We already knew that the boys from Stranger Things were phenomenal actors but it turns out before their days on the hit Netflix show, Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, and Noah Schnapp were part of a Motown cover band called “The Upside Downs” with host James Corden. Well, that was at least the backstory last night when the late night host recruited the kids to perform some hits Behind the Music bit.
On last night’s episode of The Late Late Show, Corden showed us a documentary of the Upside Down’s rise and fall, from their early days selling out birthdays, bar mitzvahs, and even nursing homes with their signing, dancing, and undeniable chemistry, until the boys left for the greener pastures of Netflix.
But just when they were ready to make the jump in their musical career, Corden encouraged them all to audition for Stranger Things. Sadly, the host’s suggestion marked the beginning of the end for the group. As each of the boys received calls letting them know that they had landed parts in the show, Corden, who auditioned to play Eleven, realized that he was the odd man out. But Corden remained happy for his friends and was confident that he would find his own path to success, so long as it didn’t require him to “wear a suit and sit behind a desk all day.”
Fortunately, the story took a happier turn when it was announced that The Upside Downs would be reuniting to sing on Corden’s show. They performed a mashup of Motown hits, including the Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back” and “My Girl” by the Temptations, which made it clear the group had not lost a step despite their years apart. The Upside Down’s incredible performance absolutely brought down the house and will likely leave many fans wondering what could have been if the boys had decided to stick with the group instead of moving into acting.