130: “Oh My God, We’re Back Again” – Backstreet Boys

Are they original? Not a bit. Are they the only one? Certainly not. Are they sexual? Well, that’s up for debate! 

The When We Were Young podcast dives into all these questions and more as we discuss the Backstreet Boys, pioneers in the bubblegum pop craze that was larger than life in the late 1990s and early 2000s. 

Boy bands were all the rage around the turn of the millennium, starting with the international success of everybody’s favorite musical act named after an Orlando flea market. (Okay, maybe they are the only one.) 

The Boys broke out big time with “I’ll Never Break Your Heart,” the first of many heart-related tracks that would soon hit the charts. Over the next few years, Nick, Brian, Kevin, Howie, and A.J. rocked our bodies, showed us the meaning of being lonely, and announced their return before most of us had even heard of them. They also fought to dominate the charts against a wave of other crooning gentlemen seeking to capitalize on their formula for teenage infatuation, including *NSYNC, 98 Degrees, and LFO.

But all fads fade with time, so how do these massive hits sound to our 2024 ears? Are the Boys still our fire? Or is sharp-tongued criticism all we have to give? Yes, it’s finally time for Chris, Becky, and Seth to take on BSB. So if you want it that way, we’ve got it that way! (If you want it some other way, we can’t help you.)

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