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NSYNC’s Shiny Suits and Lycra Shirts: Throwback Thursday

Afrobella dropped a link on my Facebook wall saying that *NSYNC is reuniting for the MTV VMAs this Sunday. I may or may not have started hit a bodyroll so serious that my back hurt afterwards. I was so damb excited!

I. LOVE. ASTERISK NSYNC. Notice I say LOVE, not loved. They’re my favorite boy band of all time. They’re the only people who I ever insisted on standing in line to buy their album on the first day. “Celebrity” was in my hand and playing in my SONY Walkman on July 24, 2001. And I played it out til it scratched.

Love them. And I had a massive crush on Justin Timberlake, even when he had ramen noodles hair. I still love him. I think Justin will always be on my CGI list. I ain’t shamed. HEY BOO!

Antywho, back to this alleged reunion that is happening n 4 days. BuzzFeed did a post onΒ 48 Reasons Why The World Desperately Needs An NSYNC Reunion and it blessed me with 48 pictures of NSYNC in 48 tacky 90s outfits. And my heart soared and rejoiced. And I must share with you 2 of these.

NSYNC Shiny suits

PLEASE get all the way into these shiny suits! But I’m SURE us NSYNC fans were gagging about how cute they all looked then. We didn’t know better. Let’s start on the left and go right.

Joey Fatone in this red pleather suit is giving me strawberry fruit roll-up realness. And them colored shades top it off for an extra OOMPH of cool. Owww!

Look at Justin Timberlake rocking a cool blue jumpsuit. I just wanna ask him what slope route he took to get to the awards. And did he snowboard or just ski? Also, please respect his HOLY BLING! You see that cross pendant. If you don’t see it, it sees you.

And then there’s Chris Kirkpatrick rocking the finest of Spongebob’s home on his head and 2XL clothes on his body (when his real size is SMALL). The fact that Joey FAT-ONE could fit into Tiny Chris’ alphet is a problem here.

Sidenote: Remember how we used to call him Joey FAT ONE? We were mean. By “were” I mean “are still.”

Lance Bass perfected the art of a selfie before we even knew what one was. Because you know damb well that face was made for Instagram. Look at how he’s squinting JUSTTTT right. And that jacket of his is basically made from the same heavy duty trashbag I used when I was moving. The kind that won’t break no matter how many pairs of shoes you put in it? MMHMM.

Meanwhile, J.C. Chasez is pretty much rocking Missy Elliott’s “I Can’t Stand the Rain” ensemble in a midnight blue, complete with air pumped in.

Bless ALL their hearts.

And from even earlier days, they were giving us sexy flexy.

NSYNC lycra shirts

THESE. LYCRA. SHIRTS!!! Can I tell you how much fever this probably gave me? Teenage me was probably getting my entire LIFE, talmbout how buff NSYNC was. Me now is crying laughing because these shirts are MY SIZE, and I wear an extra schmedium on a bloated day. They look so ridiculous and perfectly 90s. Aaron Neville is somewhere MAD that they’re stealing his swagu.

But can we take a moment to focus on the fabulousity that is Lance Bass here? How did we ever think Lance was a straight (yes, a straight)? Look at them eyebrows. They were SNATCHED for the GAWDS, and I wanna ask him who his eyebrow lady is. Am I wrong for thinking he looks just like Ellen Degeneres? He’s so doggone pretty all his life!

Oh 90s fashion. You were worst than we thought. But I LOVE YOU FOREVER, NSYNC!!! I’m hoping this reunion is real because I NEED IT! I’m going to be at the crib going nuts!

Fangirlin gif

So which of these two ALPHETS is worse? It’s like tryna pick the food that grossest if eaten raw: beets or kale?

P.S. NSYNC is greater than Backstreet Boys. If you disagree, you are wrong. Thank you everyone.

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  1. MKL
    August 22, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Love them as well, but they can’t overtop New Edition as my favorite boy band of ALL time. LOL. And YES, I’m looking forward to this reunion as it will be the only reason why to watch the VMAs.

  2. Niki Fisher
    August 22, 2013 at 8:13 am

    I may or may not still listen to the Celebrity CD loudly in my vehicle!! πŸ˜‰

    • August 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      that is their masterpiece, esp. the final track

      • Niki Fisher
        August 23, 2013 at 2:10 pm


  3. pup
    August 22, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I was never a fan, but I followed their alphets in the gossip mags. Thosee pics! *skips down memory lane*

  4. August 22, 2013 at 8:16 am

    First and foremost I wholeheartedly agree… *NSYNC!!? Mm yaaasss!!! I can’t tell which one is worse but if I had to choose a pic of them to never see again, it’d probably be the Lycra shirts… Lance’s eyebrows tho??? Perf! You just brought me all the way back to Freshman year with this one and nostalgic me is fangirling in Panera Bread and the old folks keep asking why I keep giggling… I NEED THIS REUNION TO JUMP OFF…. Like now….

