Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Christmas Countdown: Bearforce 1 Sings 'Christmas Is Here'

Bearforce 1 is a gay dance music band from The Netherlands. Founded in 2006, they released three singles accompanied by YouTube videos.

They were often compared as a band similar to to the Village People, and scored hits in the Netherlands before breaking up in 2009. The band reformed in 2014 with three new members, with only the lead singer, Robert Brown returning.

The original Bearforce 1 was three Dutchmen (Ian Turnel, Peter Johansson, and Yuri) and an Irishman (Robert Brown) led by actor and producer Roeland Fernhout. 

Their eponymous single "Bearforce 1," a medley of dance songs accompanied by a video clip in which the four bears dance and lip-sync, was a YouTube phenomenon and ended as #20 on LOGO TV's Ultimate Queer Videos Countdown. Praise by Perez Hilton led to a tour in the United States and attention in the US media--The Washington Post wrote of the band, "Finally, there's a boy band for older, hairy gay men."

They released "Christmas Is Here" in 2007, also accompanied by a popular YouTube video (shot in the snow in Austria, in which the four men danced in red boxers, tank tops, ski outfits, and Santa Claus suits). The song entered the Single Top 100 at #7.

1 comment:

Raybeard said...

Thanks so much for posting this. Never heard of 'Bearforce' till now - 'Cheese' of the highest quality - before it gets over-ripe!