Take That – Back For Good

The year was 1995. Thanks to growing up in close proximity to musically inclined sisters, a chaste but inquisitive eleven year old me would slowly be consumed by the seedy underbelly of pop music’s most enticing addiction, the Boy Band. It started with an *NSYNC taste here and there but before long I found myself fully engrossed in this intoxicating world, following the every move of disastrous groups like Yell 4 You and Kulcha. Fortunately, there were enough sobering acts along the way to keep from losing myself. Today’s throwback is dedicated to one.

Take That, Britain’s boy band bellwether, had a string of semi-successful hits in the early 90’s but it wasn’t until the release of their third album Nobody Else and it’s second single did the five lily-white gents reach superstardom. “Back For Good,” a tender ballad bemoaning lost love, hit all the requisites needed to attain international sensation status; brooding lyrics to easily identify with, a catchy sing-along chorus, idyllic harmonies for days, and a cliche’d visual accompaniment that finds the bandmates pouring their hearts out in time-tested black and white. If it weren’t for these inculpable heartthrobs bringing me back from the brink who knows what LFO-loving hellhole I would have found myself in.

Today the group functions as a trio after founding members Jason Orange and Robbie Williams both left, but that hasn’t stopped Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, and Mark Owen from still impacting the charts. Last year saw the upbeat pop track “These Days,” off of seventh studio release III, debut at number one on the UK Singles Chart.

But for now, let yourself get hooked all over again with a play below:

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