NKOTBNew Kids On The Block
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The brainchild of local record producer-songwriter Maurice Starr (who discovered R&B group New Edition at a 1982 talent show), NKOTB's self-titled debut effort was an abysmal flop for Columbia Records, its first and second singles "Be My Girl" and "Stop It Girl" dismissed as insipid bubblegum pop.
Fast forward 25 years and I find myself heading off to see NKOTB again with the same friend, but this time at Newcastle City Hall.
It's like, why not get with like-minded - get like-minded fans together with, you know, like-minded bands and perform," explained NKOTB member Donnie Wahlberg.
NKOTB formed in 1984 but didn't hit the big time until second album Hangin' Tough in 1988.
These days, it's unlikely a new generation of girls will fall for their charms - but who cares, NKOTB belong to people like me who danced to the original version of I Think We're Alone Now by Tiffany.
Whether the song will give you a cheap sugar rush or put you into a sugar coma depends on how much a NKOTB fan you are.When the New Kids on the Block join forces with Pussycat Dolls on "Grown Man," we're not talking a rocket scientists' convention here.
But if you expected NKOTB to come back with the same cheesy pop of 14 years ago, you'll be sadly disappointed.
'Twas but a short step from NKOTB to Boyzone and the evil mutant genius that is Ronan Keating.
The well-drilled prodigies of impresario Maurice Starr, who'd made a mint managing New Edition and was cleaning up again with his white version, NKOTB earned their fortunes - an estimated $861m in 1990 - with a kicking combination of Stylistics-style soul and proto-hip hop - predating The Beastie Boys by nearly a decade - before splitting in ignominy when they tried to ditch their svengali.
Boyz II Men had joined New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) for their Package tour in 2013.
Billed as An Intimate Evening with New Kids on the Block, the European leg started in Stock-k holm earlier this month with the boys performing NKOTB classics such as You Got It (The Right Stuff) and Hangin' Tough, with the first night featuring an acoustic set seeing the lads performing songs from their fellow pop stars such as Take That's Back For Good, Robbie Williams's Rock DJ, One Direction's Story of My Life and Prince's classic Kiss, alongside their own wellloved hit songs.
The band of my youth, New Kids On The Block - or NKOTB as they now prefer to be known - are back with a European tour, An Intimate Evening With.