Apparently the first Backstreet Boys album turned 20 years old last year, and to be honest, I’m having a difficult time figuring out what to write about The Backstreet Boys. Like, I can’t do the snarky asshole thing and just repeat all the things I thought about The Backstreet Boys when I was 13, because 13-year-old me was wrong about everything.
Anyway, when AJ McLean did the press rounds to inspire some nostalgia-inspired Spotify plays, he told the following story to Billboard, which was aggregated by Noisey.
“So when we were in the studio with Max [Martin, co-producer/writer] making the song ‘The Call,’ Howie was in the booth and we were doing that vocal break down, [sings] “dun dun dun, dun dun dun dun,'” said McLean.
“Max gave Howie his harmony, and I think he was just putting so much air into the vocal that as he was singing, he went ‘dun, dun’ and he farted—but he farted not only on the beat, but in key. So Max tweaked it and made it sound like one of his patented bass sounds, and it stayed on the record.”
That story sounds made up! But eh, it’s pretty funny and there’s no way to fact check it, so we’ll accept it as more-or-less accurate! Howie Dorough has a mutant power of farting in key, and “The Call” is all just farting.
Now we know for sure.