When looking back at the hottest boy bands of the ’90s, names like Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC and 98 Degrees spring to mind, yet few remember a long-forgotten boy band called Thr33way.
Or at least that’s the premise of a sketch on Thursday’s edition of “The Late Late Show” in which host James Corden and guests Jordan Peele (“Key & Peele”) and Nick Kroll (“The League”) reveal their boy band past.
Unlike other boy bands of the era, however, Thr33way didn’t bother with writing original tunes.
“We took existing boy band songs, cut through all the innuendo, and got to the heart of what those songs were really about: hardcore sex,” Kroll says in the bit.
As a result, the trio performs parodies of hits by The Backstreet Boys (“I Want It That Way” becomes “I Want a Thr33way”), *NSYNC (“Bye Bye Bye” is now “Bye-Bye-Bi…sexual”) and Hanson (“MMMBop” becomes “MMMBoobs”).
In a “Behind the Music”-esque special, the rise and fall of Thr33way is documented from their early days (the band clicks when Peele and Corden discover a naked Kroll riffing on the guitar) to their sad final days, when they find themselves sued by all the the other boy bands for ripping off their material.
There’s even a bonus cameo from Mario Lopez, who sports a massive mullet for a vintage TV interview with the band that unleashes a huge scandal.
“There was an article that came out earlier in the week in which, well, one of your so-called girlfriends claimed that none of you have actually ever had sex,” charges Lopez, accusing the three of all being virgins, while Peele breaks down and tears and asks Lopez to “define virgin.