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?