Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Boy Band Confessions

This morning as I was driving into work, I was flipping through radio stations, as it seemed that all of my regular stations were on commercial.  I finally landed on one that was actually playing music.  I scoffed when I recognized the artist, saying to myself, "Backstreet Boys?  Really?"  But I left the radio dialed in as I made a left hand turn, and before I knew it, I was instantly transported back to junior high and singing along. 

It was then that I realized I knew almost every single word to the entire song.

I don't really know how I knew the words...they just sort of came out of me.  At first it it seemed like I just knew a phrase here and a phrase there, but then the phrases kept coming.  Once I remembered one line, the next line came pouring out.  It was as if this dormant part of my inner adolescent come bursting forth and no matter how I tried, I couldn't keep it back. 

Lest you think that I was a teenybopper during the boy band craze, know that I actually got the name of the band wrong.  It was N'Sync, not Backstreet Boys, that was playing.  And I really only knew the words to the chorus, as I stumbled over the verses.  But then, the late 90's were a few years ago. 

Do you want to hear something even more embarrassing that knowing all of the words to the song?  Back in the day, we used to make up our own dance moves.  Yep, that's right.  My friends and I would stomp our feet and wave our hands and generally get down and jiggy in unison to the latest boy band hit.

I remember one in particular, another N'Sync song, in which we practiced in Ashley's basement and then displayed our impressive rhythm at the Regional Dance.  It was one of those moments where everyone else stopped dancing and turned to look at you, secretly wishing they were as cool as you were.  I mean, people were inspired, joining in and trying to imitate our finesse.  If only they could...  Of course we had other moves for other songs--mostly just miming out the words--but they were moves, nonetheless.  And don't think we only limited our repertoire to boy bands: there was a Britney Spears' song or two in there as well.

We were awesome.

What are your boy band confessions?  N'Sync, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, Hanson, Five--who was your favorite?


Jennie said...
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Jennie said...

I never was one to listen to the radio, so I don't have any confessions. You have such fun friends! I can totally see Colette being just like you described. . .dancing and singing along with the latest band. She is so cute!

Megan said...

I loved Hanson (obviously) but my favorite "boy band" was definitely N'Sync. I have a serious crush on Justin Timberlake to this day (Dan's okay with it). Making up dances is embarrassing but I remember in my college spanish class my friends and I would actually translate Backstreet boys songs into Spanish and sing them between classes. I was in college. Old enough to know what a fool I was.

"Tu eres... mi fuego. Mi unico.... deseo. Cree cuando digo, yo quiero este modo...." Its probably totally wrong but we thought we were so smart.

Melinda said...

Can I tell you how much I love that you have been blogging every day? When I check to see who has updated I always know there will be some good humor from Jill awaiting me.

I hit my boy band craze a little before the Backstreet days so my boy band confessions are more along the lines of New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men. I also was very into Joey Lawrence when he had an album out. My friends and I would make lip sync videos to songs that we loved. I can only imagine what we looked like!