It’s been two decades since we first met The Backstreet Boys, but just because they’re married men doesn’t mean they’re ready to hang up their matching boy band outfits and retire. Want proof? Check out the television debut of their new documentary on VH1 this Friday! Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of commemorates BSB’s 20th anniversary, and will pull back the curtain on the band’s many ups and downs over the course of their career.
Boy bands have really odd names when you think about it. Which “back street” are the Backstreet Boys from? Do they even have back streets in Orlando, oh excuse me, I meant O-Town. What’s with that extra apostrophe in ‘N SYNC? And what the hell does BBMak mean anyway? Now that the excitement of the summer tour season has died down, we’ve got plenty of time to obsess over such things. We decided to go past the frosted tips of the story and find out how these boys – Backstreet or otherwise – got their names. Read more…
The music video aesthetic du jour of the late 90s and early 00s was “futuristic.” In the years surrounding the millennium, everyone seemed to become obsessed with technology and the future, and so much of that obsession played out in the themes, costumes and elaborate sets of music videos. With the Internet finding its way into households as a commonplace new amenity, literally everything was exploding with possibility.
Backstreet Boys‘ minute-long condensed version of their single “Show ‘Em (What You’re Made Of)” for VH1’s Stop/Watch is simply gorgeous. They sound just like you remember them live in the ’90s and early oughts. So, if BSB’s sound is frozen in time, does this mean we all still look as young as listening to this song makes us feel? Let’s just go with yes.
The year was 1999. It was the final 365 days before the Millennium and with the fear of Y2K before us, it felt like anything could happen. Maybe it was the fear that the world was going to end or just a certain amount of “carpe diem” creeping into the system but it seemed like music tastes were all over the place. Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys led the pop charge and dominated the TRL era. Latin music exploded thanks to Ricky Martin. Meanwhile, punk decided to go punk, rap decided to go rock and R&B decided to kick men to the curb. It was a year all onto itself and these are the biggest moments turning 15 as we roll into 2014.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Backstreet Boys global pop domination. A.J., Brian, Howie D, Kevin and Nick recently stopped by Video Hits One headquarters here in the heart of Times Square to promote their new album, In A World Like This, and our lucky photographer Jen Marigliano got to follow them around for the day.