Sunday, January 15

The Ultimate in Smash: Dorm Boys vs BSB

Here's something I swiped off Mark that has amused me this weekend: two Chinese college boys lipsynching to the BSB. They've done quite a lot of the Backstreet Boys, and I like their version of "As Long As You Love Me" and "I Want It That Way." These days, it seems like the way internet notoriety is done by lipsynching and then posting it on YouTube. Rings true for their mantra: "Life is short. Make fools of yourselves while you can."

Anyway, back in the day, my blockmates and I had amused ourselves to no end with singing Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls and the occasional Britney Spears. It's a fun way to kill time if you don't want to go all geeky at the lib.

Now here's a bit of urban legend: there was this huge rumor in school that (a) one of the boys was actually a girl who had a sex change; and/or (b) the BSB were actually the Village People. At around the same time, word got around that Alanis Morisette--yes, that one time poster girl for angry young females--had killed herself. Supposedly, she's been gang raped and she couldn't take it anymore, so she put a bullet in her head. "Nah, can't be," I told this blockmate. "She's going to have a concert here." Weeks later, Alanis turned up in Manila for the Can't Not Manila Tour.

Nobody knew how the rumor got started, although one theory was that it was cooked up by the folks at MassComm: they wanted to find out how fast a rumor could spread. Now, there's a project. What's a better petri dish than a bunch of college kids, aight?

Which reminds me that the Backstreet Boys are actually back and they're actually staging a concert at the Araneta Coliseum. Is it worth your pretty penny? Is Nick Carter really a girl? Is the Alanis we now know actually a clone; and is that why she's so cheerful? I guess we'll never know.

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