One of the Backstreet Boys farted while recording “The Call,” and it made the final cut
As we millennials get older, it seems like we’re always finding out new facts about the things we loved as children. These facts tend to be pretty uncomfortable; just do a quick google for innuendo and sex jokes you may have missed in Disney movies. Now that you’ve recovered, get ready for another, err, juicy bit of information, this time involving music: the much-loved boy band the Backstreet Boys.
The Backstreet Boys’ debut album turns 20 this year (oh, how time passes). So Billboard interviewed all of the band’s five members for a very thorough oral history. And some very surprising stories came up.
When the Backstreet Boys were in the studio recording “The Call,” the first track on their 2000 album Black & Blue, Howie Dorough accidentally farted.
But since the fart was on the beat and in the key of the song (how?), producer Max Martin decided to just turn it into a heavy bass sound. Because why not?
Here’s the full story, courtesy of AJ McLean.
McLean also added that he admired Martin’s masterful mixing.
Take a listen to this major throwback, and see if you can figure out where the fart ended up!