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The Backstreet Boys Used A Fart In One Of Their Biggest Hits And The Internet Is Shook

The '90s were a simpler time.

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If you're even a ~casual~ Backstreet Boys fan, you've probably heard their song "The Call."

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🎵Listen, baby, I'm sorry / Just wanna tell you don't worry / I will be late, don't stay up and wait for me.🎵

Well, I have some good (???) news for you: If you've ever heard this song, you've also heard beloved BSB member Howie D. rip a big fart. Congrats!!!

And then, rather than just having him re-record the parts of the song in which he was farting — which would seem like a reasonable idea to me — pop producer Max Martin just.......used the fart in the song.

The story was a long-held BSB secret, until fellow member AJ McLean fessed up in a recent interview with Billboard:

So when we were in the studio with Max making the song “The Call,” Howie 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.

Billboard then asked Howie to confirm the fart story, and although he tried to "plead the fifth" at first, he eventually confessed to his flatulent crime:

I’m sure there were a lot of beverages consumed back in the day. ... 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 the "dun dun dun, dun dun dun dun."

AJ has since shared the story on his Twitter page:

Well... the truth had to come out sometime... https://t.co/N7IJ7KmLtb

And fans started freaking out as soon as they got a...whiff of this news.

@skulleeroz This is hilarious. All this time I've been listening to Howie's fart.

@skulleeroz 😂 of course it had to be @howied lol. Man I ❤ you guys

Me listening to The Call trying to find where the fart is

Well, it's safe to say you'll never be able to hear this song the same way. Here's the music video one more time, if you wanna try to figure out where the fart comes in:

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