Between 1997-1999 I was the associate editor of a teen magazine called SuperTeen. I'm sure I've told you this but for my newer followers here's the quick lowdown ... For about three years I interviewed teen idols/stars like Hanson, 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, etc. It was great fun and not only did I get to meet lots of talented kids, I traveled back and forth to Disney on a regular basis. Pretty cool, right?
One day these guys came into our offices for an interview, and I swear (no pun on their big hit "I Swear") I didn't know who they were. Why? Because they were popular in 1994/95 and it was 1997. I'm a fan of alternative rock, emo and indie bands, never gave a hoot about R & B. I knew all about teen pop because my work depended on it.
SuperTeen magazine focused mostly on younger stars which meant even Kevin of the Backstreet Boys was a bit old for our readers--everyone loved Nick and Brian. These All-4-One guys appeared possibly even older than me and at the time--I was in my early 20s.
The sad thing about All-4-One, was that they truly were a group of nice guys. In my heart I wished I could plaster them on the cover or in a huge centerfold, but I knew they weren't in demand. SuperTeen was an overpriced monthly mag limited in space which needed to be filled with as much Backstreet and 'N Sync as possible.
Curious to catch up with the guys, I found they have an All-4-One website where I discovered the guys are alive and well--still touring and making music today. On a personal note I'm glad to see they're still doin' their thing, even if I'm not a fan of that style of music.