Today on Aimee+Shawn, we started discussing third-tier boybands. Not the ‘N SYNC, Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees of the world. The ones that barely made it onto the Total Request Live countdown. The ones that one weird girl in school fawned over but no one understood why… those ones.
For whatever reason, I am a far better study of these boybands than Aimee who, while she was surrounded by friends who loved everything Lou Pearlman ever invented in his Orlando boy band lab, opted to go home and watch Oprah instead of Carson Daly. The discussion started innocently enough, until I realized she didn’t know some of the biggest boyband blips. At which place my unfettered rage caused me to open this article and start angrily typing my frustration.
Does no one remember BB Mak playing guitar in a random foreign street in “Back Here”? Does Aimee not remember the incredible Canadian supergroup SoulDecision who gave us hits like “Faded“ and… yeah, “Faded”. AND HOW DOES SHE NOT KNOW 5IVE BOWLING OUT THEIR HEARTS IN THE MUSIC VIDEO “WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT”?! This is unacceptable and today, I am here to rectify this.
I have scoured the internet to find the brief little reminders of what was the number 9 song on TRL every day, the filler bands, the ones that opened for the ones you loved. This is my list of boybands that time forgot, and if I forgot a band on this list, you can hit me up on social @ShawnTempesta and I’ll make sure to add to the list.
LFO is not on the list despite them kind of being a one-hit wonder… but how did she not know 5ive?!