36 Days of Adrenaline: Day 2 — “Larger Than Life”

Artist: Backstreet Boys

Why this song is an adrenaline rush: I can hear you screaming already — “A boy band? Seriously?” But in the same way that a busted clock is right twice a day, every once in a great while even a boy band finds a ridiculously catchy hook and rides it home like Ron Turcotte atop Secretariat. This is that kind of song.

It’s that rare number about the ups and downs of rock and roll stardom that succeeds in making me feel like a rock star myself. Larger than life, even.

Lyric line that’s fun to belt at maximum volume:

All you people, can’t you see, can’t you see
How your love’s affecting our reality
Every time we’re down
You can make it right
And that makes you larger than life!

Fun factoids:

  • The video for “Larger Than Life” — the eighth most expensive music video ever produced — features a robot played by Antonio Fargas, better known to people of a certain age as the pimp Huggy Bear on the 1970s cop show Starsky and Hutch.
  • “Larger Than Life” boasted the longest run at #1 on MTV’s Total Request Live. Which pretty much tells you everything you need to know about why MTV switched from music videos to cheesy reality programs like Teen Mom.

Other songs by the same artist that I could have chosen instead: Umm… yeah.

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