It’s a sad day everyone. Not only is it Monday (aren’t Monday’s the worst?), but it’s also the day after the final episode of the third season of Game of Thrones, and I am in serious mourning. Even sadder, the show won’t be back until NEXT YEAR. Why, cruel HBO gods?! I want you back, Game of Thrones!
Well, that made me feel much better – boy bands tend to have that effect. I don’t know what it is about a group of boys dancing ‘n sync, standing in front of big fans to get the “windblown un-buttoned button up” look, and crooning about relationships that probably never existed that can serve as the perfect pick-me-up, but it ain’t no lie.
As far as the hierarchy of ‘90s boy bands go, there are two groups that reign supreme – House *NSYNC and House Backstreet. Each house rules over a realm of loyal fans, many willing to defend the honor of their frosted-tip kings to the death. Not even a cage match between a bear and a maiden fair would be as thrilling as one between rabid teeny-boppers belonging to Houses *NSYNC and Backstreet, defending their respective thrones.
I grew up in Boybandom as a loyal subject of House Backstreet, a young girl hoping to one day be wed to King Nick Carter. I would’ve settled for Lord McLean or Sir Littrell, but I digress. “We’ve Got It Goin’ On” (1995) put the kingdom on the map, and “I Want It That Way” (1999) became our war anthem.
But the reign of House Backstreet would soon be challenged by the newly formed House *NSYNC, whose debut (and arguably best) single “I Want You Back” (1998), made waves across the boybandom (fun fact – did you know that their first album was released in Germany in 1996, two years before its US debut? Verrückt!). Under the rule of King Timberlake, the men suited up in matching skin-tight short sleeve half zip t-shirts and gave House Backstreet a serious run for their money.
Single after single, the war waged on between these houses, causing teen girls (and surely guys, too) everywhere to scream, cry, and become savages, all for the sake of defending the honor of their kings. But alas, no one House would ever definitively take the throne. The battle for sole rule over Boybandom even made its way into the new millennium, but soon the Houses would fall apart from within as the noble kings turned against their fellow men in a quest for something they saw as much more precious – solo careers.
House *NSYNC disbanded in 2002, never to reunite, while House Backstreet has broken up and gotten back together off and on for the past 10+ years. While House Backstreet is still in tact, the British have seized control of the realm for the first time since the 1960s, by way of House One Direction.
Bye (bye bye) for now,
Side note – I hold no allegiances to either group and respect all houses of the realm.