Backstreet Boys Release Totally Unnecessary Christmas Single

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Earlier this week, we broke the devastating news that INXS were only just breaking up (15 years too late). Well, apparently, we're currently in the midst of an epidemic of bands plowing on well past their sell-by dates because -- that's right -- the Backstreet Boys are still a thing! And we just found this incredibly depressing news out via the medium of that most heinous of holiday traditions -- the goddamn Christmas single. Way to not sugarcoat it for us, fellas.

We can't help but feel that 20 years after the band originally formed, its name could use a little updating: Backstreet Men? Backstreet Has-Beens? Backstreet Dudes Clinging Hopelessly to Their Youth? Delusional Backstreet Bastards? Any of those would do. Truly, the only thing more undignified than being in a boy band is being in a boy band while approaching middle-age.

A pile of ex-pop-stars referring to themselves as Boys while in their mid-30s would be depressing at any time of the year, but to force it upon us during the holidays is just downright cruel.

Let's listen to the pointless, jangly, sleigh-bells-infused nonsense that is "It's Christmas Time Again" and try not to slit our wrists, shall we?



It's like they sat down with a list of Christmas song cliches and mashed them all together in a frenzy of pop sickliness. Bells ringing in steeples, falling snow, Santa, weird gift innuendos, making wishes near trees -- it's all here, folks.

"I've been bad, I've been good and you know that I did what I should," is such an awful lyric, even in the context of the dumbest of pop ditties, that the first time we heard it, we had to struggle not to vomit in our own mouths a little bit.

Also, we're pretty sure the "Boys" stole the "town, town, town, down, down, down" bit on the chorus from fictional drunken buffoon Aldous Snow in Get Him to the Greek.
 


What is the purpose of "It's Christmas Time Again" anyway? Aside from an obvious, desperate cash-in during that special time of year when people spend money on a bunch of crap they don't need, we mean. To give half-drunk moms something to dance to on Christmas Day when they've run out of Michael Buble and Justin Bieber? This thing is so deeply aggravating, it makes Mariah Carey's back-catalog of seasonal songs look like gifts from on high.

The only silver lining to this entire waste of air-space is that Backstreet Boys did this on their own, rather than roping in New Kids On The Block to join in, too. Because -- in case you haven't heard -- the two bands have been performing together as NKOTBSB (catchy!) since last year.

Ultimately, "It's Christmas Time Again" will live on merely as a reminder that Christmas really is the worst time of year for music. And also, that people whose careers peaked in their early 20s frequently spend the rest of their lives desperately clinging to former glories and trying in vain to re-create them. All we want for Christmas now is a heavy-duty pair of ear-plugs. Happy It's-Not-Even-Thanksgiving-Yet, everyone!

-- @Raemondjjjj
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sango_027
sango_027

Please fuck you off dear asshole! You don't have any idea of what you are saying! The fact you don't like any singers doesn't mean you can publish everything you want, you should know the consequences! But of course, you can't think! So, shut your fucking mouth! & please set your comments apart! To yourself! Have a life & live it!

I am telling you, I am a super fan of them! Please! Love BSB! <3

Nice Christmas!

iSTILL...amAfan
iSTILL...amAfan

They're still making music because their fans beg them to, if no one wanted to hear from them then you can bet they would stop. But we love them and their music, so stop being jealous of their success and stop being such a Grinch. Grow a heart.

xxmexicangirl101
xxmexicangirl101

Well fuck you too!Whats the matter with you??What an attitude you have! BSB are amazing, so please, just leave, you're argument is invalid and disgusting 

NorthernLights
NorthernLights

Well ~ You're a brave one, writing bad things about BSB ~ It's obvious that you have NO idea how popular those  "Boys"  still are ~ and how fiercely  defensive their fans are about their "Boys" . You also have no clue that BSB continue to sell out big Arenas ...yes I did say  ARENAS  every time they tour ( and they tour frequently) You think that because you don't hear them on the radio anymore, that they are desperate for cash or trying to hold on to their former glory ...nothing could be further from the truth ~ I invite you to look at some of their recent tour videos on You Tube ~ now does that seem to you that they have no fans left ?

You are obviously out of touch with how big their fan base is , and why they still continue to be fans. I'll give you a clue , it's their incredible music and voices, their talent ... and them as people , their personalities , their sense of fun and their closeness with their fans..

You keep mentioning age , past their sell by date etc .As far as I know music is for EVERYONE , not just the young, are you really suggesting that music should not be listened to ( or sung) past a certain age ? Did you realize that EVERY album they have released have made it into the TOP 10 in the charts ...yes even the recent albums ( and that will continue with their next album in 2013) 

You're a fool and need to learn a few lessons about music and about music fans. As for me I will continue to enjoy BSB's music and incredible harmonies that are pitch perfect . You may not like this song or even them , but you cannot deny their immense popularity even to this day and their staying power in the music industry.

