I didn’t hit my boy band phase until I was at the end of my sophomore year of college.
I know. I wasted SO MANY years repressing my inner fangirl.
Frankly, the years of repression explain a LOT about why I am the way I am today.
I remember hearing rumblings about The Backstreet boys and rolling my eyes over them. Like Sage, I was MUCH too cool for bubblegum pop (and I already had much on my plate damming me to be a geek, being that I was a massive X-Phile). I worked at The Gap and “As Long As You Love Me” and “All I Have to Give” were in heavy rotation on the store playlist. Over an eight-hour work shift, I would hear them at least three times. Soon, I knew all the words, despite my best efforts to ignore them. Not long after that…I was singing along. And THEN I would find myself looking FORWARD to when they would come on and doing a little dance of rejoicing when those now familiar opening chords would play.
They had gotten me.
However, I remained a closet Backstreet Boys fan for a long time. Wasn’t I, at 20 years old, too OLD to love a boy band so ardently? Wasn’t I too old to save magazine covers and article to secretly tape up in my closet? WASN’T I TOO OLD TO HAVE A FAVORITE BACKSTREET BOY?
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. NO. Never. You are NEVER too old to have a favorite Backstreet Boy.
And then the Summer of 1999 happened. And you couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing the greatest boy band song (and arguably the most perfect pop song) EVER.
I’m sorry. If you don’t love (and know all the words to) “I Want It That Way” then there is a problem deep inside your soul. It IS one of the greatest pop songs ever written. The nonsensical “that way” (NO REALLY WHAT WAY DO YOU WANT IT, BOYS?). That Bridge. THAT FLAWLESS KEY CHANGE AND BRIAN’S “TELL ME WHYYYYYYY” RIFF AT THE END. It is a perfect karaoke song. It has inspired countless fan tributes, parodies, and flash mobs (this one is my most favorite). “I Want It That Way” is pure and incandescent joy and it personifies everything I love about the Backstreet Boys. You can’t listen to it without breaking into a massive grin and wanting to dance around like no one is watching you.
“I Want It That Way” always tends to be my trump card whenever I get into a debate with someone about Backstreet vs. *N SYNC. Cause no other *N SYNC song, with the possible exception of “Bye Bye Bye”, has the timeless perfection of IWITW. Can a debate be won on the merits of one song?
When it is a song as perfect as “I Want It That Way” I believe it can.
But more reasons why I pledge my eternal love to the Backstreet Boys are after the jump…
As New York City braces for Hurricane Sandy, allow Sage and I to take a moment and squee. 5000 views of our blog in its first month!!! I know Sage will agree with me when I say that starting this blog was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. We say all the time that it would not have been nearly as much fun had we not done this together. I’m so glad to be writing with such a brilliant partner and friend who not only understands all my feels but also inspires me everyday. XOXO.
And to everyone who has taken the time over the past month to read and share THEIR feels, be it here on the blog or on Facebook or Twitter…THANK YOU!! We love you all and look forward to sharing much much more with you.
And now…enjoy some party gifs. I’m going to go get a few more bottles of wine. I’m some how feeling that my current stash of 5 bottles won’t get us through this storm…
“Screw it, we’re doing this.”
The fact that we both subscribe to this philosophy has always been one of the best parts of our friendship. In other words, when faced with a potential celebrity encounter, if one of us starts to chicken out, the other is always there to say, “Nope, this is happening.” Some may call this behavior enabling. We call it making sure our lives are as awesome as possible. Allow us to reflect on how this mantra has worked for us.
Earlier this year I went to a screening of Friends With Kids with Sage and our friend Samantha. This wasn’t any ordinary screening, mind you. This was a screening that had a Q&A with the Sexy Elf King himself, Adam Scott (who happens to be in Sage’s Top 5). First of all, if you haven’t seen Friends With Kids, bump it to the top of your Netflix queue IMMEDIATELY. It’s fantastic, and Adam is perfect in it. We got seats at the front of the theatre so we could have the best possible view of Adam and his epic hair. And believe me…the hair is more epic in person.
Once upon a time in Astoria, there was a magical castle called the HOTRS, where the finest theater administrators in New York gathered for theme parties and jungle juice. (Don’t worry, I’m abandoning this fairy tale metaphor soon.)
It was at these parties that I first met Kim: as much of a regular as I was and with countless mutual friends. Despite being a secret admirer of her epic costumes, we weren’t much more than a passing “hey, can you hand me a Solo cup?” kind of friends. Years went by and the HOTRS became a thing of the past. Then one day, our beautiful tropical fish and friend fairy godmother Angel suggested that I invite Kim to be on my Friends trivia team.
“She’s even crazier than you.”