this.
    We are put down and are ridiculed by adults who were teengers once and are ignorant about it.
    Matty Healy might smoke and do drugs but whatever he doesnt really doesn’t matter because we are there for the music and to have a great night.
    It’s not like all of us are going to head back home and become smokers and junkies.
    Really biased article and ignorant to the 1975’s beautiful backstory and art.
    Just because you had a bad expierience as an older man and don’t like the music doesn’t mean you can shit on all over their work and try to convince parents to prevent teens from liking this kind of music.
    I like the classic rock artists too and none of them were so innocent with anything, does that mean I should’nt listen to their music either or I’m going to fall into their steps?
    I love Nirvana and Cobain, will I become a heroin user?
    A parent will stumble across this article and ruin the chance of their teenager to attend one of the best concerts I’ve experienced because YOU had a bad time with the pushing and the “loud screaming”.
    Some things are worth it when an artist means so much to you.

    Cheers.

  109. Just to be clear, “guns hidden under our petticoats” does not refer to heroin syringes, search Chocolate lyrics and go into genius.com, Matty POSTED a video explaining that it’s a metaphor for the oppression of youth by the police in their town. Please check your facts before slandering them like that xx

  110. did you know that one direction and those other bands sing about the most mainstream things? Sorry, im not pretty enough to listen to bands like one direction (as they sing about the outward apperance). Me, being a teenager, I’ve been to many concerts, and this isn’t what is encouraging this stuff. For this music saves peoples lives. Many peoples lives. have been saved just hearing the certain words and stories and experiences. How about you talk about how Matthew Healy has improved so much from his hard past? How about you talk about the songs that actually have meaning? But no, you have to point out every negative thing. And thats whats wrong with our world today. How about you look what this music has done for people before you try to talk bad on the 1975. Some parents will see this and not let their child go to their concert now when that concert could have changed their lives. For the real problem is people in our world that point out every negative thing when they don’t know the affects on others.

  111. I respect your opinion (dear young man who wrote this article and I can’ remember your name, sorry about that). But, I honestly don’t consider The 1975 a band for teenagers (13-16) I mean, they make their music, but don’t pick up their fans. If those young teenagers feel like listening to them, it is totally their business, not yours. Besides, the group is alowed to drink and smoke on stage if they want. It’s up to the individual who decides to do drugs and alcoholism. Another thing, since when sex is bad? I mean, it’s freaking 2016, man! Don’t tell me you’re really concerned about teenagers having sex… because if you do, well I guess the 1975 is not your target… do something different to promote Safe Sex of whatever man… (the same goes for alcohol and drugs). Live and let live. Write about positive things, the world needs more of that, believe me, not articles about YOUR opinion about a famous band, because there is always a crowd for everything… save no body.

  112. Uhm haha NOOOOO. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and so I’d like to state mine. FIrst of all I think this absolute bull shit. The 1975 is one of the greatest bands to ever create anything on the face of this earth and I think that to judge them by the fact that the lead singer Matty Healy smokes and drinks on and off stage should not matter. By doing onstage what he would do offstage he is resembling the whole part of him staying a true character. While most artists may step of stage and light up a blunt or a cigarette Matty would simply do that onstage instead of waiting for the show to end. I adore everything about Matty Healy and I really appreciate the fact that he acts the same way in front of his crowd as he would in a video or backstage or at home. He acts the same way everywhere and I feel that keeping that sense of character no matter where he is and who is watching is a really amazing thing. Matty is free to do what ever the hell he may please and if you don’t like it then don’t go to their concerts and certainly don’t post shit like this. Keep your opinion to yourself and let other people create their own opinion before you destroy their chance at falling in love with The 1975.

  113. And all the chart songs don’t talk about drugs, sex and alcohol? This article doesn’t even have to do anything with The 1975 specifically. They don’t do anything all the other Artists don’t. This is a joke.

  114. This is the biggest load of bullshit I’ve ever read, honestly do you have such little of life that you have to bash other people to feel joy? Get the fuck over it! People like you are what is wrong with society not these bands.

