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Backstreet Boys
Backstreet Boys

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Date: Nov 14 2012

Themes: Celebrity, Music, Pop Culture

Grammar: Present Progressive Tense


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The 1990s was a magical time when record labels assembled groups of singing and dancing young men, which became known as boy bands. None was more successful than the Backstreet Boys, but can their fame continue now that the members are in their 30s and 40s?

The Backstreet Boys have decided to reunite and tour again with the music that made them famous years ago. A reunion like this can excite a band’s original fans and hopefully create new fans in the younger generation. Find out if Marni and Jeff think Backstreet has what it takes to make another comeback.




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Jeff:  Hey Marni, have you heard the word?

Marni:  Do tell! I don’t know.

Jeff:  Well, the word is the Backstreet Boys are making a comeback.

Marni:  What? Aren’t they like Backstreet Men by now?

Jeff:  I don’t know, do you think a boy band can exist once they become men?

Marni:  I guess, you know, if people are excited about it and there’s an audience for it, then sure, but, I think it’s really just mostly nostalgic, and this sort of throwback to a simpler time in the late ‘90s.

Jeff:  Yeah, I think that’s kind of what the people behind it are aiming for.

Marni:  Sure.

Jeff:  I mean, everyone’s nostalgic, a little bit, for something, so…

Marni:  That’s true. And this is a phenomenon that keeps occurring. Like, what was the original, New Kids on the Block was sort of the original boy band?

Jeff:  Jackson 5.

Marni:  Well there you go, now you’re taking it real old-school, but, you know, all these bands sort of reunite and have these comeback tours when they’re older, and who is their demographic? Is it the 13-year-old girl who’s now grown up as well, or is it a new group of 13-year-old girls?

Jeff:  I think it’s both.

Marni:  I guess that’s true. Well, good luck to ‘em.


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Jeff asks Marni if she’s heard that the 1990s’ boy band, the Backstreet Boys, are making a comeback. She’s surprised: are they even boys anymore? Jeff wonders if a boy band can exist once it’s all grown up.

Marni thinks it probably doesn’t matter, as long as people are excited about it. She thinks that nostalgia is probably the motive for their excitement. Jeff agrees. It’s also true that boy bands have been around for awhile, going back to New Kids on the Block, and even the Jackson 5.

So who is the audience for this reunion: new fans, or old ones? Jeff and Marni agree that it’s probably both.

Were you ever a fan of the Backstreet Boys? How about NKOTB or the Jackson 5? Has a band you liked ever gotten back together for a reunion? Do you think it’s a good idea for old bands to perform together again?



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Backstreet Men hehehehe xD …it was really funny :D …if I hear a good music…doesnt matter where it come from =) ..and the age that was created u.u ….or the guys that are singing….

06:15 PM Mar 04 2015 |

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Yeah, i love their songs..They are classic. Compared to nowadays pop musics, i prefer songs back in the day by backstreet boys and westlife. Not forgetting atomic kitten, M2M!!!

Hmmm…seriously,i think i am getting older!!!!hahhaha

01:03 PM Jan 20 2014 |




i adore them  <3

04:01 PM Dec 10 2013 |



Russian Federation

I adored them in my time. I would love to listen to smth new from their songs. even if they are men band by now. Besides it not only them who are making such coming backs. And it is not so bad often…

08:13 AM Nov 20 2012 |



the lesson is good

08:13 AM Nov 19 2012 |



they’re songs is very nice,they have a beautiful voiceWink

06:07 PM Nov 18 2012 |



Hey guys they’re not separate, they are recording a new album, their last album was This is us, beautiful songs :D

04:40 AM Nov 18 2012 |




I liked backstreet boys maybe bacause i was 11 or 12 years old and maybe because it was mod.

i wouldn’t pay a ticket to see bsb, now i don’t like their music and they belong to another time of my life. I think also they get back together to make more money or to respect some contract ;)

09:51 PM Nov 17 2012 |



bridging between old and new generation can eliminate conflict of generation

11:30 AM Nov 17 2012 |

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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i think they are very good group,and they’re songs are very famous and nice,i like listen to their music,they have a nice voiceLaughing

10:47 AM Nov 16 2012 |



Wao im very exciting abput this lesson because I LOVE BSB, they`re my favorite music group.

03:14 AM Nov 16 2012 |



Mine favourite is: I want it that way of the Backstreet boys! :D

06:50 AM Nov 15 2012 |




nice groupe but now they are separated 

chambre hotes deauville

09:20 PM Nov 14 2012 |

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Saudi Arabia

I love them ❤❤

06:23 PM Nov 14 2012 |

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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

wow…backstreet boys
I love them specially AJ and Nick
and my favorite song is : Show me the meaning of being lonely….

04:03 PM Nov 14 2012 |





Empty spaces fill me up with holes
Distant faces with no place left to go
Without you within me I can’t find no rest
Where I’m going is anybody’s guess

I tried to go on like I never knew you
I’m awake but my world is half asleep
I pray for this heart to be unbroken
But without you all I’m going to be is incomplete

Voices tell me I should carry on
But I am swimming in an ocean all alone
Baby, my baby
It’s written on your face
You still wonder if we made a big mistake

I’d try to go on like I never knew you
I’m awake but my world is half asleep
I pray for this heart to be unbroken
But without you all I’m going to be is incomplete

I don’t mean to drag it on, but I can’t seem to let you go
I don’t wanna make you face this world alone
I wanna let you go (alone)

I’d try to go on like I never knew you
I’m awake but my world is half asleep
I pray for this heart to be unbroken
But without you all I’m going to be is incomplete


03:18 PM Nov 14 2012 |

Masoud M

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

apologies,but i sugest to every one for listening to this song’s bsb.its incomplete

02:08 PM Nov 14 2012 |

Masoud M

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

yes I heard aboute them and listen to thier music and clip too,if you dont mind you can count on me for fan about them,i,ve been listened to their music till now,their groupe consist 5 person at first but now they beign to 4 person (havi,nick,brian,alexander)that i love all of them but brian bit more than another else.it yes its good idea for performing toghether again evan in old years because thier fans love them evan in old days and aslo they had good remember and hobby and intertainmnet with them and i think i can love them even in old days


02:05 PM Nov 14 2012 |



i had listened some of their songs and they were just awasom. it reminds me many things from past and take me some where far away in dreamlands which were realy exists long ago. its good they are coming back to music world and i am not afraid for them i hope they ll sing well again and unleash some fine stuf ny spice things up.

12:55 PM Nov 14 2012 |



Russian Federation

They are a great band, I love them.But now there are fewer

12:39 PM Nov 14 2012 |

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