Don't pretend you didn't bop along to Slam Dunk Da Funk or A1's version of Take On Me… But where did these up-and-coming boybands disappear to?
Also known as Abz, Ritchie, Scott, Sean and J, these boys wanted you to get on up while they made you get down. After four years of slam dunking da funk, this boyband called it quits and went their separate ways in 2001. With a failed reunion under their belts in 2006, four of the boys (without J) gave it another go on The Big Reunion in 2013, but then Abz quit and now 5ive have become 3hree.
Releasing their first single in 1996, this pint-sized trio were ready to give you a Night To Remember. Jimmy, Lee and Spike spent four years in the charts before announcing their split in early 2000. Lee and Spike carried on working in the music industry, while Jimmy’s life took a nose dive when he became involved in drink and drugs. But, just like Five, they reformed for The Big Reunion and are still Bodyshakin on stage now!
Some might say the twins were the original Jedward, and they certainly tried to make it big back in 1995. But sadly for bleached blondes David and Michael Smallwood, they never quite made it to the top 10, and have since disappeared into pop oblivion. The question is, Could It Be Forever?
This wholesome foursome suddenly appeared in 1998, and quickly had millions of teenage girls filling their bedrooms with A1 posters. Yep, Mark, Paul, Ben and Christian were 90s hearthrobs and were keen to Make It Good. But when Paul quit the band in 2002, the remaining trio decided to take a break, only releasing new singles and albums in 2010 and 2012. They also then had a another pop on the Big Reunion in 2014 and are currently making comeback concerts all over the place.
5. Bad Boys Inc
Consisting of David, Matthew, Tony and Ally, these naughty fellas were Walking In Air as they made their way up the charts in the early 90s. But after three top 20 singles, the lads decided to two call it quits in 1995. We wonder just how bad these bad boys were…
6. Backstreet Boys
In 1993, AJ, Howie, Kevin, Brian and Nick made up the American Backstreet Boys, and were almost as popular as Nick’s beautiful blonde curtains… They started showing us what they had goin’ on 23 years ago, and even after Kevin took a small six-year break, the boys are still Larger Than Life. They’ve sold over 130 million records worldwide, making them the best-selling boy band in history. Apparently. Who could want More Than That?
Appearing from the Middle Of Nowhere in 1992, the Oklahoma brothers Issac, Zac and Taylor showed us all how to MMMBop to their music! Since then, the long-haired siblings have grown up, had haircuts and are still making tunes with their own independent label. And Zac, the youngest, is 30 now, would you believe?!
Do you remember when Justin Timberlake was in a band with four other guys – JC, Chris, Joey and Lance? Put together in 1995, the American musicians started tearing up hearts all over the place. But after selling over 50 million albums, in 2002, they said Bye Bye Bye to their boy band fame and haven’t made any new material together since Lance confirmed their break-up in 2007. Sad times.
9. Another Level
Before Dane Bowers was famous for dating Jordan (or Katie Price as she now likes to be known), he was in a boy band called Another Level with Wayne, Bobak and Mark. But after three years of trying to lick us up and down, Bobak and Wayne suddenly left the group and Another Level were no more. In 2013, they tried to reform for the Big Reunion, but with only Dane willing to take part, he had to join the supergroup 5th Story. Freak Me, these boys didn’t last very long, did they?
10. Let Loose
Lee, Richie and Rob started taking it easy back in 1993 when they released Crazy For You. But after three top ten hits, and their final single only reaching number 65, the band split up in 1996, with each member pursuing their own different careers. In 2008, Lee and Richie decided to Let Loose and rejoin – now they’re gigging all over the place. It’s certainly been a Rollercoaster for the trio…