Monday night, on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, ex-boybander Nick Lachey was asked a tough question: What are the worst pop bands of the 90s?
Lachey, once every tween’s dream as 98 Degrees front man (or boy), is now married to ex-Total Request Live host Vanessa Minnillo. He spent some time as Jessica Simpson’s husband and was featured on their television show, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica for a whopping 41 episodes before the inevitable divorce was filed in 2005.
The frontman for 98 Degrees had a surprising answer. He didn’t pick any bands typically thought of, (Backstreet Boys and N’Sync come to mind) but chose 5ive, a band native to London, England.
5ive enjoyed success with pop hits like “When the Lights Go Out” and “Slam Dunk (Da Funk)” and was managed by the same team that managed the Spice Girls in their early career. They officially disbanded in 2001.
According to Lachey, they were his band’s biggest rivals, despite 5ive being from across the pond. He says of their time together in the UK with the London heartthrobs:
We used to battle every night.”
Abz Love, member of 5ive who typically rapped in the middle of their songs, fired back at Lachey in a video chat with TMZ, claiming that Lachey wasn’t really telling the whole story. He came into the chat with 98 Degrees hit “I Do (Cherish You)” playing in the background, probably not a good sign.
When asked who was the lamest boy band out of Backstreet Boys, N’Sync, and 98 Degrees, Love fired back:
“Best I can recollect we were in a hotel lobby and me and J, we were just like ‘who in the hell gets their own band name tattooed on their arm?”
Love then holds up badly photoshopped pictures of members of the bands fighting in wrestling rings.
All in all, Love got a bit fired up. But most importantly, he still hates 98 Degrees.
“Of the top of my head, man, 98 Degrees sucked, man, so hard. I don’t even remember any of their songs, really. And I’m one of those people that’s peace and love and I’m all about those good vibes but, hey, I still got that fiery side in me, I’m not too old yet.”
See the Abz Love rebuttal to Nick Lacey below.