ORLANDO, Fla. — A federal judge has ordered the creator of the Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync to stay behind bars while attorneys prepare his case. Lou Pearlman, who faces charges of defrauding an Indiana-based bank out of $20 million, will be represented by the federal public defender’s office.

Do you remember Maurice Starr? Yeah, you may not, but he was the mastermind behind a group called New Edition (which would one day lead to giving us Being Bobby Brown). He decided that he could make more money creating the same sort of group with young white guys and pretty soon the world would have New Kids on the Block.

I’ve never forgiven him for that.

Along come Lou Pearlman, who couldn’t just be satisfied that Art Garfunkel was his cousin. No, he had to go out and follow in Maurice Starr’s footsteps and history comes full circle again as the musical world has to suffer through another few years of bubble gum boy pop. They weren’t the first boy band and they certainly weren’t the last, but I count myself fortunate that, for the most part, I quit listening to pop music before the Backstreet Boys/’N Sync era.

Of all the things to go on trial for, of course it boils down to money. Pearlman couldn’t go on trial for crimes against humanity, well, against musical taste. But before I get too comfortable in my musical judgment seat, let’s have a moment of silence as we ponder the musical legacy left in his wake, because by my calculations, we’re only a few years from another boy band explosion. Or worse, the return of the Spice Girls.

Ain’t no lie … bye, bye, bye.

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