  115. You do realize every member of this band is in their late 20s aka they are grown ass adults that can make their own decisions with what to put in their bodies. The only reason they have gained a young fan base is because One Direction fans piggybacked them when Harry Styles tweeted about The 1975. It’s really a shame that their performance was wasted on you because they are one of the best bands around right now. What kind of music do you listen to….. The wiggles? If you really have a problem with a grown man having a drink, a smoke, and possibly a blunt then you are an uptight prick.

  116. This makes me so fucking mad. First of all, id argue that their music doesn’t necessarily encourage drugs, sex, smoking etc. Id say quite the opposite. many of their songs speak to his struggle with those things. as mentioned in other comments, the song me. or the song She lays down about his mothers addiction. or Milk about the girl that hes into doing coke. He clearly struggles with addiction, if you listened to the lyrics of the majority of the songs – this does not mean that he is encouraging it. Second, if you want to argue that him singing about it encourages teenagers even if he doesn’t support it, then that’s just ignorant bc the majority of music (or even tv or movies) encourage sex a shit ton. Third, moreover, now that ive made myself crystal clear about how the 1975 isn’t a bad influence, I’m gonna say theyre the opposite. The 1975 is actually a great influence on young people. For example, their song Loving Someone supporting kids to love who they want, despite what the media says. Further to the previous ignorant comment about how he promotes sex, this song proves the opposite, “Holding up the status quo instead of showing your kids That they matter, who’re you gonna batter next? Just keep hold of their necks and keep selling them sex” so hes obviously against just ‘selling sex’. Lastly, matt healy himself has said that he thinks the reason they have such a united audience is because people relate to his lyrics, and the people that relate to him can relate to eachother. So if a lot of his audience is listening to him because they can relate (whether it be about drugs, alcohol, sex, parental issues, etc), that seems to suggest the listeners already have struggles (relating them) meaning your point about them being an influence is BS because as I said, they don’t encourage it, but also because for a lot of people the things he sings about are already relevant. That’s the end of my rant. They’re my favourite band, ive seen them 3 times, and as someone whos a virgin, doesn’t do drugs, doesn’t drink more than an average uni student, etc, this is a fuckin outrage.

        • Just bc u don’t have a good choice in music doesn’t mean u can trash one of the biggest bands in the World. I looked up tons of pics for different bands and do u wanna know something? Well there isn’t a single picture of a 1975 fan self harming themselves…but there is One Direction fans so don’t go on saying that One Direction has a good impact on their fans bc in the past coup,e years they haven’t. Now you are right on the fact that everything Matty Healy does isn’t exactly “church-worthy” but I promise anyone that u have done some shit in ur life that isn’t exactly worthy either. So plz, take a viagra bc that may be ur problem, hire a call-girl bc maybe she can talk some sense into u, and throw away ur bible bc the only God there is, is: MATTY FUCKING TIMOTHY HEALY. Thank u have a good life!

    • Just bc u don’t have a good choice in music doesn’t mean u can trash one of the biggest bands in the World. I looked up tons of pics for different bands and do u wanna know something? Well there isn’t a single picture of a 1975 fan self harming themselves…but there is One Direction fans so don’t go on saying that One Direction has a good impact on their fans bc in the past coup,e years they haven’t. Now you are right on the fact that everything Matty Healy does isn’t exactly “church-worthy” but I promise anyone that u have done some shit in ur life that isn’t exactly worthy either. So plz, take a viagra bc that may be ur problem, hire a call-girl bc maybe she can talk some sense into u, and throw away ur bible bc the only God there is, is: MATTY FUCKING TIMOTHY HEALY. Thank u have a good life!

  117. Just bc u don’t have a good choice in music doesn’t mean u can trash one of the biggest bands in the World. I looked up tons of pics for different bands and do u wanna know something? Well there isn’t a single picture of a 1975 fan self harming themselves…but there is One Direction fans so don’t go on saying that One Direction has a good impact on their fans bc in the past couple of years they haven’t (not to trash One Direction). Now you are right on the fact that everything Matty Healy does isn’t exactly “church-worthy”, but it’s called the 21st century my friend, and ppl have fun these days instead of shucking corn and sewing doll clothes. But I also promise anyone that u have done some shit in ur life that isn’t exactly worthy either. So plz, take a viagra bc that may be ur problem, hire a call-girl bc maybe she can talk some sense into u, and throw away ur bible bc the only God there is, is: MATTY FUCKING TIMOTHY HEALY. Thank u have a “good” life!

