Every era has its boy bands. Those bubblegum boys who have the awesome dance moves and ability to sing at the same time, mostly on key. Sure, they aren't the musical equivalent of, say, Sufjan Stevens [is he cool still? Who is cool now?], but they are poppy and peppy. There is, however, a heirarchy. At the top? New Kids on the Block. NKOTB rules, other boy bands drool. Don't believe me? Check it:
Catchy tunes. From Step by Step to Hangin' Tough, NKTOB spit out some dope rhymes. Or crooned some swinging tunes. Or just sang some songs that I still probably know all the words to. Unlike, say, 98 Degrees, which I believe was a boy band, but could not tell you anything about.
I have actually attended an NKOTB concert. In my defense, my cousin and I took her two little kids. Still. That immediately makes it far cooler than, say, Backstreet Boys. And blah blah blah about Justin Timberlake bringing sexy back or singing about his dick in a box [and yes, I am a fan of both], those were things he did AFTER Backstreet Boys. While he was with them? I believe he had dance offs with Britney Spears. I feel dumb just having typed that.
Two Words: Donnie Walberg. Two more? MARKY MARK. Who would be nowhere without his brother hitting it big with NKOTB. Mmmm . . . Marky Mark. What are you putting up? Nick Lachey? Please.
O.k., confess - who are you a fan of?
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