Stool samples: a history of chairs in pop, from Westlife to Britney

To mark the return of the key change-loving Irish balladeers, here’s a celebration of music’s most comfortable accessory

It is impossible to overestimate the power of the stool as a boyband essential. The humble accessory has allowed Boyzone, Backstreet Boys and One Direction to signal a key change by rising up from it. Hell, Westlife built their careers around it. Except that time in 2001 when they shocked fans by giving the Where Dreams Come True tour the unofficial moniker the No Stool Tour. Flying Without Wings? Easy. Touring without stools? Never.

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