  118. it’s really not that deep man, people just like them.

    I’m a fan, and I’m a teenager, and most of my friends love the 1975 too; but stop underestimating the intelligence of teenagers. the overwhelming ‘impressionable, crazy, obsessive teenage girl’ stereotype is 1000% off. my aforementioned friends who obsess over this band are giant dorks, like I am, they’d never even CONSIDER drinking/doing drugs. we don’t aspire to be them ! let matty have some fun with his rockstar status, damn

  119. Okay but literally he says he writes about what he knows and most of it is like him venting. Its his music, his band, his songs, he can write about whatever he wants, but he chooses to be honest. As for his concerts maybe that is a bit concerning but as far as the music goes my mom happens to love it. And don’t anyone dare tell me she’s a bad parent bc she isn’t, she chooses to treat me like a person and allow me to have an interest in any music I want and chooses to not shield me from real life. Trying to push things down makes them surface faster and she knows that if she isn’t the one to tell me I’ll figure it out from someone else. True censorship doesn’t exist when you’re an adult, if you don’t like something don’t listen to it and get over yourself

  120. It’s so horrible and ignorant that adults all have this general and completely wrong view on teenagers that we are so easily influenced by anything and everything we see.It’s like they think we have the exact same mental capacity as babies,the way they put everything they see in their mouths regardless of what it is or how many times you’ve told them not to.
    It’s disrespectful to teens that adults think of us that way because some of us actually make a conscious effort to stay away from the things we know are wrong and not allow them influence us.I’m a huge fan of The 1975 (like as I type this I have a piece of their merchandise on)and I know Matt does what he does,I know what chocolate is about.Does that means I’m going to be buying packs of cigarettes just because that’s what he chose to do?Each day I have the option to go down that path of life,become a sex addict or druggie but despite the things around me,I choose not to.
    Telling parents not to let their kids be fans of The 1975 is bullshit,no matter how hard y’all try,your children are going to know how shitty the world out there is.Now your job as a parent or an adult is not to blind fold your children against the world,you’re supposed to teach them to pick the right thing when given the choice,teach them to be genuinely good people.
    Smh so many people are parenting wrong.

  121. This article is a load of bullshit I’ll say that much. Teenagers are not as easily influenced as adults might think. And you’d think they’d know that because they were once teenagers themselves and I’m sure had role models who were not all saints themselves. So to tell your child to stop listening to music that heals and inspires and carries those through the hardest of times is complete bullshit. Because Matty drinks alcohol, does drugs, has sex doesn’t mean every one of his fans will do the same. That I can personally attest to. In fact my whole life I’ve been extremely religious and Matty is an atheist which I respect and understand yet I’ve never lost faith that God is real because of that. People make their own decisions and people witness and see things on a daily basis yet continue to live their lives unscathed by it. This article is ridiculous and pointless Matty is an artist who makes his music does his thing and lives his life and that is fine. Stopping your kids from listening to something they’re passionate about because of one man and his choices is ludicrous.

  122. I’m fairly sure the band didn’t set out for teens to be their target audience- they’ve played numerous 18+ gigs and Matty himself said he didn’t like kids.

  123. You know what yes it’s your opinion but it doesn’t mean I can’t have a opinion either. Matty talks about his addiction and how it affected him. He’s not telling us to have sex or do drugs. He’s not telling us to pick up that syringe and stick into our arms. And also the comparison to 1D is pretty weak. One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson got a girl pregnant. 3/4 members do smoke. One of their songs is about sex. You only paid attention to the 1975’s more explicit songs. Matty has written songs about exposure at a young age, due to his parent’s fame. Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You is about how he wasn’t really there for his younger brother. And one of their more recent songs is about his mother’s depression. On the same album he wrote about his grandmother who passed. If you think that we listen to them because they’re cool, then you’re wrong. Tons of their music relates to us. Somebody Else is about seeing your ex lover with somebody else. Nana could relate to those who lost anyone in their lives. Another recent song, Loving Someone, a very important song to Matty, it’s about how fucked up society has made us and quite literally loving someone. Even the production in shows. Loving Someone will feature the pride flag and if not he’ll hold up a pride flag himself. Bad influence aren’t they? He changes our look on society, not in a bad way, but for what it truly is. I don’t listen to a 1975 song and think “Wow he’s talking about sex. I go out and have sex right now.” Not at all. Also you really can’t go around telling people what to or what not to listen to.

