(please hear me out entirely, I am not trying to be a hater)
So please help me understand why The New Kids on the Block are back?! I know I may touch some nerves here and my opinion is not going to be the popular one, but I keep hearing their new single Summertime and I just have to laugh.
These men (not kids) are nearing 40 years old, no? And I think one may even be 40 years old. And though this isn't old when I listen to their new single I can’t help to think of the song coming from a bunch of frat boys who are just trying to get laid and decide to sing to a bunch of young drunk college girls. Just seeing them singing and knowing how old they are and then actually hearing this song, it seems to be a bit of a contradiction in my mind and totally creeps me out. I mean 20 years ago when they were 20 years younger – sure…but now, not so much. And when I saw them on Youtube on the Today Show I totally laughed. First, they kinda of sucked (but it is early and they haven’t been together for awhile so I will look past that, sort of) but I lost it at the “dancing” …LOST IT! Come on guys, really, really!
Now I guess I am ok if they just did a one time reunion tour with their old stuff – could be fun, possibly, maybe, not at all. But they are putting out a new album and I if I have to hear it come accross my radio I would just like to hear more mature songs coming from them and not so overly young pop stuff. I don’t want to pre-judge, maybe the rest of their CD will be fun but a bit more mature and I would be MORE THAN HAPPY at that point to say I was wrong. But if this single is any notion of what is to come then I have to admit it creeps me out a bit. And you know what, I am sure their tour is going to be a success. And I am sure they could attract a new generation of tweens and teens to listen to their music, while people my age are also at the concert screaming and yelling. But this is just not my cup of tea.
Maybe it was because when I thought I wanted to be with the in crowd and be a NKOTB fan I only got to listen to a copy of a cassette from the library (yeah, cool huh) and at the same time I was listening to music like Was Not Was, Little Feat, The Beatles, John Hiatt, Eric Clapton…etc Yeah, I was like the only person in my class to know who these people were and actually LIKED them! Feel free to insert *DORK* right now.
Overall, I just never got into the NKOTB and maybe that is why I am unable to fully understand and appreciate them and their style of music. Sometimes I do think though that some things from our childhood (especially pop type music) may have seemed much more cooler then it really was and that things like that sometimes should just stay in the past and in our memory.
So I just have to ask, do you like their new single? Why do you like seeing them back? Is it nostalgia? Aren’t you afraid that seeing them now may ruin how much you like them b/c that was so long ago and we were all young? Aren’t some things just better left in the past?
I am not making fun if you like them, to each there own. Just curious.