Backstreet Boys relive their worst fashion moments
The Backstreet Boys were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday — the same week the quintet celebrated their 20th anniversary as a band. Yes, they’ve been around 20 years. (We just made you feel old.)
In those two decades, the band — best known for stealing our teen hearts with hits like 1997’s “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)” and 1999’s “I Want It That Way” — has racked up numerous honors, broken sales records, and, naturally, had their fair share of fashion faux pas.
The five-some look back on the latter, however, with nothing but good humor. We know this because when we caught up with Brian Littrell, A.J. McLean, and Kevin Richardson this weekend at an event in Hollywood, we brought with us some photos of the band’s most questionable fashion moments. Here’s what they had to say…
Brian Littrell: It was a very hot outfit.
A.J. McLean: The outfits look like something you see at a Jiffy Lube when they’re working on your car.
Littrell: And you know we’ve been around so long, they might be back in style today. [Laughs]
McLean: That Kentucky hat never went out of style.
Kevin Richardson: That was the very first photoshoot we ever did. We took those outfits and actually did shows in them. We played Royal Albert Hall in those outfits; it was the first time we ever played there.
McLean: Who’s backyard was that? Was that one of ours? Or was that just some random backyard?
Richardson: That was in Miami. It rained that whole day. It ruined our photoshoot.
Littrell: Don’t show that one!
McLean: That’s before any kind of record deal at channel…4 news station?
Richardson: In Orlando.
McLean: We had that backdrop built and we performed in front of 30 or 40 kids.
Littrell: We were superstars and we hadn’t sold a record. [laughs]
Richardson: We thought we’d hit the big time. [Smiles]
Littrell: We were ‘superstars.’
McLean: I was apparently training to be in some rescue Coast Guard. Nick [Carter] was training to be one of the Miami Dolphins. Howie [Dorough] was sponsored by Nike.
Littrell: This was when clothes were really big.
Richardson: Big, baggy clothes.
Littrell: We thought we were hip-hop stars.
Richardson: I think this was in Germany.
McLean: …but also inside, as well — not outside.
Richardson: That was in…
Littrell: Was it in Jakarta?
Richardson: Jakarta! [We were in] Indonesia for a new artist showcase.
Littrell: We were about to break then.
McLean: [To Littrell] That’s when we got those G Shock watches at the press conference–
Littrell: They’d just started then.
Richardson: We thought it’d be funny to take a picture of all of us at the urinal.
Richardson: The disco balls. I hate that one.
McLean: Nick looks about as pale as Casper the ghost.
Richardson: We have enough makeup on there to start our own line of cosmetics.
Littrell: I think that’s when Howie started pointing.
McLean: Howie’s patented pointing.
Richardson: When they brought out those shirts and those disco balls, I was like, ‘Are you for real?’
Littrell: You can see on Kevin’s face. He’s kind of unhappy. He’s like, ‘Really?’
Richardson: Look at that look in my eye.
Littrell: He’s mad.
Richardson: For real, look at it. I’m like, ‘I can not believe I’m doing this.’
McLean: ‘This is going to bite me in the ass later.’
Richardson: They’re like, ‘It’s for the cover.’ And I’m like, ‘It’s for the COVER? You want us to wear these?’
Littrell: That’s worse!
Richardson: These are hideous. The magazine made us wear these. It was a magazine in the UK.