Guilty Pleasure: NKOTB

When I was a kid, I liked the same music my friends liked. Madonna, Prince, Michael Jackson, and near the end of elementary school… New Kids on the Block. I can remember my sister and I getting grounded for calling the NKOTB 976-number over and over to learn what was Joey’s favorite beverage, Jordan’s dream girl.

Then middle school came and primarily in thanks to my friend Annie, I was exposed to “real” music. INXS, The Smiths, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Pixies, R.E.M., The Cure. While it wasn’t “cool” to like New Kids on the Block, they were still my guilty pleasure.

High school – I had half my head shaved and the rest of my hair dyed black. I drew all over my jeans, wore Doc Martens, and spent my weekends sulking around Georgetown and going to all-ages shows at the old 9:30 Club but I still had a small place in my heart for New Kids on the Block. Come college, it was more about Dave Matthews Band and Smashing Pumpkins yet I still thought on occasion about Jordan, Joey, Job, Danny, and Donnie and yes, come 1999 I wore the heck out of the cassette version of Jordan Knight’s solo album (I got cassette so I could play it in my old car because my sister/roommate would yell at me to stop playing it at home).

As I have mentioned before, I lost the music passion some time around the end of college, and My Morning Jacket brought back the love. Since 2006 or so, I have been learning more and more about new and old music, and I guess I have become a bit of a music snob. Bands and songs I adored a year ago now seem too simplistic, genres I before poo-poohed I now love and research. I also have gained much nostalgia for those first artists I loved – the ones I sang along to in my bedroom, the ones I danced to at homecoming, the ones that were the soundtrack to my adolescence.

So when I saw NKOTB’s new video was out for their song, “Remix (I Like The)” I was excited. I wanted to see how they were going to handle coming back, considering these “boys” are now men, with women, not girls as their primary fan base. Would they make me a giggling preteen in my bedroom surrounded by issues of Tiger Beat, or would they make me feel old and disappointed?

Neither. NKOTB managed to make me feel like a cool 38-year old woman who has good taste in music but a soft spot for the boys from Boston… and that it’s pretty cool to have that soft spot. Catchy song that isn’t too saccharine, well-made video that will appeal to many ages of females but especially mine, and the smart choice to focus on Donnie Wahlberg who has aged very very nicely.


Thank you NKOTB for ending this week on a high note. I like the remix!  

(And I LOVE this lyrics video featuring real fans!)

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  • Alicia B

    Love it. The post (the blog in general), the video, the song. Thanks for posting :)

  • Lexa

    Um…I have seen NKOTB in concert three times; once as a child, twice as a grown women.

    I am going again in June.

    They are seriously awesome entertainers and it is so much fun. No shame.

  • http://hemsforher.com/ Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie

    Ah, the good ol’ days. My very first concert back in ’89 was NKOTB. Although, I’m still a little pissed that Joey never answered the letter I sent him, covered in lip gloss kisses and Love’s Baby Soft. ;)

  • Jodi T.

    Bwahahaha! I saw NKOTB in the Fall of 1990, my first year in college. One of my dorm neighbors was a big fan and talked me into going with her to the concert. Shortly thereafter, they broke up…..memories :)

  • nannersp

    I love the new song and video, too! And I never thought Donnie was hot until now. He’s awesome. Although I adored them as a kid, I didn’t get to catch them live until their last tour with Backstreet Boys. And I am also seeing them again, with 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men, this summer. So excited!

  • Christina

    Seeing this video really makes me regret not trying to get tickets to their show in June. I’ve also always had a special place in my heart for NKOTB and Donnie was always my favorite!

  • Crystal Sue Anne

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  • jo

    STEP BY STEP, OOOOH BABY! is all I remember :D Wow I had no idea they still existed as a band, really weird to see them again as adults but the song is not bad!

  • http://weallgrowuponeday.blogspot.com/ MJ

    I had a NKOTB bedspread….I was young when they were big and I found Donnie to be a bit scary (he was too tough) but I loved Joey. He was the most harmless in the group. I also got to experience the 90’s wave of boy bands NSYNC and BSB as a teenager. I knew the words to all their songs, though by that time I had deemed them uncool and pretended I did not like their music. . Now as a teacher of middle school children I get to hear about the newest future guilty pleasure bands. All things come full circle I suppose.

  • Ellen

    I think this clip is so clever – instead of focusing on the changes in themselves they are focusing on how their fans have changed over the years (and declaring their love for the new you!). Great way to respect your fans who were cute young things but are now gorgeous mature women! And they sound great:)

  • http://tokyoeclare.blogspot.com/ kuri

    thanks for posting about this! I would never have paid any attention, but they sound and look fabulous! I love the new sound. They were one of my guilty pleasures back in the day.