While the 90s were known for their boy bands, the following decade started out with a bang. Case in point? O-Town! The band formed during season 1 of MTV-produced reality series “Making the Band” in 2000 was a huge sensation following the release of their self-titled debut album. Their second album, O2, though less of a chart-topper, gave us “I Showed Her.” The heartfelt ballad was performed on the “All That” stage in 2002.
O-Town first consisted of five members, Erik-Michael Estrada, Trevor Penick, Jacob Underwood, Ashley Parker Angel, and Ikaika Kahoano. When Ikaika left to pursue medical school, Dan Miller took his place in the fivesome. For those that don’t know, the O in O-Town is for Orlando, Florida — even though none of the guys are from there!
“Making the Band” followed O-Town’s journey from the very beginning, from their formation to their touring and development as a pop group. Becoming a band on a competition show meant the young men were more than just musicians, but reality stars! And as we all know from many of today’s celebs, that’s the right recipe for success.
The band’s first hit “Liquid Dreams,” is one of the band’s most memorable songs. In fact, the song recently got a shout out by James Corden in “Carpool Karaoke” with Lady Gaga on “The Late Late Show!” Now that’s staying power.
Both videos — “Liquid Dreams” and “Carpool Karaoke” — are also worth a watch. The lyrics say it all: “I dream about a girl who’s a mix of Destiny’s Child/ Just a little touch Madonna’s wild style/ With Janet Jackson’s smile, throw in a body like Jennifers’/ You’ve got the star of my liquid dream.”
Now, back to “I Showed Her” and “All That!” O-Town’s performance on Nickelodeon showcased the band’s softer and more sensitive side, especially in comparison to the much dancier “Liquid Dreams.” Just check out the video on “All That” for a moving performance in which the bandmates take turns singing verses to give the song an intimate, emotional feel.
Unfortunately, the boy band trend fizzled out in the 2000s and even O-Town could not power through. O-Town disbanded in 2003; afterwards, each member went on to develop solo careers in music. Ashley Parker Angel even went on to perform on Broadway!
In 2013, O-Town reunited for the album. Though Ashley Parker Angel declined to join the reunion, it seems like the rest of the group has had a great time coming together to make music again! They even have a Kickstarter for their newest album, where they’ve already exceeded their goal. For all you nostalgic Townies, check that out here!
“All That” is an American, live-action sketch comedy-variety show, which aired on Nickelodeon from 1994 to 2005, lasting ten seasons. “All That” was produced by Dan Schneider, and produced breakout stars including Kenan Thompson and Amanda Bynes. Dan Schneider is an American actor, TV and film actor, and producer.