I’ve been doing radio for nearly 7 years now and the headline above is not one that I ever thought I would write, but this Backstreet Boys story is true.

During an interview with Billboard to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album, Backstreet Boys, the Backstreet Boys revealed one hilarious memory from one of their recording sessions.

AJ McLean recalled this story during the recording of ‘The Call’ from their Black & Blue album, “So when we were in the studio with Max making the song “The Call,” Howie [Dorough] was in the booth and we were doing that vocal break down, [sings] ‘dun dun dun, dun dun dun dun.’ Max gave Howie his harmony, and I think he was just putting so much air into the vocal that as he was singing, he went ‘dun, dun’ and he farted — but he farted not only on the beat, but in key. So Max tweaked it and made it sound like one of his patented bass sounds, and it stayed on the record.”




He added, “Howie’s fart became an instrument and is on the record for the rest of our lives…[Max] could turn a fart into a bass sound, that’s pretty damn genius if you ask me.”

When asked if the story was true, Howie naturally denied it, “I plead the fifth to say anything.”

But he later relented and revealed that the story was in fact true, “I’m sure there were a lot of beverages consumed back in the day. It’s one of those kind of things… Everybody at that age — especially Nick [Carter] — was constantly passing gas, just being young 20-year-old guys doing guy locker room kind of stuff. And coincidentally, 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 thedun dun dun, dun dun dun dun.'”




Stand up and be proud of your melodic gas Howie and don’t let anyone ever shame you.

Check out their full interview from Billboard HERE.

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