Confidential to Balmain: A Few Backstreet Boys Alternatives

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Backstreet Boys, Kevin Richardson, AJ McLean, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough

Backstreet Boys, Kevin Richardson, AJ McLean, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough

Dear Olivier Rouesting,

Don’t get us wrong—we adored the fact that you orchestrated a performance of the Backstreet Boys for last night’s epic H&M x Balmain launch. However! Watching a quintet of thirtysomething gents rock those ’90s-era dance moves was just a tiny bit awkward. (And also, amazing.) But because we like the sentiment, a few other acts you should consider for your next event:

VANILLA ICE: In September, Robert Matthew Van Winkle (real name alert!) toasted the 25th anniversary of “Ice Ice Baby.” Feel old yet? Bonus: he once collaborated with Naomi.

MARCY PLAYGROUND: “Sex and Candy” is essentially what Balmain is selling, non?

EN VOGUE: If only for the name!

LOS DEL RIO: Dale a tu cuerpo alegria Macarena?

THE MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES: Thanks to Clueless-related mania, we’re predicting a revival for these ska-core cuties.

HANSON: Weren’t these guys kind of like the original JoBros? #mmmbop

LISA LOEB: Enough with the eyewear hawking—someone give this woman a guitar.

THE COUNTING CROWS: Calling all Kate Hudson fans! But seriously, nobody’s gonna protest an acoustic rendition of “Mr. Jones.”

98 DEGREES: In case you totally blew your budget…

Your Daily

UPDATE: This post has been edited to reflect that the group is a quintet, not a quartet, and that this was merely a performance, not a reunion, because the band has been together and touring all along. Our bad!


  1. BSB Fan

    October 21, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Dear Ashley Baker, just a few corrections to the above. The Backstreet Boys are a quintet, since there are five of them (a quartet is four, FYI). Some of the boys are in their forties (and they look amazing). Finally, this wasn’t a reunion, as the boys are very much together and just recently wrapped up their latest tour. You might want to stick to covering fashion, if that is your job. I have no idea. I just came here for the Backstreet Boys :).

  2. Li

    October 22, 2015 at 5:14 AM

    Hanson is actually on a mostly sold out tour right now so I doubt they would be able to attend. I’m just a troll educating the world that Hanson still exists. Still making music and still selling out venues.

  3. Nev

    October 22, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    Ashley, yay for you getting clicks because you included the Backstreet Boys!I’m sorry you’re salty ‘N Stink broke up. Get over it.

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