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Last week I followed a link in Dooce's links blog to a YouTubed video by New Kids on the Block. I mostly missed the New Kids train back in the late 80s. I was busy, as is my wont, listening to oldies and musicals instead of The Hip Trendy New Music The Kids Are Listening to. I did not have New Kids dolls or a New Kids sleeping bag or a New Kids Trapper Keeper. I was aware of them, and knew the tunes of their songs and all, but I didn't have <old man voice>the cable teevee</old man voice> to watch music videos, I didn't buy a modern music tape until I was in 6th grade¹, and I was for some reason afraid of listening to the pop music stations on the radio in case a swear word came on (seriously!).

Once I started middle school, I discovered Weird Al Yankovic, the main musical influence of my early teen years. This means that there are lots of Weird Al parodies out there that I know better than the original song. One of these is:

The first one was a sweet one
Second one was a blast
Soon I finished off the bag, ate 'em up real fast
You can see 'em in my teeth
Tell it when I talk
Had so many my pancreas just went into shock
- Weird Al Yankovic, "The White Stuff"

After Dooce pointed me to the video for "Step By Step" I continued through the New Kids video oeuvre until I found the video for "The Right Stuff". It's somehow shocking to my brain every time they get to that part in the song and the word "pancreas" doesn't come up. It's THERE in the SONG... isn't it?

New Kids on the Block videos are like a time machine back to a terrible terrible part of our history. Witness the mullets, the hats, the vests, the pegged pants... and the bizarre cowboy jig they do for the first time at approximately 1:22.

What IS that dance? Was that dance ever cool?

¹ Amy Grant, "Heart in Motion"

srah - Friday, 6 October 2006 - 10:35 PM
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Comments (6)

gravatar Sarah - October 7, 2006 - 5:57 AM -

God, how I loved the New Kids.

What kind of garbage is my kid going to listen to?

gravatar Not your mom - October 7, 2006 - 10:59 AM -

I have never seen that before. Must have happened while I was out of the country. My own son grew up on Weird Al too! Weird Al and Doctor Who.

Isn't that just line dancing moves they are making. Very strange and creepy. Almost like the River Dance King.

gravatar Fraulein N - October 7, 2006 - 4:08 PM -

I can honestly say that I was never into NKOTB. I mean, I had friends who fought over which one they were gonna marry, but I remained refreshingly NKOTB-free.

gravatar Jen - October 9, 2006 - 9:32 AM -

Are you trying to say mullets aren't sexy and timeless? For shame!

gravatar jamelah - October 10, 2006 - 1:53 PM -

Ah, NKOTB, how I loved you. Somewhere in my house, I still have the trading cards.

gravatar mabel - October 13, 2006 - 4:00 PM -

that move with the legs whomping out to the side - that is a great move! maybe it's not cool, but it should be

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