So, apparently I’m living in a hole or a cave or something. I had no idea that New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) were making some sort of a come-back until I caught the video for their new single “Summertime” while watching VH1 this morning. Ack!
First, before I get into what I really want to say, let me clarify something. Twenty years ago, I was a big NKOTB fan. I knew all the songs, I had their poster up in my room and I even went to their concert at Fiddler’s Green in Denver. I really liked them. A lot.
Ok, that being said…what the hell are these guys thinking? Yes, they can all sing pretty well and I’m not completely against the idea of a reunion tour/album, but my problem is with this song and this video. UGH! Twenty years ago, these guys were about my age or a little older. That would make them about 35-39 right now. I am really not interested in seeing grown men dance around to a cheesy “boy band” tune doing cheesy “boy band” moves. Oh, and that’s not all. The video? Those girls probably weren’t even BORN when NKOTB was at the top of its popularity. On a scale of 1 to 10, this video scores a “Creep Factor” of ELEVEN.
Ok, so maybe I’m not their target demographic anymore…BUT MAYBE I SHOULD BE!
I have captured a few screen shots to illustrate the ridiculousness of this whole thing.
Here’s a shot from NKOTB’s video for “Summertime”
I thought…hmmmm….that looks kinda familiar.
Sure enough. Here’s a shot from NSYNC’s video for “Tearin’ Up My Heart”
AND a shot from Backstreet Boy’s video for “I Want it That Way”
Seriously. Seriously?? HOW could these guys agree to this?
I really hope we don’t have to suffer through a dozen more of these “middle-aged, boy band comebacks” in the coming years. I don’t think I can handle the creepiness of it all. By the way, groups like Aerosmith and The Rolling Stones are still awesome and still rockin’! Of course, they don’t all dress alike and do icky hip-hop choreography…