Today is a great day. For starters, today is Wednesday, which means that the work week is half over for most of you out there. (Even better news: if you work in Massachusetts, you may have a long weekend to look forward to.) Today is also April 13th, which has seen some pretty monumental things:
- Henry VI of France issues the Edict of Nantes
- James C. Penney opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming
- The Jefferson Memorial is dedicated in Washington, DC
- Tiger Woods becomes the youngest person to win The Masters Tournament
(I picked my favorites. Head on over to Wikipedia if you want the full list.)
But immediately relevant to you, we’re introducing the It’s Only Bullets Pop Culture Throwdown (PCT for short). Every Wednesday, we’ll take two (or more) things from pop culture and pit them against each other. Sometimes our pop culture icons will just battle themselves, and other times, The Commish and I will face off against each other as well.
Vintage Backstreet Boys
The inspiration for my first PCT came Sunday morning, courtesy of my iPod. I’d just switched my clothes over from the washer to the dryer, and had some time to kill, so I laced up my running shoes and went for a run. After I finished listening to Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” for about the fifth time in a row (you do that too, right?), my iPod headed back to the beginning of the playlist.
Now I’m the type of person who can listen to the same song (or songs) over and over again for months. When I used to drive to work, I would make myself a totally awesome mix CD for my car. It had about 20 songs on it, and I would listen to it every day – both ways, on a 30-minute average commute – for months. Despite having a whole slew of songs on my playlist, I have been listening to the same 8 – 10 songs on my iPod for the past few months.
Listening to the same songs on repeat means I’m apt to forget the other songs that inhabit my iPod, so I was pleasantly surprised when the playlist entered the Backstreet Boys territory – 10+ Backstreet Boys songs! It was like hitting the Sunday-morning-running-music jackpot!
There are so many potential Backstreet Boys (and general boyband) throwdowns, but for today, I’m pitting “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)” against “As Long As You Love Me”, the two hits that really propelled the Boys into the spotlight here in the US. We both know that you know both of these songs – which one did you just start humming to yourself? – so don’t pretend like you don’t.
If you need a refresher, see below. For the record, finding these videos in watchable quality was a bit of a challenge. (I’ll be watching my Backstreet Boys The Hits DVD collection of their music videos myself, thankyouverymuch.)
Were you bothered/slightly turned on by the softcore porn in the second half off “Quit Playing Games”? Do you prefer “As Long As You Love Me” because Nick got lead vocals over Brian? Did you notice the big budget upgrade between the first and second videos? Did you notice that every girl’s name in the second video ended with the letter “A”? (Did you just go back and watch the second video to verify?)
Cast your vote, using whichever criteria you want. We won’t judge.