    Thanks for the entertaining read as always, Luvvie… You da best! Lol

  5. Vejurnae
    August 22, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I had to come post on the blog directly for this because you do not want to get me started BSB were the KINGS of 90s boy bands, just to remind you. My Backstreet poster and magazine cutting shrine, might still be in a little box at my momma’s house πŸ™‚ BUT getting back to bizness, I am chuckling at the Lance Bass realization. I think my mother pointed out to me that she felt his eyebrows were too perfect back in the day and I took it with a grain of salt. Now it is clear that that type of eyebrowic laser precision is not reserved for “a straight”… But these photos are great. Notice how Justin is wearing baby blue in both photos, his favorite team was the North Carolina Tar Heels… fact check if you must… πŸ™‚ lol




    • Lenore
      August 22, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Girl you best get out of here with that foolishness!
      *NSYNC comes from the school of Destiny’s Child where they don’t have tours at age 45 to hold on to the old times. They know coming together one last time would be just enough.
      *NSYNC also has more hits that make you immediately start singing and doing the choreography.
      Exhibit A-C

      I’ll never be a fool for you….

      You might been hurt babe that ain’t no liiiie…

      There’s a thousand words that I could say…..

      Tell me you didn’t start to jam and finish each song in it’s entirety.
      You know you did.

      Plus BSB only had nick as the cute one. *NSYNC had JT AND JC and Joey for the chubby chasers.

      Nick Carter had a reality show so that negates any tiny bit of goodness that he could have produced in the world.

      • Dee
        August 22, 2013 at 1:28 pm

        LMFAOO!!! I can’t with Joey for the chubby chasers!!! #DEADATWORK

        • Yoles
          August 22, 2013 at 5:10 pm

          *buried beside you*

    • Terri
      August 22, 2013 at 11:15 pm

      I like NSYNC but the Backstreet Boys will always and forever be number one! Saw them a few weeks ago in concert and the crazed fangirl that I thought was gone 15+ years ago began to rise up in me!


      • LLCJam
        August 23, 2013 at 1:49 pm


        Luvvie, You betta get into AJ McLean singing “Lay Down Beside Me” and realize Musty Timbalands could never sound that sexy.

  6. leslie
    August 22, 2013 at 8:40 am


    • Shenay
      August 23, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      LMAO!!!!! I’m in tears, because legit…that is my JAM!! “But when we are apart I feel it toooooo”!!

  7. Maya
    August 22, 2013 at 8:44 am

    my secret screen name that I only used in *Nsync chatrooms was NSANE4JCANDLANCE. No shame, no shame.

  8. August 22, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Ha ha ha! I only liked a handful of their songs because they tried too damn hard to be black and I wasn’t bout that life.

    New Edition > BSB > NSYNC > everyone else.

    • RavenJ
      August 22, 2013 at 9:56 am

      YES!!!!!! New Edition all damn day!!!!

      • Candy Gurl
        August 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm

        Yes, thanks for that πŸ™‚ No one can ever light a candle to Ralph, Bobby, Ronnie, Ricky, Mike and Johnny πŸ™‚ (even Johnny with his no dancing azz)

        Ery body else is just playin with it!

        • Kwan
          August 23, 2013 at 2:05 pm

          Even though New Edition isn’t sitting on 3 Diamond awards and never went Platinum is a day………..BOOM! N’SYNC is the boy band after J5 whose music really crossed all cultural barriers amongst fans. I have a soft spot for the others, especially since I was a 90’s kid, but NAWL N’sync was the 90s not to mention we got the top celeb couples and scandals out of it Justin and Britney.

  9. @Darthjaeda
    August 22, 2013 at 9:05 am

    You WILL not slander kale on this here day, Luvvie. It is DELICIOUS.

    The former is clearly worse, because even though the tight shirts are giving me Eddie-Long-in-his-bathroom-selfie, the above #Alphets involve mocknecks from Structure and pleather. Do. Not. Want.

  10. RavenJ
    August 22, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Awww…Nsync…that’s cute… Back to listening to NE Heartbreak!!!!

  11. Jabari
    August 22, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Lettuce all work our collective leyomi drop for this joyous reunion!!!!


    JT is finer now than we he was younger…(Yes GAWDT!)
    Joey coulda got it on a good day, he’d be prefect for them cold cuddling winter nights (Think bish, blubber = warmth)
    To everyone that ever thought Lance was straight, \_ \_ \_ <——— seats, take them…..that boy served face 24/7!
    Chris and J.C (a.k.a Creep-Life & Justin-Lite) – y'all know they need them royalty checks…#getyolifetogether

    But I will be twerkin' right along with them and I may or may not scream like a teenage girl when "Bye Bye Bye" and "It's Gonna Be Me" come on. #My90sBodyisReady

  12. lnedykstra
    August 22, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Dead at Ramen Noodles hair!

