Throwback Thursday: Backstreet Boys ‘Incomplete’
In honor of the boys announcing their Summer 2014 tour dates, I felt it only right to make them the throwback thursday jam today.
Sure, I coulda picked the obvious choice like ‘I Want It That Way’ or ‘Everybody,’ but true fans will respect my decision to go with ‘Incomplete.’
‘Incomplete’ was a comeback song of sorts for the boys. It was on the album ‘Never Gone’ and was released in April 2005. The guys had previously been on a three year hiatus so this song and album was their way back into our hearts!
The song became one of their most successful singles, peaking at number thirteen on the US Billboard Hot 100, and charting within the top 10 of thirteen countries. It debuted at number one in Australia, becoming their first number-one hit in the country. This song has earned Gold certification in the U.S.
The music video was directed by Joseph Kahn and each member of the group is supposed to represent an element of nature.
According to Kahn, A.J. McLean embodies the band’s “rock and roll side and is fiery Hollywood cool”, so he framed McLean by the sun as he drives a classic car down the highway. Nick Carter is “very volatile at times, beautiful to look at, but dangerous if you get too close”, so he is represented by fire. In the video, Carter torches McLean’s ’68 GTO. Howie Dorough, the “slick guy in the group,” became rain. He sits under an old Joshua tree as a gust of wind picks up and the downpour starts. Kevin Richardson, “the most mature and reserved” Backstreet Boy, is “colder,” so he became snow. He plays a white piano in the midst of a smoldering forest as a flurry starts and smoke rises from the ground. Brian Littrell, who Kahn describes as “this big ball of energy, you can’t stop him,” became the crashing waves of the ocean. He stands with his feet in the water as thunderclouds assemble above him.
And here I thought they were all just standing around in the desert looking pretty. What do I know?
So now you know!