If you were a pre-teen or a young teenage girl in the early 1990’s you knew this band whether by choice or by force. New Kids on the Block consisted of 5 boys that girls all over the world held a torch for. Some liked Jordan and Jonathon Knight while others went to bed dreaming about Joey McIntyre, Donnie Walberg or Danny Wood. Posters filled bedrooms walls in single shots of these band members or in group shots of the whole band. NKOTB was the Beatles of the 90’s when it came to pop music.
Although New Kids formed in the late 1980’s they did not gain world wide recognition until 1990 after the release of the ballad Please don’t go girl in 1988 on the album Hangin’ Tough. Other single tracks from the album were spread over the radio stations when MTV caught wind of the New Kids on the Block. A U.S. Tour with teen pop star Tiffany had NKOTB gaining recognition also. By 1989 several of the New Kid’s releases made the top Billboard charts. I’ll be loving you forever hit #1 while You Got It (The Right Stuff) was in the top 5. In 1990, New Kids on the Block won 2 American Music Awards, one for Favorite Rock Band/Group or Duo and the other for Favorite Pop/Rock Album.
Step by Step was the follow up album to Hangin’ Tough released in 1991. The Step by Step album generated world wide fan fare for New Kids on The Block. Single tracks released from the album went to the top of music charts around the world. The title track, Step by Step, went to number 1 on the Hot 100 singles chart while Baby, I believe in you went to #1 on the Japanese Chart and Let’s Try it Again went to #8 on the UK Singles Chart. NKOTB could not have dreamed that the Step by Step album would have launched them on a phenomenal roller coaster.
Step by Step went triple platinum, selling over 20 million copies world-wide and spread the New Kids fame. Soon NKOTB would be seen on comics, buttons, lunch boxes and many other forms of merchandise not to mention the New Kids on the Block celebrity dolls.
NKOTB’s album Step by Step gets a review rating of 4 out of 5 in this author’s opinion. The boys of the band kept their clothes on during music video’s, didn’t cuss or swear and spoke of romance and heartbreak through music. The music was fun, heartfelt and simple. There was no political motivation, no religious outcries and no violence in the music that NKOTB shared with the world.
Click here to visit New Kids on The Block’s Fan Site or click on Step by Step in the article to find where to purchase the album.