Don’t exhale you guys, because the ’90s resurgence isn’t over yet. While on tour in Chicago yesterday supporting her debut album, True Romance, (or as I like to call it, “Thank god, a new collection of sex jams”) Charli XCX performed a cover of the Backstreet Boys’ I Want It That Way during a show at Borderline Music. If you’re keeping score (or making some sort of elaborate conspiracy theory chart on your bedroom walls) One Direction did the same cover about two weeks ago.
Someone should ask Nick Carter his thoughts on this, because I have a feeling it’ll be like how Bob Dylan said Jimi Hendrix’s version of All Along the Watchtower was how Dylan wanted his own to sound. Charli XCX’s I Want It That Way is more sultry and less rigidly structured (meaning no five-boy harmonies) than the original. The video is below, but before you hit play, take a second to consider: it’s gonna be stuck in your head all day.