‘NSync’s Joey Fatone, Lance Bass Look Back on Recording ‘Bye Bye Bye’

Greater than 20 years after its launch, “Bye Bye Bye” stays one in every of ‘NSync’s most profitable songs — however not everybody within the group was positive it could be successful.

Joey Fatone solely tells Us Weekly that he thought the 2000 single was a “cool music” however “didn’t understand it was going to be as huge because it was.”

“In fact whenever you’re listening to it within the studio, you’re listening to all the things uncooked otherwise you’re not listening to it fully blended,” Fatone, 46, says within the newest episode of “Anatomy of a Tune,” taking a stroll down reminiscence lane with fellow band member Lance Bass and Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean. “Then whenever you hear it on the radio … it simply sounds higher.”

Fatone and Bass, 44, reunited with bandmates Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez and Chris Kirkpatrick on the 2023 VMAs in September earlier than dropping “Higher Place” — their first music in over 20 years. Whereas reflecting on the group’s path to success, Bass tells Us he had excessive hopes for “Bye Bye Bye” from the very starting.

“The primary time I heard that demo, I knew it was one thing,” he admits, taking the other stance of Fatone. “It was the primary time within the studio that as I used to be dwell singing a music, I knew that this was going to be a single.”

NSync Members Joey Fatone and Lance Bass Looks Back on Recording Bye Bye Bye

Left to proper: Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick, Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone.
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Bass remembers beforehand passing on a music that finally went to the British group 5ive — “When the Lights Go Out” — as a result of “it simply didn’t really feel like us.” When ‘NSync first heard “Bye Bye Bye,” nonetheless, they instantly liked it. “I keep in mind recording it in Sweden with the fellows,” says Bass. “It was an unbelievable second.”

The lead single from their 2000 album, No Strings Hooked up, “Bye Bye Bye” was nominated for 2 Grammys — together with Report of the Yr — and racked up three trophies on the 2000 VMAs. The long-lasting music video reveals the band members dancing whereas connected to strings which can be being managed by a feminine puppeteer.

As a peer within the discipline of ‘90s boy bands — and a fan of ‘NSync — McLean acknowledges the success of the one and its music video. “In my view, as a fan, that music, that video, that choreography … is their Backstreet’s Again,” he tells Us, referencing his personal band’s 1997 hit earlier than demonstrating their dance strikes. “All people is aware of this transfer. That’s a staple, all through historical past.”

NSync Members Joey Fatone and Lance Bass Looks Back on Recording Bye Bye Bye

Lance Bass and Joey Fatone
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Together with Boyz II Males’s Wanya Morris, Fatone, Bass and McLean are getting within the vacation spirit by teaming up for The Kids’s Place Vacation Boy Band Marketing campaign. As fathers now, the previous boy-banders are displaying how they have a good time the vacations with their households, showcasing their Kids’s Place assortment of pajamas and graphic tees in a festive advert.

“I’ve been procuring at Kids’s Place for years for my daughters,” says McLean, a father of two. “This has been an superior expertise and we’re honored to be doing this with Kids’s Place.”

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The ‘90s heartthrobs are fortunately embracing their roles as dads within the new vacation marketing campaign. “It’s for our households, it’s for our youngsters,” Bass tells Us. “To have the ability to work with our youngsters in such a enjoyable manner … it’s magical that we’re in a position to do this.”

The Kids’s Place’s matching household pajamas assortment is available in shops nationwide, on their web site and on The Kids’s Place Amazon storefront.