The Backstreet Boys deserve an incredible amount of respect with over 130 MILLION albums sold, for their staying power ,for their contribution to the music industry and for continuing to reach a wide audience of fans around the world.They are true legends in the music world, so a little respect is due for all their hard work , don't you think ?

And for all the fans out there... KTBSPA ...20 years on and still going strong   :-)     

passion2011
passion2011

Бэкстрит Бойз лучшие!!! Я их обожаю!!! Россия любит BSB!  А все что написано в этой статье-полный абсурд! Сразу понятно что у этого человека не ладится личная жизнь и он обозлен на всех-поэтому и пишет такие злобные статьи.

adivitcos97
adivitcos97

I can't believe this article has actually been published! The person who wrote the article clearly has no skills in writing as a journalist, as this article was completely unprofessional offering extreme bias and not taking into consideration that this band is still making more money than this journalist ever will. I can't believe how rude this journalist comes across in this article, are you implying that timeless artists like the Beatles or Michael Jackson are also 'ex-pop stars' or 'delusional bastards'? As long as they still have fans their legacy will continue to live on! Ok so maybe the Christmas song is not the deepest thing we've ever come across, but what songs are anymore? Come on! Really?! I suggest the person who wrote this article takes a look in the mirror and asks herself/himself why putting other people down makes you feel better? I mean seriously! How old are you? Grow up and smell the roses, your life sucks if you're wasting it bitching about one of the best pop bands of the 90s!!!!

ktbpa
ktbpa like.author.displayName 1 Like

I don't like the song either BUT you....you need to do something with your life. Maybe see a shrink ;)

PintSizeTrouble
PintSizeTrouble

@nickcarter totally unnecessary my ass!! You and @howied created a new Christmas classic!!!! Bravo!!

nanatyrt23
nanatyrt23

This is just ridiculous. I not saying that everyone should like BSB or enjoy their music, but this article is so extreme. I hope your bosses paid you the entire $1.50 for writing this article, I think you're the one strapped for cash, writing this thing. The Beach Boys nor the Beastie Boys (RIP Adam Yauch) have changed their names and they are older the the Backstreet boys, and as a fan I'm tired of hearing that they're still making music cause they need cash, they have  made more money than you probably  will in your lifetime, especially  if this is your day job. I don't know what made you so jaded, but Christmas music is the best thing since sliced bread,  this article is the actual waste of space. Just cause you will it, doesn't mean that the Backstreet Boys will stop making music. KTBSPA!

P.s Backstreet-Hasbeens?  Have you ever been?  the Backstreet Boys are world renowned, who the hell are you?

 

stormcloudscocoa
stormcloudscocoa

Really, come on now... BSB along with NSYNC, NKOTB, are some of my favorites and their music stands the test of time.  What about The Beach Boys? They havent changed their name in how many years? I mean they are not known as The Beach Bums, if you dont like them or their music thats fine, but leave the song alone, I happen to like it, and their name............

solybri
solybri

@solangeles Keep The Backstreet's Pride Alive For Ever ♥ say no more

eitacacete
eitacacete

I have to agree with you in one (and only) thing: Christmas really is the worst time of year for music.

But that's all! All that I could see after reading this is that you're a bitter person that can't (or just don't want) to understand the talent in others.

Come on! They can't be called Backstreet BOYS because NOW they are on their 30's?? That's sad and ridiculous....

At least you should have better arguments if you don't like them.

 

cindybsb
cindybsb

 @eitacacete It's their brand, that's what their fans know of them. Beach Boys didn't changed their name when they released their recent album and they are in 70s. Beastie Boys were all grown up in the 90s but they went to awards shows with their names in tact. And what good can it do if they change their name? Didn't New Kids on the Block change to NKOTB then just the Block but still ppl still call them New Kids and they're in 40s.

eitacacete
eitacacete

 @cindybsb I agree with you... I just wrote it wrong. I meant: "Can't they be called Backstreet BOYS because NOW they are on their 30's?? That's sad and ridiculous...."

hello0qt6295
hello0qt6295

Their talent has not been affected by age, and I must agree with those who have brought up the fact that The Beach Boys are still called boys and are much older. It doesn't really matter, and the fact that these are reasons you give that they apparently suck is just sad. People are happy that they are coming out with more music for a reason.

prettyloe89
prettyloe89 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

And secondly to anyone who just leaves comments saying how horrible the backstreet boys are I sincerely hope you will respect the fans that still love them and also respectfully not bash them in anyway. It's not like they did anything wrong or bad. Oh and for the record they ARE and always WILL BE the best selling boy band of ALL TIME!!!!!

prettyloe89
prettyloe89

Actually I enjoy new christmas music and I'm GLAD they did put out a song. I know some people don't like christmas music but for the ones like me that do this was a very nice song so please don't go all hating like it was te worst thing ever

cindybsb
cindybsb

And what about the Beastie Boys? Did they change their name when the reached their adulthood?

cindybsb
cindybsb

Yeah, you should tell 70 old yr old Beach Boys to change their name too! Or you just pick on them because they are a boyband?

outshiner
outshiner like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

Wow you hate them so much yet you spent time writing an article about them.

