Watch Charli XCX’s Slow-Burning Cover of Backstreet Boys’ ‘I Want It That Way’
British singer time-travels back to late '90s with the A.V. Club
Charli XCX has yet again saluted the Backstreet Boys by covering their 1999 monster hit “I Want It That Way.” The True Romance singer first debuted her synth-washed take on the Millennium single during an in-store performance back in May, and now she’s revived the ’80s-savvy rendition for the A.V. Club’s weekly “Undercover” series. “I was watching the video before I did the song and there’s some crazy styling,” Charli told the A.V. Club, referencing the unfortunate facial hair and white-on-white fashion choices forever burned into history. “It’s really super cheesy… when they do it like that, but I feel like when you strip it back, it’s actually a really beautiful, powerful pop song.” Watch her no-frills version — all electirc percussion and smoky vocal pleas — in the video above.