Geekmusic Track 19: The, uh… Backstreet Boys – Larger Than Life
I admit, I don’t have this renowned reputation online or anything, but I can’t help but feel I’m risking what little I have by telling your how geeky a Backstreet Boys video is. The song, I’ll admit, is nothing more than your average boy band tune, but the video… the video… Well, just watch it and then we’ll talk.
Now, I don’t know how much input the band member themselves had in the making of the video, or whether it was just put together for them, or what, but it covers a good range of sci-fi tropes in its five or so minutes. You’ve got dancing robot boy, the space fighter pilot who seems to be shooting down space girls at the end, a brightly-clad spaceboarding future athlete of some kind, the guy in the white padded suit who seems to be practicing telekinesis or something, and the guy in the blue exoskeleton who… is, uh, attaching himself to modular panels of the wall. I don’t know what that last one is all about. I’ll tell you something else I noticed back in the day when I first saw this video. This video was released some time in 1999 and Lost In Space came out some time in 1998. I remember thinking that this video borrowed a bit of inspiration from Matt Leblanc’s fighter from that movie.
(Wikipedia tells me the song was recorded in November 1998; Lost In Space was released in April of that same year.)
I won’t go into detail about the Backstreet Boys, I’m sure you guys all know who they are. Larger Than Life was part of their 199 album Milennium.
My biggest question is about the dance sequence at the end. Judging by the lack of uniformity in their clothes, and that one guy is wearing his shirt unbuttoned, we can assume this is not a military ship. This negates the possibility that this is a drill of some kind. What, then, is the purpose of synchronized dancing? Is it a kind of team-building exercise? A physical regimen to combat the effects of low gravity while traveling in space? It wouldn’t be just dancing for the sake of dancing, would it? That just wouldn’t be realistic, and I think you know how much realism I demand in my space-robot-fighter-battle boy band music videos.