Chinese Backstreet Boys lip-sync band, how do I love thee?
Let me count the ways:
-The Backstreet Boys released “That Way” in 1998. The lip-sync di tutti lip-syncs above was recorded by three students calling themselves “Chinese Backstreet Boys” in 2005. The Backstreet Boys were conceived with a shelf life of about a minute and a half in mind; however, seven full years later, the song still resonated to the point of inspiring this lovefest. Now it’s 2011 and this song still has mindshare with me, thanks to these three superfans and the following magical moments:
-0:39: the botched “passing of the mic.” When the CBBs’ enthusiasm doesn’t wane a bit, you know you’re in for a classic.
-0:46: is Left Guy’s hand in a cast?
-0:53: Left Guy’s hand is in a cast! This dude is a lip-sync warrior.
-1:10: Left Guy is FEELING IT!
-1:55: I think Right Guy is realizing he needs to step up his game here, and answers the call with a perfect to-the-beat head flip mid-lyric.
-2:55: A little controversy: did Right Guy intentionally loosen the headband, so it would slip off “in the heat of the moment” a few seconds later? Or was the touching of the headband itself a result of Right Guy just plain lost in music? We’ll never know for sure, but that didn’t stop me from going frame-by-frame through that bit, Zapruder-style.
-3:22: Wow, the guy in the back working at his computer is never going to get up from his desk, is he? But he appears to be wearing a Yao Ming replica home jersey, which plays beautifully off of the frontmen’s Yao Ming replica road jerseys.
But it’s more than that. Really, it’s about love, the unbridled love and passion that these two guys have for pop music in general and “That Way” in particular. Every last bit of cool has been thrown out the window in favor of unabashed admiration and homage. And regardless of what you may think about the object of this admiration, the purity of emotion demands respect.
I don’t quite feel that passionately about asparagus – how could you possibly? But as vegetables go, it’s one of the most perfect. I’ll step out there and say that it’s the intrinsically tastiest of the green vegetables. It also couldn’t be easier – one cut of the knife, some olive oil and salt, some broiler time, and that’s it.