You have no right to bash an artist like this. If you don't like it move on! don't ruin it for the others.

honie22.ca
honie22.ca like.author.displayName 1 Like

How bout u shut your damn face just cuz u don't like it does not mean that no one else enjoys the song.... Get some holiday cheer and a hug while your at it and try not to ruin the bsb fan base holiday present jerk!!!!

roci_ito_correa
roci_ito_correa like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

You really are a person that should hates Christmas, but it shows that you do not know what is good music I'm sure. You have no notion how the BsbFans feel good with their songs and letters. Everything you wrote is a bullshit. They really don't deserve that. Backstreet Boys  is the best band forever. If you write something bad, write of Scrooge, but not pop bands that are more famous than yourself. Worst article ever! This sounds like you had nothing better to write about so you chose to write about a great band who did something nice for the fans, they made one xmas song for us and you wrote a nasty article about them. This article is an outright offense over to us fans but also to the backstreet boys who are amazing musicians. singers and dancers! This article is really lousy and you is a true incompetent imbecile who does not understand anything about music really! please shut up. Get a life. The backstreet boys have made the history of music and have lasted so long because they are great artists, very good friends and they have their true fans, who stayed always on their side. Just missed the time writing this nonsense! 

KTBSPA Forever and Always 

hadams2007
hadams2007 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Haters gonna hate! KEEP THE BACKSTREET PRIDE ALIVE 

thebee
thebee

Wow, some people are upset. You hit a nerve.

 

Don't let those Stans in the comment section get to you. The BSB and many of their fans are as sick and vicious as the drugs and alcohol running especially through Nick's and his psycho girlfriend's veins. I was a BSB fan most of my life and I'm so glad that I managed to get out of this super sick fandom. The general public is sane and doesn't want them and their mind games and the BSB are losing their instant fan base, since all the sane fans are running by now. :)

honie22.ca
honie22.ca like.author.displayName 1 Like

@thebee I am pretty sure the drugs are in your veins... If u knew anything of Lauren and nick you would know they are health nutz.... Just goes to how how ignorant you truly are!!!

troy28meastro06
troy28meastro06 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@thebee U got out of the 'super sick BSB fandom' yet u still spent some of your precious time to search for a BSB related article, listened to their single & posted a comment, with haters like u, who needs fans

Allin
Allin

 @troy28meastro06  @thebee What's really funny is that she most likely got the link to this article from Nick's twitter (she won't admit it, watch!) which means she's still following him and obsessed with him that she just can't face the fact that he actually has a girlfriend who he really loves. People like this are really the ones who are sick and vicious.

Alina
Alina like.author.displayName 1 Like

You must be pretty disturbed and frustrated to write such a hateful and offensive "article" over a Christmas single, which is actually not bad at all, but rather very catchy and cheerful. The Backstreet Boys lasted so long because they are great artists, very good friends and they have their true fans, who stayed always on their side. @backstreet boys your fans adore you!

helenaoliveira
helenaoliveira like.author.displayName 1 Like

You don't understand anything about music, I'm sure. You have no notion how Backstreet Boys make the fans feel good with their songs and letters. Everything you wrote is a bullshit. They really don't deserve that. BSB is the best band ever. Fuck you.

adoptthiskitten
adoptthiskitten like.author.displayName 1 Like

Worst article ever! This sounds like you had nothing better to write about so you chose to write about a great band who did something nice for the fans..they made one xmas song for us and you wrote a nasty article about them. Get a life, perhaps you should get in the xmas spirit and quit being such a scrooge. BSB rocks! And always will if you don't like them so be it but writing a nasty  "article" (if you can even consider this one ) is just pathethic. Did santa leave a lump of shit in your stocking when you were a kid? There not "ex" pop stars they are still very much alive and have a huge fan base so suck a fat one biatch! I love @ backstreetboys @ nickcarter! 

Joshthe1
Joshthe1

Played the first video and got totally distracted from the article.

latalatalalataaaaa ....

martina-petrone
martina-petrone like.author.displayName 1 Like

This article is an outright offense over to us fans but also to the backstreet boys who are amazing musicians. singers and dancers! This article is really lousy and the author is a true incompetent imbecile who does not understand anything about music really! please shut up and do not let more than write such things! the backstreet boys have made the history of music and will do so, because they have determination and talent, and have experience that everyone wants! do you understand ignorant!? FOVERER BSB!!

