Friday, August 10, 2007

with lyrics like these, who would have ever thought the halcyon era of boy bands would come to a crashing end?

So, a friend was effervescing to me on the phone about this show "Mission: Man Band", where they take some guys from 90's boy bands who didn't go onto any solo glory and put them together to give them one more shot at glory. Kind of like when I was a kid and the cars that were the losers in the preliminary rounds of the demolition derby would have a special round and the winner would go on to the finals, as if a car that had already lost in one demolition derby and participated in a second was really going to be a good contender in the finals.

I wasn't hooked on my friend's excited recap until I realized one of the guys was the lead singer of the group who did the song "Summer Girls," which my friend didn't even remember. "You know, the Abercrombie and Fitch song." "What Abercrombie and Fitch commercial was it in?" "No, it's the song where they say 'Abercrombie and Fitch' so many times you think it has to be a commercial."

The lead singer is the recruit into Mission: Man Band. Apparently his life had gone down a negative spiral as it was after their one song in the sun, but then he also now has leukemia. It makes the video poignant, as it was only eight years ago and the guy looks like he presumes he's got bigger days in front of him, as opposed to this video being the apex of his career.

What's especially notable about "Summer Girls" is it has some of the best rhymes in the history of half-hearted-hip-hop. My three favorites:

3. Fell deep in love / but now we ain't speaking
Michael J Fox was Alex P Keaton

2. (as part of the chorus)
New Kids On The block / had a bunch of hits
Chinese food makes me sick.

1. (perhaps the best rhyme in the history of boy band music)
When you take a sip / you buzz like a hornet
Billy Shakespeare wrote a whole bunch of sonnets


Anonymous said...

What makes you tick?

DogOnTheInternet said...

In fencing, it's called a "repechage" from the French for "to fish from the pond again".

Brady said...

That song makes me want to buy a flamethrower and drive over to the offices of Arista records and wreak bloody havoc.

(Actually, having just checked on Google Maps, turns out I could just walk over.)

Colter said...

After watching the video, I just couldn't stop laughing and I had to go read the full lyrics. Two more rhymes that stand out:

You're the best girl that I ever did see,
The great Larry Bird Jersey 33

There was a good man named Paul Revere
I feel much better baby when you're near

I will give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that non sequiturs were just their favorite rhetorical device. If that’s the case…brilliant!