Harlem Shake By The Backstreet Boys

Um. The Backstreet Boys doing the harlem shake video was actually quite amusingly weird. Talk about cleverly creative. Oh no they didn’t go for the sexual appeal, legitimate dancing, or stupidly silly dancing. They went for the extremely off-the-wall-random-raise-your-eyebrows kind of video. I don’t know if it’s just because I grew up with the Backstreet Boys and seeing them in this way is contradictory to how I remember them. But for whatever reason, I couldn’t help but bust out laughing when I watched this video and think to myself “what the hell am I watching?” I would imagine there are a lot of harlem shake videos on YouTube that may give me a similar effect, but this is the Backstreet Boys. Haha.

I mean come on! Freaknasty Spiderman? Perverted Easter Bunny? Captain America Ballerina? Rocketeer Helmet? Naked man in a Dr. Seuss hat? I can’t possibly be the only person who thinks this is weirder than weird, but I guess that’s what they were going for? Mission accomplished? You’ve succeeded in freaking me out!! =P

And what’s one stage down from being a geek? Hmmm. I kinda think it’s being a freak. And no, not in sexual terms. Freak as in even the geeks think you’re weird. You know what I’m talking about!! Haha. (side note: I loved the show Freaks and Geeks) Criticism aside, I really just want to hold onto my teen perception of the Backstreet Boys. But even though I want it that way, I know people change, times change, and I have to accept that the Backstreet Boys have changed. I mean I just have to quit playing games with my heart and enter the reality that the Backstreet Boys are no longer boys (although I think when they were popular they were actually quite old). They are men. Men, who as long as you love them, will continue to make more music and more extremely weird videos. I’m sure that will definitely make them happy and they will feel larger than life.

Ok I’m done. No wait. Final thoughts. There really is just no way. No how. I’ll never break your heart because I always give you all I have to give. And that, my dear friends, is the shape of my heart. <3

Whatever happened to….? Jimmie’s Chicken Shack

It’s time for a new segment on SSB.

“Whatever happened to…?”

One of us will be talkin’ about a group, a fad, something, anything that was big back in the day…that just sort of disappeared.

Like this group.

What did they do right?

It’s 1999 and I’m in my sophomore year of high school.  I’m catching some MTV before I go to school and I see a video that didn’t make any sense.  It had a catchy tune, awesome guitar sounds, and random happenings all over the screen.  It was a microcosm of my adolescent brain.

The group was Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, and it was the video for their single “Do Right”.  Did it blow my mind?  Yes.  With the advent of FREE MP3’S and FTP sites/services, this was one of the first songs I downloaded.  Ahhhhh…good times.  I didn’t really realize the weight of the lyrics until I grew up a bit and realized just how laid back these guys were.

12 years later, yeah….what do I do right?  Some things, I hope.  I think.

But on the real…where are they now?  Are they still performing?  If Wikipedia is to be believed, then they’re still together.

I hope.  ‘Cuz that song rocked.