Lorely2384
Lorely2384 like.author.displayName 1 Like

A good critic would find far more interesting words and constructive, yours is simply envious for not having what they still have today!! by Lorely2384 KTBPA

LKsucks
LKsucks

Lauren Kitt is a human waste I have stopped loving BSB because of her she has ruined Nick he is so miserable with that BITCH poor Nicky :(

cindybsb
cindybsb

 @LKsucks Haha it sounds someone is jealous of his girlfriend. Btw, what does his personal life has to do with this article? Nirvana is a great band, but we all have to agree Kurt Cobain was a messed up individual and so is his wife.

Amylicious87
Amylicious87 like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @LKsucks

 ya know why would you come here and say that. If you wetre a true fan you wouldn't care who he was dating because you love them for their music not their personal life! Lauren makes nick happy being jealous of her isn't going to do anything for you! Just let him be happy! It's people like you that push the guys away from their fans!

nicklover3_99
nicklover3_99 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@LKsucks have you even paid attention to him since he has been with her??? It's because of her that he is healthy and he is very happy. You are just a jealous fan.

LKsucks
LKsucks

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. 

Allin
Allin like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @LKsucks This comment is so wrong on so many levels I don't know where to start.

ejowett
ejowett like.author.displayName 1 Like

This is misandrist and ageist. Does the US have no journalistic code of ethics, regarding defamatory, personal attacks against individuals/groups based on their gender and age?

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Allin
Allin

 @dorkarmus I hate it when people who are really just haters post comments pretending they're fans to make the artist look bad/worse.

Robyn298
Robyn298

 @dorkarmus What the hell kind of fan are you if you don't like one of the members and refuse to buy their music? You don't have the right to call yourself a fan.

CarlaCarter
CarlaCarter like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

First of all, Bsb can't change their name 'cause its their mark in this world, in music history, and in our lives. Even though if they did it, we (the real fans) will call them Backstreet Boys anyway. What about changing your name? Would you change as a person? I don't think so, you'll stay the same. So what's the matter with a name? I don't see the problem. Second, Christmas songs are like that, love, peace, good feelings, time of joy, etc. They are done for Christmas, what did you expect? I can't imagine a Christmas song talking about anything else. In addition, I think 'It's Christmas time again' is quite catchy, so if people like a song, and I see a lot of people saying "Yes, I like the song" and so do I, what's the problem with that? What's your problem? Backstreet Boys sing beautifully it doesn't matter if they sing a Frank Sinatra's song or a Barney's song (I can imagine them singing: "I love you and you love we're a happy family" hahahaha) Third and last, if you don't like Christmas you can go to live to Iran or Iraq, they don't believe in Christ so they don't celebrate it. I have been a Bsb fan since I was 18, I'm 33 now and I'll be their fan until my last day in this weird world. Finally, I'd like to tell you that I'm not against your opinion, it's your opinion you can think and say whatever you want, I'm just showing you my opinion too. Peace, love, and music for everyone. I will KTBPA forever. P.D.: @nickcarter I love you with all my heart and soul. I love the @backstreet boys.  

angiefajardo82
angiefajardo82 like.author.displayName 1 Like

The Grinch? nooo, you must be for sure just a kid on her period!  Probably not a boyfriend either,sorry.........KTBSPA!

troy28meastro06
troy28meastro06 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

BSB have been around for years, by now I'm sure you know they only make music for their fans & open minded music lovers, which makes you look pathetic for hating them this much. You must be an Nsync fan only people in the world who still act like 13yr old girls even if they're mostly in their 30s & late 20s

eliasgarza_1
eliasgarza_1

Bah, humbug!! You can print this article out and shove it up your cunt. =P

The Backstreet Boys are here to stay to bring the holiday cheer. As long as they have their fans, they will continue to give deliver good music. KTBSPA!

ForensicsChic
ForensicsChic like.author.displayName 1 Like

Truly, like WE BACKSTREET FANS gives a flying FART what you think. So here's some words of advice for you, go ask mummy to fix you a sugar tit and  SHUT THE FUCK UP!!  We been dealin with HATERS like you for years and look we're still standing strong as a fan base for a kick ass band of brothers, boys, homies, fellas... 

 

As one of the other fans said "SO EVERYBODY EVERY WHERE DON'T BE AFRAID DON'T HAVE NO FEAR, GONNA TELL THE WORLD MAKE YA UNDERSTAND AS LONG AS THERE BE MUSIC WE BE COMIN BACK AGAIN!!! 

yliria83
yliria83

if you were a happy person this article would not exist and serious fan of bsb but it is logical that you're not so I suggest you find God first and then apologize to this wonderful band that gives happiness something you still do not know

jessdreyer
jessdreyer

@Raemondjjjj @sfallshookdown Wow, chill out. Did you get coal in your stocking last year? They've gotta make a living, too. CC: @nickcarter

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