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Behaviour: From 1971 to 1974 they could do little wrong. The Osmonds were even pitted against the Jackson Five to see who could attract the biggest
security risk. How's that for rock 'n' roll? 'Crazy Horses' and 'Long-haired Lover From Liverpool' marked the high points, but the family's concept album about their Mormon faith raised a few eyebrows. A-

Bonding: Hey, they're brothers, so they could fight with more gusto and justification than any normal band. That said, they were Mormons and so repressed their sibling instincts - which probably means that behind closed doors, the wedgie/Chinese burn factor was high. A-

 

Attendance: Much like herpes, the Osmonds have never gone away. Donny went on to find success with sister Marie, the brothers formed the Osmond Brothers and got into country music. The boys all got together recently for a salutory Evening With Donny, looking like a retired farmer's
convention, except Donny who looked like one of them nice Republican senators. B-

English Language:

Merill: "Over in Germany we’re known as a heavy underground group."
Alan: "Everything we do, we try to be masculine in our movements. That's why we have taken up Karate to replace choreography."
Donny: "I never smile unless I mean it." C

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