Over the last week fellow cowboy Narendra Kusnur and I have been exchanging culinary reports with each other. Now that’s nothing to be boasting about here but I couldn’t come up with an introduction to the article.
Anyway in 1996 a new boy band took the music world by storm. They made the girls go weak in their knees and the boys aped their styles. But there was more to them than just good looks and dressing styles. They sang some of the biggest hits of the time. They were called Backstreet Boys.
In our Album Talk, this week we discuss their second and most successful album, Backstreet’s Back.
Note: Language maybe altered to suit the platform’s requirements.
Me: I always thought ‘Quit Playing Games’ was from this album.
Kusnur: Before anything else, I have a complaint against you.
Me: What did I do now?
Kusnur: Instead of Backstreet Boys, you should have chosen Spice Girls.
Me: Not much of a difference Sir.
Kusnur: Man 2 hot cowboys discussing Backstreet Boys!!!
Me: Ya! Sir readers will be wondering and also thinking whether we are going to ‘diss’ the album.
Kusnur: Anyway ‘Quit Playing Games’ is from their first album. Their first 2 albums were released in India by Jive Records which was under HMV.
Me: The album released in 1997 when I had just started DJing. So I used to play at terrace parties, college fests, birthday parties and this album was a success at any of these parties.
Kusnur: How many times did you play this album in every party?
Me: Sir one could play it on a loop and people wouldn’t mind. Start with ‘As Long As You Love Me’, follow it up with ‘Everybody’ or vice versa people would be dancing. There was also a song called ‘Ten Thousand Promises’ which was really good.
Kusnur: That’s my favourite from song from the album and also ‘As Long As You Love Me’. In fact roughly a month back I woke up with ‘As Long As You Love Me’ as an ear-worm. I was humming the tune but failed to recognise which song it was for most part of the day.
Me: This song is good, I had Altaf Raja’s ‘Tum Toh Thehre Pardesi’ stuck in my head and I somehow remember the lyrics of the entire song!
Kusnur: Backstreet Boys were huge at that time. They were modelled on Boyz II Men.
Me: But their music was quite unique. They covered PM Dawn’s ‘Set Adrift On Memory Bliss’ in this album. Their version is a slower ballad.
Kusnur: I also liked ‘Hey, Mr DJ’ from this album and ‘Everybody’ of course.
Me: ‘Everybody’ was a massive hit. During that time I was listening to a lot a heavy metal. So I was growing my hair and they were roughly the same as Nick Carter’s. My fellow metal fans would wonder what music I actually like!
Kusnur: I had a bias that time. Suddenly there were a number of boy bands. Boyz II Men, Backsrtreet Boys, ‘NSync, Take That and to top them Spice Girls also sprung up. But at least Spice Girls were eye candies.
Me: Sir through Take That we got Robbie Williams. From Backstreet Boys no one had a successful solo career?
Kusnur: No one made it big individually from them. It was the era of ‘bubble gum pop’. Even Indian labels tried to ape it. There was a band called Viva if you remember.
Me: I do, I do. I often wonder who the man behind Viva was!
Do you people know him?
Let us know if you do or you want to know!!!