Don’t want to see you going out the Day Thread, baby, bye bye bye.
The Orlando-based *NSYNC are Justin, Chris, Joey, Lance, and JC. Take the last letter of each name, and you get… NSYNC! (OK, so… Lance Bass kinda ruins the trend here, but apparently there was an earlier member named Jason in his spot.) Now, originally I was going to make a joke about how these guys got their start singing underneath streetlamps in New Jersey, like the doo wop groups of the ’50s. As it turns out, though, these guy got their start in pretty much the late-90’s/early-2000’s version of that.
Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone, for example, got their start singing in stage shows at Universal Studios. (Fatone played the Wolfman in the Beetlejuice GraveYard Review. At the last show, the crew sung “Bye Bye Bye” as a tribute to their most successful cast member.) Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez were brought in from the Mickey Mouse Club. When lost sixth member Jason Galasso dropped out as the bass singer (he didn’t want to be a teen idol), their manager recruited another Bass… a Lance Bass, that is, who had been part of the Mississippi Show Stoppers, a statewide music group sponsored by the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum.
They were brought together by garbage person Lou Pearlman, who died in prison after running one of the largest and longest running Ponzi schemes in history. NSYNC had been brought together thanks to the success of the Backstreet Boys (also created by Pearlman). In a very Orlando start, NSYNC first performed at Disney’s Pleasure Island in 1995. Soon, they began touring German and then conquered America.
They are the sound of the late 90’s: “Bye Bye Bye”, “It’s Gonna Be Me,” “Tearin’ Up My Heart,” touring and singing and dancing and breaking hearts around the world while dressed up as puppets.
Eventually, they caught wise that Lou Pearlman was pretty much stealing all their money, and they were involved in a long legal battle. They fought, they won, they moved to another label, and eventually they went their separate ways.
While Justin Timberlake has reached the highest point of stardom possible (with 32 million albums and 56 million singles sold globally), the other four aren’t doing so bad themselves. They’re now producers, actors, songwriters, and authors. Chris Kirkpatrick is the freaking voice of Chip Skylark on Fairly Oddparents. And most still get along with each other… except for that one guy who wouldn’t join them for their Robot Chicken sketch or invite them to the Super Bowl Half-time show.
You know who you are.