The one where ‘N Sync try to save a girl from a terrible Wonkavision accident by flailing their arms
Released 1996 / 1998
Living in Tasmania in the 90s as a teenager was a sheltered, sheltered time. Without access to anything like youtube, we generally never saw ‘alternate’ versions of music videos if they weren’t shown on TV shows like Rage or Smash Hits. And even then, Tasmania didn’t even have Smash Hits for yonks.
…Long rambling story short, I actually had no idea this video existed. Until the other day.
Clearly, with nearly 19 million views, I’m pretty much the only person on this planet who hasn’t seen video before – there are probably people in remote villages of the world who have seen it (again, Tasmanian TV). So my initial reaction to this video, without having the benefit of rose-coloured memories attached to it, was
The version I was familiar with was the one where ‘N Sync are all ‘shootin hoops’, ‘playin’ pool’, ‘ridin jetskis’ and of course, ‘bustin’ out some coordinated dance moves’. Basically a warmed up leftover of a Backstreet Boys video.
But THIS! To use the Backstreet Boys comparison again, is the predecessor to the Larger Than Life video, without a budget. Judging by this blog so far, I feel like space themed music videos was the 90’s de rigueur.
The first thing with vintage ‘N Sync videos, is the old inevitable philosophical question – how did this Justin Timberlake become this Justin Timberlake?
It’s a mystery. But I’m glad it happened.
This is apparently the video made for the European market in 1996. They are trying to get a girl back (presumably – I mean, the song title kinda gives it away) who has been involved in an unfortunate Wonkavision accident, and she’s up in the air, in a million tiny pieces.
“I’m trying to figure out just what to do,” sings Justin as they thrust about the place. Wonkavision girl is all like, “Yeah, the thrusting is nice but it’s not helping. I’m still in a million tiny pieces.”
So they try a few more dance moves but they just can’t seem to get her all back together.
Perhaps dancing like an inflatable tube man will help?
So Lance and Chris reluctantly leave their dance troupe to find a computer and push a few buttons, in the hope that this will help. They’re so stupid, don’t they know dance moves always save the day in a boyband video?
So the whole point that they are in space and dancing around like inflatable men is that they are trying to get this girl-puzzle all back together and so what happens at the end? WE DON’T KNOW.
Towards the end, Lance gives us some hope by making this face.
‘He’s cracked the code!’ we all rejoice, ‘He’s saved the day!’ Turns out he was just watching goat videos on youtube.
What happened to her? It’s a mystery. She’s still floating around out there. Unfortunately for her, it’s the end of April and it means that she doesn’t get the opportunity to share the best ‘N Sync-related meme ever.