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New Kids on the Block: No Longer “New”, But Still a Fan Favorite

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Though they are no longer the “new kids”, New Kids on the Block is having no problem remaining a fan favorite.  With a summer tour lined up and an album set to release on April 2, the classic boy band knows how to make a comeback.  But why exactly is there still such a large fan base surrounding artists of the past?  Backstreet Boys made their comeback, now New Kids on the Block?  I suspect it has something to do with our romanticized nostalgia for the music of our youth.

It’s a common thing among all the generations: whatever decade you grew up in was obviously the best.  As a product of the boy band era, I can vouch for the fact that we are possibly the most proud of our generation for no reason at all.  It’s not that the music of that age was better than music today or that people were necessarily different.  We have romanticized our childhood and teenage years.  And there’s nothing wrong with that.  This is precisely what comeback bands, like New Kids on the Block, need to fuel their return.

However, New Kids on the Block already seem to have integrated one tiny detail that my set them above other comebacks we’ve seen.  They’ve choosing to integrate modern music trends into their old style.  Even if their remix of “I Like The” is just a taste of what’s to come on their new album, I predict they’ll have a successful run, not to mention their wise decision of choosing to tour with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men.  Boy band reunions don’t typically last, but at this rate, I’m willing to say that New Kids on the Block are here to stay.

Mackenzie is an Alabama native attending NYU and studying Journalism and Dramatic Literature. She hopes to one day live in London and write for the BBC.