I thought it was a rumour
I heard you were back
You’ll be on Today [today]
Should I watch given the chance?
[Ian:] “Can I watch my shows?”
How should I be reacting?
Am I glad/indiff?
I became a fan
Jordan, Joey, Donnie, Jon
And then the weird one
Not an 80’s chick
Looking for a band to fan
Nice! Hot guys that sing!
Had posters on walls
Think they’ll sound the same?
Growing up in the 80’s I never really clung to one artist like a lot of my friends (or my older brother) did. I wasn’t exclusively into Wham!, U2, Bananarama, A-ha, Erasure or Duran Duran; I liked many people and that seemed a bit weird to a lot of the people I hung about with.
Or maybe it was just the fact that I couldn’t fill a bra.
As the eighties were coming to a close, I heard about New Kids on the Block and listened to their stuff over a high tariff phone call. I bought their first album and liked it. I decided that I should probably pick someone, SOMETHING to like – just like my friends around me (peer pressure, isn’t it lovely?). So, I decided on them, although not entirely convinced myself. OooOoo, committing to one group… Not confident on just that, I had to pick one to idolize, so rather than pick my favourite, Jordan, I swung the vote and went for Joey. I don’t know why either.
I followed them for a while; my brother even fuelled the quasi-obsession and bought me their videos for Christmas one year. I don’t think I can really explain it, I liked them, but there was just something missing.
As my bra size changed, so did my interest, much like my Mum experienced with the Beatles when “they got weird”.
I remember Jordan had a failed attempt at a solo career (IMO), although it was probably the song choice and producers rather than any singing ability. Or maybe it was just me. ‘Give it to You’ weirded me out a little. What was up with him getting all freak-nasty? Where was my “I’ll bring your mother flowers, your dog will love me and I’ll show you my Rubik’s cube prowess” skelf of a man?
But the fact of the matter remains: Am I all that interested that they’re back? Maybe. And maybe at least for the eye candy and to see if I’ve aged better than they have. It’s a competition after all.