This Taylor Swift & Backstreet Boys Mash-Up Is So Perfect, It’ll Leave Fans Wanting More — VIDEO
Well, well, well. Would you look at what “Look What You Made Me Do” made the Backstreet Boys do? Share a 10-second Backstreet Boys and Taylor Swift mash-up, that's what. The phone call intro to “The Call” and the voicemail interlude from "Look What You Made Me Do" have been spliced together into a 10-second video. Nay, a 10-second film. On Wednesday, the Backstreet Boys tweeted this mini mash-up, and the fusion of the two pop song phone call moments is so brilliant, it'll leave fans wishing it was a 10-minute video. Nay, a 10-minute film.
In this “The Call” and “Look What You Made Me Do” hybrid film (yep, definitely still calling it a film), a guy (AJ McLean) phones home to say he’ll be back late. But before he can say anything about not waiting up for him or his battery being low, the voice on the other end (Swift) tells him "the old Taylor can't come to the phone right now." He can barely hear her over the din of the club. Just as he looks down at his mobile device to check if the call dropped out, the voice on the other end lets him know that the person he’s trying to get ahold of is dead. Understandably, he goes full on “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” scream after he hears the news.
Talk about a call that’ll change your destiny, huh?
The "Uhh, hi, old Taylor can't come to the phone right now" line from "Look What You Made Me Do" has spurred countless memes, but this remix of "The Call" may be one of the best yet. No offense to the other fantastic memes, of course, but this one really is a thing of beauty. Uh hi, it's the Backstreet Boys invoking "The Call" to meme T. Swift. That's some top-shelf pop music meme.
Thank you, BSB, for taking these two pop song phone call moments, turning them into a ghoulish dialogue, and sharing the end result with the rest of us. And thank you, T. Swift, for making something that would make BSB do just that. And thank you, "Look What You Made Me Do"/"The Call," for being such a terrific 10-second film.
And as it turns out, what a summer it’s been for the second single off of BSB's 2000 record Black and Blue. When BSB shared the backstory of "The Call" with Billboard in August, McLean revealed that the second single off of the features a very special piece of percussion: a fart. The boy bander remembered Howie Dorough ripping butt “not only on the beat, but in key” while recording the song. Little did any of them know that the musically inclined fart was a star in the making.
Rather than ignore the toot, pop music deity Max Martin embraced it. Howie D. told Billboard, "I got in the booth, was breathing in really heavily singing my part, and I guess some extra air kind of came out. It made everybody laugh, and Max decided to take that and sample it to turn it into the 'dun dun dun, dun dun dun dun.'" As McLean recalled, the revered songwriter "tweaked [the fart] and made it sound like one of his patented bass sounds," and then incorporated Howie D.’s fart noise into the track.
And without further ado, the song that puts the "art" in "fart."
In just the last few weeks, "The Call" has given us a fresh anecdote about flatulence and a fresh mash-up? Hey, not bad for a tune that came out 17 years ago.