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Boy Band Lunch Break - Westlife

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It all started with talk of Posh & Becks moving to Los Angeles. Then it was about Posh and the Spice Girls and their horrible videos. The conversation turned to boy bands of the same era (give or take) and their horrendous videos that often seemed sexually, well, questionable. LAist has now officially laughed ourselves silly watching these old videos and have to share them with you. They have a certain, "this can't possibly be for real" quality to them. So each day this week at lunch we are sharing a boy band classic video with you.

Today we give you Westlife. Why do boy bands do so many covers and do them so badly? It was a really tough call between "Uptown Girl" and "The Rose." Messing with Bette Midler deserves attention but that one was just a bit too sappy. The gag reflex you'll feel imagining the royalties Billy Joel gets off this version of his song means our work here is done. Who dances like that really? Tell us.

A special shout out to Claudia Schiffer for her guest appearance. Westlife must have been big in Germany because otherwise we just don't get it. And why being an "uptown girl" means dressing like you're going to a funeral is something we might need translated.