    There was this white guy at school who had the highlights and perm like JT and I had the biggest crush on him!!!!!!

  13. August 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

    I just love N’Sync, too. But Backstreet who??

    Anywho, if they do perform, I can’t wait to see what ensembles they grace the stage in. JT knows he looks damb good in a suit!!! So good that he even maede a song for it lol. Yes, yes!!

  14. Brittni
    August 22, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Let me find our the network gawds are granting wishes for the return of our favorite boy bands!

    Who do I send my requisition form int

  15. Brittni
    August 22, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Let me find out the network gawds are granting wishes for the return of our favorite boy bands!

    Who do I send my requisition form into to her access to Immature?! And I don’t mean Marques Houston currently lame ass and weirdo Chris Stokes on a drum machine. I want the real Immature, complete with two toned texturizers and baggy linen shirts dammit!

    • leslie
      August 23, 2013 at 8:27 am


  16. KemaB
    August 22, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I too will always be #TeamBSB while New Edition will be my fav boy band of all time I preferred Backstreet Boys to Nsync until No Strings Attached came out and I fell in love with JT no one could rock a curl for and white boy braids like him sigh…… I am here for any reunion

  17. August 22, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Kale….forever!!! Looks better than it tastes! Seriously, try baking it in the oven, drip some olive oil on it, and whammmo, crispy deelish! As for the boy bands…though there are a few songs of Nsyncho’s that I like, yep, “like”, cause I still do when I hear them….Back Street Boys, ALRIGHT forever!!!! ~slip slides away~

  18. Rachmo
    August 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Kale is delicious. And on another note *NSYNC SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!

  19. August 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I feel like those aren’t down with *NSYNC have never seen the video for Pop. Or at least the choreography. That was what made me a fan:


    2:30-34 was my “come to Jesus” moment.

    • Kwan
      August 23, 2013 at 2:24 pm


      I am so ready and I pray this reunion happens. Not them standing on stage presenting JT an award or them all on stage just smiling I want a full blown melody performance choreo included of at least 3 songs.

  20. August 22, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    The music videos from their first album were ERRRTHANG! I hope the rumors are true cuz I want to see how old everyone got. Cuz I’m petty.

  21. August 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm

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  22. August 23, 2013 at 7:19 am

    I’m really looking forward to this comeback although I have not been feeling JT as of late. I was so in love with ‘N Sync in my middle to high school days, so this reunion would be like reliving those days. Even though I’m not crazy about them now (now I’m into some K-pop groups at my old age lol), I still listen to the old hits. I was randomly singing the Giddy Up song not long ago and remembering that Disney concert special they did. As far as the ‘NSync vs. BSB thing, I find it funny, really. I actually loved both groups equally. I personally think both groups had their strengths and weaknesses. Ugh and Celebrity album was/is EVERYTHING. I still use the Do Your Thing to pump myself up lol

  23. ifyouevercomeback
    August 23, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    So I won’t even lie, I am a hardcore BSB fan for life. However Nsync was also one of my faves(I had all the albums) so I am totally excited for this reunion. Not as excited as I was for the BSB one, but still excited. Also I am so not going into the whole which boyband was better argument, I exhausted myself with that in the 90’s.

  24. Sunny
    August 23, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    I think I was more into New Kids on the Block. My GRANDMOTHER bought me the sheet set when I was younger.
    But I had everyones poster on my wall for like a minute, then Grams was like take down these white people right now. So yeah….:(

  25. mmeetoilenoir
    August 24, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    So, I was the only one who was listening to Alice in Chains and Nirvana, and mocking allayou boyband lovers? WELP. LOL.

    I grew up in Dirty Jerz. There are STILL guys that dress in that tight-ass Lycra mess! Now, they come with v-necks. I simply can’t.

    • Sunny
      August 25, 2013 at 7:24 am

      Nope not the only one – Motorhead, Morbid Angel, Exodus, Metallica,Skid Row & Warrant. It was more exceptable for me to be playing the Boyband stuff when Gramma was home – but as soon as she walked out the door Metal & Rap MC’s (ahhh when music had a message).
      Had a secret life even then πŸ™

    • Sane Jane
      August 26, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      Yass Y’all!!

      For me it was Pearl Jam, Queensryche, and U2. Behind closed doors I was #Team BSB & 98 Degrees (Only because of Nick Lachey’s fine Azz). I digress. In that first photo NSYNC were probably getting fashion tips from Marques Houston, or DEVO (minus the flowerpot hats).

  26. August 27, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    I remember having a heated discussion in my office about BSB vs NSync. We were fit to be tied. By the way, I always thought that JC could outsing and outdance JT any day of the week…and still can. Womp!

  27. originalwharris
    August 27, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I love NSYNC – but I am team Backstreet all day! None of the NSYNCers can touch AJ or Brian of BSB for vocals.

    New Edition is my all time favorite boy band,however.