  124. okay so I read this and the entire time I thought it was written by a 46 year old bored housewife. but it just turns out to be some bitch who can’t get pussy and is jealous when girls scream about something other than his tiny penis. it’d be nice if the author removed his head from his anus and realised that the 1975 advocate a lifestyle of happiness and intelligence. the 16 year old fan girls who obsess over the sex and drugs would do so anyway to a different frontman who would also partake in the same adolescent activities of Matty Healy. the difference is however that the 1975 do care about their fans genuinely and who are you to say that the music is perverted by the drugs and sex of which everyone partakes in???? like I feel it’s quite basic, none of us would be here of it weren’t for drugs and sex, how were you born????? did God inseminate your Mary mother? no u fucktard your parents got it on like matty Healy with a bird in the back of his van. and like the author has no addictions so it’s wrong when other people do. yea okay(conceited much?) in any case of which, you sir are not a critic but a hypocrite. teenagers do what adults like to do fuck and party, they aren’t brainwashed into it like you were brainwashed into living a boring life

  125. Like the many people above, I couldn’t fucking disagree more. In most concerts of The 1975 there’s an age limit. In my opinion, it couldn’t be more obvious that The 1975 are all about making more mature music dealing with adult content, it’s one of the reasons why so many people find their music intriguing. Taking the example of Chocolate, I’d say it’s evidently about drugs. I think that getting upset about their adult themes is useless, and a waste of time for you to harp on about. You could use the same logic and apply it to a umber of other artists such as Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, etc. If parents really do care about what their kids are listening to, they would read up on The 1975 before sending their kids off for a concert. They have an EP called “Sex” for heavens sake. The 1975 isn’t just a band for clueless angsty teenagers, it’s a band full of artistic integrity. You may think I’m being defensive because I’m a huge fan (I am a really huge fan of them) but I think the article as a whole was directionless and quite flawed.

  126. A lot of band members struggle with drugs and alcohol, Gerard Way for example, but he’s gotten over it and he had a very successful band. The 1975 is one of my favourite bands, I’m actually listening to their song love me rn. Kids can listen to whatever, if they’re parents don’t like it then fair enough but they shouldn’t control what music their kids listen to. I’m 15 and my mum loves the 1975 as well as mcr and ptv etc. At least with their song Chocolate they cover up the word ‘weed’ and replace it with different word, unlike most songs today that have to have the word blanked out. They’re an amazing band, they support LGBT+ and help encourage kids, they don’t shame LGBT teenagers, They’re not a careless band, they do shows for 18+, which a lot of bands don’t even do. I’ve been listening to The 1975 for nearly 2 years and in that time I’ve never smoked, drank alcohol or even done drugs, if anything The 1975 have helped me with my depression and calm my anxiety down, when I go out in public I put my headphones in and play their music and I calm down, I have a lot to thank that band for, I’ve self harmed less since I’ve listened to them. So. if I’m honest I think more kids should be listening to them.

  127. This comment or critic or whatever the hell I just read is complete trash and disgusting. I got a severe migraine and lost a lot of brain cells after reading it. in fact i dint even finish reading whatever the fuck that was because it was BULLSHIT. Obviously you lack character and have no knowledge about Th 1975 and what the stand for. Why does it even matter to you. The 1975’s fandom absolutely LOVE them. people relate to his lyrics and have such a diverse fan base. Look lady you obviously have no idea what you are talking about and your photographs of Matty should be put in the trash the quality is shit. This band has saved countless lives of young people all around the world. Oh also my mother loves them. she supports my obsession because this band is worth obsessing over. this band is worth the praise and love and fame they have and don’t need old bastards like you telling them they are shit. but hey not like The 1975 have time to waste on people like you who think they are shit because they know damn well they are not.

