Confidential to Balmain: A Few Backstreet Boys Alternatives
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…
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!