If you were a youngster back in the late 90s and early aughts, none of the numerous manufactured boy bands had more of an impact on some of our clothing habits (Abercrombie & Fitch) and an acquired distaste for cultural cuisine (Chinese food) than LFO. Their 1999 smash “Summer Girls” was so huge that the band members should all be living their best middle-aged lives lounging around their tackily adorned McMansion pools in popped-collar polo shirts, still reeking of Abercrombie Fierce cologne. But in a sad turn of events, Brad Fischetti is the sole surviving member of LFO, with Rich Cronin, Devin Lima, and Brian “Brizz” Gillis all passing away over the last decade or so. Though many wonder if the band might be cursed, Brad says he can’t let that consume him, and he thinks his bandmates would want him to continue telling their story and sharing their music.
Former boy band impresario and convicted Ponzi schemer Lou Pearlman died in a Florida federal prison on Friday night. He was 62. Lou was the corpulent cousin of Art Garfunkel (!) who gave us the Backstreet Boys, N*SYNC, O-Town, LFO, and Aaron Carter.