So, yesterday, I witnessed something on the Today Show that, apparently, many people have been eagerly awaiting: the New Kids on the Block reunion. 14 years after they broke up. 24 years after they first formed. Each member of the band now 38 or 39 years old. My only response was…why? The answer, of course, is obvious: $$$. There were plenty of screaming fans in attendance, and I imagine the upcoming concerts sold-out instantly, but based on their performance, they are definitely putting in the least amount of effort in order to cash in. The singing was atrocious. New song “Summertime” was horrible, and their medley renditions of their hits were unlistenable. Then there was the “dancing,” which was ridiculous. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if they hadn’t even attempted to practice beforehand and were doing it all from memory.
Now, I’m all about nostalgia for the 80s and 90s. The Transformers movie rocked. I’m hoping that the GI Joe movie is cool, and I’m pretty damn excited about the prospect of a Voltron movie. Plus, I think reunions are, for the most part, a great idea. The Eagles have sort of pulled it off, as have The Who and Led Zeppelin. I even think some bands should have broken up and then reunited. The Rolling Stones would have more credibility in my opinion nowadays if they had broken up, and then gotten back together, instead of becoming shadows of their former glory in the interim 25 plus years.
Then, of course, there’s the reunion that I am personally most ecstatic about: STP! I’ll being seeing the Stone Temple Pilots show on May 31. One of my favorite bands, finally back together! See, my 90s nostalgia runs high.
Now NKOTB are not, and never were, in the league of any of these aforementioned bands, but their nostalgia factor is still high for many people. My only real memory of the New Kids is some dance my grade was forced to be a part of in 7th grade (I think) where we danced to either “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” or “Hangin’ Tough.” If that wasn’t bad enough, we were also all dressed like PeeWee Herman (and who says are educational dollars aren’t being spent properly?). So maybe I’m jaded, or maybe my opinion of yesterday’s awful performance is simply a reflection of my lack of New Kids nostalgia, but of all the bands to make a comeback, why the New Kids on the Block?