Unsaid Things…Our Story
Prepare to meet the real McFly .
In 2003, Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Harry Judd and Dougie Poynter came together and formed what would become one of the most popular and successful bands in the UK. Just teenagers at the time, they were catapulted into the limelight and had to adapt quickly to their new-found fame – and everything that came with it. Now, at last, they have decided to tell their story, in full and revealing detail.
Speaking with candour and their trademark humour, Tom, Danny, Harry and Dougie share both the stories of their own lives and that of McFly. They give their personal insights into their contrasting childhoods, the individual paths that led them to the band, the struggles they have each overcome, their love lives and, of course, their music.
Packed with previously untold stories, a lot of laughter and the occasional tear, Unsaid Things offers a privileged look into the lives of four guys who started out as bandmates and became best friends. Their unique camaraderie radiates from every page and by the end of the book, you’ll know them almost as well as they know each other.
I’m beginning to feel a bit like Judging Covers is my own personal platform for outing myself as a raving lunatic. Which, well, I am a bit. And this review is going to place me even further down in your estimations.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love boy bands. And there’s no boy band I love more than McFly. That’s right, 1D! You may have that curly-haired little scamp Styles, but I’ll always be a McFly fan at heart.
I’ll spare you the details, but it’s involved more concerts than I care to admit to, joining the fan club, posters, hanging about outside radio stations to meet them, vinyl editions of singles – the works. It’s been a hefty commitment, but it’s been a lot of fun too.
I am 25 years old.
Moving swiftly on. Santa knows I’m a McFly fan too (I repeat – twenty. Five) so this year, he chucked a copy of the band’s autobiography Unsaid Things down my chimney. What a man.
Believe it or not, it’s been almost nine years since Tom, Danny, Harry and Dougie burst out from Busted’s shadow onto the pop-with-live-instruments scene with Five Colours in Her Hair (does that make you feel REALLY old?), and to celebrate the band actually lasting that long and to lift the lid on all the drama that goes on behind the scenes (and to tie in with their greatest hits album, of course), they decided to write a book.
Unsaid Things is the band’s first official outing to bookshelves, and it was worth putting off. In a time when X Factor stars are dishing out their life stories after weeks of being in the spotlight, McFly actually have some stories to tell – a lot of which hadn’t made it into the press. From depression to addiction, dangerous liaisons with fans and, er, their mothers to the dirt on a certain Hollywood starlet, McFly are a little bit more rock ‘n’ roll than most would think.
Plus, it’s got loads of nice glossy pictures in it, and they aren’t exactly ugly, are they? Have you seen Harry Judd? Phwoar.
My insane fan girlish tendencies aside, the book is pretty much everything you’d expect from a boyband. The writing isn’t the greatest, as each of the boys takes it in turn to share their version of events, from the band’s formation right up to the present day. The band’s founding member and front man Tom does show occasional promise as a writer, but what is great about it is the fact that it sounds like them. It’s funny, it’s honest and everything the boys have proven to be across Saturday morning TV, reality shows and Twitter over the years. Something fans will more than appreciate.
McFly aren’t the coolest band. They’re unashamedly pop. One of them won Strictly, for God’s sake. But this much can be said – they’re a nice bunch. And they work hard – much harder than most music fans will ever give them credit for. The fact they’re still on the go after nine years says something. And All About You was such a nice song.
For fans? This is a must-read, dishing up everything you’d ever want to know about your favourite group and more. If you’re not bothered about McFly either way? Keep walking – there’s nothing to see here.