  128. it is a parents responsibility to actually take interest in the things their kids are interested in and to talk with them about those interests.. Share their own experiences and what they themselves have learned. Kids respond much better to that than they do to simple negative judgements.

  129. “Disenfranchised young criminal minds in a car park beside where your nan resides are not slow, they just haven’t been shown that you should be loving someone” – Loving Someone, The 1975. Yep, totally about sex, drugs and alcohol. Loving Someone is a commentary on social issues like homophobia, refugees, consumerism, sexualisation, etc. So obviously The 1975 are a horrible band incapable of doing anything intelligent or positive and kids/teenagers are mindless unintelligent creatures that will just blindly follow/mimic the habits of a person because they like their music.

  130. The 1975 is actually a band that appeals to adults. Children should not be listening to this band. I just turned 30 years old and personally love them. I also wouldn’t mind less children attending there shows.

  131. serisouly ? this is really ignorant. the band is deeper than their image. it’s about the music. they are incredible musicians, and have dared to take risks that most musicians are not willing to take. they have helped loads of people through so much stuff. their fan base is not solely made up of teenagers. i know lots of 50-60 year olds that actually enjoy them. and also, why are you comparing them to one direction? once direction is an over publicized pop boy band. they might make parents more comfortable than the 1975 does, but musically they cannot compare. the 1975 is one of this generations most artistic and beautiful bands, and telling people not to listen to them because of their addictions and personal lives is ignorant.

    • i just read over this again and i realize my grammar is not very good in that post. i apologize, but i was just very irritated when writing it. haha

  132. 3 years later and you’re still a fucking dumb ass, joke’s on you. They’re bigger than ever now. So go kiss Marty’s ass.

    • journalists of any kind’s highest goal should be pursuing truth. it’s devastating you haven’t taken the time to listen to the lyrics on one of their 2 albums. because if you did, you wouldn’t be able to stomach the thought of this article spreading these negatives on this platform about one of the most positive, introspective, and realistic artists of this generation. pursue truth Bo and you might eve be able to enjoy music

  133. This just seems… ridiculous. First off, I don’t think it’s right to tell children and parents what they should and should not listen to. Second, Matty doesn’t “promote addiction”. He is an addict, and the things he does are his personal choices. He had never said “drink to be cool, smoke to be cool, do drugs to be cool, or have sex to be cool”. He is himself, and in the end, everyone gets to decide what they do and who they are. If you’re child is easily influenced enough to copy a 27 year-old, drug addicted singer, that’s their problem. If he writes songs about it, he’s writing about his personal experiences. Many artists use music to reflect on the past and as a form of therapy. People can relate to their music. So no, you should let your children listen to whoever they want, and make their own decisions, not based on a singers personal drug and life choices.

  134. The author came off very one sided which made it quite unsatisfying to read (tips for future articles). Of course bringing alcohol isn’t what many would many identify as “professional” but he does come off as completely sincere and not too occupied with his social image which is refreshing for a change. A celebrity who isn’t afraid to be themselves. We see alcohol and sex everywhere. Kids will do whatever they want as long as they can get their hands on it. Preventing them from going to a concert and believing that will keep your daughter a virgin 3 years or whatever longer is ignorant. So instead of preventing them from a concert why don’t you consider writing an article on the dangers of alcohol and unsafe sex.

  135. I don’t care how old this article is. I’m still about to comment on how distanced you actually are from today’s youth culture. I’ve listened to the 1975 for a good while now and seen them live 3 times. Not once have I wanted to start smoking cigarettes or drink wine because Matty Healy does. This isn’t a Marlboro man or Joe Camel. This is a classic rock n’ roll inspired musician living his own life and not caring that the media sees him doing things other artist would not want out there. If you really listened to the lyrics being sung by Matty, you would hear that he brings up, time and time again, how addiction not only ruined his life, but his mother’s as well. He is in no way condoning hard drugs in his songs. Yes, kids are impressionable, but this is not the influence parents need to be worrying about. I could call you out on every single thing you brought up in this horribly written, one-sided, shit excuse for a review, but I’m using my time to get a college education so I can write better reviews and allow people to see the real and unbiased truth from someone who actually cares about music and it’s impact on the youth of today.

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