The 5 Worst Trends Started By the Class of '99

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NKOTBSB at Toyota Center
1. Boy Bands
Easily the biggest - and most reviled - trend of the late '90s was the revived boy-band phenomenon. Stepping in to fill the void left by the all-grown-up Boyz II Men, pre-fabricated megastars the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC championed flashy pop harmonies and immaculate facial hair, and the imitators came quickly. Remember 98 Degrees and O-Town? How about Hanson? Admit it, you liked "MMMBop."

Zenith of Popularity: The Backstreet Boys' Millennium, released May 18, 1999, became one of the biggest sellers in music industry history, moving more than 30 million units worldwide.

Why It Was Lame: The boy bands were a cynical money-maker from the very beginning, and almost no effort was made to hide that fact. After witnessing the cash-register destruction caused by New Kids on the Block, professional shyster Lou Perman put together the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC and hit it big. He'd continue the formula with O-Town, Take 5, LFO and a bunch of other hot dudes, many of whom later sued him.

In 2006, it was discovered that Pearlman had been running a massive Ponzi scheme. He's now serving a 25-year sentence in federal prison.

Where Are They Now: None of the Class of '99 found true solo success outside of Justin Timberlake, who fancies himself a leading man these days. The other Backstreet Boys and *NSYNCers pop up occasionally on reality TV, and Nick Lachey hosts stuff. The Backstreet Boys co-headlined Toyota Center last year with NKOTB, new music probably not forthcoming.

The ex-idols who keep out of the limelight are probably all too happy to put the whole thing behind them.




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15 comments
pawlie73
pawlie73

It may have been a crappy time or mainstream music but I remember it as a great time for alternative tastes. Radiohead, James, the Verve, and other British acts put out great records. Electronicaü and many musical forms (trip-hop, drum n bass, acid jazz) were some of the most innovative music to come to light in ages. Older guys and gals like Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, n Joni Mitchell put out some great stuff. Lotsa terrific regional Texas and hip-hop stuff as well. Don't let me forget Rock en espanol, alternative Country, and the birth of Screw (for better or for worse).

arianam
arianam

Haha the year that Gap came out with the kahki commercials I was in choir at North Shore High School and we performed "jump jive" and a whole mix of swing songs....dressed in khakis and white shirts LMAO.

Nathan Smith
Nathan Smith

Wherever Papa Roach is these days, it's probably nicer than wherever Powerman 5000, Spineshank, Taproot and Soulfly are.

Rottweiller2000
Rottweiller2000

@HoustonPress I would argue the movie ‘Swingers’ and not the Gap commercial pushed the swing music phenom

Kelly Switzer
Kelly Switzer

Ring watches are a recycled fad from at least the 70s, maybe even before that. Slap bracelets are back, though! Lets just hope that Jennifer Aniston layered haircut is gone for good.

healthy skeptic
healthy skeptic

Fun, bizarre fact: Lou Bega is German (specifically, Bavarian).  I don't know about y'all, but that mostly blows my mind.

Christina Lynn
Christina Lynn

i was in 6th grade when all this madness happened. I remember it well even though I wasnt allowed to listen to 104 krbe back in the day. Even worse is some of the fads are coming back from back then - like ring watches.

eden21
eden21

@Nathan Smith Isnt Soulfly a Sepultura side project? Sepultura was actual, non-'nu' metal - so i think they're okay. Powerman 5000 was awesome hahaha, the frontman is actually Rob Zombie's brother, so I'm guessing he's doing okay... Goddamn, did i ever hate Papa Roach.

NathanSmith
NathanSmith

@Rottweiller2000 Swingers definitely helped put swing back on the pop radar. It didn't really explode on to the charts until that commercial, though. That ad made Brian Setzer a lot of money, and he didn't even play on it.

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

I was...older. And appauled. With two "P"s.

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

Especially since only about eight people saw Swingers and because they thought it was art pr0n.

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